Color and Lighting Effects for Studio Photography

A course by Eivind Hansen
Photographer. London, United Kingdom.
Joined June 2021
, Photographer

Explore unconventional lighting techniques to create visually striking portraits that bring out the magic of photography on set

  • 100% positive reviews (104)
  • 2831 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Explore unconventional lighting techniques to create visually striking portraits that bring out the magic of photography on set

  • 100% positive reviews (104)
  • 2831 students
  • 13 lessons (2h 27m)
  • 18 additional resources (2 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
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Imagine being able to produce the magic of post-production on set and on camera. Inspired by the beauty of the Northern Lights, Norwegian photographer Eivind Hansen uses unconventional lighting techniques to create visually striking photography. With clients like Adobe Photoshop and the United Nations, his unique style and technique allows him to create stunning images before even opening editing software.

In this course, Eivind teaches you how to combine lighting effects and color to make your photography stand out from the rest. Discover the tools, tricks, and techniques to work with light in different forms and let it take center stage.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Theory and Inspiration
  • U3
    U3. Studio Shoot
  • U4
    U4. After the Shoot
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Meet Eivind Hansen, award-winning queer photographer and fine artist, and your teacher for this course. Get to know his creative journey that led him to work with complex light and compositions. Hear about the filmmakers, photographers, and artwork that have influenced him and inspire his work.

Get an overview of the materials needed, from lighting gear to photography equipment, and hear Eivind’s recommendations. Explore different types of color wheels and how to use them in photographic compositions to achieve the desired aesthetic. Explore art history and create a mood board of references. Then dive into the casting process and choose the subject you want to shoot.

Eivind guides you through the process of setting up your studio, from the backdrop to the illumination with LED lights and PavoTubes. Get lost in a world of colored lights as Eivind shows you how to manipulate them to completely change the look of photographs. Discover how to create halos, silhouettes, and spotlighting with projector attachments. Using simple materials like prisms and kaleidoscopes, learn how to create textured light, shadow play, unique reflections, and other light hacks.

Move on to the post-production phase as Eivind takes you through his process in Lightroom. Discover the digital tools he uses to edit his images to give them a cohesive look. Wrap up the course by hearing Eivind’s final thoughts and advice for those who want to pursue a career in photography.

What is this course's project?

Create a set of images, experimenting with color and lighting effects during the shoot.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for photographers of all levels who want to learn more about colored lighting, and how to work with alternative light sources like LEDs and RGB lights.

Requirements and materials

Basic knowledge of photography, particularly of ISO, aperture and shutter speed, is required, as it will not be covered in this course. Knowledge of Lightroom and Photoshop, or similar software, is also encouraged.

To take this course, you should have some form of RGB lights like the Nanlite’s PavoTubes and a light with a Gobo/projector attachment for optimal result.

However, Eivind also shows you how to use simple tricks such as turning your own smartphone screen, as well as other alternative lighting methods.


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A course by Eivind Hansen

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Eivind Hansen is a Norwegian photographer with a passion for complex lighting and compositions. Towards the end of his university degree, he completed his first big photography project, which was an image series titled “TETE-A-TETE” for the Norwegian magazine Hymen. The series received a lot of positive feedback, which led to Eivind doing his first solo exhibition in London in 2016.

Since then, Eivind has collaborated with clients like Adobe Photoshop, Yohji Yamamoto (one of Japan’s most famous fashion designers), and the United Nations. The latter was a photo series of the activists of the Kaleidoscope Trust, which was exhibited in the Australian Embassy and later earned him the Gay Times Honors Award for arts and culture. He is currently a brand ambassador for Nanlite, and has been featured in publications like Hunger TV, Out Magazine, and Gay Times.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Theory and Inspiration

    • Introduction to Materials and Equipment
    • Analyzing Colour and Lighting in My Own Work
    • Research
    • Casting
  • U3

    Studio Shoot

    • Studio Set-up
    • Controlling Colour
    • Controlling Light: Halo, Silhouette, and Spotlighting
    • Textured Light: Shadow Play and Reflections
    • Light Hacks
  • U4

    After the Shoot

    • Lightroom and Social Media
    • Final Words of Encouragement
  • FP

    Final project

    • Color and Lighting Effects for Studio Photography

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Color and Lighting Effects for Studio Photography. Photography, and Video course by Eivind Hansen

Color and Lighting Effects for Studio Photography

A course by Eivind Hansen
Photographer. London, United Kingdom.
Joined June 2021
  • 100% positive reviews (104)
  • 2831 students