Undergraduate Degree




DP3002 Photographic Lighting For Studio and Location

[Studio Contact Hours: 39 hours; Pre-requisites: DP2006; Academic Unit: 4.0]




Academic Unit


4 AU

Course Description


Learning Objective

To develop in the students a practice-based knowledge of staged lighting. To introduce students to such lighting related issues as colour, colour mixing, staging and natural verses studio lighting.


In this course, students will explore lighting set-ups and techniques that are used in editorial and commercial work. Through demonstrations and discussions students will learn how to produce the desired effects through an exploration of a variety of lighting strategies using single, multiple, and mixed sources. The course will also cover ways of using lighting techniques to create and enhance the emotional ambiance of the photograph. The studio and location workshop will train students how to both create a lighting condition and how to work with existing lighting.

Course Outline




• Intro to course

2 - 6

• Advanced photographic equipment 

- spot and flash meters, medium format cameras, 4x5 large format camera, digital backs, strobes and continuous light sources 

• Light, colour, background and subject

• Mixing different light sources


• Mid Sem review of assignments

8 - 12

• Staging a shoot

• Studio and Location


• Final review of assignments

Learning Outcome

The students will be able to consider a photo shoot as a thing of artifice that can be staged and also augmented through a consideration of its lighting. The students will know the importance of colour and light in establishing and creating the emotional ambience of a subject and scene.

Student Assessment

  1. Final Assessment: 40%

  2. Continuous Assessment: 60% (of which at least 15% is participation)

Continuous assessment components may include:

  • Studio-based exercises and projects

  • Individual, group and team-based assignments


      1. Glen Rand, Lighting for Photography: Techniques for Studio and Location Shoots, Amherst Media