Light Painting Workshop

2020 Light Painting Workshop

Saturday, Oct 17, 10am-2pm

COVID-19 Class Changes

Because of our Covid-19, some changes are being implemented to the class this year.

1. Smaller class size. 

The class will be limited to 8 people (as opposed to the usual 12). This will allow for a minimum of 6 feet between students while seated.

*Please note that part of the class is devoted to creating light painting portraits. Students are paired up and light each other during 30 second exposures. Better lighting is achieved if you are willing to come within a few feet of your partner while lighting them, but that is entirely up to you. You will still learn a ton if you want to keep your distance.

2. Full Refunds up to the day before class.

3. In accordance with the Illinois Department of Public Health, masks must be worn during class, except while seated. And in compliance with building regulations, masks must be worn in shared spaces (hallways etc). 

4. Hand sanitizer bottles will be available throughout the room and equipment will be wiped down between users.

5. There will be two class breaks, as opposed to the usual one break.

If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.

Workshop details

– Learn how I do my night lighting 

– I’ll teach you the tricks that took me over 30 years to develop 

– Held in my Chicago studio (we stay in my studio for the whole event) 

– One hour of pp presentations, explanations & equipment demonstrations 

– Three hours of students shooting and lighting a dark set 

– Plus learn how to create stunning portraits using light painting 

This class is limited to only 8 students this year. It always sells out so please sign up early.


- What To Expect -


This is a very fun 4-hour class focusing on my night lighting technique – you'll learn a ton whether you are a beginner or pro.


It's held in my comfortable studio at 319 N Albany Ave, Chicago. And there is plenty of free street parking. 


I’ll explain and show you in detail how I create my night images. This will be followed by an extensive hands-on workshop where I dim the lights and you create photographs using my equipment and my guidance. Your images will be projected and we’ll discuss them, then we’ll keep on shooting. 


My technique is also perfect for creating fabulous, unusual and original portraits, which you will also learn to do.  This class will not disappoint! 


There is no need to bring your camera or lights. I’ll have a digital camera on a tripod and you will all have turns with my lights, taking photos and looking at the results projected on the wall. 

All the images will be posted to a Dropbox folder for you to download. Or bring a USB Flash Drive and I’ll load the images. 


My class fills up with both pros and novices. My lighting technique is very unusual yet very simple to learn, so it doesn’t matter how much or how little you know, you will be able to create a very different and exciting type of image when we’re done. 

Snacks and beverages will be on hand during the entire workshop.

- Let my students tell you -


"Thank you Xavier for opening up not only your studio but also your bag of tricks for us. I have been a fan for many years and when I heard about your workshop I knew I had to be there. A friend and I drove up from Kansas City, an 8 hour one way drive to attend. After going to the workshop, we both concluded it was the best money we have ever spent. I can’t wait to go out and create my works of art using what I learned. Thanks for sharing, I hope to do you proud."  – Rich Lockhart


“Xavier, your workshop today was great and worth every penny I spent. Excellent insight into how you create your beautiful work. And an inspiration. I’m a portrait photographer but some of your Alley & Ruin techniques are a wonderful addition to my coffer of photographic tools.”  – Detlef Koertge


“By far the best workshop I have ever been to! Teaching, then allowing the students to utilize the information learned immediately really allowed all the students to grasp the concept! (This also gave me a new appreciation for the art that Xavier takes the time to create! This is no joke folks! This art takes true talent to create!) Also, it was wonderful to meet other passionate photographers! Thanks again!”  – Kira Here


- Refunds -

Cancellations at least 30 days before will receive a 100% refund. Cancellations at least 7 days before will receive a 50% refund.  No refunds if cancelled less than 7 days before the workshop.

NOTE: because of our current situation, Full Refunds will be issued up to the day before class

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319 N. Albany Ave, Studio 1N5

Chicago, IL 60640


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