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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.

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

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

  • 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) 92043

Instructor Mauricio Orozco

Course Reference Number (CRN) 91004

Instructor Mauricio Orozco


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