Introduction to Lighting

Introduction to Lighting

Class price   $245.00

Three sessions, Monday evenings to be announced

Jon Lisbon Portraits LLC, The Mine Factory.

Class is limited to 6 students (students will work in groups of 3). There will be two instructors. This tight student to teacher ratio ensures a great learning experience for you.

Price includes studio time, hands on access to professional grade lighting equipment, light modification tools, backgrounds (seamless or high-end hand painted muslins), and model fees for final class.

Grilled Endive and Radicchio Salad,  Copyright 2014, Jon Lisbon

Grilled Endive and Radicchio Salad, Copyright 2014, Jon Lisbon


This is an intensive hands-on workshop.


Session 1: will be a discussion of professional lighting and light modifiers.



Topics will include:

Understanding why quality of light is more important than quantity.

Using natural light to your advantage.

Basic lighting principles.

The difference between strobes and continuous light sources.

Intro to studio flash meters.

Understanding light modification tools: reflectors, diffusers, bowl reflectors, grids,

barn doors, umbrellas, soft boxes, the beauty dish.

Hands on exercise with all of the above gear so students can get comfortable handling it for use in sessions 2 and 3.

Portrait of Emilio. © Jon Lisbon 2014

Portrait of Emilio. © Jon Lisbon 2014



Session 2:

Demonstration of basic lighting patterns for portraiture.

Hands on lighting application and photography for each student. (students will break into groups of three and practice lighting skills on each other, one photographer, one assistant, one subject, alternating roles).


Tiana, © Jon Lisbon,

Tiana, © Jon Lisbon,


Session 3:

Students will again break into groups of 3 and photograph hired models in order to practice the lighting skills they have learned in session 1 and 2. There will be two models present for this final class  session.




Students will need to bring their own digital dslr cameras (camera must have a hot shoe). Students must also supply their own memory cards.

(images above are for illustrative purposes only, and do not represent actual class subjects)

See our Testimonial page for comments.

Some student work from our most recent lighting workshop:

robert-korn-chris-small nino-hope









Please contact with any questions.

Payment accepted via check or through Paypal.


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