The term, available light, usually refers to sources of light that are already available
naturally (the sun, moon, lightning) or artificial light already being used (room
lighting). This workshop is an introduction to the basics of creating portraits while
manipulating natural light – using reflectors or diffusers, controlling shutter speed
or aperture to capture action or create depth of field based on available light, and
You will learn the principles of light, exposure control, and effects of light on
image design. Whether you are looking to improve your portraits as an amateur or a
beginning professional photographer, this class will dramatically improve your photographs.
Topics will include:
- Working with natural light (indoors, outdoors depending on weather)
using simple modifiers like reflectors and diffusers to manipulate light
- Working with your subject during the portrait session
- An introduction to white balance and color temperature in a natural light setting
- Photographing in low light situations, indoor and outdoor
- This course is limited to 24 students.
- It is recommended to take the Introduction to Digital Photography and Intermediate
course before enrolling in Available Light Portrait Photography. Otherwise, you are
expected to have a working knowledge of ISO, aperture, shutter speed, white balance,
and your personal camera's controls including manual exposure and aperture priority
- Bring Point and Shoot and SLR cameras with manual and auto exposure modes only.
Course Fee - $95
Meet Your Instructor
John Wrightenberry is an award winning professional photographer with over 100 awards
recognizing his photographic talent. Graduating from the University of South Carolina
in 1987 with a degree in Media Arts, John began his professional photography career
shooting freelance assignments and managing Columbia Photo Supply's color, B&W and
E6 photo labs. He has taught numerous portrait and lighting classes at professional
Through the years, John studied with some of photography's greatest nationally known
talents. His photography experiences and education allows him to create portraits
and document weddings that combine traditional methods mixed with fashion and photojournalism.
John's work has been published in Professional Photographers of America's Loan Collection,
The New York Times, The State, Columbia Metropolitan Magazine, numerous wedding publications,
and he is currently the cover story photographer of Columbia Home and Garden Magazine.
John was also one of five photographers chosen to document "A Day in the Life of USC"
year after year.
John has served as President and Chairman of the Board of The Professional Photographers
of South Carolina. He currently serves as one of three appointed South Carolina Counselors
for Professional Photographers of America and as School Director of South Carolina's
Lamaar Williamson School of Professional Photography.
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SC 29208. Your seat is not guaranteed until payment is received.
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Once you have paid and are enrolled, you'll be emailed location and parking information for face-to-face programs or online
instructions about one week before the program begins.