Intro to the Photography Studio and Strobe Light Uses

90 Minutes

A portrait is a record or keepsake to last a lifetime. As a studio photographer, much goes into creating that momento. From coordination of wardrobe, hair and makeup to setting up sets and lights and then directing, posing and shooting your client to reviewing select images with your client – these are just a few tasks involved with the actual shoot. However, as a new studio photographer, you will need to grasp all of the basics of being in a studio: the equipment available to you and how to use it – learning to crawl before you walk and to walk before you run!

In this workshop, we will start by briefly going over many of the tasks involved in a portrait shoot as a primer before diving into a discussion and demonstrations on the following topics:

  • Shooting space
  • Tripods
  • Background options & support systems
  • How to properly use light stands and sandbags
  • Odds and ends such as: gaffer tape, spring clamps, extension cords, surge protectors
  • Different uses for strobes: key lights, fill lights, background lights, rim light, hair light, side light and floor lights
  • How to use a light meter
  • Tethering: why tether, what’s needed for tethering and how to tether
  • And more…


You will walk away from this workshop with a better comfort level of being in a photography studio, using a light meter, setting up light stands and a tripod, the functions of the class strobes and how to tether using Adobe Lightroom.


Requirements: You must know the manual settings of your camera.

Optional: Feel free to bring your camera, but if you do, bring your camera’s USB cord. If there’s time at the end, you can practice shooting tethered in the studio. This workshop is mainly to get you acquainted with the studio equipment before other workshops where we will actually learn about modifiers, lighting patterns and other studio techniques.

About the Instructor:

Dawn M. Wayand is a professional photographer, exhibition curator, photography educator and founder of NYC Digital Photography Workshops. Having published over 80 feature photography articles and gear reviews since late-2015, Dawn currently writes for the Adorama Learning Center, B&H Photo and Digital Photography School. Dawn has been shooting travel, street and candid portraits since 2001 and has been working with models and actors shooting portraits, headshots and fashion through her own photography business, Dawn M. Wayand Photography, since 2014.