This course can be applied toward a program:

Online: Cohort-based

Understanding light and how it behaves is the most essential skill of the photographer.

In this course, you will come to recognize the advantages and disadvantages of lighting in different contexts. You will explore how to work with outdoor and artificial light.

In addition, you will investigate and practice core lighting concepts such as colour, mood, contrast and temperature. Apply all the tools and knowledge from this course to take the best images possible.

This is an online cohort-based course. You can complete the course at a time and place of your choosing. However, be mindful of weekly deadlines and expect to commit 3-4 hours a week. There will be an optional one-hour live Q&A session with an instructor each week.

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 (sun) light 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

  • Learner must have access to a digital SLR camera
  • Learner will need an object of photographic interest for each module
  • Leaner will need a computer with microphone and webcam to attend Q&A sessions


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Course Reference Number (CRN) 93006

Instructor Mauricio Orozco

Important dates

  • Oct 22 12 a.m. Orientation Module Opens
  • Oct 31 11 a.m.– 12 p.m. Q&A Session (Optional)
  • Nov 7 11 a.m.– 12 p.m. Q&A Session (Optional)
  • Nov 14 11 a.m.– 12 p.m. Q&A Session (Optional)
  • Nov 21 11 a.m.– 12 p.m. Q&A Session (Optional)
  • Nov 28 11 a.m.– 12 p.m. Q&A Session (Optional)