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The Horror! Hunt’s Horror Lighting Portrait Workshop!

October 15 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm



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Class Summary

Date & Time:

October 15 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Hunt's Photo, Melrose
Portraits in the horror style; how to use lighting, light modification, posing and directing!
Skill Level:
All Skill Levels Welcome
Paul Nelson & Emily Hojnowski
Class size:
10 attendees
What to Bring:
  • Make sure to dress accordingly with the most current weather report.
  • A standard zoom lens is a good starting point
  • Portrait lenses range from 85mm to 130mm. Those lenses are recommended
  • You may choose a wider lens, such as a 35mm or 50mm, but be aware they will include more of the background
  • You do not need to bring any lighting
  • Feel free to bring snacks and water.
  • Bring an extra camera battery and memory cards.
  • As always, bring your enthusiasm and creative thoughts!
Recommended Prerequisites:
Basic Knowledge of your Camera; an interest in portraits; liking horror movies helps, but it's OK if you don't- we won't scare you
Important Notes:
If you are attending this workshop, we will send out more specific instructions to you a few days prior to the workshop. Please note: Some slight details above can be subject to change. This email will detail any of those minor changes.
Refund / Cancellation Policy

Refund Policy – Classes / Walks / Workshops

For classes, walks, & workshops, cancellations and postponement can be made up to 48-hours prior to the scheduled time. Refunds cannot be granted for cancellations placed less than 48-hours before a class or walk, but you can receive a 75% credit toward a future class, walk, or workshop.

For all cancellations, you must contact classes@huntsphoto.com prior to the event. If you register for a class and do not show up, your payment will be forfeited.


It’s the scariest time of the year. No, we’re not talking about tax season– It’s Halloween! As such, we wanted to create a truly garish workshop that was instructive as it is fun, creating truly unique imagery that you really won’t be able to get anywhere else. Lighting for Horror! In this workshop, we will create portraits utilizing a style of lighting reminiscent to that used in Horror films!

In this workshop, we will begin by discussing the style of Horror Lighting, using examples from the history of horror, from classic 1930s Universal horror films to 1980s slasher to more modern, experimental techniques. Instructor Paul Nelson has spent painstaking hours and buckets of popcorn to research the intricacies of horror, and, believe it or not, it’s not all just “monster lighting”. We will then photograph both inside and (if weather allows) outside to both recreate and create new in-the-style-of scenes to photograph. We will utilize both our Hunt’s Photo Melrose classrooms as well as locations in the surrounding area to great affect. We’ll discuss how to light and what to use, create shadows and textures, use studio space and real-life locations, work with models and more!

In this workshop, we will cover:
• How to compose the lighting in a scene, including how and when to use flash vs LED
• Flash and LED lighting (important enough to write it on here twice)
• Using lighting indoor or outside
• Creating dynamic shadows and effects in your work with lighting, as well as other light modification
• How to work with (posing and directing) models to achieve a desired look
• Developing a creative concept in portraits, not only using lighting and posing, but also costumes, hair, and make-up

You do not need to own a flash or lighting to attend this workshop. Photographers of all skill levels are encouraged to attend.

Join us for this unique, fun, and perhaps horrific workshop!


October 15
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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