Strobe Modifiers & Effects

90 Minutes

Light is just one element to creating a beautiful studio photo. Modifiers for those lights are also  necessary to shape and diffuse the light to create specific effects you may be looking for in your end result.

This workshop will familiarize you will a toolbox full of modifiers and their effects for shaping and diffusing light onto your subject to create beautiful portraits. We will have a model for this workshop to demo and for you to practice shooting using the different modifiers.


In this workshop, we will cover the following modifiers, their various characteristics and effects:

  • Collapsible reflectors: different shapes, sizes, colors
  • Metal reflectors: short and throw
  • Umbrellas: different sizes and colors
  • Softboxes: different shapes
  • Barndoors
  • Beauty dishes: different colors
  • Grids
  • Snoots
  • Gels: different colors


You will leave this workshop with a better understanding of when to use what modifier to achieve a particular effect when shooting in the studio.


Requirements: Intro to the Photography Studio workshop or relative experience working with strobes.

Optional: Feel free to bring your camera, however, you will also need to bring your camera’s USB cord for tethering to Lightroom. If your camera does not tether to Lightroom, you will need to use the classroom camera, which is a Nikon D750, and I will have it set for the studio settings. No exceptions.


SPECIAL NOTE: Any student photos taken of the model belong to the photographers, however, photographers agree photos shall be released to the model to use for her portfolio only as a special thanks for her time. Photographers agree to sign a class model release prior to shooting providing such use and prohibiting photographer commercial use (selling the photos) without written consent of model.


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.