Light is one of the key components of every great picture; it creates atmosphere, reveals or hides details, and creates compelling visual effects. This Intensive offers intermediate photographers the opportunity to acquire important technical knowledge and expand their artistic background in order to creatively use light as part of their practice. Through hands-on practice and assignments both in the studio and on location, students learn about a vast range of lighting equipment and accessories, while gaining experience in using a range of light sources, including continuous lights, studio strobe, portable flashes, and natural daylight. Students refine their skills and aesthetics for the purpose of developing a personal style and capturing dynamic portfolio images.
Topics of study include:

  • The qualities and characteristics of light
  • Creative usage of daylight
  • The studio environment
  • Lighting equipment and accessories
  • Continuous lighting and strobe-based lighting sets
  • Portable lighting equipment and studio kits
  • Contemporary lighting theories and aesthetics
  • Refined application processes
  • Advanced lighting techniques 

Benefits & Outcomes:

  • Understand and practice a variety of lighting techniques, tools, and skills
  • Capture beautiful images using natural daylight
  • Experience a modern studio environment with state-of-the-art equipment
  • Build continuous lighting and strobe-base sets according to your needs
  • Configure your portable lighting kit for creative use of light everywhere
  • Develop your visual sensitives and personal style
  • Create personal projects and dynamic pictures for your portfolio

Program Structure

Framework & Courses

Important Notes


The Lighting Foundations Intensive is an intermediate program: You are familiar with your camera, whether film or digital. You understand aperture, shutter speed, exposure, white balance, histograms, and how to control focus. You are comfortable editing and processing your images. You may want to understand how to utilize your camera in a more thoughtful and articulate way or how to utilize concepts and ideas in relation to your portfolio of work while learning about lighting. Students must meet the prerequisites of each course they register for as part of the program.


Enrollment in the Lighting Foundations Intensive is open throughout the year. The non-refundable registration fee is $450. Registered students receive special discounted rates for each of the courses required to complete the Intensive ($600 accumulated discount), resulting in total savings of $150. 

As a limited promotion, ICP may approve and credit courses previously taken at ICP towards completion of the Intensive, and adjust the registration fee and remaining discounts accordingly (see Special Promotion).


Students must pass all required courses before receiving ICP certification. All courses must be completed within a period of 1-year from the date of registration (excluding approved past courses). Once a student completes the requirements, a request for the certificate should be submitted using the button below. 

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