Studio Lighting Workshop Series

The best value confidence boost as you take your photography to the next level!

This Bite-Size Workshop Series is for photographers who have solid camera skills (manual exposure) and want to gain or deepen experience in using artificial flash or LED studio lighting.

Gain hands-on experience using Cog's range of simple and affordable studio monoblocs (LED & flash) and a variety of modifiers.

BOOK FIVE AND SAVE

Tuesdays | 6-9pm

13, 20, 27 Feb & 5, 12 Mar

Maximum 5 participants

Pick from the single sessions below to brush up your skills, or book five for $400 and save $100.

Book all 5 sessions

SESSION 1 | STUDIO LIGHTING BASICS

Tuesday 13 Feb 2024 | 6-9pm
  • 2 hour workshop + 1 hour open studio
  • MAX 5 students
  • $100 + GST

Start with the foundations of artificial lighting – a solid understanding of lighting principles will support your photography across all aspects of your work.

exposure / light quality / inverse square law / WHS / light stands / flash sync / Light Positioning / 5 basic lighting styles

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SESSION 2 | STUDIO LIGHT MODIFIERS

Tuesday 20 Feb 2024 | 6-9pm

  • 2 hour workshop + 1 hour open studio
  • MAX 5 students
  • $100 + GST

Learn about the impact various modifiers have on a 1-light setup. Why would you choose to light with a lantern rather than a softbox? What impact does modifier size have on the image?

Softboxes / Umbrellas / Beauty Dishes / Octaboxes / Lanterns / Grids / Snoots / Barndoors / Scrims

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SESSION 3 | TWO-LIGHT SETUPS FOR PORTRAITS

Tuesday 27 Feb 2024 | 6-9pm

  • 2 hour workshop + 1 hour open studio
  • MAX 5 students
  • $100 + GST

Learn about building your lighting up from the basics. We will look at what impact fill lights, background & rim / kicker lights can make on the basic setup. Learn how 2 lights can create professional portraits.

Lighting ratios / Low Key lighting / Fill light style / Rim light style / Using Reflectors

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SESSION 4 | MULTIPLE LIGHTS

Tuesday 5 March | 6-9pm

  • 2 hour workshop + 1 hour open studio
  • MAX 5 students
  • $100 + GST

Learn about using more than 2 lights in your setups. This session is really about creating more highly crafted setups including main, fill, background and rim lights in various ways.

Multiple light setups / High-key lighting / Controlling background tone / Multiple lighting ratios across the set

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SESSION 5 | USING COLOUR

Tuesday 12 March | 6-9pm

  • 2 hour workshop + 1 hour open studio
  • MAX 5 students
  • $100 + GST

Learn about using colour gels on your lights to change the feeling in your images (using Jake Hicks gel packs) We will also look at using RGB LED lights and background paper rolls.

Colour Theory / Traditional colour gels / Different gel palettes / RBG LEDs / subject vs background colour

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SESSION 6 | SPEED LIGHT

  • 2 hour workshop + 1 hour open studio
  • MAX 5 students
  • $100 + GST
  • Coming soon!

About your presenter: Sam Oster

vist samoster.com

"When I was a student doing my photography major at University (Bachelor of Visual Arts), I was very idealistic about 'pure' photography.

I thought studio lighting was fake and didn't want anything to do with it.

Trying to make a living as a working photographer, I quickly realised how wrong I was. I am now a lighting convert, and have spent decades learning and applying controlled lighting in both studio and environmental shoots.

As a stills photographer in film & television, I observed how lighting could craft a mood, tell a story, and describe the subject and its relationship to 3-dimensional space.

For the past 30 years I have worked both commercially and creatively, working in the performing arts as well as commercial photography.

Along the way I've also taught photography (Tafe SA, University of South Australia, Centre for Creative Photography).

I value the journey of discovery that both teaching and learning offer, and I get inspired working with others to explore the photographic image.

Alongside my freelance work I also run a studio space. I often see how people who hire the studios struggle with lighting and it reminds me to value my hard-earned relationship with light - I want to inspire and educate others to take control of light and start using it confidently in their work".


We acknowledge the Kaurna People as the traditional custodians of the land on which Cog Creative Space stands. 

The land on which we meet to work, create, and learn, always was and always will be Aboriginal Land.