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Extended Studio

Making photographs in the studio offers unlimited creative possibilities, allowing the photographer to control every aspect of the image. Extended Studio is a course designed for people who wish to create dynamic still life images in the studio. On a weekly basis we will develop concepts for the studio, design and create setups and craft lighting to best suit your ideas. Students will explore a variety of lighting techniques and equipment, including studio strobes, hot lights, grid spots, color gels, and gobos providing ample opportunity for individual creativity. The skills learned in this workshop can be applied to all aspects of studio photography including still life, food, portraiture and fashion.


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:


Basic digital camera skills (Beginning Digital Camera) and fundamental knowledge of and access to Adobe CC Classic.

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: Chris Vaccaro

Chris earned his B.F.A. in Commercial Illustration Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1987.  In the years that followed, he worked as a studio manager and assistant for some of the top photographers in NYC. In 1989 he moved to the studio manager position at the Maine Photographic Workshops. From there, he ultimately helped to launch the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops as the studio manager in 1990. In 1993, Chris opened his own commercial studio in Rhode Island, landing major accounts with Swarovski Crystal, Wenger Swiss Army and Rhode Island Monthly Magazine as well as other regional and national publications. Over 20 years later, Chris continues to run his commercial photography studio in Pawtucket, Rhode Island photographing everything from products, food and people to fashion and architecture.

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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.