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Studio Lighting 101 (Full Online)

At some point in the life of an aspiring professional photographer, he will want to add another skill set—shooting with studio lights. Now that you have control over almost everything when you shoot in an enclosed area using studio lights, that “new-found control” can be overwhelming. Shooting with studio lights is, indeed, a whole new discipline. In this three-day hands-on class, Dail Deri shares the essentials of studio lighting, whether you’re photographing people or objects.

What will be covered

  • Shooting with a continuous light source vs shooting with studio lights
  • Compact flash vs studio lights
  • What’s in a studio:
    • Minimum size requirement
    • Essential studio accessories
  • Principles of lighting
  • Shooting people and objects with studio lights for commercial use
  • Solving common problems when shooting with studio lights

Who should attend

Perfect for those who wish to:

  • Learn the basics in shooting with studio lights
  • Learn the basics of photographing people and products using studio lights
  • Put up a studio, whether for commercial or personal use
  • Finally correctly use the compact flash or studio lights they had purchased
  • Use photography a their main or supplementary source of income


  • Completion of the PCCI basic photography workshop; or
  • Equivalent experience in basic photography (must pass the assessment guide)

What to bring

  • Camera: DSLR or Mirrorless camera with hot shoe (for flash trigger) or PC socket for studio flash
  • Lens: Minimum requirement: With focal length of at least 50mm (ex: 18-55mm / 24-70mm / 24-105). Preferably 70mm to 100mm
  • Tripod (There are some units available at PCCI, which are shared among the participants. If you have your own, we suggest you bring it with you so you can practice with your own equipment.)
  • Compact flash is optional. But if you have one, you may bring it if you wish to use it during the exercises.

Expected Outcome

At the end of the course, participants are expected to:

  • Identify the studio equipment and accessories needed for a particular studio photography assignment
  • Know the basic lighting principles and techniques in studio photography
  • Set up studio lights and equipment, and apply the necessary lighting techniques required to execute a vision
  • Get the correct exposure for studio photography
  • Take photos of people or objects for commercial use
  • Know what equipment or accessories they need to invest in for the type of portrait photography they wish to focus on.
  • The order of topics may change depending on the need of the majority of the class.
  • For the portrait photography topic, the objective is to be able to pose subjects who are non-professional models. Thus, this class does not include/require professional models for the exercise.


  1. Includes e-certificate of completion
  2. Lifetime Free Refresher  (You may attend again the same course,  free of charge, on a space-available basis.)
  3. Alumni discount
  4. Enroll in our L2C (Learning to Certification) programs and get a globally recognized certificate. This course is part of:


Per Session Schedule


2 Consecutive Days - 3 Hours per Session
Live online instructor-led demonstrations and discussions, student engagement and hands-on exercises.


May 14 - 15 2023


Class hours vary per date. Typical hours are as follows:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm




studio lighting 101


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  • Date
    May 14 - 15 2023
  • Time
    Class hours vary per date. Typical hours are as follows:
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This course is designed to enhance the knowledge, desirable attitudes, and skills in operating a camera and composing a subject; setting up studio lights, equipment, and accessories; performing post-production stages; and presenting finished products in accordance with the industry standards.