Do-It-Yourself Lighting at Home
© Nestor Pérez-Molière

Do‑It‑Yourself Lighting at Home

Dates: Thursdays, Mar 9–Apr 20, 2023
Time: 12–2pm (ET)
Sessions: 6 (no class on April 6)
Limited enrollment: 8 students
Fee: $380
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Look closely at how to manipulate the lighting in your photography in a do-it-yourself environment utilizing common household items. Through demonstrations and weekly assignments, students will learn how to use ambient and artificial light to illuminate subjects. Understanding how light behaves will allow us to manipulate it through reflections, diffusion, and blocking. Portraiture, self-portraiture, environmental, and still life photography will be considered in this course, and we will look at artists who sculpt light in their work. Supported by in-class critiques, this is a good opportunity to work on a project that involves shaping light, or to simply experiment with different techniques each week. This course looks to demystify studio lighting through an “at-home” approach.


The class was great. Néstor is a wonderful teacher, encouraging, critical in the right ways, and super nurturing. I enjoyed class with him so much.
—Kamal (New York City)
Néstor’s class was amazing. His presentations thoroughly captured the range of styles of still life photography and I think he was incredibly thoughtful with his critiques. I really enjoyed the class and am inspired to keep going!
—Jyoti (California)

Néstor Pérez-Molière
Néstor Pérez-Molière

Néstor Pérez-Molière was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and currently resides in The Bronx. His practice takes place mainly in the realm of photography, but also incorporates performance, drawing, video, installation, and intaglio techniques. All of these are used in unison as he turns his camera on himself and delves into self-portraiture, exploring his relationship with his body, body image ideals, and food relationships as subject matter.

Nestor has an MFA from Hunter College and holds a BSc in botany. He was part of the Artist in the Marketplace and Creative Capital’s Taller mentorship programs, and was part of The Bronx Museum of the Art’s Fourth Biennial. He has exhibited at the Museo de las Américas, the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center, Longwood Gallery, and the Liga de Artes de San Juan. He currently teaches digital and darkroom photography at the International Center of Photography and The Point CDC.

Néstor teaches lighting for still life and more   for StrudelmediaLive.