Exploring Light

Learn from two world-class photographers how to see, tame, and shape light for more powerful photos .
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Light is the backbone of photography. Whether it’s found or added, strobe, continuous, or provided by the sun, learning to see and manipulate light is crucial to making better pictures.

In this intensive two-day workshop with award-winning photographer duo Ben Lowy and Marvi Lacar, you’ll learn to choose modifiers for available or supplied light, the placement and balance between sources, and how to craft the right look to suit the subject and location. We’ll start with a single light and build from there, leaning into the idea that complex is often not better.

Ben and Marvi’s work is as unique and diverse as the couple themselves. They started their careers as photojournalists and have seen the impact of compelling storytelling. They believe in stories that not only inform but also pique their curiosity, inspire them, create a ripple within our communities, and make lasting impressions. Check out more of their work here.

Ben and Marvi will work with live models, shooting with the camera tethered to a computer, so the class can follow along with the demos. Students will be invited to shoot many of the setups with their own cameras, so they can study the photos later on for clues as to what worked and what didn’t.

There will be demos of strobe vs. continuous lighting, but Ben and Marvi will focus primarily on using battery-powered LED sources which are compact, powerful, portable and provide real time preview of all lighting effects.

  • When to choose strobe over continuous and choices that fit your work and budget
  • Appropriate accessories to support your gear
  • A discussion on the often overlooked topic of safety in the studio and location
  • Common lighting modifiers, including softboxes, umbrellas and reflectors
  • The one-light setup and the surprising results you can get from a limited amount of equipment
  • The flexibility and creative control of adding a second light to the mix
  • How to rent or buy gear that fits your needs and budget
  • How to create, control and apply different qualities of light from diffuse to specular and in between
  • How to read and control the shadow edge and specular edge on your subject and background
  • Understanding the quality of light vs. quantity of light
  • When a handheld light meters is needed
  • The creative and appropriate use of color gel
  • Students will work with models in small teams to test and shoot the techniques learned.

This workshop is for all levels, whether you’re a novice, intermediate, or planning to turn photography into a business, solid knowledge of lighting will improve the look, power, and salability of your photos.


A camera capable of manual exposure and a working knowledge of your camera settings including exposure modes, shutter speed, f-stop, white balance and ISO control.

All photos on this workshop page are credited to Lowy + Lacar.

  • This two-day workshop is held at DCP on Saturday, October 16 and Sunday, October 17.
  • Cost per person is $485 early registration (ends October 1 at 11:59pm), $535 late registration. All DCP members receive a discount on classes and workshops!
  • Doors open each day at 8:45am.
  • Workshop starts promptly at 9am and ends at 5pm.
  • Advance registration and payment is required.
  • Maximum number of students is 12, minimum number to make a class is 8.
  • This workshop has been generously supported by Sony Imaging Pro Support and Light and Motion.

This workshop has been generously supported by:

Sony Imaging Pro Support provides exclusive expert support designed for professional photographers using Sony cameras and lenses. We provide memberships that include 24/7 phone and email support, equipment repair, service center locations in New York and Los Angeles, and on-site support at select major events.






Light and Motion are a dedicated team of creative professionals with over 30 years of experience developing the best lighting for cycling, scuba, photography and cinematography. We understand all the ways lighting enhances and elevates our experience doing and recording the activities we love.

As an American manufacturer, Light and Motion demonstrates through its daily work a commitment to building products with integrity. We have been designing and building our products in Northern California as part of our commitment to invest in our people and our community.

This workshop has special terms and conditions that supplement and/or replace the general terms found elsewhere on the DCP website.

The early registration discount is in effect up to 14 days before the workshop date and ends October 1 at 11:59pm. We must have a minimum of 8 participants by the early registration deadline for the workshop to make.

If you cancel more than 31 days before the workshop begins we’ll refund any payments made less a $100 processing fee. If you cancel from 22 to 31 days before the start date of the workshop, we will refund all money received to date minus a $200 cancellation penalty. If you cancel less than 21 days before the start date of the workshop, you will forfeit 100% of the total workshop fee. If you can’t attend, you are welcome to send someone in your place. In some cases, we may be able to find a replacement for your empty seat if the workshop is already sold out, in which case you will receive a partial refund minus the $200 cancellation fee.

Dallas Center for Photography reserves the right to cancel a workshop at any time for low enrollment or for other reasons and will promptly refund all payments made to date. In the event of a workshop cancellation, DCP is not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets, hotel reservations and other travel arrangements. If you’re coming from out of town we recommend that you purchase travel insurance.

Q: What’s included in the price?
A: Workshop registration, lighting gear, lunch, modeling fees.

Q: Are there previous requirements for this workshop?
A: Yes. This workshop is for those who have a thorough understanding of your camera’s controls including shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and white balance.

Q: How will I know if the workshop makes or not?
A: If the workshop doesn’t make and has to be canceled, you will receive an email no later than two days before the scheduled class date.

Marvi Lacar

Marvi Lacar is a photographer and filmmaker whose goal is to emotionally connect with her audience using creative visual language.

Lacar completed her Masters degree in Journalism at the University of Texas in Austin and began her training as a fellow at the Poynter Institute and internships at national newspapers. In 2003, Lacar moved to New York to start her career as a photojournalist and was soon represented by Reportage by Getty Images where she covered domestic and international news and features stories for print publications like Time, Newsweek, New York, Stern, Paris Match and the New York Times.

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Ben Lowy

Benjamin Lowy began his photography career covering the Iraq War in 2003. Since then he has covered major stories worldwide. In 2004 Lowy attended the World Press Joop Swart Masterclass, he was named in Photo District News 30 and his images of Iraq were chosen by PDN as some of the most iconic of the 21st century. Lowy has received awards from World Press Photo, POYi, PDN, Communication Arts, American Photography, and the Society for Publication Design. Lowy has been a finalist for the Oskar Barnak Award, a finalist in Critical Mass, included in Magenta Flash Forward 2007, as well as the OSI Moving Walls 16 exhibit. His work from Iraq, Darfur, and Afghanistan have been collected into several gallery and museum shows, and shown at the Tate Modern, SF MOMA, Houston Center for Photography, Invalides, and Arles. His work from Darfur appeared in the SAVE DARFUR media campaign.

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