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Studio Lighting (short course)

Why study this course?

Our Studio Lighting short course offers an exciting opportunity to work with Spencer Rowell, a commercial photographer of over 35 years who has extensive experience in the most challenging of studio work. You'll learn how to construct light using continuous lighting, studio flash and portable flash.


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The Studio Lighting short course offers you the opportunity to explore both still life and portraits, making use of a variety of lighting techniques that will be discussed within the context of both historic and contemporary practice. Assignments will be set and group discussions will provide a forum to develop your work further.

You'll gain a comprehensive understanding of lighting and develop technical skills that are the foundations for creative and confident studio photography.

The sessions will be practical, giving you first-hand experience of using and becoming proficient at operating the studio.

You'll learn how to:

  • operate studio flashes, continuous lights and mobile flash
  • construct different lighting set ups for portraiture and still life
  • mix flash with daylight – "synchro-sun"
  • mix different lighting temperatures
  • experiment with flash and movement
  • adapt design studio lighting for different moods
  • explore the different quality of lighting accessories
  • measure light and understand the effects of exposure
  • understand reflected and incident light
  • understand colour temperature

Your tutor will be Spencer Rowell, a photographer, artist, lecturer of the photography content in the Fine Art BA at The Cass and founder of the lens-based collective Uncertain States.

This course is suitable for students with no experience of studio lighting, but knowledge of using a DSLR or film camera is essential.

Course dates Not currently available
Length One evening a week for eight sessions
Day and time Tuesday, 6.15pm to 8.45pm 
Maximum class size 8
Contact hours 20

A 20% discount is available for:

  • those who are registered as unemployed and in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • those whose sole or main income is a Department of Social Security (DSS) state retirement pension
  • those who are registered as disabled and in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • full-time and part-time UK students on credit-bearing courses
  • London Metropolitan University students on year-long day courses
  • London Metropolitan University Alumni Association members
  • London Metropolitan University staff

If you're eligible for the 20% discount, please contact us before booking.

The course fees include the cost of materials.

You'll normally be expected to bring your own DSLR or film camera. However, some DSLR or film cameras will be available for use in the department during class times.

Please read our terms and conditions before booking.

How to apply

Booking for this course isn't open at this time as the dates of the next intake are not yet confirmed. Please get in touch for further information or register your interest to receive notification as soon as booking opens.

When to apply

Please note, the deadline to book a place on one of our short courses is one week before the start date. If you have missed the deadline, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Fees and key information

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