Arkansas Professional Photographers Association
The Art & Science of Lighting
Lighting is by far the most important ingredient in creating an image, it is the key to
photography. Light defines the subject. Light will show or remove texture. It has the
power to direct a viewer, evoke an emotion and tell a story. Light is the basis for life and
Knowing how to and use light to set the tone for your image is an art, an art that takes
years to master and only moments to appreciate. The best part of photography, at least
in my opinion, is being able to manipulate reality while still keeping it real.
An artist can create any fantasy he or she desires with the brush, but photographers
must do that with light and shadow alone.
On the other hand, light is also a science. We are ruled by physics. The two must be used
together. Photography is about the “Art and Science of Lighting”. In this program, both
the basic laws of light, along with creative use of light, will be applied in studio and
location settings. We will utilize daylight, flash, strobe and ambient conditions working
with no more than two light sources.
You will learn valuable techniques to make your images different than your competitors.
Gain the knowledge and understanding of what light, any light, will do in a given
situation, and then have the skills to manipulate it to your style, LIVE. Light quantity,
light quality and light direction all play critical roles in your image making and in this
full day class you are guaranteed to leave with the knowledge to make you a better, more
This is a hands on experience where students are encouraged to bring their camera and
shoot along-side each other and Cris as we discuss several lighting tools and the four
major lighting applications. Cris will lead on you an adventure as we have live sessions
and learn invaluable tools for lighting, posing, composition, lens selection and more as
we shoot on-location, the studio and in-between.
BW Children's Character Portraits
Painting with Light
Color Harmony in Portraiture
Inna Sumra, M. Photog, Associate Royal Photographic Society of UK
Photographer of the Year 2015 (Platinum Award) and 2016 (Platinum Award)
Third in the Grand Imaging Award 2016
Born in Russia, Inna moved to USA 16 years ago. Aeronautical engineer by
training she started photography business in a small town in North Dakota,
because there was no job for Inna . The studio was located in spare room of
her house. She learned photography by taking courses like Texas School of
Photography and other seminars. After working out of the house for about 5
years Inna and her husband built a studio in town. Starting out with a Kodak
DCS 760, she moved to Nikon, then Hasselblad and Sinar P3.
She Inna works in Cavalier North Dakota, where she runs a photographic and
painting studio. She photographs single subjects or small family groups,
indoor and outdoor. The studio work is done on a Sinar P3 View Camera with
Phase One IQ100 back with Rodenstock or Schneider lenses. This results in
creamy smooth skin tones, high resolution images with beautiful bokeh. Her
work was showcased on many billboards in the area.
These days Inna Sumra devotes more time to painting. She paints
commissioned portraits based on the photographs she take for her clients.
Inna's painted portraits are mixed media creations that combine the best of
today's cutting edge art creation tools. Then using the photograph for a
reference, Inna hand paints the painting in Corel Painter, brush stroke by
brush stroke, using Wacom stylus and tablet. There are no buttons, actions or
filters that are applied to get the look of Inna's paintings. They are all painted
by hand with the same skill and talent that goes into the traditional painting.
Guerilla Marketing for the Professional Photographer
Marketing is a subject many of us struggle with. We don’t do it well, don’t do it at
all, or don’t like doing it. After all, we’re “artists”.
But, after all, we must do some form of marketing, otherwise, we won’t be in
business very long. However, many forms of marketing can be quite expensive and we
don’t have the money to do much of it.
So, in an effort to think outside the box, I have compiled several strategies and
ways you can market your business without breaking the bank. And several of these
ways are actually quite fun!
You will come away from this program energized and looking for ways you can
market your business in your community.
Dwayne Lee, M.Photog.,Cr.-API, owns Southern Flair Photography in Arlington, Texas. Having
photographed over 3,800 weddings in the past 41 years, Southern Flair also features portraits of
children, high school seniors, and families. Dwayne has presented numerous business and
photography programs at the local, state, and national levels. Currently President of the
Southwest Professional Photographers Association, he is also a Past President of the Texas PPA,
belongs to PPA, and is a member ICP, and is a member and Past President of the Ft. Worth
Professional Photographers Association.
His other affiliations include being Past President of the Association of Wedding Professionals
in Dallas and Past President of the Arlington Sunrise Rotary Club.
The Arkansas Professional Photographers' Association is a group of photographers from Arkansas and neighboring states who meet several times a year for educational programs and social gatherings. Regardless of your level of involvement in professional photography, we have a place for you. Many members are full-time professional photographers with retail studios while others may be part-time and operate from their homes. Some members are just starting out in professional photography, while others have decades in the business. Regardless of a member's years of experience or newness to the field, there is a place for everyone to learn, and contribute to the learning experience of others.