Crash Course: Photographing in Natural Light

Crash Course: Photographing in Natural Light

Regular price $135.00
PCNW Instructor
DATES Select one from the following:
February 16, 2020 | Sunday 12:30-5:30pm
April 25, 2020 | Saturday 12:30-5:30pm
July 12, 2020 | Sunday 12:30-5:30pm
TUITION $135 | Payment & Refund Policy
LEVEL Foundation
PREREQS Proficient working knowledge of basic camera operations required; recommended Crash Course in Digital SLR Photography

This 5-hour workshop is designed for photographers who are comfortable working with their camera, but are looking for a hands-on approach to learning new lighting techniques and creative concepts working solely with available light sources. Most photographers already use available light exclusively for shooting people, places, or objects that are indoors, outside, or even in travel. If you don’t use a flash, you’re working with available light! This workshop is an introduction to manipulating natural light – using reflectors or diffusers, controlling shutter speed or aperture to capture action or create depth of field based on available light, and more. Whether you are looking to improve your portraits in an improvised or professional studio scenario, or working outside, a control over natural light will dramatically improve your photographs.

Topics covered include:

  • Working with natural light (indoors, outdoors depending on weather)
  • Using simple modifiers like reflectors and diffusers to manipulate light
  • Working with people for portraits, or still life items in natural light settings
  • An introduction to white balance and color temperature in a natural light setting
  • Photographing in low light situations, indoor and outdoor

Perfect if:

  • You are looking to use a studio space, but not yet working with strobes or lighting systems
  • You would like to improve portraits taken inside or outside using available light
  • You are interested in learning more about lighting still-lifes and interiors
  • You are a photographer wanting to explore creative ways of manipulating natural light
  • You have taken a Crash Course in Digital SLR Photography, and are looking for more hands-on experiences and feedback!


  • Digital SLR users will get the most out of this workshop, but film shooters are welcome to register: learning to modify natural light is a skill that adds to any photographer's skill set
  • Students must have/bring their own camera
  • Weather permitting, the group my venture outside for demonstration and to practice techniques so please plan accordingly with appropriate attire

Looking to take a series of courses to develop your skills? Create your own with the following courses:
Crash Course in Digital SLR Photography
Crash Course in Adobe Lightroom
Crash Course in Digital Printing with Lightroom
Crash Course in Reading Photographs



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