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Lighting Challenges of Architectural Photography
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Instructors:Charlie Borland                                                    Duration: 4 Weeks            Cost: US$169       

The markets for skilled architecture photographers is huge. Business has been booming for years in commercial and residential construction. Home builders, property managers, construction companies, hospitals, retirement communities, manufacturing facilities, magazines, and real estate ventures all have a use for architectural photography. There are plenty of assignments and you may be asked to shoot homes for the builders, real estate companies, or maybe the assignment is a high rise building for an architect. Whichever one it is, this is architecture photography and you will need a set of tools that allow you to go into a facility and pull off the job.

Architecture is one of the most challenging subjects to compose and light. There are ambient light issues, color balance issues, and how to light without looking lit. If you wish to do this type of photography, then this workshop is for you! Join award-winning commercial photographer Charlie Borland as he shares his knowledge in a step-by-step approach to making the jump from lighting novice to experienced lighting technician.

To help you jump start into lighting expert, Charlie Borland has developed an excellent 4-week online workshop that deals specifically with the needs of aspiring photographers trying to break into the business. This course was taught for several years at another online school with great success and often had packed classes. It's now offered in a 1-on-1 online workshop environment.

The Workshop

This 4-week online workshop is especially geared to intermediate through professional photographers. In this workshop, you'll receive a broad overview of photographic lighting, gain a good idea of how to light room interiors, and arrange a scene. You will also learn how to see light quality, how to manage highlights and shadows, how to choose the right lighting accessory for the subject, why use an umbrella over a light box, and managing the color of various ambient light sources.

You will learn how to light when there is no place to put your lights. And, we'll show you the latest tricks in using Photoshop to enhance and composite your images.

What's covered:
  • How to see light and shadow.
  • The different qualities of light, color balance, and color correction.
  • Equipment and how it works.
  • Which light best applies to your subject.
  • Lighting color management: How to mix strobe with ambient light.
  • Lighting in offices, manufacturing plants, and home environments.
  • The disappearing lights.
  • and how to use Photoshop to create photos you cant do in a single capture.
Course Requirement:

This workshop is designed for Intermediate/Advanced photographers. You should know how to use your camera and have a clear understanding of f/stops and shutter speeds and how to use strobe lights. (If you consider yourself a beginner, what is important is that you know how to use strobes). If you are shooting digital, you will need to know how to download files to your computer and process them, and a know how to use Photoshop (layers and masks). And you MUST have a passion for photography!


The equipment you will need is a film or digital camera, tripod, and the ability (computer) to upload your digital files for review. You can shoot with film or digital and just need the ability to scan film or process digital files.

Ideally, you will own or can rent the following lighting equipment:
  • At least 3 monolight strobes, 5 is better, of 250 watt seconds or greater.
  • 5-8 light stands for these lights (light and heavy duty)
  • A set of grid spots
  • 2 32" (or close) soft white umbrellas, 2 60" (or close) white
  • Color meter (optional)
  • Lighting gels by Rosco (optional) (a 3202, 3204, 3206, 3304, 3315, 3401, 3408, 3409)

If you do not own the lighting equipment and are interested in purchasing everything required for this course, email Charlie at for recommendations.

Instructor: Charlie Borland

Charlie BorlandCharlie Borland is an award-winning commercial photographer based in Oregon. Charlie travels extensively for a wide range of clients. People are his forte, on the job or at play. With a career spanning 30 years, he produces photography for annual reports, advertising, and editorial clients.

His photographs have been seen in National Geographic Adventure and Traveler, Outside, Women's Sport and Fitness, Newsweek, TV Guide, CIO, Sports Illustrated for Women, Time, Backpacker, and Sunset, to name a few.

Charlie's partial client list includes: Xerox, NW Airlines, Fujitsu, Tektronix, Nike, Blue Cross, Nationsbank, Precision Castparts Corp., Mentor Graphics, Texas Instruments, Pacificorp, Cellular One, Sequent Computer, Early Winters, Cascade Bancorp, and Associated General Contractors.

Charlie has taught at PPSOP since the beginning, training several thousand photographers and is author of Outdoor Flash Photography, available on his website:

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