Lighting for Children

Dennis Craft M.Photog.Hon.M.Photog.Cr., CPP, API,F-ASP

Photographing children can be like herding cats, so the last thing you want to do is mess with your lighting during a shoot! After this class, you’ll know exactly what to do so that you light your “little subjects” properly.

Instructor Dennis Craft starts with the basics: The importance of a studio setup where everything is ready, child-safe and your attention is focused on the kids. Then, he’ll walk you through the tools that make the most of your different shoots, including for his low key and high key demos (and no, we’re not talking music here). You’ll learn how to prepare for your sessions with...

  • Metering – Need to know what to do with fill light, main light and highlight? What’s a good f-stop to use? Interested in what to do with the softbox? Don’t worry – Dennis tells you how to do it all!
  • White balance: With an Expo Disc and a little know-how, Dennis will have you all set!

And through live demos, you’ll also learn light patterns and what works best for capturing those cute faces and expressions! When you’re done, you’ll know a Rembrandt from a butterfly, a loop from a split.

The end result? Everything you need to know about lighting for children so you dazzle Mom with your images of her little angels!

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Dennis Craft Bio

Dennis Craft runs a successful portrait studio in the historic town of Marshall, MI. His work includes many photographic areas, but he is best known for his imaginative children's photography. Craft Photography opened in 1979 in a storefront in downtown Marshall. Since 1999, the studio has been outside the city on thirteen acres that serve as a perfect backdrop for their fanciful child portraiture.

A Michigan Top-Ten Photographer twelve times, Dennis enjoys working in a natural light situation (window light and environmental portraits are his specialties). Twelve of his merit prints have been selected into the International Loan Collection, three exhibited at Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center, and one was on display in the International Photography Hall of Fame. Craft was named Photographer of the Year in Michigan (1992 & 1996). He’s also earned his PPA Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman degrees and the Fellowship Degree from the American Society of Photographers. In addition, he is a past president of PPA.

Dennis has spoken in many places over the years, including national, state, and regional conventions and numerous local affiliate events. This doesn’t even include all the photography schools he’s taught at, like Winona International School of Photography, West Coast School, MAIPP Professional Photography School, Mid-Atlantic Regional School of Photography, Texas School, and Georgia School! Students from all over the country have enjoyed his unique teaching style and his practical solutions and ideas for developing and improving their own photographic style.