Studio Lighting Image

This 10-week 30-hour course is introduction to photographic lighting, designed to provide you with the opportunity to develop a working knowledge of the practical aspects of working with light both in studio and on location.

We will begin the investigation of light controls both from a practical as well as a theoretical point of view.

This is an intensive hands-on class that combines theory with lots of shooting and feedback. You will be photographing a range of subjects from still life to portraits, in studio and on-location.

We will develop safe and pragmatic approaches to setting up and working with studio strobe equipment. You will learn how to light your subjects with confidence and precision.
We will be using a digital camera for demonstrations but you will be expected to use your own camera for the studio shoots. You may use either film or digital cameras in this course.

Please Note: SLR Camera only

About Your Instructor: Dave Montizambert

Dave Montizambert lectures internationally on lighting, digital photography, and Photoshop.

He is also a published author having written two books on lighting and digital photography plus numerous magazine articles on these topics in North America, Asia, Russia and in Europe. Dave also creates Photoshop tutorial DVD's for

From 1999 to 2002 Dave was a beta tester for Foveon digital cameras located in Santa Clara California (see and is currently part of the Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom Beta test team.

Dave Montizambert owns and operates Montizambert Photography Inc. located in downtown Vancouver. For the past twenty-five years Montizambert Photography Inc. has created photographic images to aid various organizations and companies with their communication needs.

They have created images for clients such as: McDonalds Foods, Motorola, Atlanta Scientific/Nexus Engineering, Toyo Tires, Tri-Star Pictures, Warner Brothers, Constantine Films of Germany, Chevron Canada, Cuervo Tequila, the C.B.C, J&B Scotch, Hong Kong Bank, Chimera Softboxes, Light tools Egg-Crate Lighting Grids, Tsing Tao Brewery of China, No Fear
Sports Gear, Kodak, and Canada Post.

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Session 1 :

Lecture and Hands-On Demonstration: Introduction, overview of basic
lighting equipment and accessories. Safety overview.

Session 2 :

Lecture, Demonstration, Workshop. Basic light controls, specular vs
diffused, metering techniques. Workshop – Quality of Light.

Session 3 :

Lecture, Demonstration, Workshop. Basic light controls continued,
contrast control, use of reflectors. Workshop – Quality of Light continued.

Session 4:

Workshop - Shooting session in studio. Self assigned still life project.
Use of hard versus soft/diffused light. Contrast control, use of reflectors,
metering techniques.

Session 5 :

Lecture: Review of self assigned still life project. If time permits: Dean
Collins 3 dimensional contrast video and discussion.

Session 6 :

Lecture and Demonstration: Lighting techniques for photographing
people in studio.

Session 7 :

Workshop - Lighting for Portraiture. Shooting session in studio with

Session 8 :

Workshop – Lighting for full length and fashion. Lighting perfect white,
black and grey backgrounds. Shooting session in studio with models.

Session 9 :

Workshop – Shooting session on location with models. Using natural light
as well as flash fill lighting techniques for portraiture.

Session 10:

Final review and critiques.



Beginner/Intermediate. Must be comfortable with personal camera operation.


Maximum 14 participants.

What to Bring

Equipment Needed:

Bring your camera (must have manual controls) and at least 1 lens.
Optional: additional lenses, camera flash and tripod.

We Provide:

Detailed course notes in binder.
All lighting equipment and professional models when shooting in a professional studio setting as part of this course.


Early-Bird Discount:

Most of our courses and workshops offer a 10% discount is applied automatically if you register before the Early-Bird Discount deadline date listed in the registration table below.

Some courses and workshops offer a discount if you're among the first 3 people who register. This discount will replace the 'standard' Early Bird Discount mentioned above, and will be applied automatically during the online registration process (as long as it is available). Check the course/workshop listing page for more details.

Group Discount:

A 5% discount will be appplied if 3 or more people register at the same time for the same workshop. (All 3 tuitions must be paid for by one credit card to be considered a group registration.) Please follow the instructions on the online registration page.


In order to provide the best learning environment possible VPW keeps class and tour sizes limited to 10-15 people (depending on the workshop). This is but one reason that we count on you to attend your chosen class or tour, once you have registered for it.

If you must withdraw for any reason please be aware of our refund policy as follows:

For our Local Lectures, Seminars, and Workshops valued at or under $100, VPW is unable to provide a cash refund. Transfers are limited to one transfer to either the same event at a later date, or a different event of equal value. VPW requires 48 hours written notice in order to make such a transfer (email notice is acceptable). The event you are transferring to must occur within 6 months of the original event you registered for. A $15 fee will be applied to all transfers.

For our Local Workshops, 1 to 5 days in length and our Local 4 to 10 Week Courses, VPW requires 30 days written notice (before the event start date) of your withdrawal in order to provide a refund. (Email notice is acceptable.)

For our Master Photographer Series workshops, 1 to 5 days in length, VPW requires 60 days written notice (before the workshop start date) of your withdrawal in order to provide a refund. VPW may retain 15% of fees paid or $150 minimum in processing your refund. If the tuition is less than $500 the minimum fee drops to $75.

Within 45 days of the Master Photographer Series workshop date all fees paid are non-refundable.

For our Photo Tours (national and international), the following charges will apply:

  • If you cancel up to 3 months before the tour start date and we can fill your space, your reservation (or deposit) fee will be refunded
  • There is no additional cancellation fee up to 8 weeks before the start of your tour
  • From 8 weeks to 4 weeks before the tour: 25% of your balance
  • From 4 weeks to 1 week before the tour: 50% of your balance
  • From 1 week to 72 hours before the tour: 75% of your balance
  • If you cancel within 72 hours of the start of the trip, no refund can be paid
  • Transaction charges incurred on accepting and refunding payments will be deducted from the refund amount
  • In the (unlikely) event that we cancel the Photo Tour, all monies paid will be refunded in full

We highly recommend that you take out travel insurance to guard yourself against monies lost due to unavoidable cancellation by either party.

Transfers (for all events over $100): If you wish to transfer to a different workshop date, VPW requires a minimum of 30 days written (email) notice. All transfers are based on availaibility, and subject to approval by VPW staff. For courses/workshops with tuition above $101, the transfer fee is $35.

Transfer Fees as based on event pricing:
Tuition of $100 and below, the transfer fee is $15
Tuition of $101 and above, the transfer fee is $35

VPW can give no refunds:

If you registered for any event valued at or under $100
If you do not show up for your registered course.
If you register for a course beyond or below your skill or ability level.

Refunds for all events valued at $101 and above (excluding Master Series Workshops):
If a student wishes to cancel their registration for any of VPW's events, and has provided written notice within the appropriate timeframe, a refund less a $50 administration fee will be provided.

Course Cancellation:

Occasionally, we may have to cancel a course due to low enrollment. In this case, we will issue a full refund of all monies paid to VPW up to that time.

Instructor Replacement:

In the event that a listed instructor is unable to participate because of a change in his or her professional schedule, we will replace the instructor with someone of equal or similar credentials. If we cannot find a replacement in due time before the course is about to start, a particular class may have to be rescheduled.


In the event that we cancel your course, for any reason, the extent of VPW's liability is limited to the return of all monies paid. We will do everything we can to register you in another equivalent course. VPW will not be responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses of any kind.

Please note: An administration charge of $50 applies to all refunds

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"Thank you for a great course today - in Practical Studio Lighting. I love the one-day format and the way you managed to cover so much in one day with a lot of clarity and depth.

It was a very useful overview for me plus I had a lot of fun in the afternoon with the models."

"Finally a workshop that uses equipment that is actually being used in the industry today. I loved the Beauty Dish and the Ringlite the most. Tons of great experience and lots of fun working with the models."

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This Creating with Light 10 Week Course is taught by the following instructor:

Dave Montizambert!

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