Introduction to the Studio

Introduction to the Studio


For novice or experienced photographer intending to learn or refresh their knowledge with lighting systems and studio techniques for portrait and tabletop still-life work

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This is an introductory course for the novice or experienced photographer who would like to learn or refresh their knowledge with various lighting systems and studio techniques for portrait and tabletop still-life work.  Students will explore hard and soft lighting, set up a tabletop or portrait sitting.  This subject is the foundation for all other studio-based units.

This course requires submission of negative-based photographs, so the applicant must be confident with their darkroom skills.

Topics covered

  • Studio Equipment
  • Copy work
  • Lighting a 3-D object, dull
  • Lighting a 3-D object, shiny
  • Basic portrait lighting
  • Lighting ratios
  • Lighting for:
  • Shape
  • Form
  • Texture
  • Chiaroscuro
  • Evanescence

Mark Spaven teaches this subject and says

“Anyone interested in improving their photographic technique should do this course. By the end of it you’ll realise that you can set up your ‘studio’ anywhere. You’ll have the confidence to understand just how you can shape light and shadows in any location using equipment as simple as reflectors.
What’s always excited me about this subject is that students realise that even location shooting requires a confidence about working with light; this subject is perfect for developing your knowledge and vision with any form of light control whether it’s artificial or natural.”

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
  • Introduction to Darkroom
  • Camera 1 would be helpful but not necessary


9 weeks, 3 hours per class. Students should expect to do an extra 6 hours a week of their own work.

Required Materials

  • Film camera with manual controls
  • All chemistry and consumables are supplied, but students will supply their own film and paper.