Tony Corbell


This class is designed for photographers ready for the next step.  You already know the 4 basic light patterns and broad vs short.  This class is for pros that know there is more, who are willing to try something new, who are ready to stretch, who are not afraid of being stuck in a box any longer.  You will get real world assignments along with deadlines.  We will not give you perfect models in perfect studio setups with perfect light.  But, we will expect great results! We will examine the world’s top photographers as we discuss mixed lighting, using unique lighting tools for primary and secondary sources and work to replicate the results.  You will learn to think like a photographer.  And in case you were wondering, this will not be an easy class!  You will be challenged.  Sound interesting?  Come on along…

  • How to think on your feet in ANY given photographic lighting situation.
  • How to work fast and efficient in order to accomplish the job and thrill the client.
  • How to find satisfaction for a job not only well done, but exceptionally well done.


Tony has been a photographer, an educator, and an author. His photographic works have been featured in publications throughout the world. While he has worked for some of the most discerning clients in the world, he is most proud of being acknowledged and included in more than twenty-five photographic books by other photographers. Tony has photographed three U.S. presidents, The Millennium Summit Meeting of World Leaders at the United Nations, sports celebrities, almost 800 brides and grooms, and a handful of NASA astronauts. He is currently featured on and as well as and 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.

Teaching almost exclusively about photographic lighting and imaging workflow, Tony passed a major milestone having taught more than 600 seminars and workshops. He has spoken in 48 U.S. states and numerous countries throughout the world including London, Glasgow, Dublin, Toronto, Vancouver, Mexico City, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, Dubai, Trinidad/Tobago, Germany, Sweden, and Nova Scotia. His Basic Studio Lighting book from publisher Random House (AmPhoto) has been popular worldwide and is the basis for numerous photographic college lighting courses. Tony has written more than 150 articles in almost 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.”

Awards and Recognition

  • 1986 Texas Photographic Fellowship Degree
  • 1988 ITVA Educational Photographic Video Director or 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’ Int’l Photo Council, “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
  • 2017 Profoto Master of Light

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