SANDRO MILLER: Lighting Like a Master

© Sandro Miller 2020


Orientation Sunday, May 3, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Monday, May 4th – Wednesday, May 6th 9:00am – 4:00pm.
Thursday, May 7th 9:00am – 11:00am (Optional)

As a teacher, Sandro Miller, one of the top international advertising photographers working today, is ALL IN.

He made his name based on his expert, versatile lighting skills and the unique emotional connection he captures from his sitters. Sandro’s many clients know they can call on him to create exactly the perfect lighting for each of his portrait jobs. His range knows no bounds in the service of his craft.

This intensive four-day workshop will expose attendees to powerful lighting techniques for advertising and editorial portraiture. This class is conceived so that Sandro can demonstrate, and the class can photograph, using specific lighting setups that are designed based on the actual subject and assignment requirements and not standard fall-back setups.  

Sandro will show how he approaches and lights a portrait, demonstrating not only the technical aspects but eliciting the emotional connections in the portrait that has made his one of the most remarkable careers in both commercial and fine art photography today. In addition, he will discuss his transformation from photographer to photographer / film maker in the class.

Photographers should bring their laptops and be conversant with their hardware and software in order to facilitate downloading and projecting their work for critiques in class. Digital projectors with standard DVI / VGA cables will be provided. If you require any special adapter for your computer for this purpose, please be sure to bring one to class. 

All Workshop Participants are invited to the Canon/Freestyle Digital Print Center at Korakia on Thursday, May 7th from 11:00am to 6:00pm to have an image of their choice printed out on a Canon Pro 2000 printer, using custom profiles and on their choice of several inkjet papers.

PRICE: $2160

Includes daily registration for the full days of the class, workshop transportation, models, and a boxed lunch for each full day of the workshop.


Amazing! A man with a lot of passion and a great heart. A wonderful teacher!!  – Ian

“It was inspiring and unforgettable. Sandro was a fantastic teacher. He made everyone feel comfortable in the class. Not only did he share technical parts of photography, but also shared what inspired him and gave insight into the business side of his photography.” – Christopher

Excellent! – The Best Ever.”  – Luis

“It was excellent. Sandro really knows his stuff and he was a delight to spend time with. He was well organized, had a great crew (his own and the Festival assistants) and communicated really well. Delightful. He was open and generous almost to a fault.” – Alastair


Sandro has been photographing people for over thirty years. He became interested in photography at the age of sixteen upon seeing the work of Irving Penn and has since devoted his life to creating expressive images.

With numerous award-winning campaigns to his credit, Sandro is one of today’s foremost photographers. He has photographed many national advertising campaigns for a long list of clients including: Allstate Insurance, American Express, Anheuser-Busch, BMW, Dove, Gatorade, Coca-Cola, Honda, Pepsi, Milk, Nikon, Microsoft, Miller/Coors, Motorola, Nike, Adidas, Pony, UPS, Champion, and the US Army.

In 2001 Sandro was invited by the Cuban government to photograph that country’s greatest national treasure – its athletes. This project was the first US/Cuban collaboration since the trade embargo was imposed in 1960. Sandro’s editorial work has been featured in The New Yorker, GQ, Esquire, Russian Esquire, Time, Forbes, Details, Stern, Wired, Newsweek, Vibe, Communication Arts, Graphis, New York Magazine, Eyemazing, and ESPN Magazine and has been exhibited worldwide.

Sandro has worked on many award-winning projects including a renowned portrait session with actor John Malkovich in Croatia, a series of motorcycle racing shots in Brainerd, Minnesota, a still and video shoot of the roller derby team “The Windy City Rollers”, a video of the world-renowned high-wire artist Philippe Petit, and most recently, a short cinematic video entitled “Joy Ride”, featuring a motorcyclist racing through the early morning streets of Chicago on a mysterious mission.

Throughout Sandro’s career, each year he has contributed his talents to both community based and national charitable organizations by creating powerful imagery and compelling campaigns soliciting contributions for such organizations as the American Heart Association, Food Depository of Chicago, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Milwaukee, Evans Life Foundation, Arts for Life, Dance for Life, AIDS Chicago, AIDS New Jersey, and The Good City.

At the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in July 2011, Sandro was acknowledged with a Saatchi & Saatchi Best New Director Award for his short video “Butterflies” featuring John Malkovich.

For the past five years, in juried competition within the industry, Sandro has been voted one of the top advertising photographers in the world.

Sandro was the recipient of the International Photography Awards Photographer of the Year for 2014 & 2015.

Sandro Miller is the author of seven monographs:

  • (2014) Eyes Of Morocco
  • (2012) Sandro Raw, Steppenwolf
  • (2009) El Matador, Joselito: A Pictorial Novel
  • (2008) Imagine Cuba 1999-2007
  • (2002) Sandro: Figure E Ritratti
  • (1998) American Bikers
  • (1994) I Can’t Accept Not Trying


Images made in Sandro Miller's 2019 class