Studio Lighting Basics: Understanding Patterns of Light

  • Instructors:
    Tony Corbell

    In his or her studio, a photographer can create numerous patterns and shapes with light. But can you? Could you do it better? Get on board with PPA lighting guru, Tony Corbell. In this class, he shows you how to make magic in the studio!

    That magic starts with learning lighting’s 4 W’s and an H: what to use, when, where and why to use it, and most importantly, how to use it. Tony will walk you through them all as he demos and discusses the following:

    • Main light - Learn about the different lighting sources and the patterns you can create with them, from a Rembrandt style to butterfly lighting.
    • Short light vs. broad light - When, why and how to use it.
    • Light modifiers - Watch Tony work his magic with a softbox and other techniques.
    • Window light - The low-cost favorite for photographers who know how to use it. Take this class and join the club!

    At the end, you’ll examine the finished products, comparing and contrasting different effects. The results? Positively illuminating!

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      • Tony Corbell

        Tony Corbell

        Cr.Photog., API

        Tony has been involved in professional photography since 1979 when his first studio position was with his sister and her husband in West Texas.  Since then he has moved through an almost inspired life that has included traveling and lecturing in more than twenty countries, has photographed three U.S. presidents, 185 world leaders at the United Nations, sports celebrities, almost 800 brides and grooms, and a handful of NASA astronauts.

        In 2012, Tony passed a major milestone having taught more than 600 seminars and workshops nationally and internationally.  In 2008/09 alone, Tony spoke to over 9,000 photographers in 36 cities throughout the world including London, Glasgow, Dublin, Toronto, Vancouver, Mexico City, Sydney and many more U.S. cities. 2010 – 2012 was again busy with Tony traveling to Germany, Las Vegas, Nashville, New York, Dubai, London, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and many more than 30 U.S. cities teaching photographic lighting and image workflow processes and practices. His Basic Studio Lighting book from publisher Random House (AmPhoto) has been popular worldwide and is the basis for numerous photographic college lighting courses. Tony has written articles in nearly every major photographic magazine in the U.S., Japan, the U.K., and China.

        When asked what he is most known for, he says “being just about the biggest Beatles fan in the world.”

        Awards and Recognition
        1986 Texas Photographic Fellowship Degree
        1988 ITVA Educational Photographic Video Director or the Year
        1994 PPA Photographic Craftsman Degree
        1995 WPPI Master of Photographic Excellence
        1996 Brooks Institute Honorary Master of Science
        1998 WPPI Lifetime Achievement Award
        1999 PPA Approved Photographic Instructor
        2005 United Nations, IPC “Leadership Award”
        2006 PPA National Award/California
        2007 San Diego Commercial Photographer of the Year
        2007 Member, Camera Craftsmen of America
        2008 San Diego Picture of the Year
        2011 National ASP Associate Fellowship, Educational Award

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