This is a group course (4 — 6 students) of four 2 hour classes. We also occasionally run the course as a single day class.
The first class is a tutorial session covering the core principles of studio photography. The remaining three classes are tutored shooting practising the various topics and techniques with an experienced model.
We’ll cover all the usual stuff like loop, butterfly and Rembrandt lighting, high key and low key, etc. using experienced models (both male and female).
No studio experience is necessary, but you will need a SLR camera and preferably a lens with a focal length greater than 80mm (or 50mm on a crop sensor).
The course won’t make you a master of lighting (that takes time and practice), but it will teach you that it is all relatively simple and give you the confidence to practice and grow your own experience.
One-to-one tuition is also available.
Course price: £160 (for each participant & payable in advance). Price includes 20% VAT.
Upcoming dates: no courses are currently scheduled
What’s been said about the course:
I attended the fundamentals of studio portrait lighting course run by Barrie Spence and his wife Fiona and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed every minute.
Barrie teaches you every thing you need to know about studio lighting in an easy and relaxed manner which makes learning fun. The models are great to work with as they strike pose after pose, or you can direct them as to the pose or look that you want. Either way you will come back with some amazing images.
Barrie Spence’s studio lighting course held at Pavilion Photographic studio was one of the best courses I have ever attended, Barrie’s knowledge and enthusiasm of his subject made the course most enjoyable.
New to portraiture, I found the course both stimulating and enjoyable. We were guided through the basics in and interesting and non threatening way. Working with professional models, in a real studio setting, was a great experience. I would certainly recommend this course. Lots of information and ideas to follow through.….. thank you Barrie and Fiona.
I had the pleasure of attending the ‘Fundamentals of Studio Portrait Lighting’ course and thoroughly enjoyed the four varied sessions. Barrie has a wealth of knowledge and his relaxed and easy going manner makes learning fun. If you are looking for a course to teach you the basics of studio lighting I can’t recommend Barrie highly enough
After seeing Pavilion Studios ad for a course on studio lighting I phoned up to see if the course was for me as I’m fairly new to photography and have no experience of studio work — Barrie assured me it was for all levels of experience and I signed up. The course was fantastic I learned so much from Barrie’s approach to teaching and it was easily the best experience I’ve had so far as a photographer. If you get the chance to go on the course you’ll not be disappointed and will learn so much. It’s given me more confidence and I’ll definately be signing up for more.
Philip Cormack — studio portrait lighting course
Hey guys, for anyone considering getting into studio or portrait work this is the best way to get started.
Barrie knows his stuff inside out and his studio is amazing. He teaches simple to understand lighting techniques that really work.
If you look at my portraits from a year ago to now it’s due to hard work from me and guidance and tuition from Barrie Spence.
I thoroughly enjoyed the studio lighting course. I found it to be a perfect mix of theory and hands-on practical work, all done in an informal and relaxed way. It has provided me with a good understanding of different lighting techniques as well as the confidence to use them. Also getting some really nice shots while learning how to do them is always nice!
Chris Scott — studio portrait lighting workshop
Big thanks to Barrie Spence for the portrait lighting seminar yesterday.. Learn’t a ton of stuff, very interactive, great models and an all round relaxed atmosphere. Highly recommended..