Window Lighting

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

Instructor Dennis Craft is one of PPA’s resident experts on lighting. In this class, Dennis shares his wisdom and expertise on window lighting and how to best use it in your photos!

First, do you know what window lighting is? Yes, it can be lighting coming from an actual window, but any light coming on a subject from a door, window or onto a porch is basically window lighting you can use.

Discover the four basic patterns that you can create. Discuss how to move your subject – since you can’t move your window – so as to make the various patterns. Learn what qualities to look for in your lighting, such as “North light.”

This class is filmed on location in a client’s home so you don’t only hear what Dennis does; you watch him do it! Once you’ve mastered the art of using window lighting, you’ll be able to work with available light in any portrait situation – and use it to create stunning images!

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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.