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Art of Studio – FALL

Making photographs in the studio offers unlimited creative possibilities, allowing the photographer to control every aspect of the image. Art of Studio is a course designed for people who wish to learn to use studio lighting and digital capture skills to create dynamic still life images. Commercial studio techniques will be the theme of the course which will offer ample opportunity for individual creativity. Students will work in teams to learn to capture digital images while tethered to a computer, exploring a variety of studio lighting techniques and equipment, including studio strobes, hot lights, grid spots, color gels, gobos and soft boxes. Technical areas addressed will include digital camera operation, software settings for capturing tethered, shooting RAW, background gradation and styling. Subjects for this class can include all variations of still life from simple product shots, food, to conceptual still life. All lighting equipment and computers are provided by the school.


Required Equipment:

  • Digital SLR camera and lens with ability to tether to a computer and “PC to Household” cord. If the student plans to use their own computer they will need the proper digital capture software for their camera.
  • “Safe sync” and 15’ sync cable
  • portable hard drive
  • USB 3.0 Camera Tether (recommended:


Prerequisites: Basic digital camera skills (Beginning Digital Camera) and Fundamental knowledge of and access to Adobe Creative Cloud.

To participate in this class, student must be 18 years of age or the minimum of a high school graduate (or the equivalent).

About the instructor: Gary Tardiff

Gary Tardiff is a Boston based food and beverage photographer creating compelling images of every kind of food imaginable for advertising agencies, design firms and corporations directly. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the New England School of Photography’s Advertising Program, Gary opened his Boston studio in 1980 and continues to combine his old school methods with the latest in digital technologies to create a fresh and flavorful perspective. You can find Gary’s expertise at the newsstand, on the supermarket shelf and at your favorite dining spot. To see more of Gary's work, go to:

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Please note: NESOP’s evening workshops do not fall under the scope of the school’s accreditation, and so they are not accredited by ACCSC.