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Workshop: Basic Indoor Lighting 101

January 28, 2017 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

| $75

Workshop Overview

Basic Indoor Lighting 101

We’re excited to kick off the 2017 workshop series with one that has garnered particular interest, regarding indoor lighting.

Light is our medium. We can learn to see, control, and shape light. Whether that be natural or artificial light.

We’ll learn how to use tools to control and shape light, and get better at seeing the light around us.

The Workshop is meant to be interactive. Everyone can participate. We’ll be enlisting help from the participants throughout. We’ll be shooting live to a large monitor so we can learn as we go, and work through problems as they arise.

This workshop will be limited to 20 Attendees so we can keep it as hands-on as possible.

Bring your own camera and lenses. You’ll be able to shoot your own work!


Workshop Information

Basic Indoor Lighting 101 by CoPA member Nick Collura is a 3 hour workshop with 2 short breaks. Water and Coffee will be provided. Please bring light snacks if you wish.

Venue Information

Studio C is a spacious 1800+ sq ft photography studio in the Lincoln Warehouse. It’s a versatile shared space between Collura Creative and Cream City Casting.

Purchase Tickets below

Tickets are available on a first-come basis.
There are 20 seats available.


Afternoon Session


Manual Exposure Proficiency Required


Available to the public

Gear Topics


Strobe vs Ambient Light

We’ll learn to see and shape the available (ambient) light, and strobe light. We’ll also talk about advantages and disadvantages of each, including using the modeling light on your strobe, if available.


What is a Modifier and how to choose?

There are an abundance of light shapers and modifiers available to use. We’ll show various modifiers and how to use them with ambient light and strobe light.



Umbrellas are one of the most basic of light modifiers. We’ll talk about the various kinds, and advantages and disadvantages of each.


Softboxes & Octaboxes

Softboxes and Octaboxes are another type of light modifier. We’ll show the differences as compared to other modifiers, and demonstrate uses.



Lighting grids can be attached to many types of lighting modifiers, helping to control light. We’ll demo several kinds.

Technique Topics


Proper Exposure

Learn how to read and judge the histogram to make proper exposures in camera.


Lighting Patterns

There are several classic portrait lighting patterns. We’ll demonstrate Split, Rembrandt, Loop, and Butterfly patterns.


Combining ambient and strobe light

We’ll learn techniques to blend available light with strobe light.


Grip Basics and Safety

We’ll go through some basics to make sure you’re using stands and lighting equipment properly and safely.

Become a Member

CoPA Members receive a $25 Discount

CoPA Members receive a $25 discount to all Workshops. Log in to receive your discount.

Learn more about becoming a CoPA member.


January 28, 2017
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Event Category:


Coalition of Photographic Arts (CoPA)


Studio C
2018 S 1st Street, #308
Milwaukee, WI 53207 United States
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