Light Control: The ABCs of Beautiful Light
April 2 - June 4 (Wed 6-9pm)
Prerequisites: Photography II: Digital
Credits: 3 - fulfills Light Control requirement for Certificate Program
Become aware of how light shapes every photograph. Master the fundamentals of studio strobe, tungsten lights, and portable flash to create photographs that match your vision. This course will cover basic studio safety and operation, considerations for lighting choices (natural, studio, strobe, tungsten, fluorescent, etc.), color temperature, metering, light ratios, using mixed lighting (i.e. flash and ambient), using modifiers, and aesthetics of light in photography. Digital SLR (preferred) or film camera may be used. Sync cord or remote required; materials for this course will be discussed during the first class so that students may purchase the most appropriate equipment. Students should be prepared to spend 3-5 hours a week on assignments for this course.
Rental fees (not included in tuition) are charged for use of the Photo Center facilities – studios, darkroom, digital lab, etc – to complete assignments outside of class; a list of rental rates for students is available on the Hours/Rates page.
From the instructor Rosanne Olson: “I teach photographers how to see light by demonstration and by using photographs and art history to understand light and shadow. I show my students how to recognize light sources (catch lights) in magazine ads, books, movies and paintings and thus teaching them to teach themselves how to work with light. We begin with natural light and move on to study artificial continuous light, strobes and finally dedicated flash. Most exciting is when we learn to combine flash (or strobe) with natural light. I teach people how to work simply and how to use fill cards for powerful effect. I also give tips about how to work with people, including groups.”