This 1 day (8 hours) indoor portrait lighting workshop is designed for photographers that:

  • Love shooting portrait.
  • Having trouble using flash at an indoor location.
  • Want to learn how to get the natural look with flash.
  • Want to learn how to get great result without much editing.
  • Want to learn how to shoot with multiple light sources.
  • Want to learn how to direct your model to work with your lighting setup

In a nutshell:

  • 0.5 hour theory.
  • 0.5 hour demonstration.
  • 7 hours hands on practice Shooting with professional models.
  • 3:1 photographers to model ratio.
  • Small group.
  • lots of one on one training time.

In this workshop. You are not just gonna listen to me talking about gears and theories or watching me doing demonstration. Instead, we’ll spend most of our time shooting. We’ll shoot together step by step, using YOUR CAMERA. The key is for you understand my thought process and workflow, so you know what’s REALLY HAPPENING BEHIND THE SCENE. This is actually the reason why watching tutorial by itself is not good enough.
Check out the sample photos to have an idea about what lighting effect we’ll get in this workshop. Register here

What we’ll cover in this workshop:
This is so far the most comprehensive lighting workshop I did in Vancouver. We’ll cover a lot of stuff, include but not limited to:

Using your light to help define the shape.

  • What light principles that really matter for us
  • Size
  • Distance
  • Angle
  • Power level

Lighting modifiers

  • Compare different types of light modifiers
  • Silver vs white
  • Small vs large
  • hard reflector vs collapsible
  • Grid and diffusor, when to use them
  • Which modifier to use under certain lighting condition

My camera settings and why

  • Metering mode
  • Exposure mode
  • White balance
  • Focusing Flash mode
  • ISO
  • Other features and tools I like to use (depends on camera)

HSS (not likely a common practice for indoor shoot, but it’s hot topic and we’ll cover it)

  • What it can do.
  • What’s the limitation
  • How to get the most out of your strobe with HSS

How to blend strobe light with ambient to get the natural looking

  • Shooting with strobe but thinking like a natural light photographer
  • Analyzing location and available light
  • How to get good toning without any editing
  • How not to make your shots look flashy
  • How to get best of both world, strobe and natural light.

What your model can do for your lighting

Lighting gear that I recommended

Lens that I recommended

I love using my strobe, but sometimes the best light will be natural light only. We’ll discuss when that’ll be and hopefully do a demonstration when condition allowed. What to bring:
You camera and lens (F1.4 or F1.8 recommended)


Important to know:

  • This workshop is suitable to anyone who understands exposure triangle. As long as you can operate your camera you won’t have any problem.
  • Make sure you know how to quickly change your ISO, white balance, shooting mode on your camera.
  • You are more than welcome to bring your own light.
  • If you want to use my lights, make sure you rent the Profoto Trigger that works for your camera.

Cost: CAD$499 per person