Online Class

Studio Portrait Lighting


Let photographer Kirk Tuck show you the equipment, setup and lighting techniques you’ll need to create alluring, professional-quality studio portraits.

Skill Level


What You Get

  • 8 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor, Kirk Tuck
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find class materials in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Kirk shows you how to apply studio lighting fundamentals and photography techniques that will turn average head shots into captivating portraits. Learn professional lighting design techniques and how to direct your subject to capture the exact look you’re aiming for. Compare incandescent, fluorescent and LED lighting, and maximize your soft box and umbrella use to get the most out of a single light.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Foundations of Portrait Lighting
Kirk discusses camera and lens choices and explains the elements of a good photo.
2. Properties of Light
3. Portrait Lighting Design
4. Lighting Equipment
5. Using Light Modifiers
6. Studio Layout & Equipment
7. Lighting Styles
8. Popular Portraits

Taught by

Kirk Tuck
Kirk Tuck
Commercial photographer Kirk Tuck has photographed many extraordinary people, from President Bill Clinton to Academy Award winner Renée Zellweger. He’s also authored several books, including Photographic Lighting Equipment: A Comprehensive Guide for Digital Photographers, Minimalist Lighting: Professional Techniques for Location Photography, and Commercial Photography Handbook: Business Techniques for Professional Digital Photographers. A frequent lecturer and workshop instructor, Tuck resides in Austin, TX.
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