Photographing with Artificial Light: Syllabus

UNDERSTANDING ARTIFICIAL LIGHT

ALL CLASSES ARE 5 HOURS LONG, HELD ON SATURDAYS, AND BEGIN AT 10:00 A.M.

SUPPLIES YOU NEED:
1.) DIGITAL CAMERA (best if it has a strobe "sync port").
2.) BOOK: (optional) “Light, Science & Magic” (doesn't have to be a "current"   edition).
3.) It is strongly suggested that the attendee bring a "point-and-shoot-camera" or "cell phone" to class to "record" the various demonstrations,  techniques, and lectures.

WEEK ONE
        YOUR OWN EQUIPMENT:  What do you already know about lights & lighting ? What equipment do you already own ? How you might adapt it to what you'll learn in this workshop.
DEMONSTRATION: Understanding and applying the differences in variouslight sources.
                 Candle light
                 Working with a bare bulb.
                 Working with a diffused bulb.
                 Using a white card reflector card, pigmented cards, convenient walls, or umbrellas.
                 How bounce (diffused) light: effects subject matter, and how to optimize it's effect.
                 When a "diffused light" can sometimes become a "hard light" source.
DEMONSTRATION / WORKSHOP: the nature of highlight and shadows.
                 Creating form and volume by creating highlights and shadows on a still life.
                 Importance of keeping your lighting "simple"…and why.
                The all important "GOBO", and other devices that modify raw light as well as some simple things you can easily make at home.
DISCUSSION: And hand-outs given onSTROBE LIGHTS (for our next session).

WEEK TWO:  
        RECAP AND QUESTIONS: Concerning last week's lighting demonstrations or hand-outs.
DEMONSTRATION: Introducing the strobe light. How it works and how to best make use of it.
        Safety issues and dispelling the fears of using these great light producing units.
        Power of the strobe light, its color, sync cords, wireless sync, open flash and slaves.
WORKSHOP: (hands-on practice using RAYKO'S studio strobes and"safe handling" issues.
        One light system vs. two and even three light sources.
        What "bounce light" means now that you have the enormous power of the strobe, and how one can "tame" that power if needed for specific purposes.
        Using light modifiers to "fine tune" raw light sources.
        Using a diffuser (tissue paper/ cloth / photo acetate).
        TIME FOR QUESTIONS:

WEEK THREE: 
DEMONSTRATION:  (recap strobes, participants work with them in groups).
                a. Color temperature (differences between light bulbs, daylight, andflorescent lights.
                b. Power of a strobe light vs. the duration of the flash burst and it's uses.
                c. Working with the soft box (what different sizes mean and do).
                d. Why use different backgrounds; black / gray / white / luminosity.
WORKSHOP & QUESTIONS:  Students experiment with the above demonstrations.

WEEK FOUR: 
WORKSHOP:  Students work in small groups on personal or joint projects using strobes and the various tools introduced in the earlier demonstrations.
INSTRUCTOR: Will be observing and guiding students during this time, adding suggestions and sometimes demonstrations to clarify any particular issue during this workshop