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Studio Lighting 101

via Domestika


Learn how to capture unique portraits by exploring different professional studio lighting setups
  • Introduction
  • The Fundamentals
  • Studio Lighting
  • Post-Production
  • Final project
As the very foundation of portrait photography, lighting allows photographers to capture the beauty and authenticity of real people. By understanding how light and shadows work together, photographer Julia Robbs is able to create striking portraits that remain true to her subjects. Using the best lighting for the story, her photography helps beauty, fashion, and lifestyle brands stay authentic, including Erno Lazlo, Dropbox, Harry’s, Urban Outfitters, Refinery29, Etsy, and Mailchimp.

In this course, Julia teaches her go-to studio lighting techniques for achieving high-quality portraits under any indoor setup, including natural light, beauty shots, and experimenting with filters and gels. Learn how to control lighting to create images that are not only aesthetically beautiful, but which also remain faithful to your story.


  • Introduction
  • Influences
  • What Will We Do in this Course?
  • Understanding the Basics of Lighting
  • Putting the Mood Board Together
  • Setting up for Tethered Capture
  • Setting up Your Studio for Shooting
  • Soft Natural Light
  • Beauty Lighting: Two Ways
  • Studio Photography Using Gels
  • Post-Production and Editing
  • Fine-Tune Editing in Photoshop
  • Exporting
  • Studio Lighting 101

Taught by

Julia Robbs


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