Getting Started with Studio Lighting

Academy LIVE - The Clock & Compass

Mark teaches the key to lighting positioning, learn everything from how and where to position the light in order to achieve the best results for the image you are looking for. Mark lives by the idea that every light should be used to do one job and one job only. Watch as he teaches where to position your lights around the figurative "clock" in order to produce high quality, dynamic images.


The Clock and Compass

Learn how to master the basics of studio lighting. In this film Mark Cleghorn will implement his clock and compass lighting technique and highlight how easy it can be to set your lighting correctly and in turn create great imagry straight out of camera.


Basics of Studio Lighting

Learn how to get started in studio flash photography. Using Elinchrom’s fantastic D-lite flashes Mark guides you step by step from choosing your aperture to setting your lights, a simple process made even easier through the Elinchrom Skyport trigger system.


Advanced Studio Lighting

Mark introduces you to the concepts behind getting advanced with your studio flash photography. Guiding you through the key creative choices of how many lights to use and how to shape them, to create high quality studio images.


Studio Lighting - Hard Light

Mark introduces you to the concepts behind getting advanced with your studio flash photography. Guiding you through the use of hard light to bring real impact to your images.


Shooting a Three Light Setup Featuring the Elinchrom ONE

Join Mark Cleghorn in Studio One of The Photographer Academy as Mark Cleghorn continues his shoot with the brand new flash head by Elinchrom. The Elinchrom ONE. Today Mark plans to use the new devices in correlation with the entry level Elinchrom unit the D-Lite ONE. Together these lights are positioned to create some dynamic imagery, all shot in TTL.

Body Shaping with Light

Mark Cleghorn demonstrates how to beautifully capture the female body with a simple and easy to recreate technique.

How To Use The Separation Light

Learn how to perfectly use separation light every time with these simple easy to follow techniques from Master of light Mark Cleghorn.


How to Setup a Pro Studio Space

In this short series of film, Mark Cleghorn sets out to answer some of The Photographer Academy's most asked questions by its members. Today, Mark answers how you can setup a Pro Studio and what equipment you need in order to operate and capture some brilliant images


Controlling Light with Polystyrene Boards

In this short series of film, Mark Cleghorn sets out to answer some of The Photographer Academy's most asked questions by its members. Today, Mark answers how the Polystyrene Flat Boards that are frequently used within The Academy Videos. The Boards themselves are Painted, with one side being a black and the reverse being White



One Light Editorial Setup

In this short series of film, Mark Cleghorn sets out to answer some of The Photographer Academy's most asked questions by its members. Today, Mark answers what his go to setup is for Editorial One Light Shoots.


Lighting Groups

Sharing his well practised techniques, Mark explains how to use just a key to perfectly light a whole group; whether it’s a band, bridesmaids or family portraits. As he runs through his setup Mark expands further on his techniques, explaining how to direct and position the group to improve overall lighting or give dominance to a particular member of the group such as a bride or singer.

Shaping Light

Mark is getting creative with light patterns, demonstrating a few techniques for using gobos or house hold objects to create range of light shapes. Mark takes you through the process of how he lights the model or background with the shaped light, explaining how to position the light to prevent unwanted shadows, how to get correct exposure, and when to bring in a second light source.

Shooting with Hard Light

Starting off with just the Maxi-lite reflector from Elinchrom. Mark demonstrates how he uses a clock face to visualise light positions to create a range of different styles and looks with a single light. Working from the beauty style of light to the sellable lighting all the way around to dramatic lighting. Then with the one light setup demonstrated, Mark adds a second light as he demonstrates how to separate the client from the background. Then moving on Mark demonstrates how to take the image to another level with the same simple setup.

Shooting with Gels

Mark demonstrates the many uses of gels from transforming a plain background into colour, adding fun and shocking colours and even to fix mixed lighting within a scene. Starting off Mark shoots a model on a reflective foil background, demonstrating how to use gels with light range of modifiers such as umbrellas, snoots and grids so the light is still being controlled. Explaining his approach to posing and lighting the model so the gels are adding to the image and not adding a distraction. Then moving on Mark demonstrates how to use the gels to correct mixed lighting and even create mixed lighting to produce moonlight look and feel.

Fashion Lighting in the Studio

Recorded in the studio during a live workshop Mark guides the delegates and you through the process of building up a fantastic fashion style lighting set-up. Light by light mark explains what light to use and why he has chosen to use it. He then shows how to position and meter to achieve the desired result, guiding you through each step to produce a fabulous fashion style of lighting.

Beauty Lighting In The Studio

We join Mark in the studio as he gives you an introduction to the 3 light modifiers he uses most when shooting beauty and fashion images in the studio. Starting with Ring Flash, then the Beauty Dish and finally Elinchrom’s Deep Octa Softbox, Mark explains the difference each makes to the light and the look of the final image. As light modifiers are an investment that should last, knowing what you need and why is a crucial part of creating great images time and again.

Dramatic Portrait Lighting

In this film, Mark Cleghorn shows you the most important thing to take you and your photography to the next level. What is that? It is to take the soft boxes off of your lighting. This trick can add to your work in so many ways, bringing a more dramatic and dynamic look and feel to your images. Watch along as Mark takes you through a Vanity Fer setup, using a number of light modifiers to achieve an amazing looking image.


Mark Shoots Star Wars

Join Mark as he looks back at over the strange coincidences that have ended up with him shooting Darth Maul and Darth Vader live on stage, and how knowing your lighting will allow you to take great images, whatever opportunities happen to walk by.


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