Chroma: The Workshop

Learning to work with light is an important milestone in every photographer’s career, and the ability to craft light to fit your vision for an image is a skill that cannot be overrated. “Crafting” of light is spoken of in terms of the quality and quantity of light. But there is an important, third component of light that heavily influences the final look of the image: the color of light. In this workshop, photographer Nick Fancher helps you elevate your game when it comes to introducing the bold, creative, and intentional use of color into your work.


Nick will begin with a discussion of color theory, gels, and white balance, then examine how to determine which colors complement your subject matter. He covers topics such as:

  • an overview of color theory
  • 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: Workshops run from 9-6 with an hour break for lunch. If it's a two-day workshop, the second day will have a similar format, with additional techniques. Nick will demonstrate each technique by shooting tethered to a laptop so students can see every frame captured. The students are then split into two groups of five, each group with a model. Each student will have ten minutes to try the technique out with the model before regrouping for the next technique. Classes limited to 10 spots.

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

Refund Policy: Due to travel costs and general workshop expenses, the refund policy is as follows: greater than two months notice, a full refund will be issued. Less than two 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.