SoFA Second Semester Fashion Photography Activity 6 | Working with Artificial Light Through Stobelight and Continuous Lighting System | Detail-Driven Photographs


A few weeks back, my fashion photography students did an activity that challenged their skills, talents and techniques in capturing details, textures and forms in a washed-out white on white in-class photo shoot. It is always a requirement for my students to be challenged and upon completing this activity, using the 2 key functions of a strobelight... first with its bursting-light capability, and second, the continuous lighting approach... they managed to capture some of their best work yet as students.

Cassandra of Yeoh Models wearing headpiece creations by Leby Lipata, Rex Nicdao and Tony Evan paired with a Nikita Lafrades top, all designers from SoFA Design Institute Manila. Hair and Make Up by Krista Silva shot on location at the School of Fashion and the Arts Design Institute Campus.

A snaphot of some of the students, doing their photo activity. I divided the class into 2 groups wherein the first group will work with bursting strobelight system, while the second group will work on the continuous lighting system. Upon explaining the difference of the 2 approach, I noticed that most of them, if not all of them had significantly developed a better understanding in working with artificial light used indoor in a photo shoot.

Here are some of the selected works from my students:

Photo by Clarice Wong

 Photo by Jhoana Teano

Photo by Joan Malonzo

Photo by Jona Buenaventura

Photo by Patricia Lou Sevillen

Photo by Roshni Chotrani

Photo by Tara Subaldo

Photo by Tricia Alcasid


Each student have shown their own interpretation from the photo shoot... to the tonal treatment ranging from the warm yellows and reds to the cool blues and cyan temperatures. From the their own selection of poses and compositions down to the post-shoot processing they decided to do. It is important for them to hone what creative style they innately possess, yet understand the technicalities of our photography discipline. And that these learning should never be compromised, but rather be a tool for them to help improve their works with future projects.

Until Next time!



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