Available Light Photography Class - April 20-21, 2012

Apr 20-21, 2013

Available Light Photography Class - April 20-21, 2012
Photo: Available Light Photography Class - April 20-21, 2012

Join former Professional Photographers of Canada’s Photographic artist of the Year for Alberta, Darlene Hildebrandt for a photography class on Available Light Photography that will touch on some of the basics of using available lighting (window light and reflectors) along with small flash as fill-light for portraits. These techniques are great for child portraits or pet photography, done in your own home.

I’d like to thank Darlene Hildebrandt for her “Available Lighting” course. I drove from Calgary to Edmonton to take this course not sure what to expect, and I must say that I was not disappointed! Darlene provided excellent training and has given me the confidence and knowledge I need to take my photography to the next level! I would highly recommend this class to anyone who wants to improve their photography skills and take their picture creation to the next level. Thank you Darlene, I look forward to attending more of your classes. – Tim A., Calgary AB

Available light photography example – Darlene H.

About Your Instructor for the Available Light Photography Class
Darlene brings more than 24 years experience as a professional photographer to Burwell School of Photography. She is a graduate of the Nait Photography program and was a highly honoured and awarded member of the PPOC (Professional Photographers of Canada) for 18 years, winning Photographic Artist of the Year in Alberta in 2006. She has worked professionally in the areas of commercial photography (product photography, food photography, editorial portraits, and event coverage); portrait and wedding photography (running her own studio for 11 years); and most recently travel and fine art photography.
Her work proudly hangs in many people’s homes and has been featured in several magazines including: Good Sam’s “Highways”; Night of Artists annual; Art Trends; the Notebook; Photo District News; as well as at various local festivals and events; and currently at Daffodil Gallery in Edmonton.
Darlene is a seasoned traveller having spent time in Mexico, Singapore, Malaysia, Peru, Thailand, New Zealand, Australia, Turkey, Spain, and 6 months in the US on an extended RV trip. Darlene loves exotic locales, exotic food and experiencing different countries directly through the local people and the cultural arts. She enjoys helping others and she also teaches classes with McBain Camera, Metro Continuing Education and her own Travel Photo Tours. Her goal is to bring her passion to photographer to others, and help new photographers improve their images and have fun.
Darlene currently teaches the courses Available Light Photography, Night Photography and HDR Photography at the Burwell School of Photography.

Two full days with Darlene Hildebrandt is a great way to learn ‘Available Light’. The class size was small which allowed for individual help and sharing. The information given to us by Darlene was very clear and easy to understand. Having time for ‘hands on’ practice and then sharing was very benefical.– Brenda D.

What You Will Learn in our Available Light Photography Class

what equipment to use –  camera, light meter, reflector kit, speedlights, light modifiers (minimal), light stands, tripod

can be done with Point and Shoot style cameras except for the fill flash techniques

how to set up for images lit by window light
why the angle of lighting is this important and how to create and control it
what is lighting ratio along with how to measure and control it
things to watch out for that could ruin your portrait and how to correct for them

camera shake, subject movement, harsh lighting, poor direction of lighting, spotting light

how to choose when to use a white, silver, gold, transparent or even a black reflector and why
how to balance fill flash with available or ambient light in the room or outdoors
how to use bounce flash indoors as fill light
adding an interesting element to the portrait (backgrounds, foregrounds, props)


I thoroughly enjoyed the course – I have attended a coupleof seminars at a competing photography store, and have been disappointed with the level and presentation of the instruction. This course was fabulous and was filled with information, much of which was new to me and I felt challenged. When I left the course I was very happy that I had learned so much new information and techniques that I could go away and follow up on and practise. (I’m a kinesthetic learner!) I also enjoyed your sharing of tips throughout the day, and have already been able to impress a friend with the leaning forward pose to lose the double chin!” – Anna E., Edmonton

Available light photography example 2 – Darlene H

What to Expect

12 hours of classroom instruction
Weekend classes include a hot lunch consisting of a choice of main course, 2 salads, soup, side dishes and dessert
Certificate of completion
Small group size, limited to 12 participants

Prerequisites for the Available Light Photography Class

Completion of Digital Camera Fundamentals Class or equivalent
(Recommended) Completion of Photography Fundamentals Class or equivalent

Available Light photography example 3 – Darlene H

Equipment Required

DSLR (or equivalent)Camera with external flash hotshoe
Tripod (recommended)
(Optional) External Flash Unit

Class Location

Providence Renewal Centre • 3005 119 Street, Edmonton, Alberta


$250 Canadian Dollars (plus tax).

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