complete lighting and shooting workshop

our next session is sunday, august 18!

  This special event is held at Studio 311, located at 9 Davies Ave.
(Queen east and the DVP)

This extensive hands-on learning and shooting experience is designed to take your studio photography to new creative heights.  During this six-hour event, you will learn core lighting principles and work with professional and semi-professional studio lighting gear. 

This is a skills-transfer workshop.  You will learn everything needed to set up and use studio lighting for yourself without the compromise of shooting with continuous light sources.  We’ll also provide an extensive set of student notes, including buying advice and tips if you don't have your own lights just yet.

You’ll use your camera to photograph a professional model in multiple genres such as portraiture, beauty, and athletic.  During this event, you will make images that you’ll be proud to have in your photography portfolio.  Whether you’re completely new to studio photography or have a bit of experience, this workshop is for you.  

All you need to bring is your DSLR or mirrorless camera, lenses, and a desire to learn and take amazing photographs in a studio setting. 

This is a six-hour event that includes, but is not limited to:

  • Photographing a professional model in several genres with varying lighting setups
    ​(you will be amazed at the high quality results controlled lighting offers)

  • Setting up your camera in manual mode for perfect studio results
    (no manual mode experience required)

  • Understanding core light theory (hard vs soft light)

  • Controlling "falloff" as a method of lighting single persons, groups, and affecting the light in your background all at the same time

  • Making the right decision about the focal length of the lens for the shot

  • Understanding the light modifiers you can use to design the specific lighting for a shot, and then getting hands-on setup experience

  • Controlling the strobes (lights) - all about power, metering, controlling exposure

  • Demonstration of a tethered workflow to allow real-time image capture on a computer for greater preview ability when shooting live

  • How to use a light meter for precise light measurement of the subject

  • Use of umbrellas, strip boxes, octaboxes, beauty dishes and more

  • Ongoing discussion, tips, and techniques far beyond those mentioned here

  • Prior to the event, you will be provided with preparation notes to read in advance

  • 2-3 weeks following the event, you will receive a comprehensive set of student notes including lighting diagrams for all of the workshop setups, extra information about retouching, a buying guide and a gallery featuring images created during the workshop event

  • In warm weather seasons, the workshop will also explore shooting with strobes in an outdoor setting to mix natural light and studio light to perfectly balance and control lighting outdoors

  • Please note: Due to the close quarters nature of studio work, we are advising that each attendees should consider wearing a mask for their own protection against COVID. This is optional and not a currently legislated mandate.  This may change and we will update this policy as needed. 

Who Should Attend?

If you've ever been curious about how the professionals (and aspiring professionals) truly light their subjects, then this workshop is for you.  You'll learn the skills and the techniques to do this all on your own, with advice on which gear to use and why.  No previous lighting experience is required.  

Seating is limited to a total of EIGHT attendees.  

You will need:

  • a DSLR or mirrorless camera with interchangeable lens capability and a hot shoe on top of the camera (for the transmitter which we will provide)
  • at least one lens between 50mm and 100mm is ideal
  • other focal lengths greater than 100mm can be useful as well
  • FULLY charged batteries!
  • a memory card (second for backup is recommended if one should fail)
  • NO flash gear is needed - we provide all of the lighting equipment

Event fee: $325, six hours, all-inclusive

PLUS complete colour student notes digital download

***Please note: if you have a Canon SL3 or T7 camera, your camera may not be compatible with our equipment.  Please contact for more info before registering***

Please note: This workshop utilizes a live, professional model for all of our setups! Our next session is Sunday, August 18! Sign up early to secure your spot. Seating is limited!

Cameraschool is one of Toronto's most established schools for photography education offering courses, workshops, and guided photo walks.

Our courses have been refined over the past two decades to accommodate changing technology, learning styles and aspirations. Your success is what drives us. 

​Don't miss another shot!  Join us today. 

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Gift vouchers available for gift giving!

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