Beginners Guide to Strobe Lights and Simple Portraits

Do you have studio strobe lights, umbrellas, light stands, and assorted other lighting tools and just not sure how they work ? Then this quick course is for you. We’ll show you how it all works from the intricacies of strobe lights to assembling a light box, how to set up a boom and a background, and then a crash course in studio lighting and simple portraits.


Do you have studio lights, but find yourself stumbling around them wondering how they work? Or do you have an interest in photographing portraits, products, or any subject requiring strobe lights? We have created the perfect crash course on studio lights, lighting, and simple portraits.  No matter what your goals and desires are, this course will get you started learning studio lighting, how the equipment works, and provide you a start to capturing great portraits.

shortThis photography course is geared for beginning photographers and starts right at the basics. In an easy to follow approach, you will learn how to setup your strobes, umbrellas, light boxes, and other lighting tools.  Next you will learn lighting and why you use a specific light modifier over another, how to shoot a simple portrait, how ti light a background, and even some basic posing techniques.

What’s covered:

·  Studio strobes: power packs or mono lights and how do they work

·  Umbrellas vs soft boxes

·  Backgrounds and how to light them

·  Accent lighting: hair lights, edge lights, and more

·  Basic posing techniques


This course includes written and video lectures for easy understanding. 

Instructor: Charlie Borland has been a commercial and stock photographer for over 30 years. He has photographed for a wide range of clients including: Xerox, NW Airlines, Fujitsu, Tektronix, Nike, Blue Cross, Nationsbank, Precision Castpart’s Corp., Mentor Graphics, Texas Instruments, Pacificorp, Cellular One, Sequent Computer, Early Winters, Cascade Bancorp, and AGC. His imagery has been used thousands of times worldwide and a sampling include: National Geographic Adventure and Traveler, Outside, Women’s Sport and Fitness, Newsweek, TV Guide, CIO, Sports Illustrated for Women, Time, Backpacker, Sunset, American Photo, Outdoor Photographer, Eco Traveler, Southern Bell, to name a few. Charlie is the co-author to Understanding Flash and the author of Outdoor Flash Photography.  Charlie has been teaching for over a decade and teaches several courses here.


Note: If you do not have lighting equipment, click here for some recommendations on gear used to take this course.