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Creative Studio Lighting with gobo's

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Woodley Hill House,
Eastcourt Avenue,
Reading, RG6 1HH

Learn the basics of balancing gobo lighting and set ups for “noir”, graphic fashion and more. 

Studio lighting can be manipulated with optical modifiers and gobos (term commonly used for the lens filters and patterns that are affixed to theatre lights) that dramatically cut light and/or add graphic shapes and interest.

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Please note: there are no additional costs. Models will be provided  

What I'll learn

You will study:

  • knowledge of optical modifiers 
  • essential techniques to consider when lighting with gobos 
  • lighting set ups for “noir”  
  • graphic portraits, fashion etc. 
  • one, two and three light set ups 


How I'll learn

Theory and practical lessons with demonstrations and a chance to practice specific techniques in small groups.

You will learn through a variety of methods, including:

  • Formal instruction
  • Individual tuition
  • Practical demonstration
  • Practical experience


Entry Requirements

You will need:

  • an interchangeable lens camera, DSLR or Mirrorless  
  • a packed lunch (refreshments are available on site for a small cost) 


How to Apply

You can register for this course online. Click on ENROL NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register your contact details online and verify your account
  • Go to your desired course page and click again on ENROL NOW. Follow the link to pay for your course

Course places are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. We would encourage you to enrol on your chosen course as soon as possible. If you prefer to enrol in person please visit us at one of our college Advice Centres or enrol over the phone via 0800 612 6008.

This course will be run subject to demand. If you wish to enrol within one week of the start date, please call us on 0800 612 6008 first to check the course is running.