Advanced Lighting 1


Advanced Lighting 1


It is a practical hands on studio lighting course with location components. Suitable for the photographer looking to work commercially or wants to advance lighting skills

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This is primarily a practical hands on studio lighting course with some location components. This course will challenge your ideas.You will spend the majority of the course lighting and shooting your assignments. It would suit the photographer who is looking to work commercially or the student who wants to advance their lighting skills. This course will also teach you how to go about building appropriate sets for a variety of subjects. It will also touch on the business of photography as we look at pricing, taking briefs from direct clients, designers or art directors

Topics covered

  •  Let’s take a look at advertising images and the descriptive language of photography. What equipment you might need. The various specializations.
  • Pricing and a brief gone wrong. When to bring in professional help to make your and the clients vision come to life. Copyright issues. Why is having a brief and art direction so important for you when working with clients?
  • Macro photography. We will look at macro equipment, discuss lighting and lens issues, view macro images and get the creative juices flowing for our shoot.
  •  We look at the advertising/fashion portrait as opposed to a domestic portrait. Before shooting we break down what makes a great food image, look at the consistent qualities such as broad lighting and shallow depth of field. Learn how to prepare for your background in your food set up. (With composition just how much of that plate area takes up your background? For example, add a wine glass and you only see the stem, no room for your knife and fork?) Learn how to create great food lighting with broad and direct light sources, then to recognise these when on location, adding additional lighting and creating amazing food images.
  •  We will set and shoot a red wine bottle creating a beautiful slick and a soft edge. This is a unique lighting style and the principles you will learn from this are the same when shooting highly reflective subjects or the latest Ferrari car. Don’t attempt this in your garage studio!
  •  Architecture has some specific requirements, we discuss them and what goes into making a great architectural shoot, then take you to an iconic area and shoot on location.
  • The lighting and setting for glassware and metalware both have unique lighting considerations. We will look at how to set up the studio for this and the first important steps for building your studio sets.
  • Take the conceptual challenge and create a composition using a minimum of four of the same product. Explore composition and attempt to separate your subjects. Use lighting or focal length to also create mood and separation. Discuss and learn how to build and create separation with your set up.

Important Dates

Please view the calendar for key dates at the CCP.

Early Enrolment Discount

A $40 discount applies if full payment is made before the Term Census Date.

Class Prerequisites

  • Introduction to Photography
  • Camera Portfolio 1
  • Introduction to the Studio


9 weeks of 3 hour classes. Students should expect to do an extra 6 hours a week of their own work.

Required Materials

  • DSLR or Mirrorless camera that enables full manual control. A film SLR camera may also be used.
  • Remote flash trigger.
  • Students will supply their own film, output, extra props and models as required.

Mark Spaven teaches this subject and says

What I really love is seeing students advance and develop the skills and technique through the term, and then, the high level a majority of them reach. Seeing the resulting work blows me away and that’s really satisfying for me.