Workshop Series

Whether you're new to photography and just figuring out your dSLR (or mirrorless) camera, or you're a seasoned "available light" shooter who wants to add lighting to your tool belt, this workshop series has you covered. It's designed for those who learn best by doing, as hands-on learning is a priority in these workshops. With classes limited to 8 spots, students will split their time between working with live subjects and still-life scenarios. Students are welcome to attend one, two, or all three days, depending on their skill needs. The techniques taught on day one will prepare students for day two (and day two for day three), however more advanced students are welcome to just attend the intermediate or advanced days. Listed below are the workshop itineraries (subject to change):


Day One: Photo Basics (beginner level)- $250

In this one-day workshop we will cover some or all of the following:

  • learning your camera (shutter, aperture, ISO, white balance, etc.)
  • lens options
  • camera modes (Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual)
  • depth of field
  • stopping or showing motion
  • using and shaping natural light 
  • making long exposures
  • basics of Photoshop and Lightroom 

Day Two: Studio and Location Lighting (intermediate level)- $350

In this one-day workshop we will cover some or all of the following:

  • Intro to strobe/flash
  • creating soft light
  • creating dramatic light
  • creating white, grey, and black backgrounds
  • lighting reflective surfaces
  • balancing with ambient light
  • freezing subject 
  • continuous light options
  • integrating movement (shutter drag)
  • Photoshop and Lightroom workflow

Day Three: Color Theory and Fine Art Lighting (advanced level)- $450

In this one-day workshop we will cover some or all of the following:

  • color theory overview
  • learning color temperatures
  • building up layers of color
  • blocking, blending, and bouncing colored light
  • multi-colored shadows
  • integrating gobos 
  • implementing shutter drag
  • lighting with projectors
  • multiple exposure
  • handling color files in Photoshop and Lightroom


The format: The days runs from 9-6 with an hour break for lunch. Nick demonstrates each technique by shooting tethered to a laptop so students can learn by watching. The students are then split into two groups, one with a model and one with a still-life scenario. Each student will have the opportunity to try the technique out before regrouping for the next technique. Every student will have several opportunities to work with both the model and the still-life. Classes limited to 8 spots.

Required equipment: Students should bring their camera, lenses, and memory card. Nick will provide lighting equipment for students to use. 

Refund Policy: Due to travel costs and general workshop expenses, the refund policy is as follows: greater than one month notice, a full refund will be issued. Less than one months notice, no refund will be issued. Workshops can be subject to cancellation due to insufficient enrollment. In the event of a workshop cancellation, students will be given a minimum of two months notice, and a full refund will be issued. 

*If you're interested in hosting a workshop in your city/country, email for more information

2018 Dates*

Columbus, OH

August 23- Photo Basics

August 24- Studio Lighting

August 25- Color and Fine Art

Columbus, OH

To watch some of the techniques covered in the workshop, as well as see Nick's teaching methods, watch the Studio Anywhere workshop below: