General Description

This workshop introduces students to the fundamentals of studio lighting. Whether for portrait or still life, in the studio, students will learn how to manipulate light and mood to create the desired effect. In-class demonstrations cover the unique properties and use of strobe equipment and continuous light sources, such as tungsten and LED lighting, as well as diffusers, specialized reflectors, focusing elements, and light shapers. Students learn to consider the direction of light, proper exposure, and lighting’s effect on contrast and color balance. We also examine the properties of various lighting conditions and color temperature, including mixing daylight with artificial lighting. There will also be Classroom excesses to take back to your school for both still life and portrait photography.


Teachers that have a good knowledge of exposure and how a camera works and want to learn about studio photography and lighting.

Teaching Standards

6.3.2 Proficient Level - Engage in Professional Learning - Engage with colleagues and improve practice:  Contribute to collegial discussions and apply constructive feedback from colleagues to improve professional knowledge and practice,

6.2.2 Proficient Level - Engage in Professional Learning - Engage in professional learning and improve practice:   Participate in learning to update knowledge and practice targeted to professional needs and school and/or system priorities,

3.4.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Select and use resources:  Select and/or create and use a range of resources, including ICT, to engage students in their learning,

3.3.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Use teaching strategies:  Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem-solving, and critical and creative thinking,

2.6.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Information and Communication Technology (ICT):  Use effective teaching strategies to integrate ICT into learning and teaching programs to make selected content relevant and meaningful,

2.1.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area:  Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities


Are you in NSW? If so, this is relevant for you

This course may contribute towards Elective PD hours. Visit for more details.

Venue Information:

Dragon Education

22 Herbert Street




Artarmon railway station – with 15 minute walk to our studios at 22 Herbert Street, Artarmon.

Visit Transport NSW to plan your trip.


Dragon Education participants have free access to our underground parking for the duration of the course.

COVID-19 Event Information

All TTA venues continue to work with advice provided by the NSW Health Department in managing the risks associated with the current COVID-19 situation. While the current risk is low, TTA venues will be taking steps to help provide a safe environment for our courses. There will be increased cleaning and disinfecting of all areas, and venues will be providing ample hand sanitiser pumps. While venues will be taking all the care that they can, we also stress the need for course participants to take responsibility for their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of those around them. If you are not feeling well or showing symptoms of COVID-19, please don’t attend this event. Wash your hands regularly. Avoid shaking hands where possible. Practice cough etiquette, coughing into a tissue or your elbow and washing your hands afterwards. Thank you for your understanding.



30 minutes

  • Going through what we will be covering in the day and asking participants about their photography backgrounds to help focus the course to there needs.

Different lighting types and how they affect the image.

30 minutes

  • Looking at the differences between Florescent, Tungsten, HMI, LED and strobe lighting. Covering the colour temp, CRI, TLCI, Flicker, intensity, flexibility as well as the Pros and Cons of each.

Understanding lighting modifiers.

1 hour

  • We will be experimenting with umbrellas, softboxes, and grids, students will become familiar with light-control devices, such as fresnel spots, and beauty dishes, including the Mola, snoots, and 3-D reflectors.

Still life photography in the Studio

1 hour and 30 minutes

  • Using some provided props and anything you may have brought with you for this session, we will start taking photos and looking at the options when lighting a still life. this will be a multi-light setup and will cover high key and low key photography styles.

Photographing people in the studio

1 hour and 30 minutes

  • In this session, we will take what we have learnt and start layering up the image. This means starting with one light and adding more to get the look we want. We will also look at other image and look at how they were shot. at the end of this session you should have images that you can edit in lightroom.

Lightroom and review

1 hour

  • Taking the images that we shot during the day we will start to develop them in lightroom. We will also cover how to shoot tethered. this is a quick look at the development part of lightroom and will not cover the entire program but only the development section. we will look at how we can manipulate the image and what we can do to get a better image in-camera.

What To Bring

Bring your camera to take your own photos and your Laptop if you want to actively participate in the lightroom development portion.

There will be some cameras on-site but using yours will give you a better understanding of your equipment.


Dragon  Education

Dragon Education

The team behind Dragon Education and Training have over twenty years of experience working with teachers, students, and schools to provide imaging solutions. Dragon Education and Training was created in response to the demands of teachers for whom the most valuable resource is knowledge. Teachers want to know how and why they want to understand and to use their understanding to help them deliver better outcomes for their students. Teachers also want to be engaged in order to feel that their professional learning is valuable to their school, their students, but most importantly to themselves. As available technologies continue to emerge and transform the way we do things, both in the classroom and in the real world, it is important to remember that knowing what the technologies are and how to use them is only a small piece of the puzzle; what is far more important is understanding why. All of Dragon’s courses and programs are developed and presented by teachers for teachers, and they aim to address both the how and the why in order to make your professional learning: Relevant, Accessible, Hands-On & Applicable