20 or 21, 2007

9 AM - 5 PM

4708 Laurel St.
Bellaire, TX

(713) 660-0199

Tuition: $150

This workshop is a condensation of the course taught at Rice University's School of Continuing Studies.

Light is the single most important – and perhaps most misunderstood – element in taking effective pictures. Used wisely, light provides depth, meaning and emotion, and can unveil details in photographs the eye might miss!

Join photographer/teacher Don Eddy in this intensive workshop designed to help you understand and use light to create better photographs.

Unconventional projects will be presented thus building upon varied basics of light to allow you to completely understand how to use light in any of your photogaphic endeavors.



  • Light: What it is and what it isn’t.
  • Light source and reflectance ratios (Seeing subtle differences, a lifetime involvement! A traditional Ansel Adams cube project.)
  • Selecting and controlling light for formal and informal portraits; the basics. (Right up there with the painting with light project.)
  • Understanding and using daylight at different times of the day. (A basic architecture approach usable for most outdoor subjects.)
  • Photographing shiny objects through tenting techniques. (Jewelry, sculpture, tea sets, glass and ceramics, etc.)
  • Painting with light. (Considered by many students as the best project!)
  • Available light, tungsten, and electronic flash.
  • Filters and light meters.
  • Recognizing lighting techniques when looking at photographs. (Learn the secrets of other photographers' techniques!)

   Don has been a professional photographer for more than forty years. His work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the country and is in numerous collections, including the Museum of Fine Art Houston, the Smithsonian Institute, Amon Carter Museum and private. He served as staff photographer at several institutions, including the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House and the Eastman Kodak Motion Picture and Research Studios in Rochester, New York. Mr. Eddy has taught at AIMS Community College in Colorado, Sierra Nevada College at Lake Tahoe, and Monterey Peninsula College in California.

   This workshop was introduced and is taught by Don as a nine week, successful course in the School for Continuing Studies at Rice University since Spring 2005. The class always filled well before the first session!

Student photograph: Painting with light project. Copyright 2006, J. Pomerantz

Student Evaluations

  • "This was one of the best classes I have ever taken..."
  • "Awesome teacher."
  • "I learned a lot and would recommend it to others."
  • "Worth every cent"
  • "I loved this class and have turned my office into a studio."

   Don holds an MS from the Rochester Institute of Technology where he studied photography under master photographers  and instructors: Minor White, Beaumont Newhall, Les Stroebel, Charlie Arnold, and Hollis Todd. He also is a graphic designer, book designer, and founder of Monterey Publishing.

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