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What We’ll be Covering in this

Portrait Lighting Workshop

Everybody will get plenty of time to photograph our models. All the images taken on the day are yours and you may use them in your portfolios and in your social media.

Class size: Courses limited to 8 persons.
Duration: 1 Day (10.30 a.m. – 3.30 p.m.)
Price: £150.00

What We’ll be Covering in this

Portrait Lighting Workshop

Portraits are a collaboration between the photographer and the subject, we take portraits to reveal a person’s likeness, personality and mood. We use lighting to bring atmosphere to our portraits, shadows and highlights create emotion and helps us get to know something about the person in the portrait. By observing our subjects characteristics, we as photographers can create interesting and exciting imagery. This workshop will help you improve your portraits.

This is a hands-on workshop

With supervision you’ll be asked to place and adjust the studio lights. You’ll be shown how to use a light meter and measure the light.

How to see and read the light

One of the keys to understanding photography is being able to ‘see the light’. It helps to visualise what the light is doing and how it affects the composition.

Understand light modifiers

Using soft-boxes, snoots, reflectors and umbrellas will change the way light affects your subject. We’ll explore how when and why to use each one for a desired effect.

Multiple light set-ups

Some of the best photographs are taken with one light while others require multiple lights. We’ll cover several set-ups including one, two and three lights.

Lens choice

What lens to choose for portraiture and why some lenses work better than others.

How to direct a model

One thing I’ve noticed when delivering previous workshops is how some photographers aren’t confident when dealing with a model. They’re unsure how to direct them, how to work a pose, what to ask them to do and crucially let them know when they are not delivering what you want. We’ll cover several ways of building confidence and making model directions easier. I’ll even give you some insider tips & tricks for better communication.

Live feed

You’ll be able to see how I shoot, compose and frame a subject and watch how I give direction and fine tune the shot via a monitor.

Image review and coaching

Reviewing my images and your images, this is where we’ll be looking to improve photographs with constructive pointers.

Lighting diagrams

Afterwards you’ll be emailed lighting diagrams and notes for all set-ups with f-stops and distances.

Question time

There’ll be plenty of time to ask questions, listen to and digest the explanations.

What kind of results you can expect?

During this course you will learn how to take images like these:

What you need to do bring?

lenses/camera etc

A digital (or film) camera with the ability to change aperture and shutter speed, a camera has M mode for manual.

Tripods are not essential but you can bring one along if you prefer.

If you have several lenses, you can bring those along too.

A note pad and pen – though lighting diagrams will be emailed later.

Lunch of sandwiches with tea and coffee will be provided. Any special dietary requirements will be catered for but must be notified in advance.

Prior knowledge

An understanding of aperture, shutter speed and ISO would be beneficial.

Skills we’ll cover

in this workshop

Ideal camera settings for studio flash and daylight headshots
How to see light and judge how if affects the subject
How to measure flash and balance multiple studio flash units
How to manipulate studio lighting for a desired effect.

Running Time

Time Description
10.30am – 11.30am Studio session 1
11.30am – 11.45am Coffee break
11.45am – 12.45pm Studio session 2
12.45pm  – 13.15pm Lunch
13.15pm – 14.15pm Studio session 3
14.15pm – 14.30pm Coffee break
14.30pm – 15.30pm Studio session 4

We will be using two different models one for studio sessions 1 & 2 and another for studio sessions 3 & 4.
*Students will need to sign a model release as photos and video may be taken and used for promotion of future workshops.


I’ve been lucky enough to attend a couple of the portrait groups Nick runs, and each time they’ve been hugely valuable. Nick is fantastic at really helping you to understand the ‘why’ of a scenario, not just the ‘how’. I found this really important as it’s helped me use the skills in my own photography, and take time to explore different lighting set ups. His groups are fun, super friendly, and most of all collaborative. It doesn’t matter if you are a complete beginner starting out, or someone who’s has a lot of studio experience….. the groups are run in a way that everyone chats, shares and is treated equally.

Lucy Reeve

I highly recommend Nick Gregan’s courses and workshops. Both talented and generous with his vast knowledge, Nick’s ease at explaining the seemingly complicated, as well as his unparalleled mastery of working with light, has inspired me to sharpen my skills and unleash my creativity.

Dennis José Vilaça

Nick Gregan is a great trainer as he speaks plain English. His photography workshops are a masterclass in technical knowhow, presented in a clear, relatable way. Each time is different but there’s always a light bulb moment, as he helps you nail a shot you never thought you’d manage!
If you’re looking to improve your photography skills, and get a chance to work with Nick Gregan – take it!

David Whitmore

I have been on a number of training courses run by Nick Gregan. He brilliantly demystifies studio shoots – working with a model, positioning of your lighting, camera settings… the list is endless. When you train with Nick Gregan you get the tools but also the inspiration to develop as a photographer.

Joe Franklin

I’m sure we all like our lighting, but there’s always more to learn, especially from someone who really knows how to light different subjects and moods, and not always in ideal locations. You’ll really benefit from being able to expand your repertoire. Nick is not only knowledgeable but down to earth and approachable.

Paul Smith

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Month Status Class size Duration Date Time Price
April Sold Out Limited to 8 persons 1 Day 15th April 10.30 a.m. – 3.30 p.m. £150.00 BOOK NOW
May Sold Out Limited to 8 persons 1 Day 11th May 10.30 a.m. – 3.30 p.m. £150.00 BOOK NOW
June Sold Out Introduction to Headshot Photography

Max 8 people

1 Day 8th June 10.30 a.m. – 3.30 p.m. £150.00 BOOK NOW