Portraiture Lighting class

(Sponsored and hosted by the Pacific Art League)

Offered: Sunday, June 11th ~ 10am to 4pm

Take a tour of studio three point lighting, and using natural light in this day long journey exploring light incident upon the human face and form. In this comprehensive studio and natural light portraiture class, students will work in small groups, taking turns as photographer, studio assistant and model, and utilizing a tripod and any camera, even your smartphone! Students will learn standard 3-point lighting, as well as dramatic variations such as single source, Rembrandt, Clamshell, Beauty, Film Noir and Horror. Students will also learn to work with incident light, ambient light and ‘natural light, leaving with a solid set of portrait photography skills.

What is a DSLR/M?

I teach how to use cameras in Manual Mode, the most creative mode in which to use your camera. Once you are comfortable with Manual Mode the other modes fall neatly into place, and your camera’s functionality opens up like a Lotus Flower.

The way to know if your camera is good for PhotoTrainer is to see if the lens is interchangeable. If you can swap lenses this is good – sign up and take my class with this camera. Cameras with fixed lenses, are in the “point and shoot” genre and rarely stop down lower than f/8. Taking this class with one of these cameras is like taking a shower with a raincoat on. Not recommended. 🙁


“The DSLR Jumpstart class was perfectly utilized. Tom was very patient and even though my camera was not a classic DSLR (I have the Sony Nex 5n, mirrorless), he was prepared specifically for me with a reference sheet and explanations. Besides that I understand better how to use my camera and take better pictures for my food blog. I highly recommend this class.”

– Mark Hassin