Lighting with Strobes


“Light” is one of the most critical elements needed to craft a great photograph, though at times it can be one of the most difficult things to find or control to look exactly they way you wish it too. If we are fortunate there might be some great natural light out there, and we happen to be awake at 5:30 am to catch that great sunrise light. Or maybe you took Bobbi Lanes, “Portraits Unplugged” course, and learned how to craft and hone available light that you might be able to find.

So what happens when you don’t have that great available light, or more importantly, you want to sleep in?! No worries, strobes are here to save the day!

From food and still life, to portraits and products, strobes are here to help you to really take complete control, and master the craft of photography and light. Strobes are amazing because they allow you to dictate it’s feel and essence, and it’s brightness and contrast. They also allow you to make images when there is no light, or the weather is bad, or you just don’t want to leave the house! Lighting with strobes not only does all of that, but they also allow you to have complete control over creativity; you are calling all the shots. (I think they make you thinner too, not 100% on that one though, so don’t hold me to it.)


…or you can capture a sense of action and intensity…


…capture someone’s character and history…


…or simply make a memorable portrait of a good friend and his baby son…


Strobes can do all that, and so much more. Now, they do come at a price, (literally), and they also take a bit of time, training, and practice to understand and master. It might look like it’s too complex for you to take on, but we have a solution for that. BPSOP and I are pulling together to make a great Intro to Lighting with Strobes course to help you out with understanding how to use a studio strobe light, it’s modifiers, how to set them up, create your own home studio space on a budget, and how to get the right exposures and contrast! It’s a great course with a lot of fun, facts, and so much technical info you might need a forklift to handle it all! It’s very simple structure and format allows you to learn the technical aspects step by step, and the weekly assignments allow you to practice and try things out. Each week we get together for a critique and answer your questions, and help you lock in how to get those lights to do what you want. Our goal is to get you comfortable and confidant to get those lights out and to make some amazing images that look, feel, and say what you want them to! I hope you’ll join me!!


Alan M Thornton – BPSOP Instructor

Alan Teaches:

Intro to Lighting with Strobes

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