The Art and Science of Lighting, Part 1

Cris J. Duncan M.Photog.Cr., CPP

Lighting is the one element that makes all aspects of photography possible. Your technique, your talent, your poses, your post-production – it’s all important but none of it creates the right results until you master lighting.

In the first of a two-part series, Instructor and lighting guru Cris Duncan shares the science of lighting and how it combines with your artistic abilities to create the perfect images.

Explore characteristics of light such as texture, dimension, color and shape. Learn how to achieve exact exposure, and techniques like metering that help you to do that. Discuss the various stops to measure exposure and how to use other mechanisms – like ISO, shutter speed and apertures – to control what you need.

But you don’t stop there – explore 8-stop and 4-stops, creating reflective and incident light, controlling ambient exposure, depth of field, and the benefits of F-stops and fill flash.

From equations and ratios to adjustments and settings, you’ll learn the artistic techniques and the scientific knowledge critical to creating the perfect light.

In any other setting, this amount of information would be mind-boggling but Cris breaks it down in an easy-to-understand, informative and applicable way. It’s enlightening, it’s illuminating! All puns aside, it’s something you cannot miss!

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Cris J. Duncan Bio

A devoted husband, loving father and professional photographer, Cris J. Duncan, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, feels blessed to share a little about himself with you. Cris and his wife, Deanna, operate a studio in Lubbock, Texas, offering high-end commercial, portrait and wedding photography. It may sound cliché, but they truly love what they do…and he is quick to credit that to their success. He knows that this wonderful profession of photography will take anything you are willing to give and give you whatever you are willing to go after.

Cris is a Certified Professional Photographer and holds the Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman degrees. Since turning pro in 2002, he has photographed Presidents, Vice Presidents, dignitaries and countless others. He has worked for such companies as Frito-Lay and Bayer CropScience and has been honored to photograph numerous weddings, portraits and commercial assignments for great people all over this land. Cris and Deanna were also selected by the design team of Extreme Makeover:Home Edition to provide portraits of one of their deserving families.  Cris was a PPA Photographer of the Year and is also the recipient of several awards and honors. For example, his acclaimed work, “The Carpenter’s Masterpiece,” was awarded a perfect 100 as well as Album of the Year, two Judges Choice awards, a distinguished ribbon and acceptance in the exclusive PPA Loan Collection.

Today, Cris is a highly sought-after photographer and educator. He is the founder of “Find your Focus” photographic education experiences.