Lighting On the Go
Photography Workshop
With Kris Craig
July 22, 2017

Lighting On the Go
Photography Workshop
With Kris Craig
July 22, 2017

Lighting On the Go, Photography Workshop

Lecture, shooting, review 4 hour workshop

  • Kris Craig, Award-winning staff photographer for the Providence Journal, Educator, Mentor
  • At PCPA Gallery, 118 North Main Street, 2nd Floor, Providence RI 02903
  • Saturday July 22, 2017, 9:00am to 1:00pm
  • Class limited to 10 participants
  • Registration fee $220 per person
  • PCPA members please email: for your additional discount before registering. More information about PCPA member discounts below.

Learn how to use your flash on and off camera to create and manipulate light in any situation. Kris will demonstrate how to use flash to shape your subject, set mood and atmosphere, and create an environment to present our subjects in their best light.

Lighting On the Go explores shooting portraits on location with one or two small portable strobe lights. Kris will demonstrate how to quickly evaluate lighting requirements and set up to shoot “on the go” to capture the moment. Kris will work with both on-camera and off-camera flash units to quickly achieve high-quality portraits.

How do you quickly create lighting for a great portrait? In Lighting On the Go Kris will guide participants through his process, from concept to techniques and tools that transform that idea into a compelling photograph. Kris will work one-on-one to help each participant develop their own approach to create environmental portraits on the run.

Do you want to know the full potential of your flashes? The Lighting On the Go workshop will give you full confidence to use your portable lighting tools to make better images.


  • Finding an interesting or neutral background for your portrait
  • Position the subject in relation to the background
  • Balancing the exposures for background and subject, ambient light and flash
  • How to quickly match and control bright sunlight with direct off-camera flash
  • Metering for exposure using only the cameras light meter
  • The basics of TTL, HSS, and manual flash
  • What is the maximum flash sync speed and why it matters

What to Bring

  • Camera, extra batteries, battery charger, memory cards
  • Flash units for Nikon, Cannon, Sony, and others
  • A variety of lenses (28, 35, 50mm prime lenses, 28 – 70 mm zoom or similar)
  • Laptop, thumb drive
  • Journal or notebook

PCPA Member Discounts

PCPA members can apply their discounts to this workshop

  • Individual members $50 discount (once per annual dues)
  • Exhibiting and Supporting members $150 discount (once per annual dues)
  • Or, Exhibiting and Supporting members 20% off per workshop (not restricted but cannot combine with $150 discount)

About Kris Craig, Photographer, Educator

Kris has made a career from shooting portraits and adapting to Lighting On the Go situations as a staff photographer at the Providence Journal for 30 years. He has won numerous magazine and newspaper awards in feature, fashion, food, news and illustration from the National Press Photographers Association, Picture of the Year, Boston Press Photographers Association, Society for Newspaper Design, RI Press Association, and the Associated Press. Kris’s work has also appeared in numerous publications including Bradley Hospital: Legacy of Hope, Gift to the City: History of Mirriam Hospital, 24/7; “A Day in the Life” production, The Island Draws: Collected works by Ana Flores. Read more at Kris Craig’s blog….


Who is the workshop designed for?

  • For photographers who have a working knowledge of flash photography but would like to elevate their photography to the next level
  • For photographers who just purchased a flash unit for their camera and want to learn how to use it

Where do I park?

  • There are metered 2-hour spaces on the street around the PCPA gallery
  • Parking is enforced during the week and on Saturdays
  • To avoid parking tickets, we suggest you park in the lot on the corner of North Main and Elizabeth Streets, 2 blocks from the gallery
  • DO NOT leave valuables in your car!

Is lunch provided?

  • No, lunch is at your expense. We think it’s good to have a break outside the workshop. There are many excellent cafes and restaurants across the street or within two blocks with a wide range of cuisine and cost.

Cancellation Policy

Cancelled Workshops

  • If we are forced to cancel a workshop for any reason, your entire tuition will be transferred to another workshop or you can have it refunded to you.
  • For anyone traveling to workshops, we highly recommend purchasing trip insurance to cover your expenses in case of cancellation.

What does it take to cancel a workshop?

  • A lot. An act of God, really. If there’s rain in the forecast, snow in the forecast, thunderstorms in the forecast, we will typically still hold the workshop. This type of weather can make for some incredibly dramatic images and it’s not something we shy away from. In addition to that, we are cognizant of the fact that our students have purchase plane tickets, made hotel reservations, rented cars and even gear and canceling these things can be a big hassle (with or without travel insurance).
  • The only time we will ever cancel a workshop is if conditions are absolutely guaranteed to bring un-shootable and/or miserable conditions or some sort of (God forbid) family emergency that can’t be ignored. Again, if something like this happens we will work with you to move your registration to a later date or get you a full refund.

Personal Emergencies

  • If you have a personal emergency such as a death in the family, please contact us as soon as possible, we are willing to work with you to reschedule or refund your fee on a case-by-case basis.


  • Partnered workshops require a minimum number of participants. In the event we don’t sell out or reach our minimum we reserve the right to cancel the workshop. In this case your registration will be transferred to another workshop or a refund will be given.

About Providence Center for Photographic Arts

(formerly Peter Miller Fine Art)
Do you love photography? Are you looking for a way to connect with other photographers? Do you want to advance your skills? Exhibit your work? Get more involved in photo-based media? Become a member of PCPA!

PCPA was founded to inspire creative development and provide opportunities to engage with the community through exhibitions, publications, education, and mutual support. We strive to advance our members’ careers, strengthen the appreciation of photo-based media, and foster dialogue around innovation in the arts.

Our talented member artists come from both the local Providence area and far beyond. PCPA is non-profit organization led by dedicated volunteers. We will run a full calendar of professional workshops, juried, group, and individual artist exhibits, member salons, and other activities throughout 2017. All exhibits are free and open to the public.

PCPA is located in the Russell House (built in 1772) in downtown Providence, around the corner from the Providence Art Club and across the street from Mill’s Tavern Restaurant at 118 North Main Street, 2nd floor. The gallery is open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 1:00 – 4:00 pm and by appointment.

Please contact or by phone at (401) 400-2542 with any questions.