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Portrait Studio Lighting: A One-Day Workshop with Kevin Scanlon (In-Person Learning – One Session)

  • Saturday
    May 13, 2023
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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© Photo by Kevin Scanlon


In-Person Learning Class

This one-day studio lighting course is designed as a basic introduction to lighting portraits in a controlled studio environment. In addition to learning technical use of equipment, participants will explore why great lighting, composition and styling are important elements in the creation of a successful portrait, as well as delving into other techniques that will help the photographer in connecting to the essence of the subject.

The day begins with a discussion and demonstration examining the details of light quality. What makes a light source soft versus hard, and which quality is appropriate for portraiture? There will be discussion on lighting for skin tones, eyes and hair and ways of dealing with those attributes. Participants will experiment with assignments throughout the day, learning how to create and manipulate a wide range of light qualities. Basic light modifiers, including soft boxes, umbrellas, beauty dishes, and grids will be employed, with the strengths and weaknesses of each being discussed. The role of light in a photograph to create mood, depth, dimension, and texture will also be examined. Examples of successful portraits by legendary and contemporary photographers will be analyzed, serving as a source of inspiration.

After lecture and demonstration, students will work with models in the afternoon. All equipment will be provided.

Students are encouraged to bring a Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) or Mirrorless camera equipped with a hot shoe or sync connection.

This course is strictly limited to 12 students.

This course will meet at Photoroom Rentals located inside The Reef building (Broadway and Washington) near downtown. The address is: 1933 S Broadway, Penthouse 1204
Los Angeles, CA 90007.

Kevin Scanlon ( is an award-winning freelance portrait photographer. In 2001, he quit his day-job in Arizona as a database administrator to become a professional photographer, before moving to Los Angeles in 2003. His clients include LA Weekly, New York Times, Darko Entertainment, Merck, and Warner Brothers Records. His early work consisted of music photography, and his images appeared on Weezer t-shirts and Jimmy Eat World album artwork. More recently, portraiture for editorial and advertising has been his concentration.


  • One Session
  • Date: Saturday, May 13, 10 am – 6 pm PST
  • Enrollment Limit: 12 students
  • Skill/Experience Level: Students should have a working knowledge of their camera. No lighting experience is necessary.
  • Tuition: $375 + $250 studio, model and equipment fee (Become a Member today and received up to 20% off!)
  • Location: Photoroom Rentals located inside The Reef building (Broadway and Washington) near downtown. The address is: 1933 S Broadway, Penthouse 1204, Los Angeles, CA 90007.

Traveling from out of town? Need a place to stay?

We recommend The Shay, a boutique, destination by Hyatt hotel conveniently located at 8801 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232. Guests of LACP will receive 15% off the listed room rate (pending closures and black-out periods).

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