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Understanding light and how it behaves is an essential skill for every photographer.

In this course, you will come to recognize the advantages and disadvantages of lighting in different contexts. You  explore how to work with outdoor and artificial light, and investigate (and practise) core lighting concepts such as colour, mood, contrast and temperature.

Average commitment per module: 3+ hours. Total course commitment: 15+ hours.

ABOUT THE START DATE: You can register anytime within indicated date range (see below). You have 90 days from the date you register to complete the course.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the advantages and disadvantages of lighting in different contexts 
  • Use natural light (produced by our old friend, the sun) to best effect
  • Manipulate artificial light to create a desired look and feel 
  • Apply tools and knowledge to light an image or scene in the most aesthetically pleasing manner 


Module 1: Foundations of Lighting

Module 2: Outdoor Lighting, Natural Lighting, Bounces

Module 3: Studio, Artificial Lighting, Filters

Module 4: Mixing Natural and Artificial Light

Module 5: Lighting in Practice

Evaluation Method



  • None

Required Materials

  • You must have access to a digital SLR camera
  • You will need an object of photographic interest for each module
  • High-speed internet (at least 25 Mbps download speed) – click here for more information


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Course Reference Number (CRN) 93049

Instructor Mauricio Orozco

Course Reference Number (CRN) 92043

Instructor Mauricio Orozco


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