Advanced Photographic Lighting for Professionals


  • Learn the why of ‘lighting’ and begin your journey to master the craft of lighting
  • Learn to see the light
  • Get a complete hands on training in the craft of lighting and become a true professional
  • Start with the basics and finish with an advanced knowledge and a set of skills to use on your professional assignments
  • Learn how to use your lighting knowledge to modify, improvise and finish an assignment

Course Duration

  • 8 Classes
  • 4 hours x 8 (32 hours of teaching and training - equivalent to 02 IME Credits)

Course Description

  • All classes are interactive multimedia experiences
  • Hands on training on all the scenarios taught in the class
  • Lights, shooting table & the subjects will be provided by IME for all the lighting classes
  • This two credit course can be carried over to the Diploma by sitting for the Lighting module assessment
  • Certificate of participation will be awarded to participants with 100% attendance

Intended Audience

Medium of Instruction

  • Sinhala

Course Schedule

  • To be announced
  • Tuesday 0800 - 1200 - Medium - Sinhala

Required Equipment

  • A DSLR or a Modern Mirrorless Camera
  • A laptop with Adobe Lightroom installed
  • Lights will be provided by IME

Reasons for Learing Lighting

  • Components of a good image
  • Light vs Lighting - theory & demonstrations
  • Definitions and conventions

Light Sources

  • Classifying light sources based on quality of light to be practically useful
  • The Science and Theory behind ‘types’ of light
  • Learning how to modify light to create different light sources

Lighting angle

  • Reasons behind placing a light somewhere
  • Learning where to place the lights and why

The amount of Light

  • Controlling brightness
  • Generating tonal variations
  • Factors determining the amount of light and therefore the exposure
  • Measuring Light
  • Brightness Ratios

Lighting and the Subject

  • Lighting up different subjects
  • Types of reflections
  • Controlling unwanted reflections
  • Controlling flare


  • Definitions and practical value of the phenomenon
  • Using polarization to our advantage


  • The importance of diffraction
  • Avoiding diffraction
  • Using diffraction

Shooting Different Subjects

  • Lighting up different subjects
  • Lighting up different shapes
  • Lighting different surfaces

Outdoor Lighting

  • Concept of complementing ambiance
  • Using various light modifiers and the reasons behind using each type
  • Outdoor lighting strategies

Understanding different types of Light Sources

  • Using the gathered knowledge to choose suitable light sources
  • Understanding the light shaping tools in the market and learning to use them
  • Learning to make your own light modifiers

Lighting up a Human - Portrait Lighting

  • Concepts behind lighting up a human
  • Different portrait lighting styles and reasons for using those

Creating your own Studio

  • Essential Lighting Gear
  • Learning to work effectively with minimal resources
  • Cost effective solutions for various lighting needs
  • Gear for a mobile studio



Educational/Enrolment Requirements

Getting the best out of this course

  • As in all other courses by IME, we expect students to spend 2 hours on homework for each hour spent in the class
  • Participation in all classes is expected to get the best out of the course and  100% attendance is required for the certificate of participation
  • We expect participants to have equipment as described in the course overview section

Enrolment Process

  • A limited number of Professional Photographers will be enrolled per class
  • Positions are given on first come first serve basis
  • Students need to choose a payment option and must make the  payment to secure a placement


Course Fee: Rs 42,000.00 (Rupees Forty Two Thousand)

Payment Option 01 (Discount option)

  • Eligible for 5% discount if paid two weeks prior to the commencement of the course
  • Discounted Fee Rs. 39,900.00
  • Payment date to be eligible for discount  is two weeks prior to the commencement of the course

Payment Option 02 (Easy Payment option)

  • Two equal payments of Rs 21,000
  • Second payment to be paid prior to beginning of the week 04
  • Late payment fees will apply unless paid in time

Making Payments

  • Payments can be made in person, to our bank account or via credit card (this option is currently being developed)
  • A reference number is required to deposit money to our bank account and should be stated on the deposit slip
  • Reference numbers can be obtained by contacting our Registrar or filling out the following form

Contact Numbers

  • 011 309 4300
  • 077 415 1065
  • 071 274 5005
  • 077 762 5140