Tech Tuesday: Upcoming Lighting Workshops

8 Mar

By: Nicole Peterson

It’s a dirty 5 letter word amongst many photographers – “Flash”. Some us love it, but more times than not, I hear a lot of photographers cursing it’s very existence.

Fortunately, there’s a series of lighting workshops coming to the area to get you on your way to becoming BFFs with your on- and off-camera flash:

Neil van Niekerk Workshop on Flash Photography and Lighting

Date: May 16, 2011, July 11, 2011, September 12, 2011
Location: NY, NY
Cost: $600

The workshop is part seminar and part hands-on shoot, based on topics and articles from the Tangents website (if any of you are familiar with Neil’s site then you know he is very informative and a master with lighting). Some topics covered are:

+ TTL / Auto flash .. vs .. manual flash
+ Exposure metering for ambient light
+ Implications of flash sync speed
+ Adding fill-flash to available light outdoors
+ Directional bounce flash
+ Flash modifiers – uses & limitations
+ Wireless TTL flash
+ Using video light
+ Off-camera flash with a softbox (manual and TTL)

Cliff Mautner Lighting and Skillset Bootcamp

Date: July 11-13, 2011
Location: in/near Philadelphia, PA
Cost: $1800

Cliff’s workshop will feature:

+ Various technical aspects and a deeper understanding of your gear.
+ A multitude of creative flash techniques.
+ Lighting your subjects from noon to midnight.
+ Live bridal shoots on location in Philadelphia.
+ Individual hands-on instruction during shoots.
+ Techniques in capturing the essence of our clients.

Other topics covered:

+ Client interaction and relationships
+ Sales presentation skills including a mock presentation
+ Building a referral base through vendor/partner relationships
+ Client retention
+ Workflow from capture to proof

Zack Arias One Light Workshop

Date: October 19, 2011
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Cost: $800

Workshop excerpt:

“Are you intimidated or even “afraid” of your flash? As if a Bengal tiger is attached to it? Are you stuck in TTL and dissatisfied with the inconsistency of your flash output while shooting? Do you have some sort of cocktail cup stuck on top because someone said you could replace your softboxes and umbrellas with that thing? This is your kind of workshop then!

We spend a lot of time getting to know how light works and how amazingly consistent it can be from shot to shot to shot to shot. The intimidation of flash photography is going to melt away for you. You will walk away with the confidence and knowledge you need to take control of your shoots. Imagine walking into any environment with a simple lighting rig confident that you will make great portraits you are proud to deliver because you understand light and how to use it.”

Budget-Friendly Alternatives

The FlashBus 2011 Tour

Date: April 6, 2011
Location: Philadelphia, PA (and 28 other cities nationwide)
Cost: $99.95

On a budget and looking to learn the basics? Adorama is sponsoring this national taught by David “The Strobist” Hobby and Joe “Numnuts” McNally, which runs all day and is more of a traditional, group seminar.

Workshop excerpt:

“Two different styles of lighting and two different ways of teaching combine as Hobby and McNally join forces to explore and explain good light – good light done fast and well.

You’ll spend the day studying light as you watch over the shoulders of two experienced professionals. Their paths may be different, but the end goal is the same – to create interesting light that is appropriate to the subject and to do it in an intuitive way. Doors will open at 9:30am, and we’ll hit the ground running at 10am. The morning will be spent in “manual” mode, then we’ll switch to “TTL” for the afternoon lighting session. We’ll wind things up with a living room-style, no-holds-barred discussion/Q&A period (ending around 5:30 p.m.), after which you’ll want to go home and try out some new ideas.”


If you’re looking to learn from the comfort of your own home, check out these lighting tutorials from PhotoTuts’ Top 100 list (submitted by Heather O’Mara):

Photography Lighting Tutorial

Get the Right Light

7 Tips for Great Photos in the Dark

10 DIY Lighting Hacks for Digital Photographers

How to Create Sunshine Effect in Studio with Artificial Sunlight

Professional Lighting in Model Photography

Portable Lighting for the Studio and on Location


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