Tony Corbell

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Between Light & Shadow: Complete Lighting Control

Hon. Master Photog, Cr., API

Understanding and controlling light quality is at the core of all of Tony’s workshops and presentations. Attendees will learn how to see a unique perspective and not be afraid to push the limits of their experience and talents.

Corbell will discuss and illustrate all types of lighting and its tools in depth. Lighting tools include portable flash, studio strobes, sunlight and ambient light. Lighting applications include additive, subtractive, reflective and transmission. Each combination of tool and application will be shown and discussed in detail. Tony will discuss the importance of control in the digital capture and how a few seconds of extra time spent at time of capture can save hours in post production. This high energy and bust class will be for Intermediate and Advanced photographers only. In this class we will not slow down with elementary aspects of traditional lighting, rather explore things that can be new and different.

Tony spoke to more than 30,000 photographers worldwide on the topic of light control and his numerous youtube videos and highly popular Creative Live classes have topped well above two million views.

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To say that Tony Corbell has had an interesting career is an understatement. In his more the 38 years, he has photographed some of the most recognized faces including three US presidents, world leaders at the United Nations, fashion models, celebrities, three NASA astronauts and a lot more. From his beginnings in a small west Texas town, he has photographed or taught photographic classes in more than 20 countries and world capitols as well as in all fifty US states.

Tony is as known for his educational efforts as his published photographic works. He has conducted more that 650 workshops and seminars to sold out audiences for more than twenty-five years in London, Scotland, Ireland, Toronto, Vancouver, Mexico City, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, Dubai, Trinidad/Tobago, Germany, Sweden, and Nova Scotia. His books on the topics of light have sold well internationally and his video tutorials have managed to garner more than two million views. He is currently featured on as well as and is very popular on alongside the world’s leading photographers, instructors and authors. He is also a featured artist at in a segment called In Celebration of the Black and White Print.

In 2017 Tony released two new books with publisher Amherst Media called Light and Shadow, Location and Studio Lighting Controls and embarked on a fifteen-city workshop/lecture tour with Profoto in the USA market. Tony has written more than 150 articles in literally every major photographic magazine in the U.S., Japan, the U.K., and China. When asked what he is most known for, he says “being just about the biggest Beatles fan in the world.”

Special Awards and Recognition
1986 Texas Photographic Fellowship Degree
1988 ITVA Educational Photographic Director of the Year
1994 PPA Photographic Craftsman Degree
1995 WPPI Master of Photographic Excellence
1996 Brooks Institute Honorary Master of Science
1998 WPPI “Lifetime Achievement Award”
1999 PPA Approved Photographic Instructor
2005 United Nations’ IPC “Leadership Award”
2006 PPA “National Award” given by PP of California
2006 SWPPA Fellow – London, England, UK
2007 San Diego Commercial Photographer of the Year
2007 Exclusive Member, The Camera Craftsmen of America
2008 San Diego Picture of the Year
2009 San Diego Picture of the Year
2011 National ASP Associate Fellowship, Educational Award
2014 PPA’s Gerhardt Bakker Award, Photographic Educator of the Year
2015 President of Camera Craftsmen of America
2015 Named Profoto “Master of Light”
2017 PPA’s Helen Yancy Award of Photographic Excellence
2019 PPA’s Honorary Master of Photography degree