Lighting Course with Julia Boggio
Recently I attended a photography course led by one of the leading portrait photographers in the UK, Julia Boggio. Julia’s photography journey began after travels to South America, and she opened a very successful portrait studio in Wimbledon back in 2009, as well as photographing weddings throughout the year.
Julia swears by Broncolor lighting equipment – ‘the Prada of lighting’ (music to my ears!) – and the aim of the course was to learn both advanced lighting theory and then put these theories into practise using studio equipment. Photographing weddings means I’m out on location for the majority of my photography work; I don’t have ready access to the range of studio lighting that was available to us on the course. From softboxes of various dimensions and shapes, to umbrellas, honeycombs, a beauty dish on a boom and cinefoil, we really were in studio photography heaven.
I find that learning through practise is so much more effective than learning through books (or the internet these days), and it was enlightening – excuse the pun – to literally play with the lights: add one or take one away, enhance the power or restrict the direction of the light, all with an end vision of the image in mind. I really align with Julia’s way of thinking when it comes to lighting, and photography in general; rather than learning regimented rules about a stop here or there, Julia suggests taking things back to basics and just looking at the light. The lighting in the image below (hastily captured on my iPhone whilst we were reviewing the photos on screen) was planned out with a couple of others on the course; we’d chosen the red hat and knew we wanted the lovely rim lighting to highlight the contours of the hat and the model’s profile. The shoulder definition was a later adjustment to restore some balance to the image.
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