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Introduction to Studio Lighting

Making photographs in the studio, allowing the photographer to be in total control of every aspect of the image, offers unlimited creative possibilities. Introduction to Studio Lighting is a course designed for people who wish to learn to use studio lighting and digital capture skills to create dynamic 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 included are: fashion and portraiture, lighting high tech products like computer screens and photographing and styling 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.

Recommended Equipment: “Safe sync” and a portable hard drives


Basic digital camera skills (Digital Camera I). Fundamental knowledge of and access to Adobe Creative Cloud. Knowledge of Adobe Lightroom is recommended but not required.

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.