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Remote Learning, Part 2: Commercial Photography and Studio Lighting

As described in our companion article that makes up Part 1 of this story, both teachers and students scrambled to face unique challenges and solve unforeseen problems with the sudden shift from face-to-face classes to remote learning in March 2020. Since a new school year is now upon us, we asked a diverse group of educators for updated tips, as well as insights about the online teaching/learning process.

In Remote Learning, Part 1: Photojournalism and Fine Art Photography, we covered advice from educators in the disciplines of photojournalism and fine art photography. Part 2 of this story, featured below, offers tips more related to technical matters, including helpful advice about remote teaching and learning when working with studio lighting.

Above photograph © Pam Parmenter

Pam Parmenter, Daytona State College

“I missed the studios, equipment, and camaraderie of school, but I found myself looking for new ways to capture natural lighting and create interesting backgrounds.” In the above still life, a lacy blue and white fabric diffuses early morning window light in Parmenter’s dining room. She illuminated the martini glasses using a softbox with a Godox AD200pro and two white foam boards.

1. The transition to hybrid and online content delivery has been challenging for teachers and students. Many of us have never taught online, largely because the in-person exchange of ideas and information, and the resulting sense of community and personal contact, has always been an important element of study in the arts.

Students are often concerned they could get lazy or lose a sense of urgency if a professor or fellow students aren’t looking over their shoulder while they complete a studio lighting assignment during class. My response is for them to consider, “What will you do to stay motivated to photograph after you’ve graduated?”

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