Lighting Workshop


Deadwood History, Inc. and the Fassbender Photographic Collection will offer a photography class with photojournalist Richard Carlson on Wednesdays, February 3, 10 and 17, 2016, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center (HARCC). The cost is $45 per student with a class limit of 6. Register by submitting a check to the Fassbender Photographic Collection, 150 Sherman Street, Deadwood, S.D. 57732. Registration deadline is Friday, January 29, 2016.

Veteran photojournalist Richard Carlson will lead the class structured for intermediate students to learn the concepts of lighting as it applies to still photography. Students will start by reviewing the controls of the camera and how to use them for different techniques that make the most of your lighting situation. The class will include concepts such as flash photography, fill-light, light-painting and studio lighting as it applies to shooting on location. There will be at least one field trip outside the classroom. This class is best for digital SLR cameras or a camera capable of manual settings or the ability to override automatic functions. Participants should bring their user manual and a tripod if possible. Proceeds from the class will benefit the conservation efforts of the Fassbender Photographic Collection.

Richard Carlson spent 20 years as a full-time photojournalist.  He continues to do freelance editorial and commercial photography, as well as workshops including four semesters of university teaching.  He also works as the Fassbender Photographic Collection archivist for Deadwood History, Inc.  Carlson’s work can be seen at If you have questions about the class, please email Richard Carlson at or call (605) 941-1964.

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