This program was eighteen years in the making, taking all our experience teaching photographers studio lighting in the most efficient and easy to understand way possible!

No detail is left out in this comprehensive program spanning over 90 video lessons.

We mean it when we say we create lighting masters!


"Bud's Studio Lighting Course was a game changer for me. I highly recommend it for anyone new to studio lighting!"

- Laura Mower, Elle J. Portrait Photography

We have been teaching studio lighting for 18 years!

We have been teaching photographers the art of studio lighting for a very long time! Now we bring our experience online with this carefully consider online course!

Learn studio lighting - the right way!

No guessing. No random luck. No copying.
Learn to see what studio lights can do for you and learn how to bring your creative ideas to life. This course is the resource you have been looking for!

This course is one of three parts of the Master Master Lighting Course and specifically addresses how to work with studio lighting confidently!

No detail is left out!

We don't leave out the details - from the start to the finish we show you every step along the way.

If you are new or filling in gaps from self-learning, the detailed approach in our well-organized program will give you the tools to succeed in the studio!

Carefully written lighting diagrams.

We give you solid lighting 'recipes' to learn to apply your new skills.

And it is more than just a diagram - the accompanying video carefully describes all the details of each set up!

Here is the list of lessons in The Studio Lighting Course:

Over 90 video lessons in total! Step-by-step instruction! Image reviews!

Lighting recipes! Downloads! No detail is left out.

Module 1 - Getting Ready

Welcome to the course

About Your Instructor

A word about safety

Equipment selection

Equipment you will need

Which gear you should buy

Where to buy your gear

The true cost of equipment

Comparing studio lighting brands

Getting your studio ready

Camera set up

Mirrorless camera users

Setting up your studio space

Tripods and Camera Stands

Performing an ambient light check

Light stands


Module 2 - The Main Light

Introduction to your studio light

Studio Lights: Basic Features

Understanding strobe power

Understanding modeling lights

Getting your light to fire

Radio transmitters and receivers

Understanding synchronization

Creating your first studio image

Adding a soft light modifier

Positioning your main light

Metering your main light

Positioning your subject

Reviewing your image

Varying the position of the Main Light

Reviewing one light images

Module 3 - The Fill Light

Adding Fill Light

Understanding fill light

Comparing Main and Fill Light

Understanding main and fill ratios

Seeing main and fill ratios

Adding and metering a fill light

Thinking in f/stops

Using a reflector as fill

Hard vs. Soft light

Seeing hard and soft light

Comparing soft modifiers

Comparing hard modifiers

Reviewing main and fill images

Module 4 - Accent Lights

Placing Lights High and Low

Getting lights low

Boom Arms

Restricting where light falls

Reflectors with grids

Snoots and Barn doors

Softboxes with fabric grids

Flags and V-Flats

Separating the subject from the background

Hair and Edge Lights

Adding and metering an edge light

Correcting lens flare

Background Lights

Adding and metering a background light

Managing Color

Understanding White Balance

Custom White Balance and Color Targets

Reviewing accent light images

Module 5 - Inspiration and Lighting Recipes

Sources of Inspiration

Lighting Recipes

The Classic Four Light Portrait

Using Main, Fill, Edge and Background to a timeless effect.

The 1-2-3 Main Edge Portrait

Moodier portrait with more shadows and more punch.

The Classic Rembrandt

You can’t go wrong with this classic lighting pattern.

The Portrait Classic

One of the most common lighting pattern featuring one giant light.

The Clamshell Portrait

Edgy beauty style look often called ‘butterfly’.

Module 6 - Getting Specific


Gemini GM400RX, GM750Pro

Genesis 200

Pulsar Transmitter

LiteLink Transceiver


D-Lite 4, Style RX600

EL-Skyport Transceiver


Badger Unleashed

S1 and S1 Transmitter

Paul Buff

Alien Bee, DigiBee, Einstein

White Lighting X1600, X3200



B1, B1X, B10, D2

Air Remote, Air Remote TTL

Pocket Wizard

Plus II, III, IV, X Transceivers


L358, L478 Flash Meters

...with more coming!

Join The Master Lighting Course!

Our course includes complete access to all three programs - The Studio Lighting Course, The Dog and Pet Lighting Course, and The Outdoor Lighting Course!

This is over 125 videos you can access RIGHT NOW,

to help you improve your lighting game RIGHT NOW.

Join our program to get the best in carefully-considered lighting education!

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We transform photographers into lighting masters.

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