Studio Lighting: Flowers and Found Objects

Still Life Photography: Studio Lighting Techniques at The Image Flow in Mill Valley, CA

Photo © Jessica Greaux

Find new photographic inspiration with Leanne Hansen and Stuart Schwartz in their lighting photography workshop collaboration!

This still-life studio lighting photography workshop will give you the chance to slow down and study the ways that light creates dimension, shape, and texture. We will work with a variety of studio lighting techniques and configurations, including broad, soft window light and continuous studio lighting for dramatic effects. Each workshop participant will have their own tabletop to use for composition and lighting practice throughout the day.  

Photography techniques covered will include macro photography, balancing composition, selective focus, choosing backgrounds for simplicity and mood, the importance of point of view, and more.

Bring your own subjects—flowers and objects with interesting shapes and textures—or work with a variety of natural and man-made forms provided at the workshop.

Our workshop includes an introduction and brief history of still life photography prior to getting into the hands-on part of the workshop, a full day of shooting in the studio,  and an evening critique session after the day in the studio. Also included is a 15-minute session with Stuart to work on your digital files and four 11×17 prints on Epson Premium Luster paper to be used in the critique.

Join Leanne and Stuart and find a new source of inspiration!

Still Life Photography: Studio Lighting Techniques at The Image Flow in Mill Valley, CA

Photo © Ken Carson

Class Schedule:

Thursday, 7–9PM: Introduction evening including a brief history of still life photography

Saturday, 10AM–3PM: Full day of shooting in the studio: working with natural light, studio lighting, and a variety of light modifying techniques.

Thursday, 7–9PM: Evening critique session of printed work from the workshop.

Price: $425.00

Please review our Registration Terms & Conditions

Call 415-388-3569 for more information or to register.

Three sessions
April 26, May 5, and May 10
Thursday evenings, and full-day Saturday

Who should take this workshop: 

This workshop is geared toward intermediate and advanced photographers eager to further explore still life and macro photography.

Pertinent details:

  • Maximum eight (8) students
  • Four 11×17 prints of studio work included
  • 15-minute 1-on-1 session with Stuart included

Required materials:

  • DSLR
  • Lenses in a variety of focal lengths
  • Macro lens
  • Tripod
  • Laptop computer

Instructor Bios:

Stuart Schwartz

Stuart Schwartz graduated from the Art Center in 1979 and then spent 35 years as an advertising photographer in the U.S. and Europe. Stuart is comfortable working in the studio, on location, and with all sizes of productions. He continues to shoot for a limited number of clients. Stuart’s personal work spans a variety of styles, from street photography to abstract and mixed media. Stuart founded The Image Flow in 2008 with the vision to empower the avid photographer looking for personal growth in photography.


Leanne Hansen language of light photographersLeanne lives and works as a commercial and fine art photographer in Marin County CA and Bozeman MT. She has participated in numerous group shows at The Image Flow, the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, and Marin Open Studios has been published in the Bay Area Where Guestbook and Edible Marin and Wine Country, and her fine art prints are included in private and corporate collections across the country. Leanne has taught several popular workshops at The Image Flow including Language of Light for Photographers, Motion Blur for Expressive Images, and Still Life Photography: Lighting Technique for Flowers. See more of Leanne’s work on her website.