Do you want to shoot portraits,
business, or product photography?
Do you wish to open your own
portrait studio and have no idea how to light subjects?
Has you boss asked you to
photograph the companies products?
Are you ready to take the next
leap in your photography ability?
people ask you to take photographs that require lighting and you
are not sure where to start. Or maybe you already have lights,
but find yourself stumbling around wondering what to do and how
to use them.
Then this workshop is for you! Join
award-winning commercial photographer
Charlie Borland as he
shares his knowledge in a step-by-step approach to making the
jump from lighting novice to experienced lighting technician.
To help you jump start into lighting expert, Charlie Borland
has developed an excellent 8-week online workshop that deals
specifically with the needs of aspiring photographers trying to
break into the business. This course was taught for several
years at another online school with great success and often had
packed classes. It's now offered in a 1-on-1 online workshop
Here is what some said after taking this course:
asked to do the photo for a CD cover for singer song writer Pete
Bxxxxx. Would not have got this opportunity if I hadn't done
this course so, Thanks Charlie for a great course!! You’re an
Duncan H. (England)
Very much enjoyed the course. Learned a great deal. Thank you
Jonathan N. (U.S.)
I asked my friend Sarah to model
for me to practice my lighting. The gym she
goes to, saw the pictures and asked me to shoot one for an ad,
which is a before and after shot of Sarah. If I hadn't taken
this course, I would have never had this opportunity! Thanks
Karen B. (Canada)
Charlie, Thanks for your support! Being
really honest, it's my biggest dream to open my own studio. Now,
I have to still learn, but I'm looking for possibilities for
doing it. Mostly I'm interested in creating shots of people or
models. Once more, thanks for your course.
Ivana K. (Czech Republic)
This 8-week online workshop is especially geared to beginning
through professional photographers. In this workshop, you'll
receive a broad overview of photographic lighting, gain a good
idea of how to light people, products, and locations.
You will also learn how to see
light quality, how to manage highlights and shadows, how to
choose the the right lighting accessory for the subject, why use
an umbrella over a light box, and managing the color of
various ambient light sources.
How to see light and shadow.
The different qualities of light, color balance, and
Equipment and how it works.
Which light best applies to your subject.
How to light portraits in the studio and on location.
Lighting color management: How to mix strobe with ambient
How to photograph products in the studio and location.
Lighting in offices, manufacturing plants, and home
is the teacher?
Before you take a
you should be asking this question. Are
they qualified to be
teaching this workshop? What you learn and where you go with
photography depends on an experienced and qualified instructor
This course is
veteran professional photographer for over 25 years. He has
traveled the U.S. and Internationally on assignment for many
magazines and large corporations including:
Xerox, NW Airlines, Fujitsu, Tektronix, Nike, Blue Cross,
Nationsbank, Precision Castparts Corp., Mentor Graphics, Texas
Instruments, Pacificorp, Cellular One, America West Airlines,
Sequent Computer, Early Winters, Cascade Bancorp, Associated
General Contractors, Sunset Magazine, Farmers Insurance, Key
Bank, Northwest Airlines,
and many more.
In 1990, with the success of his own photo
marketing, he started Borland Stock Photo in Portland, OR. This
boutique stock photo agency eventually represented the images of
50 photographers before being sold to FPG (later Getty), a NY
stock agent. In 2001, he co-founded
online agency where he currently assists in image reviews and
works with the agencies many photographers to develop marketable
imagery in today's competitive environment.
experience in the profession, makes Charlie an excellent
instructor to assist YOU in
developing a marketable portfolio of images. He knows what the
clients want! Charlie is an enthusiastic instructor who will
leave y0u motivated and inspired!
This workshop is designed for Intermediate/Advanced
photographers. You should know how to use your camera and have a
clear understanding of f/stops and shutter speeds. If you are
shooting digital, you will need to know how to download files to
your computer and process them. And you MUST have a passion for
The equipment you will need is a film or digital camera, tripod,
and the ability (computer) to upload your digital files for
review. You can shoot with film or digital and just need the
ability to scan film or process digital files.
You will also
need the following lighting equipment:
3 monolight strobes of 300 watt seconds or greater.
5 light stands for these lights (2 light
and 3 heavy duty)
One small boom
One 20 degree grid spot or the complete set
One large lightbox (approx. 36" x 48")
One small light box (approx. 24" x 32")
Two 32” (or close) soft white umbrellas
Background: grey seamless paper
Spring clamps from the hardware store (As
many as you want to own)
A flash meter (optional)
Lighting gels by Rosco (optional) (a 3202,
3204, 3206, 3304, 3315, 3401, 3408, 3409)
IMPORTANT: Make sure your camera body has a
PC sync cord socket. For example, the Rebel XTi does not have a
place to plug in this cord, so you MUST have a Safe Sync by
Wein. Then the cord plugs into this socket. It is best to get
the Safe Sync whether you have a PC socket or not to protect
your camera's electronics. Or if you wish you can get a wireless
setup like Pocket Wizard or Quantum.
do not have studio lighting equipment, please email us for
lighting equipment recomendations.
The workshop is open to only a handful of students per
session and the cost is
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you can download our registration form and pay by check or money order.
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You can cancel up to the start date of the workshop and receive
a refund, minus a $30 processing fee. After the start date,
there is no refund due to limited enrollment.
Please note: Lessons average 1mb in
size, so you need the ability to receive emails this size. If
you cannot get them that large, we can mail you a cd with all
lessons in advance. You will still be able to participate in the
online experience of the workshop.