Lightbulb moments: Find out how students at Nikos Nikolopoulos’ Creative Lighting courses learn to take a cinematographic approach to illuminating their scenes.
About Nikos Nikolopoulos
Nikos is the founder and creative director of Creative Lighting. He has risen to the top of the arch viz industry with a lot of hard work and dedication. He shares his passion and knowledge of lighting through teaching classes around the world.
How, where and when did you start Creative Lighting?
I had the opportunity to develop the Creative Lighting philosophy while working at Cityscape Digital in London as CGI director. I worked closely on the concept with Damian Fennell, the creative director of Cityscape and together, we launched the brand in 2015. We both share the same passion for light and we wanted to create beautiful and exceptional images.
To begin with, we explored the cinematography world for inspiration and spent a year analyzing films, especially the work of Roger Deakins. After extensive research, Pinterest boards, sketches and many 3D tests, an in-house workshop was born: Creative Lighting vs. Mundane Realism. From there, the philosophy took on a life of its own.
Creative Lighting sees light as the primary force in imagery, favoring the artist’s vision over technical knowledge. It’s about seeing and thinking about light as a photographer or cinematographer does, and the craft of image-making as a painter would.
Nikos Nikolopoulos, Founder/Creative Director at Creative Lighting
Who will benefit most from these workshops and what will they learn?
Architects, interior designers, and visualizers mainly attend our workshops. However, at our last workshop, in Dubai last November, we also had lighting designers and creatives from various fields interested in learning more about the power of imagery and storytelling. It's exciting for us to talk about the image-making process and visual excellence to so many different people. Our goal is to teach them how to create stunning images with modern workflows and creative lighting techniques.
Could you tell us a bit about your clients? Who have you trained recently?
We are working online and onsite with top architects, designers, and visualization studios globally, such as Foster + Partners, Make Architects, Perkins & Will, Kilograph, Pureblink, and more. For example, a recent corporate training experience was with JPW, one of Australia’s leading design practices, with major built works in architecture, interior design, and exhibitions. We trained their in-house arch viz team and talked about image-making, creative innovation, lighting strategies, composition, and color theory.