Lighting Workshop with Andrew French

Lighting Workshop with Andrew French


Jul 8, 2023 | 10am


2-Day Workshop: Saturday, July 8 & Sunday, July 9, 2023, 10AM-5PM
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In this workshop, led by portrait and lifestyle photographer Andrew French, you'll learn to perceive light in a new way and the techniques to use that perception in your creative work!

The first day of class will take place in French’s daylight studio near Union Square, where we will spend time analyzing the use of light – its direction, intensity and quality. You'll learn about the unique history of daylight studios, and why shooting in a daylight studio offers a completely different photographic experience than other studios. We’ll also have plenty of time to shoot portraits in the studio, so you can see the difference for yourself.

On the second day which will take place at the BDC Annex, we'll look at contemporary portable TTL battery flash units that you can put on your camera or on a stand. The technology and accessories allow you to quickly find and create unique looks and innovative uses of light for shooting street, documentary or portrait photos on location or outside. We'll compare several units, including Profoto, Westcott, Godox, and Flashpoint, as well as various accessories.

You'll have ample opportunity to test and compare the units when we go outside to shoot.

Andrew French is a portrait and lifestyle photographer based in New York City. He shoots editorial and commercial work; his clients include Food & Wine, TIME, House & Garden, and Esquire, among others. Andrew's work is largely influenced by many of the photographers he assisted early in his career, including Mary Ellen Mark, Ruth Orkin and Ilse Bing. Passionate about photography and the creative process, he enjoys teaching and sharing his knowledge. He teaches private photography and lighting workshops and is on the faculty at the International Center of Photography and New York University.

"Andrew French is as generous a teacher as one could hope to find. He is full of enthusiasm, a total nerd about lighting and gear and has the best eclectic library of photography books that you’ve never seen. A weekend with him is an absolute delight!"—Amy Arbus

Are you a Photographer/Filmmaker Level or Platinum Level BDC member? Email to receive a 20% code to attend this workshop.

 © Andrew French