Dissertation to Lighting Workshop


– JASON on TYPE OF LIGHTING: Starting out the day, I will begin with covering some of the fundamentals to lighting. There are actually definitions to the way light falls on a subject. Most lighting gurus understand what type of lighting to use on what type of subject and when. From “butterfly” to broad, short, and split, I will cover each of them and how each is useful for different subjects and situations. This portion of the class will include a tethered session with a model and will be the foundation for the rest of the workshop.

– MUTTLEY on LIGHTING MODIFIERS: Softboxes, beauty dishes, umbrellas, snoots, grids, etc, etc. Why so many different modifiers? They all have a purpose. Some control light in similarly and others in very different ways. Muttley will extensively cover some of the most popular lighting modifiers and the effects they have on different subjects. This portion of the class will include a demonstration of each lighting modifier and its use on a model through a tethered shooting session.

– JASON on LIGHTING POSITIONING: I often see a lot of discussion on how to properly expose in studio or on location. One area I rarely see talked about is one of the most important aspects of lighting, where to place your lights to get quality light on your subject. Your key light and the position of it is usually the most important aspect of guaranteeing quality lighting on your subject(s). Getting your ambient/artificial lighting exposure correct is part of the equation but knowing where to place them is what really makes your images come alive. Simply placing two umbrellas in front of a subject will wash out the image and provide little/no contrast (which is KEY to dramatic lighting). This portion of the class will include a tethered session with a model and will involve different lighting configurations.

– MUTTLEY on GELS & CREATIVE SETUPS: Color is a huge factor to interesting images. Whether you are more of a studio shooter, or an on-location kind of photographer, being able to add color to your lighting will definitely bump up your image’s “wow” factor. Muttley will demonstrate how to get believable lighting with simple gels (colored transparencies) and how to add additional lighting to your key light to give dimension to your work. This portion of the class will include a demonstration of using single and multiple gels as well as how to balance out multiple lights in a single scene.


– LUNCH: If any of you are like me, you’re probably always looking forward to your next meal. In addition to all the great information that will be provide, a catered lunch will also be on the schedule. Be sure to bring your appetite!


– JASON & MUTTLEY on COMPREHENSIVE SHOOTING: After lunch we will head outside to do some “on location” shooting with two professional models. This part of the workshop will involve hands on learning by all attendees. If you have attended one of our workshops in the past, you know that are we are serious about teaching, not just a photographer free-for-all. Muttley and I will talk about posing models, how to use your specific lighting equipment, when speedlights work, and when strobes are needed. All attendees will have the opportunity to work with both of us and have us to answer any specific questions you may have. We will set up numerous lighting arrangements and allow EVERY attendee one on one time with each model as well as instruction and mentoring by both myself and Muttley.


  • (3) Models that are prepared with professional hair & make-up
  • AlienBee & Elinchrom studio lighting w/ radio transmitters
  • Speedlights w/ radio transmitters
  • Refreshments / catered lunch
  • Professional venue

WHAT WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO BRING: We HIGHLY recommend you bring any speedlights and triggers you may have in order for us to tailor each attendee’s instruction to their specific equipment & needs.


– PRICING: Pricing for the workshop will be $175. However, the workshop cost will be discounted to $150 if you sign up before 20 February.

To qualify for the discounted rate, we must receive your payment by 20 February. Payments can be made via major credit card, Paypal, or cash. If you have ANY questions, please ask.

Please contact me via my email or phone (832-557-0634) to set up your payment if you do not wish to use Paypal. Thank you all very much in advance and I look forward to seeing you all in a few weeks!


3 March / 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

TheHoustonStudio / 2001 Commerce Street /  Houston / Texas / 77002

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Venue: TheHoustonStudio

Partner Photographer: Muttley Escobar / Herize Photography

Make-Up & Hair: Lydia Lutz

Models: Cole Attaway / Kali Newton / Roxy Vandiver

Houston Wedding Photographer: Jason Talley / 832-557-0634 / www.exposurebyjtalley.com


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