How It Works

Schedule your 1-on-1 session to learn how to use our equipment and get Hacker Lab certified!

Open to all Hacker Lab members, you can now sign up for your own one-on-one session with Hacker Lab instructor Cody to cover all things photography. When selecting your ticket, simply choose which class you'd like to cover.

Please be aware: if you have not taken Hacker Lab photo classes before you must start with Photo 101.

Cody can teach you:

  • Photo 101: Intro to Studio Photography & Lighting - start here
  • Photo 102: Product & Still-life Studio Lighting - Photo 101 is a pre-requisite
  • Photo 103: Portraiture and Modeling Studio Lighting - Photo 101 is a pre-requisite

Please be aware: due to the nature of the 1-on-1 sessions, we have a 48 hour cut-off for scheduling - you must schedule your session at least 48 hours ahead of the session. Our normal cancellation policy of 48 hours advanced notice also applies.

See below for the overviews of what each class covers:


Photo 101: Intro to Studio Photography & Lighting

If this will be your first Hacker Lab photography class, start here

In this class, we will focus on the ability to create high quality studio product images. Learn about the different types of strobes, hot lights, reflectors, and materials.

This workshop is an orientation to the Hacker Lab photo studio, and an introduction to studio lighting. The main goal of this lecture and demonstration class is for you to become familiar with the equipment available to in the Hacker lab photo studio. In addition to on overview of the photo and lighting equipment amiable to you, we will give an introduction and demonstration on basic lighting for a portrait and a still life product. A basic understanding of camera usage is suggested, as this is not a camera class as much as a lighting class and studio overview. We are happy to give tips though, as time allows. We will cover:

  • Studio Overview
  • An overview of what equipment is available to you
  • Safety precautions for working with studio lighting
  • Studio usage procedures
  • Lighting Concepts
  • The quality of light, discussion and demonstration
  • Studio lighting exposure techniques for strobe and continuous tone lights
  • How to controlling lighting contrast
  • Product Lighting
  • Basic techniques to light a small product
  • Basic techniques to light flat art
  • Portrait Lighting
  • Basic Portrait Lighting Concepts

Equipment Covered

  • Photography Studio
  • Lighting Equipment

What to bring

Please bring a pen and a notebook. No camera is required.


Photo 102: Product & Still-life Studio Lighting

Pre-requisite:Photo 101: Intro to Studio Photography & Lighting

This course focuses on lighting skills for products & still-life photography, with a goal of helping you learn the studio lighting tools available to members at the Hacker Lab. Bring a product or object and if time allows, the instructor will explore options for photographing your object. This will be part lecture, demonstration, and if time allows you can photography something you bring.

We'll Cover:

  • Lighting & Camera Concepts
  • Strobes vs. continuous tone lights
  • Hard Light vs Soft Light
  • Controlling shadows and contrast
  • The importance of the direction of light
  • Exposure techniques for photographing studio products
  • Lens choices for photographing products
  • Product Lighting
  • Lighting to Enhance Shape, Form and Texture
  • Lighting Metal and Glass objects

Equipment Covered

  • Photography Studio
  • Lighting Equipment

What to bring

No camera required, but you may bring one if you desire. You may also bring a product or object that you wish to learn to light and photograph.


Photo 103: Portraiture and Modeling Studio Lighting

Pre-requisite:Photo 101: Intro to Studio Photography & Lighting

This course will provide an understanding of lighting techniques for portraiture and modeling regarding the positioning of lights and the model. What We Will Cover:

  • Lighting & Camera Concepts
  • Strobes vs. continuous tone lights
  • Hard Light vs Soft Light
  • Controlling shadows and contrast
  • Positioning of the model
  • Head shots (Butterfly, Rembrandt etc.)
  • 1⁄2 shots
  • 3⁄4 shots
  • Full length
  • Light and Model Positioning
  • Lighting to Enhance Shape, Form and Texture
  • Positioning to avoid asymmetry and unflattering head and body shapes
  • Photography Studio
  • Lighting Equipment
  • Strobes

What to bring

No camera required, but you may bring one if you desire.


Important information for all classes:

  • Please make sure to arrive 10-15 minutes early and sign our general release of liability agreement.
  • Masks must be worn correctly while inside the facility.
  • Do not come into the Lab if you have a cough, fever, or feel sick in the past 14 days.
  • If you sign up for and show up to the 102 or 103 classes but have not taken the 101 class, the instructor may teach you the 101 class instead, at their discretion.

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