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Getting Started In Studio Lighting

Getting Started In Studio Lighting

Join Laura Hatcher in her Old Town, Alexandria photography studio and learn what gear is best for creating your own studio. This hands-on class provides photographers an opportunity to learn how to set up various types of lighting equipment to create portraits in a studio setting. 

Discover the best gear for your photography studio and learn to set up various lighting equipment to create stunning portraits. Get hands-on experience configuring lighting, modifiers, and backdrops while understanding camera control and synchronization techniques. 

Topics include:

  • Equipment overview of camera, lenses, lights, and controlling light with slaves, triggers or sync cords.
  • Also, backdrops, modifiers such as softboxes, stripboxes and VFlats, etc.

Come away from this class with a solid foundation for creating your own studio lighting set up. 

If you are considering taking the Headshot class, this Studio Lighting class is recommended before taking that one.

Questions can be directed to Marie Joabar at

Class Limit:  5



Instructor: Laura Hatcher

Laura Hatcher

Laura Hatcher is an award winning and published event, headshot and portrait photographer based in Alexandria, Virginia. She started her photographic journey while on active duty with the United States Navy. Laura, now a retired Naval Officer, opened a small studio in the heart of Old Town, Alexandria and is enjoying her second career as a full time photographer.  She continues to serve the Veteran community with her headshot and military ceremony photography.

Laura’s work has been featured in the Washington Post, Architectural Digest, Forbes Magazine, VIP Alexandria Magazine, and several college Alumni magazines. Her clients have included: The City of Alexandria, Visit Alexandria, The United States Naval Academy Alumni Association (her Alma Mater), The US Capitol Historical Society, and Texas A&M The Bush School of Government and Public Service.  Laura's work can be seen at:

Laura teaches the following classes for Capital Photography Center:

* How to be a Photography Business Owner
* Exploring Headshot Photography
* Getting Started With Studio Lighting
* Portrait Editing- Tools and Techniques

Date: September 08 2024

Time: 1:00pm - 4:30pm




108 N Alfred St, Suite 202, Alexandria, VA 22314

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Class Cancellation Policy

  • A refund or a credit towards another class (less a $20 processing fee) can be given if cancellation notice is given more than 5 business days from the scheduled class.
  • If there is no cancellation notice, or it is given 5 business days or less, no refund or credit will be given.
  • Please check the name and date of the class carefully. Requests to reschedule a class will incur a $20 processing fee provided notice is given more than 5 business days prior to the class. If request to reschedule is given less than business 5 days prior to the class, no refund or credit will be given.
  • If Capital Photography Center cancels or postpones a class due to weather or low enrollment, you can choose a full refund or a credit towards a future class.