I've been looking at PPSOP's Lighting For Commercial Photography class (online) and wanted to know if anyone here has taken the course.
The description appears promising however, there is a steep investment in lighting gear required. Here's the list:
A good understanding of shutter speeds and f/stops, a digital camera and the ability to upload your images for critique is required. This course is designed for those who are interested in making not only the investment in their photographic knowledge but their equipment as well. The only way to instruct this course and for students to learn how lighting works, is to have the equipment at hand. What you will need to own, buy, or rent (if available in your area), is the following equipment:
- 3 monolight strobes of 250 watt seconds or greater.
- 5 light stands (2 light/medium and 3 heavy duty)
- One 20 degree grid spot or the complete set of 10, 20, 30 degree
- One large lightbox approximately 36"x48"
- A background system for holding up your backgrounds
- Two 36" – 48" umbrellas
- One portable lighting boom
- A white and grey seamless background
- Spring clamps from the hardware store (As many as you want to own)
- A flash meter
- Two more strobe lights (total 5)
- Two more light stands: one medium and one short floor stand type (total 7)
- Color meter
- Canvas background for portraits and products. A neutral color is best
- Small lightbox roughly 24" on the long side
- Wireless trigger such as Pocket Wizard, Cyber Sync, or equivalent
At a quick glance, it looks like an investment between $1250 and $2500. I have an interest in commercial and architectural photography, especially since I was laid-off last summer and still haven't been fortunate to find a new job yet. Both this course and the architectural class would require a large investment (T/S for architectural), and money doesn't grow on trees.
Any feedback would be appreciated.