Working with Light: A Demonstration | Head On Photo Festival

Working with Light: A Demonstration


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 photographs using a subtle single light source or using multiple light sources to create different styles and effects. 

You will be guided on how to find and setup simple lighting situations on location using natural light and 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 making a photograph.  

Dates & Details

Sunday 20th of May 4pm - 7pm

Price: $50 ($40 members) (inc GST)


4-5pm: Natual Light with Alex Vaughan 

5-6pm: Q&A over drinks/dinner (drinks/dinner not included)

6-7pm: Light Painting with Peter Solness

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


About the Presenters

Alex Vaughan

In 10 years Alex Vaughan has established herself as one of the leading portrait & documentary photographers of actors in Australia.
In 2017, her personal series 'In Their Element' was the featured project in Capture Magazine's May/June issue.
In the same year Vaughan was selected as one of 40 finalists out of 2500 entrants in the Head On Photographic Portrait Prize for her self portrait 'Head Wound'. And in 2014 she was selected as one of the 40 finalists for an image from her series ‘In Their Element’.
In 2011 Vaughan had her work exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, where she was a finalist in Australia’s National Photographic Portrait Prize. That same year she won the coveted People’s Choice Award at the Head On Photographic Portrait Prize.
She received critical acclaim in 2010 as an emerging photographer after winning ‘The People’s Choice Award’ at the Sony ACMP Projections Emerging Photographers Competition for her series ‘Les and Eileen’. The series was also published in and won Capture Magazine’s Exposed Challenge.
Vaughan has spent the last seven years travelling and working in Australia, the U.S., New Zealand and Europe on various commissioned and personal projects. The first part of her current major body of personal work ‘In Their Element’ is due for exhibition in Australia in 2019.


Peter Solness

Peter Solness’ style of image-making represents a convergence of the technical 'actuality' of photography, with the sensibility of a painter. Respected Australian photographer and writer Robert McFarlane, in his essay for a 2009 catalogue of Peter’s work wrote, 

'By making the artistic choice to light each vista, Solness reinvents each scene before him, adding a dream-like nocturnal beauty to every photograph.....  Light doesn’t reflect, so much as emit from each subject - in ways that are similar to Surrealist painters such as Paul Delvaux.... As such they are works of art with two pre-eminent virtues - their natural beauty and this artist’s visible surrender to the peerless mystery of the southern hemisphere night.'

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
  • How to use light in an additive way (light painting)

Suitable for

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

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


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