The Art of Lighting for Portrait – P0923-18

Date: Jul 30 - Aug 03, 2018

Skill Level(s): II to III i

Instructor(s): Michael Karsh

Tuition: $1,155
Studio Fee: $100
Registration Fee: $45


Take your photography to the next level with this immersive exploration of one of its most fundamental elements, light. Whether natural or artificial, light is essential to any great image, and in this course, we look at how it can be used, controlled, altered, and recreated to capture visually engaging images. We establish a clear understanding of lighting theory and its relationship to form, texture and content. We cover tools for measuring, creating and shaping light in both indoor and outdoor situations, using studio and battery powered strobes. The goal is to give the photographer a tool set for using light in any situation, always serving the creative vision.

Media & Techniques:

Students use digital SLRs, in-studio single light sources, multi-light setups, on-location strobes and natural and available light.


We learn through demonstrations, either in-studio or on location, followed by daily student exercises in the same environment, all catering to personal projects. Photography lectures include examples of different photographic styles with natural and artificial light. Students participate in instructor-led group discussions about student work.


Michael Karsh is a Los Angeles-based portrait photographer specializing in fashion and commercial assignments. He shoots for a variety of fashion houses and commercial clients. Michael teaches select workshops focused on the art of lighting for portrait.


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