Peter Guthrie's
Lighting Workshop

Five days with Peter Guthrie, the well-known Artist for his HDRI skies. Only five days to learn how to master lighting.

Peter Guthrie, who is a founder of The Boundary studio in London and an international artist who has collaborated with the most important architects such as Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Tadao Ando, Tom Phifer & Partners and many others, has chosen the SOA Academy as the location to teach his Lighting Masterclass. The course, which is addressed to professionals who have a good knowledge of 3dsMax and V-Ray, will cover all techniques to correctly light different scenes. The course will be focused around taking an existing scene or scenes and reworking them with lighting and atmosphere being the main topics under discussion.

Creating atmosphere through lighting and environmental effects, we will look at how starting with a common scene & assets, students can create a unique set of images with their own style & mood. Throughout the course the emphasis will be on being creative and using whatever tools are necessary to achieve the final product rather than teaching usage of specific techniques. The programme is designed to be an approximation of the workflow employed in Peter’s work. Students should already be comfortable with 3d studio max, vray/corona and itoosoft forest pro to get the most out of this course.

Peter Guthrie’s Lighting Workshop


Course: Peter Guthrie’s Lighting Workshop.
Software: Autodesk 3dsMax, Chaos Group V-Ray, Corona Renderer.
Requirements: Good knowledge of Autodesk 3DSMAX and Chaos Group V-Ray.

Seats available:  12 seats.
Course duration: 40 hours.
Price: € 1,950 + 22% VAT (+ € 50,00 as administration fee).

Peter Guthrie’s Lighting Workshop



DAY #1 & #2


Students will be introduced to the scene file, guided in how it has been set up and will learn about different ways of organising large amounts of 3d information in order to work efficiently.


DAY #3


We will look at different lighting techniques in vray/corona (HDR & sun/sky, hybrid) and learn how and when to use them. Students will then be encouraged to test different ideas, lighting and really get familiar with the project. There will be scope for changing materials, landscaping etc once an artistic direction has been developed. If suitable for the project, we can try things like environment fog, playing with colour balance and other ways of introducing atmosphere.


DAY #4


Only once a mood as been established, and students have become familiar with the project, will we investigate camera angles. We will discuss potential views, look at why some compositions work and some don’t and look to architectural photography for inspiration.


DAY #5


Time to render! We will pick a couple of views, look into the best way of rendering them out and use whatever tools necessary to enhance the raw renders.

Peter Guthrie’s Lighting Workshop


Peter Guthrie’s Lighting Workshop


We give space to theory, great attention to practice. In all SoA Academy classes, we first want to teach the proper workflow to follow and then give space to practical exercises and real case studies, which will be available thanks to the teachers’ long experience in the field. Our aim is to shape artists who can better express their abilities in the working world. We’re not only talking about knowing the software from a technical point of view, but also stimulating your creativity, making you aware of your artistic personality, broadening your imagination and moving beyond your abilities.

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To start your booking to our courses, click on the button here, choose a date on the calendar and proceed.
We suggest you to register and fill the form. In this way, you can manage your booking in your personal area on the website.



Here are some questions related to our courses and facilities that SoA Academy students frequently ask. If you can’t find an answer to your doubts, send us an email and we’ll give you a reply soon. There are no silly questions but only clever answers.


Novice courses are for artists who are moving the first steps in the Architectural Visualisation field and need the basic knowledge to start from scratch. If you want to start learning without losing further time, these are the courses for you. 


The Advanced Courses are for artists who have some kind of experience in the 3D world and they want to improve their productivity and skills on specific areas. If you want to reach the top in a short time, these are the courses for you.


The workshop are advanced courses meant for artists who have experience and want to prove themselves through a set of practical exercises. Space to practice with the advise of the teachers.


Masterclasses are the most complete courses at Academy and are meant for artists who want to learn an efficient workflow to create images and architectural videos. From 10 to 100 in few weeks.


How can I know which is the course that most suits me?

The choice of the course depends on you, your skills, your interest and the time you have at your disposal. For example, if you don’t have much time and want to develop specific topics, look at our Advanced courses (the ArchViz is the best if you want to improve lighting and rendering, the Post-production is the best choice if you want to work with photoshop). Anyway, we remind you that the Masterclass is the most complete course we offer because it covers important topics in the Architectural Visualization.

I’ve chosen the best course for me, what do I have to do now? How can I apply?

Go to the “calendar” page in our website, click on the course you want to apply and fill the form. As soon as we receive your request, we’ll send you an email with the instructions for the payment and the contract to complete your registration. Once you’ve made the payment, send us a receipt of the bank transfer and the contract signed. This is the only way to book a seat.

How long does the Masterclass last? What is the timetable?

The Masterclass lasts some weeks (2 or 4) from Monday to Friday with the following timetable: from 9 am to 1 pm / from 2.30 pm to 7 pm.

How long do the Advanced courses last? What is the timetable?

The Advance courses last 5 days from Monday to Friday with the following timetable: from 9 am to 1 pm / from 2.30 pm to 6.30 pm.

In your website I see that all the Masterclasses are fully booked, do you have a waiting list? How can I subscribe it?

Yes, we do have a waiting list for each course. If you want to be added in a waiting list, send us an email. Attention: the name listing doesn’t grant a seat in the course.

Where do the courses take place?

All courses take place in our Academy in Via Monte Popera 4/6 in San Donà di Piave (a city close to Venice – Italy).

Do you offer any online courses?

No, we don’t. The Academy team likes being in contact with the students to instantly solve any kind of problem that might arise. We also think that a face-to-face course is the best way to establish a good relationship with the guys who, in the end, become part of the Academy family. This is the reason why, we don’t have any online courses.

What is the language of the courses?

Some courses are in English and some in Italian. Next to each course listed in the “calendar” webpage, you’ll find the abbreviations ITA or ENG to specify the language used in that course.

How deeply do I need to know English? Do I need Italian?

The English level used doesn’t require a deep knowledge of the language. The software interfaces are in English and the terms are strictly related to the Architectural Visualization field. Although the teachers are Italian, you don’t need to know Italian to attend a course (unless it is an Italian one).

After the courses, do you organize any internships?

No, we don’t. Anyway, we are often asked by Italian and worldwide Companies for talented Artists to insert in their Studios. We always pass these offers on to our (ex) students and if they’re interested, they can contact the Studios directly.

Can a course be cancelled?

Yes, it can. If we don’t reach the minimum number of registrations necessary to make the course start (4/5 people), the course might be cancelled. The people who have already registered will be contacted and they will be able to choose among other options.

How much do the courses cost?

Please, look at the “course” page in our website to get the costs (link alla pagina corsi). VAT is not included in the prices listed (+ 22%).

After the classes and in the weekends will we have homework?

No, you’ll have the time during the classes to exercise, so you won’t have any homework after the classes or in the weekends.

What do I need to take for the course?

Academy will provide all the materials necessary to attend the courses: notepad, pencil, pen, workstation with the relevant softwares, graphic tablet, keyboard and mouse. We suggest you to take a hard disk with you to save the files you’ve been working on in the course.

Do I need my laptop?

No, you don’t. During the course, you’ll use our workstations. Anyway, if you want to exercise in the night hours after class, take it with you!