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This section is intended to introduce the photographer to the basic principles of light and the some primary strategies in lighting subjects with different properties. The material will cover topics that apply to all capture devices. This material is often taught in conjunction with the large format section therefore for the purpose of continuity the capture device used will be a Large format camera.

Before proceeding photographers should be aware that although material being presented is an introductory studio lighting, it is not introductory to photography. Photographers should be familiar with some photography prior knowledge in order to get the most out of this material. Many we will be using a large format cameras, therefore photographers should also familiarize themselves with the Large format camera terms, movements, and materials covered in the Large Format class.