How to Light Environmental Portraits
© Gianni Cipriano

How to Light Environmental Portraits

Dates: Wednesdays, Oct 6–Nov 3, 2021
Time: 1–3pm (ET)
Sessions: 5
Limited enrollment: 8 students
Fee: $340
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Do you struggle with lighting? Learn on-location lighting using the least amount of equipment possible. We will concentrate on environmental portraits in a variety of situations, in indoor and outdoor locations. We will cover on- and off-camera flash photography fundamentals: exposure, distance, mixing with ambient light, sync, TTL, light meters, the pros and cons of flash versus continuous lighting (LED lights), as well as the use of light modifiers. In addition, we will discuss how to communicate a message through lighting and how to best position and interact with your subject. Through weekly shooting assignments, students get to practice on their own and will over time improve the quality of their images. We'll also analyze how the masters of lighting use artificial light on location.


Please note: Students will need to have access to a portable flash (feel free to contact us for recommendations).
I LOVED Gianni’s lighting class. He is extremely nice and an excellent teacher. He is generous with his time, which is greatly appreciated. I loved the size of the class, and the quality/expertise of the teaching. I learned a lot, and I loved the fact it was an international crowd, with people from all over the world. And, I thought the class was reasonably priced. I was sad that the class ended.
—Gabrielle (San Francisco)
Fantastic class! Thank you Anja and Gianni.
—Jay (Oakland)

Gianni Cipriano
Gianni Cipriano

Gianni Cipriano is a Sicilian-born independent photographer based in Napoli, Italy. His work focuses on contemporary social, political, and economic issues. Gianni regularly works for The New York Times and has been documenting the ongoing upheaval in Italian politics for L’Espresso weekly magazine since 2013. His editorial work has also appeared in Time, Wired, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde Magazine, The Guardian Weekend Magazine, among others.

He graduated from the Documentary Photography and Photojournalism Program at the International Center of Photography in New York in 2008. He has received recognition and awards from POYI (Picture of the Year International), American Photography, New York Photo Awards, International Photography Awards, and the Ian Parry Scholarship.

Gianni’s work has been showcased in group exhibitions in venues such as the Rencontres d’Arles, FOLI Lima Biennale of Photography, MOPLA, Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism and at the MAXXI museum in Rome.

Gianni teaches lighting for environmental portraits   for StrudelmediaLive.