Introduction to Lighting


This course runs at the same time every week over 10 weeks



Australian Centre for Photography
Suite 5A, 66 Oxford St
Darlinghurst, NSW, 2010

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Lighting is fundamental to photography. It defines form and texture, sets mood and can make or break a composition. Lighting is a highly practical 10-week course giving participants a basic grounding in lighting techniques for both studio and location work as well as an overview of best working OHS practices.

Through demonstrations and photo-shoots you'll receive a good overall introduction to the key principles of lighting, equipment, terminology and techniques used commercially and in contemporary art practice. Covering the use of available light, tungsten lamps and studio flash, participants will learn to use a range of lighting equipment and standard lighting set-ups including high key light, low key light and three light portraiture.

Included in this course is two photo-shoots with a model and the use of Elinchrom Studio Lights.

Students are expected to have a camera with manual controls and to be able to use their camera in Manual (M) mode and be fully conversant with Aperture, Shutter speed ISO and an understanding of lenses (Camera Craft 2 level prior knowledge).

A basic understanding of post-processing in software such as Lightroom, Photoshop, Elements, Picasa, Gimp will also be useful.

Prerequisites and Requirements

  • Camera Craft 2, or relevant experience
  • Note book and pen
  • Covered shoes are compulsory
  • Bring your own DSLR or Mirrorless (MILC) camera (charged batteries and memory card). If you are unsure please search your camera brand and model for clarification



Image courtesy of and © ACP Student Camilla Torres, 2017.