Ambient Portrait Lighting Workshop

Ambient light is available light, whether it be the sun, sky, moon, streetlights, window light or even halogen light, it?s the light around you. In this class, you?ll learn what to look for in the world to find pockets of where beautiful lighting is naturally present, but also how to manipulate this light to produce ratios, catch lights and flattering lighting for your subjects. In this workshop you?ll spend time indoors and outdoors, learning how to manipulate available light to produce hard or soft lighting, as well as give and receive feedback in class on specific assignments that work with indoor and outdoor light.


You?ll also learn how to use angles and even diffusers and reflectors, to alter scenes with boring or ugly natural lighting into gorgeous light to create different moods, feels and tones for the photographs you want to take. When you have finished this workshop, you will be knowledgeable and experienced in the nature of ambient light sources, how they can harm your photos and what to do about it, as well as how to utilize it to create beautiful lighting. Whether you’re looking to compliment your photography by improving the way you utilize ambient light, or?you want to only focus on natural lighting and avoid using flash or strobe lights altogether, this is the class for you!


What Students Have Said

“The Ambient Light course has shown me exactly why my photographs (indoor & outdoor) have turned out the way they have (good and bad), which gives me confidence to take fantastic photographs in the future.” — Darek

“I thought taking this course supported my Principles & Practice course. It made me think & utilize the information I had been taught. Great follow up to [Portrait Lighting Workshop]” — Rob Swyrd


“Loved the photo examples provided by the instructor in class. Another great course from CPLC. The homework and the review in class helped to solidify the concepts.” — Andrea Brown

“Mind expanding–my brain worked hard in this course. I liked going over each person’s homework. I felt better about my shots after showing them. I actually understand the outdoor ambient light more after seeing and talking about everyone’s locations.” — Alicia

Length & Format 9 hours total
Weekdays 3 nights of 3 hours each
Maximum Number of Participants 8
  • Ability to shoot in manual mode required. You may wish to take Using Your DSLR or Mirrorless Camera
  • You may also be interested in taking the Portrait Lighting Workshop which teaches the fundamental of lighting.
Bring With You Please see this page for complete details on what to bring, and what not to bring.

  • DSLR camera, or other camera with manual mode
  • Batteries and memory card
  • Camera manual if possible
  • Note taking supplies
  • Tripod


The King’s University College – Edmonton (info and map) 9125 50 St NW Edmonton, AB T6B 2H3  
There are no dates scheduled for this course, at this location, right now. If you wish to take this course please contact us and let us know so that we can tell you when we schedule it.


Heritage Christian Academy – Calgary (info and map) 2003 McKnight Blvd NE Calgary, AB T2E 6L2
There are no dates scheduled for this course, at this location, right now. If you wish to take this course please contact us and let us know so that we can tell you when we schedule it.


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