Photographic Lighting Group

This group was started in 2013 and returned in 2017. It meets at 7:30pm on the 4th Wednesday of the month at the clubrooms.

This group explores various aspects of photographic lighting. We'll talk about how light behaves and how to use it in a variety of different situations, whether it be in a controlled studio environment or outdoors using available light.

We'll look at photos to analyse the light, we'll try lighting setups, we'll have guest speakers and occasionally we'll have outings.

While the group will often feature demonstrations of different lighting techniques, you won't usually need to bring your camera.

If there is a particular topic you would like to see covered at a future meeting, just send a message to the group co-ordinator David Gilliver.

Regular group attendees can join our Facebook group.

2017 topics:

  • February - practical session of portrait lighting challenges.
  • March - practical session of portrait lighting challenges.
  • April - another practical portrait session. Bring your camera and (if you have one) a speedlight.
  • May - available light night shoot in the city?

2016 topics:

  • February - basic light concepts for photographers (a series of live demonstrations)
  • March - practical session: lighting objects
  • April - practical session: lighting people
  • May - practical session: more lighting people
  • June - practical session: even more lighting people
  • July - practical session: lighting people yet again
  • August - review and discussion session (and maybe some live demos)
  • September - practical session: lighting people
  • October - practical session: lighting people
  • November - practical session: lighting people

2015 topics:

  • February - light painting - bring your camera, tripod and remote shutter release to try it yourself
  • March - miscellaneous topics
  • April - lighting techniques for event photography - bring your camera and flash
  • May - event photography follow-up, working with hard/high-contrast light, dealing with unusual catchlight shapes
  • June - working with gels
  • July - miscellaneous topics
  • August - lighting in the movies
  • October - analysing "Chloé"
  • November - using speedlight flashes in a home studio

2014 topics:

  • February - available light portraiture walk around South Melbourne
  • March - group challenge exercises to light products
  • April - studio lighting challenge: reverse-engineer the lighting of a photo and then re-create it
  • May - more studio lighting challenges
  • June - presentation on rechargeable batteries and LED torches (Graeme Williams); studio lighting exercise
  • July - lighting small and shiny objects
  • August - miscellaneous topics
  • September - Playing With Light (part 1) - an introduction to light and how it behaves
  • October - lighting food - bring the food (fruit etc) that you would like us to light and shoot
  • November - shooting outdoors: available light and speedlight flash (bring your camera/speedlight) plus using gelled lights in the studio

2013 topics:

  • February - On-camera flash
  • March - Seeing light - reverse-engineering lighting from photos
  • April - Introduction to off-camera flash
  • May - Playing with light - an introduction to light and how it behaves
  • June - Playing with light - Basic portrait lighting (including use of softboxes, grids and gels)
  • July - guest speaker: Rik Williams
  • August - practical exercise in product photography (bring your cameras!)
  • September - show & tell of members home studio setup/equipment/results
  • October - showing and discussion of clips from "Lighting in Layers" DVDs created by David Hobby (strobist.com)
  • November - lighting a backdrop
Date: 
Repeats every month on February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November on the fourth Wednesday until Thu Nov 30 2017 .
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 7:30pm