Studio Lighting Basics

Tony Corbell Cr.Photog., API

In this class, lighting expert Tony Corbell gets back to basics with you. His discussion of lighting effects and light theory will help you achieve depth and drama in your photographs – all with some flips of a switch, a few position changes and some really cool equipment! You’ll learn answers to questions about…

  • Size of light source and metering - Is bigger always better? How far away or close up should the light be to your subject? What are the two types of metering and how do you use them?
  • Tools at your fingertips - How do you make use of the different lighting “tools” and applications, from sunlight (or window lighting) to strobe and ambient lighting? What the heck are people talking about when they refer to additive or transmission lighting?
  • Light modifiers - What’s a grid? A snoot? A parabolic reflector? And more than that…what do they do and when do you use them?
  • Window lighting - Is it your friend or your foe? How do you control it and make it work for you?

Talk is one thing, but Tony will show you how to work with these lighting tools and techniques (and understand why you’re doing what you’re doing) to create phenomenal photography. With his detail, demonstrations and in some instances, diagrams, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a lighting legend!

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Tony Corbell Bio

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