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Silhouette Lighting

  • Rum Doodle Studios 24 Front Street Exeter, NH, 03833 United States (map)

Please join us for a workshop on a specific type of lighting - silhouette and rim lighting -  in our studios in downtown Exeter, NH. We will begin with instruction and shooting, followed by sessions on post production editing in Lightroom and Photoshop. Participants may then purchase one-on-one time with the model with our equipment in order to to practice what they learned in the first session.

This is a shoot that will interest you if you:

  • wish to learn a new lighting technique and setup
  • are interested in practicing your fine art photography
  • want to see and experiment with abstract lighting setups
  • are comfortable with photographing nudes

Participation will be limited in order to give everyone a chance to learn and practice.

Part I: Workshop

You'll be introduced to setting up a shoot and choosing a model, types of equipment you can use, practices and pitfalls, setting up the lighting, directing the model, and getting the shot.

Several lighting setups will be used, both strobes and continuous lights. You'll learn and practice setting up professional multi-light sets as well as low-budget DIY setups anyone can afford.

Participants will practice shooting each lighting setup to get familiar with shooting silhouette and rim lighting using strobes and continuous lights, metering and triggering strobes, and directing the model to achieve a useful collaborative result.

Next, we'll cover post-processing - from importing images into Lightroom, to tagging and culling prospective images, to global edits, to pixel editing in Photoshop. Attention will be paid specifically to working with silhouette and rim lighting during the editing process.

We'll be using the most recently available versions of Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop, but the techniques will work in older versions, too.

Part II: One-on-One Sessions

After getting comfortable with the sets and setups in Part I, participants are invited to book our model for half-hour one-on-one sessions. These bookings will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. Participation in Part I is required.


The model for this event is the highly talented and versatile Rayne O'Reilly. Rayne has a great deal of experience in all manner of modelling, and with silhouettes in particular, and is a sheer delight to work with.

Earlier Event: January 30
Winter 2016 Model Group Shoot