Advanced Studio Lighting
I. Course Prefix/Number: ART 229
Course Name: Advanced Studio Lighting
Credits: 3 (0 lecture; 6 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
*Note: Students who do not own a camera, tripod, or light meter may borrow these items from the College after paying a refundable deposit fee. Deposits will be retained if equipment is damaged or not returned on the specified due date.
IV. Learning Objectives
- To demonstrate how lighting forms and affects the final image.
- To identify the various specializations in commercial photography and distinguish their specific requirements.
- To incorporate principles of layout and art direction in images produced.
- To explore the latest digital advancements in lighting for professional photography and incorporate them in images produced.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
- Technical issues with Strobes:
- Mono lights
- Power pack
- On camera
- Off camera sync
- Portable power
- Understanding Layout and design:
- Page layout
- Art direction
- Creating the “mood” with lighting as requested
- Creative control
- Scouting locations
- “Buying” props
- Fields of professional photography and related logistics
- Fashion photography:
- Modeling agencies
- Costume rentals
- Hair and makeup
- Clothing design and coordination
- Studio vs. location
- Light modifiers for close up photography
- Drop out white
- Wedding photography:
- Location portrait
- Portable studio
- Film v. digital
- Hiring assistants
- Equipment backup
- Food photography:
- Food stylists
- Choice of lighting
- Kitchen alternatives
- Plastic v. real
- Corporate annual report:
- Color balance
- Lighting balance
- Portability of your equipment
- Studio portrait v. boardroom portrait
- Fitting within predefined layout
- Fashion photography:
- Digital Logistics:
- Equipment choices
- Camera backs and megapixels<?
- Mac v. PC
- Drum scanner
- High end printing solutions
- Business Logistics for Commercial Photographers:
- Stock photography
- Newspaper staff photographer
- Dealing with clients
- Writing agreements and contracts
- Model release
- Tax status
- Your own business
- Equipment cost: rent v. purchase
VII. Methods of Instruction
- Presentations and discussions of relevant work.
- Demonstrations of shooting techniques and all supporting processes.
- Discussions of professional practices in the chosen field.
- Critiques of student work, both in progress and at the end, to develop standards and evaluative criteria.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
- Critiques are required; active participation is essential.
- Produce a final project of at least 15 original pieces ready for display.
IX. Instructional Materials
- CAMERA: Digital SLR or 35mm negative size format or larger. Must have variable F-stop and shutter speeds.
- LIGHT METER: A hand held light meter is recommended.
- TRIPOD: One that is big enough to hold your camera steady.
- MEDIA: Memory card, flash drive, or portable hard drive OR color daylight transparency film in 35mm, 2 ¼ or 4x5.
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
The final grade will be based upon the following elements and their weights:
- Weekly photographic assignments: 70%
- Mid-term exam: 5%
- Final project: 25%
XI. Other Course Information
- It is essential to be on time; lectures and demonstrations take place at the beginning of class and will not be repeated. Attendance is expected for all classes and review sessions.
- All assignments and projects are to be on time and demonstrate proficiency.
- Instructor will specify in the course syllabus the approximate cost of materials not covered by the lab fee.
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.