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Continuing Education Programs

Available Light Portrait Photography

Course Description

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 more.

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

Important Information

  • 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 exposure modes. 
  • Bring Point and Shoot and SLR cameras with manual and auto exposure modes only.

Course Fee - $95


Meet Your Instructor

John Wrightenberry

John Wrightenberry

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 photography workshops.  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.



Registration and Fees

Dates / SessionsTimesFees
Available Light Portrait Photography
05/05/2021 – 05/26/2021

4 Sessions

Register Online or Register By Mail

Notes: The course location and directions will be emailed approximately one week before the course begins.
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM$95.00


Registration and Payment Notes

If you plan to pay by check or purchase order, select "register by mail." Complete the form and return a printout with payment to: UofSC Continuing Education and Conferences, Close/Hipp Building at 1705 College Street, Suite 591, Columbia, SC 29208. Your seat is not guaranteed until payment is received.

We accept online payment via electronic check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express through MarketPlace, a secure electronic environment that simplifies business transactions with the university. Follow the MarketPlace prompts to complete payment. Your transaction is only complete when you receive an order number, which is your receipt of payment. Your seat is not guaranteed until payment is received and you receive an order number.

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.

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