Studio Lighting 101

A course by Julia Robbs
Photographer. New York, United States.
Joined February 2020
, Photographer

Learn how to capture unique portraits by exploring different professional studio lighting setups

  • 86% positive reviews (28)
  • 993 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn how to capture unique portraits by exploring different professional studio lighting setups

  • 86% positive reviews (28)
  • 993 students
  • 13 lessons (1h 50m)
  • 12 additional resources (0 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

As the very foundation of portrait photography, lighting allows photographers to capture the beauty and authenticity of real people. By understanding how light and shadows work together, photographer Julia Robbs is able to create striking portraits that remain true to her subjects. Using the best lighting for the story, her photography helps beauty, fashion, and lifestyle brands stay authentic, including Erno Lazlo, Dropbox, Harry’s, Urban Outfitters, Refinery29, Etsy, and Mailchimp.

In this course, Julia teaches her go-to studio lighting techniques for achieving high-quality portraits under any indoor setup, including natural light, beauty shots, and experimenting with filters and gels. Learn how to control lighting to create images that are not only aesthetically beautiful, but which also remain faithful to your story.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. The Fundamentals
  • U3
    U3. Studio Lighting
  • U4
    U4. Post-Production
  • FP
    FP Final project
View details

Get started by meeting Julia Robbs, a NYC-based commercial photographer and your teacher for this course. Julia begins by telling you about her journey into photography and introduces some projects and people that inspire her work. Take a quick look at how the course is structured and get ready to discover studio lighting!

Learn about the three foundations of lighting for photography: distance, direction, and shape. Lighting is what sets the tone of a photograph, so it’s important to understand how to establish a strong foundation for shooting under any lighting scenario. Discover how Julia conceptualizes a shoot and then puts together a mood board for inspiration. Go through your tools and equipment before learning how to set things up in your studio.

Set up your camera for shooting with Capture One and see how to share images directly with a team. Explore three different studio lighting scenarios. Start with natural light, the first and easiest place to start. Then, see how to set the lighting for a beauty shoot, starting with one light source and adding another to see how it changes the mood. Finally, experiment with a creative lighting setup using some colored gels and filters.

Join Julia as she shows you her steps to take on post-production and editing. She shows you how she makes her selection and the basic adjustments she makes in Adobe Lightroom before making final edits in Photoshop. Finish by seeing how to export your final images in high quality, whether for print or sharing online.

What is this course's project?

Create three final images with three different studio lighting techniques: daylight, beauty, and creative.

Who is this online course for?

This course is for amateur and semi-professional photographers who would like to learn or improve their studio lighting techniques.

Requirements and materials

To take this course, basic knowledge of photography and Adobe Photoshop is recommended.

You will need a DSLR camera with a lens, studio lighting, a USB cable to shoot tethered, and a computer with Capture One and Adobe Photoshop installed.


993 Students
28 Reviews
86% Positive ratings

Julia Robbs

A course by Julia Robbs

Teacher Plus

Julia Robbs is a commercial photographer based in New York City. Before moving to NYC, she was raised in France and studied photography in Chicago and Atlanta. Her work aims to be clean, polished, and thoughtful, while remaining authentic to her subjects.

Julia’s photography allows her to travel the world while developing her craft, and covers a wide range of fields, including lifestyle, portraiture, beauty, and fashion. Her client list includes Erno Laszlo, Odette NY, Refinery29, Etsy, Dropbox, Armand de Brignac, Urban Outfitters, Mailchimp, and more.


  • U1


    • Introduction
    • Influences
    • What Will We Do in this Course?
  • U2

    The Fundamentals

    • Understanding the Basics of Lighting
    • Putting the Mood Board Together
    • Setting up for Tethered Capture
    • Setting up Your Studio for Shooting
  • U3

    Studio Lighting

    • Soft Natural Light
    • Beauty Lighting: Two Ways
    • Studio Photography Using Gels
  • U4


    • Post-Production and Editing
    • Fine-Tune Editing in Photoshop
    • Exporting
  • FP

    Final project

    • Studio Lighting 101

What to expect from a Domestika course

  • Learn at your own pace

    Enjoy learning from home without a set schedule and with an easy-to-follow method. You set your own pace.

  • Learn from the best professionals

    Learn valuable methods and techniques explained by top experts in the creative sector.

  • Meet expert teachers

    Each expert teaches what they do best, with clear guidelines, true passion, and professional insight in every lesson.

  • Certificates

    If you're a Plus or PRO member, get a custom certificate signed by your teacher for every course. Share it on your portfolio, social media, or wherever you like.

  • Get front-row seats

    Videos of the highest quality, so you don't miss a single detail. With unlimited access, you can watch them as many times as you need to perfect your technique.

  • Share knowledge and ideas

    Ask questions, request feedback, or offer solutions. Share your learning experience with other students in the community who are as passionate about creativity as you are.

  • Connect with a global creative community

    The community is home to millions of people from around the world who are curious and passionate about exploring and expressing their creativity.

  • Watch professionally produced courses

    Domestika curates its teacher roster and produces every course in-house to ensure a high-quality online learning experience.


Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

All courses are 100% online, so once they're published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

The courses are divided into different units. Each one includes lessons, informational text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

You can redeem the course you received by accessing the redeeming page and entering your gift code.

If you're a Plus or PRO member, when you complete a course you'll instantly get your personalized certificate. You can see all your certificates in the Certificates section of your profile. You can download your certificates as PDFs and share the link online. Learn more about certificates
Studio Lighting 101. Photography, and Video course by Julia Robbs

Studio Lighting 101

A course by Julia Robbs
Photographer. New York, United States.
Joined February 2020
  • 86% positive reviews (28)
  • 993 students