Studio Essentials

See the light, and then control it. Create mood to define your subjects, whether you are shooting people or objects.

© Robert MeyerWhether the subject is people or products, photographers manipulate light and create mood to define their subjects. Through daily demonstrations and shooting, this workshop provides students with a solid foundation of how light works. Experience how to capture and control both available and manufactured light while learning the fundamentals of studio strobes. This workshop is everything studio and then some. Learn to see the light!

Students review basic lighting techniques including lighting patterns, ratios, high and low key, and the qualities of umbrellas, boxes and grids. This understanding translates to better “seeing” ambient light in the real world. Participants learn to scout the light, not just the location and place your subject in the quality of light that best suits the idea of the intended photograph. This workshop allows participants to create a space for themselves to push beyond their normal way of seeing without fear of failure.

Students are encouraged to bring a laptop for image processing and editing since this is not based in a digital lab classroom.


Robert Meyer

Robert Meyer creates dynamic photographic images. Utilizing all photographic formats and techniques, this award winning photographer has been able to master three distinct genres of photography: people, product, and now fine art with his Native Dance project. Meyer not only understands the creative but also the business of making pictures.  His work has been published in Vogue, Bazaar, and GQ Magazines.  Awards include American Institute of Graphic Arts, Artist Guild of Chicago, Art Directors LA, and Best of Show Photoworks '99.  His clients have included Toyota, Mazda, Leo Burnett, Alberto Culver, Lands End, Coke, and 7 Up.
Meyer feels that “the mixture of the assignment discipline and that of the real world documentarian gives me the edge.  Instead of just taking a picture, I help create a specific emotion within the image.  In order for a photograph to work it must possess that intrinsic quality that pulls the viewer into the image, making them an unsuspecting participant.”
Meyer has been responsible for innovative catalog and commercial work in Chicago, Los Angeles and now New York.  Constantly concerned with the changing needs of the advertising print market, Meyer continues to explore new creative and technical avenues in photography.  Highly regarded for his ability to give static imagery a degree of depth and believability, Meyer's work remains strategically balanced between the commercial and artistic worlds. After 20 years of operating a successful studio in the mid-west, Meyer took time away from commercial shooting to acquaint himself with the latest in technology. Putting his energies into teaching, mentoring and his fine art project with Native Americans, he has reemerged in the forefront of his profession.
Meyer has recently relocated to the coasts with studios in New York and Los Angeles.  He continues to pursue the commercial assignments and the growing opportunities offered him within the photo community.