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Grounds of the Morrison HouseGrounds of the Morrison House courtesy of Doug RathburnGrounds of the Morrison House courtesy of Doug Rathburn

Location Lighting


Learn to rock Location Lighting!

May 21, 2017!  

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Date: May 21, 2017 from 1230pm to 530pm

Location: Morrison House, Londonderry, NH

Do you want to ROCK your location lighting skills?  Yes?

Learn to use photographic lighting to create the best images on location.

Join us on May 21nd as we use a the great outdoors as a backdrop for this hands-on photography workshop.  This program will show you how to make great images in challenging lighting situations – outdoors!    From full sun to shade and everything in between, we will learn to solve these challenges using a range of gear and techniques – from the simplest to the most complex.

Wear comfortable shoes – this is not a PowerPoint Class

Like most SOPHA programs, we learn hands-on.  This is not a class where you sit and watch PowerPoint slides pass by for hours on end.  There are no slides – but there is you, with your camera in your hand, learning by solving lighting challenges in the field. Learn the tools, and the methods, to make better images and in a way where you apply solutions to real world lighting challenges.   We tell you to wear comfortable shoes because you will be on your feet all day – working and learning.  See, Learn, and Do.

What we will learn

This class is aimed squarely at those who want to control their photographic lighting in the field and on location.  This program will be held entirely outdoors, save for a few spots where we use blended light (i.e. standing inside a barn facing outwards).

We will learn four basic methods of location lighting:

  1. Shade and Diffusion
  2. Strobist (off-camera speedlights)
  3. Standard Studio Lights (Alien Bee with the Vagabond Mini Lithium) and
  4. Profoto B1/B2 Air (both Manual and TTL)

Time permitting, we will also utilize Profoto’s High Speed Sync system for Canon and Nikon.


The workshop is one afternoon from 1230pm to 530pm on May 21, 2017.  WE WILL START WITHOUT YOU, so give yourself time to get to the location.

Small class size, big results.  

We will have a maximum of twelve students, but we will likely have fewer.  This means you get lots of time to drill down on the subject matter and learn!  Go beyond just getting the exposure right, to really learning how to solve real world lighting problems using a hands-on thinking approach!

What you need to bring:

Please bring your DSLR/Mirrorless camera, a charged battery, and a memory card.  Most images we create will work best with a mid-range telephoto lens, such as the 70-200mm.  Lenses shorter than 50mm are rarely used.  If you don’t have a lens you like, please consider renting one from our Rental Department.  Because we are outside, many folks find viewing hoods/loupes handy, such as the Hoodman or the Zacuto Z-Finder Jr.

As we will be outside, we recommend bringing a hat and wearing sunscreen.  We also recommend, strongly, the use of bug spray, against mosquitoes and black flies.

SOPHA will be providing water, soda, and snacks.

Not shooting with Canon or Nikon?

Note to folks shooting with cameras other than Nikon and Canon: a small portion of the class will use High Speed Sync (HSS) using the Profoto B1 and B2 Air light.  This system’s high speed sync is only compatible with Canon and Nikon systems.  Even though you won’t be able to get these shots on your camera, you will still gain valuable insight in how HSS works and how it might benefit you.  The remainder of the program using traditional synchronization methods will be fully compatible with your standard hot shoe cameras.  Please call or email if you have questions.


This program is being held at the Morrison House Museum grounds, which is owned by the Londonderry Historical Society. This location is only 15-20 minutes from SOPHA.  With New England style structures and a fields, it will be a perfect backdrop for our studies.  It is a pretty darn cool location!  Check out the images that accompany this page that will give you a feel for the location (courtesy Doug Rathburn)


Don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions!  You can reach us using the response form on this page, by email, or give us a call at (603) 782-8403.



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