Dynamic Lighting

From Seniors to Athletes, from a simple setup to creative lighting techniques, learn how to use light to achieve your photographic vision with Westcott Top Pro Matt Hernandez! 

March 1-3, 2024 | Location: Paducah, KY | Tuition: $1,695 | Deposit: 25% of Tuition

Deposit due upon registration, full tuition due 90 days before the workshop. Workshop limited to 10 participants. 

This three day intensive will improve your grasp of lighting fundamentals and advanced techniques.  Don’t just replicate lighting – learn to understand light to make your own vision a reality. Ultimately, lighting is creative problem solving, this workshop will teach you the fundamentals to help you control lighting in every scenario. This will allow you to deliver on a high level. With these skills you can develop your own style and also understand how to light anything. 

Working with seniors

You will learn posing, lighting setups, making the most of your lights and setups, marketing, and more!

Athletes & Action

Learn how to create dramatic, well-lit action shots with hands-on practice and guidance from the master. 

Workshop Itinerary

  • 9:00am: Check in / Introductions
  • 9:30am – 11:30: Using Light to Your Advantage – Matt will go through a series of photos and in a hands on demonstration, show how and what he uses to get the desired look.
  • Noon: Lunch
  • 1:30pm – 5:00pm: Outdoor On location shooting
  • 9:00-10:30am: Retouching and Editing
  • 10:30am – 11:30: The Business of Photography and pitching clients – Matt will go through his process for marketing and pitching clients
  • Noon: Lunch
  • 1:30pm – 5:00pm: Outdoor On location shooting
  • 10:00am: Understanding Lighting Angles
  • 11:30am – 1:30pm: Lunch
  • 1:30pm – 5:00pm: The Gear. An in-depth dive into all the gear used and how to achieve desired looks
  • 5:30pm: Closing Reception

Past Student Work

Meet your instructor

matt hernandez

Matt is a portrait photographer based out of Kentucky who specializes in on location creative lighting focusing on seniors and athletes. He began his career as an award-winning graphic artist, and has since used those skills to help launch a very successful photography career. He has won multiple awards including the “People’s Choice Award” at the 2012 Google+ Photographer’s Conference, and The “Most Creative Award” at the 2013 Las Vegas Photoshop World Westcott Shootout. In 2013 he was chosen to represent F.J. Westcott as one of their “Top Endorsed Pros.”

Frequently asked questions

No! Summit Workshops is available to any photographer, regardless of what brand of camera you use. We often have camera gear available to borrow, free of charge, but you are not required to use that gear or any specific brand. 

Tuition includes activity fees, location fees, all instruction, planning and logistics. It does not cover hotels, travel, and most meals. 

Our Sports Workshop is for shooters of all ages and skill levels, from beginners to seasoned veterans. We all learn from and help one another, that is what makes the Summit Community so special. 

Thanks to our partners at Westcott Lighting, all lighting gear will be provided. 

Lodging & Classroom

Our workshop hotel is the Courtyard by Marriott.  This is where the faculty and staff will be staying and we have secured a room rate of $119 a night. We will send you the booking link upon registration.

Our classroom will be located a few miles away at Matt’s studio which allows for a great space and also the opportunity to see Matt’s gear and approach.  

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