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Reverse Engineer the Studio

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Reverse Engineer the Studio: How to Dissect and Build Any Shot

This class will teach you how to reverse engineer studio images. Students will learn how to look at a photograph and dissect the lighting setup and recreate the photo using studio strobes. This class is geared towards intermediate photographers with a mirrorless or DSLR camera.

Concepts Covered

  • Placement of lights 
  • How to use lighting modifiers to change the quality of the light
  • Using a light meter 
  • Reflectors for controlling contrast
  • Using gels to change the color of light
  • Posing your subject
  • Interacting with your subject


This class is perfect for photographers that have experience in the studio and are looking to improve their lighting skills using studio strobe equipment and accessories.

Schedule and Format

This is a four-hour hands on class with a 15-minute break around the middle.

To start the class, instructor Scott Sitkiewitz will walk through how to look at a photograph to figure out the lighting tools and placement used to create the look. From there, he will demonstrate how to set up and use the strobe lighting gear.

After the demonstration, we will split into two groups with a maximum of 4 people in each group. Each group will then be given a photograph to recreate with the lighting equipment provided. The class will be the subjects! A major objective of the class is for students to understand what it is like to be in front of the camera.

About the Instructor

Scott is a photographer based out of Cedar Park, Texas. He has a studio in his home and runs Scott D Photography with his wife, Jennifer. Scott fell in love with photography about 10 years ago while working in Chicago and began the long journey of learning all he could. His favorite subject continues to be the concept of "urban decay" and his business focuses on family and children portraiture.

Scott loves two things about photography. First, you can never learn it all. Second, the industry is brimming with other professionals willing and enthusiastic about guiding you through your next photographic adventure. Teaching has always been a passion for Scott, and he's thrilled to continue that passion.

Please review our class cancellation policy below. 

Class Cancellations

Standard Classes
You can cancel a class registration up to two business days before the class begins and receive a full refund except for with some special classes and events such as the Mock Wedding and excursions. See below for more information.

If you register for a class that we hold on a regular basis, and do not show up for the class, you will be rescheduled one time. Once rescheduled once, if you do not show up for a class, your payment will be forfeited.

Minimum Enrollment
Each class needs a minimum number of students to enroll before the class can “make.” If the minimum enrollment has not been met two business days before the class begins, the class will be cancelled. All students who enrolled in the class will be notified by telephone or email, and may transfer to a different class or be issued a refund (see refund procedure). We encourage all students to enroll as soon as registration begins. Please check your phone and email messages, including your SPAM.

Unless otherwise stated, class refunds are only issued to customers that provide notice to the store that they would like a refund no later than two business days prior to the class. Refunds will not be issued to customers who sign up for a class but fail to attend.

How to Reschedule or Cancel a Class
Please contact the store at 512-467-7676 or email to cancel a class. Class cancellations or requests to be rescheduled that are sent through other channels, such as Facebook or messages, will not be honored. Please note that class refunds are only issued during business hours, Monday through Friday.


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