This fall, I took an Advance Studio Lighting course at Langara. Studio lighting isn’t something I was too keen on mastering, since I mostly shoot with natural light. But this is a pre-requisite course to a host of other courses I want to take, and it’s a part of the degree requirement. So I sucked it up and registered for it.
I have to say, I have learned a lot during the course, and I actually enjoyed some aspects of it. I felt like there’s a bit too much home assignments and they really stressed me out. I would have really liked to have more in-class or in-studio shooting time. But I have to admit, sometimes struggling through things on my own really solidified the learning for me.
Here’s an image that took me almost 2 hours to set up, compose, shoot, and re-shoot (about 15 times). The exposure took 30 seconds, and the lighting was done with a flashlight. I rolled up a piece of construction paper into a cone, and stuck the flashlight into the cone so that only a small beam of light came through the tip of the cone. I “painted” the scene with this small beam of light, emphasizing certain areas over others to create the un-even and dramatic lighting. I quite liked the result, and so did my instructor.