Studio Lighting for Portrait and Fashion – 27 April 2019


When: Sat 27 Apr 2019, 2pm-4.30pm (2.5hrs)
Where: Legend Studio Melbourne (Thomastown)
Price: $90
Suitable for: Intermediate – all ages – wheelchair friendly
Presenter: Brett Dorron

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Single light – Hybrid Butterfly and Ring lighting

No photographer starts out an expert in the studio. Like everything else, studio lighting is a learned craft. This workshop aims to teach you the core lighting techniques and principles that should be in every studio photographer’s repertoire. Each point is discussed in simple no-nonsense terms with real life lighting demonstrations before your very eyes. You’ll come away equipped with the how, what, when and why to give you increased understanding, confidence and enjoyment in every situation.

Like so many other’s, I didn’t always love the studio. I had to learn just like everyone else. Now, I absolutely love the studio for the control it gives me over lighting and environments. In this workshop, I wish to come full circle and share some of my knowledge and love of studio lighting with you. I want you to leave with newfound confidence and understanding of what is possible in the studio.

The following lighting styles, patterns and terminology will be discussed and demonstrated with a real model in a real life studio environment. You’ll get to shoot many of the styles yourself with your own camera. We’ll start each demonstration very simply with a single light source, and explore and discuss what each individual light or lighting style can achieve on its own. What are the strengths and what are the shortcomings of each light and each style? How can we modify or improve them? We’ll then build the complexity, the knowledge and understanding as we progress throughout the workshop.

Lighting terms discussed and demonstrated:

One light plus reflector – High key Loop lighting

  1. Split lighting.
  2. Rembrandt lighting.
  3. Butterfly (Paramount) lighting.
  4. Loop lighting.
  5. Broad lighting.
  6. Short lighting.
  7. Key light.
  8. Fill light.
  9. Backlight.
  10. Rim light.
  11. Hair light.
  12. Beauty dishes.
  13. Flat light.
  14. Soft light.
  15. Harsh light.
  16. Diffuse light
  17. Directional light
  18. 3 point lighting.
  19. Reflectors, flags and cutters.

Other subjects discussed or touched on along the way:

Two lights plus reflector – Split Lighting plus Hair light

  • Modelling lights
  • Triggering the flash (Sync cables and wireless)
  • Flash duration
  • Controlling lens flare with hoods and flags
  • Metering for electronic flash
  • Operating a flash meter
  • Flash and shutter synchronisation speeds
  • Metering and using ambient light and flash together
  • Controlling contrast and light fall off and the inverse square law
  • Feathering light with a bare reflector
  • Using flags to soften edges and sculpt light
  • Using diffusion materials
  • Bounce lighting
  • Umbrellas
  • Soft boxes
  • Altering the size of the light and its effect on contrast
  • Feathering a diffused light source controlling contrast with reflectors
  • Choosing a reflector surface: white, silver or coloured reflectors
  • Establishing a basic lighting ratio with a single reflector

Important times, details, and address: 

Brett Dorron – Two lights – Rembrandt plus Rim light

  • Workshop: Studio Lighting for Portrait and Fashion
  • When: Saturday 27th April 2019, 2pm-4.30pm (2.5hrs)
  • Where: Legend Studio Melbourne – 1/95 Heyington Avenue Thomastown. Just off the ring road. Grab the Freeway. Plenty of parking on site and on the street.
  • Price: Early Bird $70 till 18th Apr – RRP $90.
  • Suitable for: Intermediate – all ages
  • Fitness: Not applicable. Venue has wheelchair access.
  • What to bring: Camera with manual exposure mode and hotshoe, standard to telephoto lens, batteries, memory cards and yourself.
  • Presenters: Brett Dorron


Thank you. I would love to see you there.

Brett Dorron

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