Craft remarkable light using ambient and photographic sources to express your creative vision in a wide range of locations

Of course, to manage light, one must understand how to see light. A primary emphasis for the week will be learning to walk into any situation, quickly identify what’s working for you (and against you), and craft an effective portrait out of that scene.

The week starts in the classroom and studio, discussing the basic characteristics of light: color, quality, and direction.  Building on these concepts, students will move out of the studio and on-location for shoots each day.

Students are encouraged to take a highly creative approach to lighting rather than to simply capture the light as it appears. Sometimes this means adding light in a subtle way, and other times that means over-riding the ambient light.  

The lighting tools for this workshop will be a mix of studio-sized, battery-powered strobes and modifiers (softboxes, umbrellas, grids, gels, flags, etc), as well as small flash. Students also learn how to use professional grip gear such as C-stands and booms.

Class time includes discussion about lighting issues that arise in the field, as well as strategies for shooting portraits on location. Students shoot on location in the afternoons and evenings. Critiques follow the next morning. By the end of the week participants feel confident in the use of light and strobe lighting systems in a variety of conditions.

This workshop is oriented to advanced amateurs and pros who have a basic understanding of flash photography. No prior experience with large strobes is required.




Drew Gurian

Drew is a New York City based portrait photographer, focusing on the intersection of photography and music culture. His ability to seek out and capture raw and intimate moments, are what define his style. 

His personal aesthetic has translated seamlessly to brands like Red Bull and Urban Outfitters, and has garnered the attention of editorial clients like Rolling Stone Magazine and The New York Times.

Drew has spent the last ten years traveling the world with his camera, is accustomed to working with productions of all sizes, working quickly under pressure, and staying within budget to deliver memorable and emotionally charged imagery of celebrities in and out of the spotlight.

In 2010 Drew began speaking publicly at conferences, in webinars, and teaching his own workshops in the USA, Asia and the Middle East. Always eager to share knowledge, his professional openness and mentoring style has been recognized by colleagues and the community and has made him an valuable asset to understanding photography from a behind-the-scenes perspective. 

He got his start in the industry traveling the world with World-renowned photographer, Joe McNally for five years, as his First Assistant and right-hand man. Logging close to half a million miles in the air, he assisted Joe with client shoots, workshops and conferences around the world, working with tens of thousands of people.

Course Dates

Aug 17 to Aug 23



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