Basic Lighting Practical Demonstration with AIPP


Learn lighting techniques from two professional photographers who work both indoors in a studio environment and outdoors on location.

Lighting is a key element to creating great portraits using a subtle single light or using multiple lights to create different styles and effects.  

You will be guided how to setup simple as well as complex lighting setups for portraits in a studio and on location using flash. 

See how two photographers use lighting to build an image for a client and why it is such an important part of the process of creating a portrait.  

Dates & Details

Saturday 6th of May 9:30am - 12pm

Price: $30 ($25 members of AIPP/ Head On) (inc GST)


Outdoor: 9:30am - 10:30am with Robert Catto 

Location: Perry Lane, between 264 and 266 Oxford St, Paddington, NSW 2021


Indoor: 11:00am - 12:00pm with Ben Scott

Location: Festival Hub Paddington, (Paddington Town Hall), 249 Oxford St, NSW 2021


About the Presenters

Robert Catto

Robert is a Canadian-Kiwi photographer based in Sydney Australia, specialising in performing arts, live events, editorial and corporate/commercial work.

Having trained as a lighting designer for theatre, dance and opera, his work is driven by that experience and knowledge of how to light a subject for an audience. 

Rob is a founding member of the Kage Collective, an Accredited Professional Photographer with the AIPP, and a guest speaker at the PSNZ and AIPA Image Nation national conferences, photographic societies around New Zealand and at the National Museum, Te Papa. He has also runs workshops on low-light photography and written articles on his work which have appeared in D-Photo, The Photographers Mail, and F11 magazines.

Ben Scott

Ben is one of Australia's top fashion and multi award-winning portrait photographers. With a strong belief in producing images, for any client, that stand out from the rest. 

Ben owns and runs one of the largest studios in Sydney ( which enables him the flexibility required for a diversity of projects. With a team of makeup artists, hair and clothing stylists as part of his crew, he is always ensuring that the work produced is to the highest standard.

Demonstration outcomes

  • Learn how to identify the best suitable light while on location
  • How to add, subtract and modify light sources to create a compelling portrait
  • How to balance multiple light sources
  • Studio portraiture using 1, 2 and 3 lights
  • Using a lightmeter with flash

Suitable for

Aimed at beginners but would also be suitable for any photographer looking to expand their knowledge of lighting for portraiture.

What to bring

  • Note taking equipment
  • Your camera and one lens (either to photograph lighting set ups and if time permits to try set ups yourself)
  • Appropriate clothing and shoes for outdoor weather conditions, as you will be outdoors for part of this demonstration


$30.00 AUD
Member Price: 
$25.00 AUD