Archive for the ‘lighting’ Category

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The Elegant B&W Workshop

September 17, 2014

Rob Iden

Ok, I have to confess that my heart really sings for the beauty of the B&W image.  I love that the world of B&W belongs to photography alone, and we photographers get to play in that unique world.  However, this world also has its unique challenges…. it easier to produce mediocrity in B&W….. and so much more difficult to create compelling images!

And so Iden Ford * and I have created this two-day workshop exploring the world of the B&W image, from concept, through lighting and shooting, to the final print.

Iden and I will walk you through lighting approaches tailored to B&W shooting, both in studio and on location.  You’ll have plenty of time to light and shoot our models (experienced dancers) both in the studio and on location.

We’ll also demonstrate how to process and print your images for optimum impact in B&W.  Plus you’ll have an opportunity to print 3 of your best shots from the workshop!  Here’s the workshop schedule:

Day 1: Sunday, November 16  9:30- 5:30 in my studio in Liberty Village

Morning lecture/ discussion of what makes a great B&W image
Demo of examples of lighting our models for portraits, action and nudes.

Afternoon shooting our models in studio on a variety of sets and lighting styles.
You’ll be working in small groups of 3-4 with a model.

Day 2: Sunday November 23  8:30- 5:30 on location (TBD) and in my studio
Morning: Shooting on location for landscape and with models

Afternoon: Return to studio for demo of Lightroom B&W techniques.
Create prints of your best images from the workshop.

Cost for the workshop:
$595 (incl HST) for both days
$395 (incl HST) for one day
$200 deposit required to hold your spot

This workshop is limited to 12 students, so reserve early to guarantee a spot!

* I met Iden as a student at Ryerson, and he has since gone on to establish himself as a photographer, specializing in dance, performance and portraiture.  His work has been featured in The Toronto Star, The National Post, The Globe and Mail, SHIMMY magazine, Dance Ontario, Photoshop User Magazine, Lightroom Magazine, and Light It Magazine. He’s also an established educator, presenting workshops for Elinchrome Lighting at ProVision, and writing articles for Photoshop User Magazine.  I’m very excited to be co-presenting this workshop with him!

To reserve a spot in the workshop, contact me here:

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The Creative Nude Workshop: April 29

March 22, 2012

The body always expresses the spirit whose envelope it is. And for him who can see, the nude offers the richest meaning. -Auguste Rodin

Learn how to light, pose and photograph the nude figure from a true master of the art. Acclaimed fashion and figure photographer Struan will share his knowledge and insights on capturing the beauty of the nude. Then you’ll be able to put these into practice for yourself in a shooting session.

Workshop Schedule: Sunday, April 29 2012
Location: My studio in Liberty Village, Toronto
Cost: $300 & HST (includes lunch) 

9:30- 12:30 The morning session will start with a discussion of the technical and esthetic issues of shooting the nude, including lighting, lens choices, posing, perspective and “seeing” the form. You’ll observe Struan as he photographs our models, and see the results live.

12:30-1:30 Lunch Break in studio.

1:30-5:30  Students photograph the models, working in small groups. A variety of backgrounds and lights will be available. Struan will assist, providing pointers and tips.  You’ll have an opportunity to shoot at least three models on a variety of sets, so you’ll emerge with a complete selection of creative nude photographs for your portfolio.

This workshop is limited to 12 students, and is very popular, so register early to ensure your spot.  A $50 deposit is required.
Contact me below to register:

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Beauty Photography Workshop

February 22, 2012

 

I’m very pleased that Nadia has decided to teach this workshop again here in the studio.  The sessions last year got very enthusiastic responses.  If you’re interested in beauty photography, fashion, portraiture or any photography of people, you won’t want to miss this. Here’s the info:

“Love of Beauty is Taste.  Creation of Beauty is Art.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

This is a full-day, intermediate level workshop where you will work with agency models and professional talents from the fields of both commercial and fashion photography.   There will be a demo during the morning and students will then be provided with an opportunity to shoot in the afternoon in small groups using different lighting setups within the studio.  The idea is to learn how to interact with a model and direct her to achieve the desired image, while exploring the effects of different lighting.

Beauty photography is an approach used in all types of commercial and fashion photography.  It’s also the style used most often for models’ portfolios.  The key is to direct the model well.  I will also be providing students with an opportunity to sit with me and discuss whatever they would like to that pertains to fashion and/or photography in general.  I very much look forward to meeting you!

When:   March 24, 2012  from 10am – 6pm
OR
April 21, 2012  from 10am – 6pm

Where:  19 Atlantic Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M6K 3E7

Fee:       $275 & HST = $310.75

To register, contact Nadia

Here are some shots from last years workshop

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The Creative Nude… by Struan…new date!

March 24, 2010

This workshop was a great hit last month!  Everyone involved had a fun time, and some great photographs were made!  So Struan has decided to run it again!

The (very full) day will start with a presentation and shooting demo by Struan, where he will explain how he shoots, works with models, and produces his unique and provocative nude studies.  He’ll work with our models, showing a variety of lighting set-ups and shooting styles.

We’ll take a brief lunch break (served in the studio), then you’ll have a chance to apply what you’ve learned!  We’ll break up into small groups to photograph the models on a variety of sets.  Struan (and I) will be on hand to offer suggestions, help with lighting and answer questions.  At the end of the day review your work and hold a brief critique.  Here’s a PDF with the complete workshop details.

Workshop Date: Sunday, May 30   9:30 – 6:30            Location: My studio in Downtown Toronto

Workshop Fee:  $350 (+gst) includes Lunch ($100 deposit to reserve a space)

There are limited spaces in this workshop, and  it will be popular, so enroll soon!  Contact me below to enroll:

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Getting to White (or color)

June 11, 2008

I just came across a very detailed and helpful guide to getting pure white backgrounds for shots of people or products.  There are some good tips to keep in mind, but most important is having sufficient distance between your subject and the backdrop.  Here’s the link!

Coincidentally, I was just using a similar technique to get a variety of colored backgrounds for some jewelry shots for a client.  I used a mid grey seamless and color gels on the background light to change the color of the background.  The model is lit with a medium softbox, about three feet from her. She’s positioned about ten feet from the background, so the light from the softbox doesn’t affect the background. Using a mid grey seamless gives me a lot of flexibility in terms of the background tone.  By combining gels with adjusting the power on the background light I can get everything from near black, to deep, saturated colors, to bright colors, even white if I want.  Here are some examples from the shoot:

In case you’re wondering about the soft focus effect in some of the shots, they’re done with a 90mm tilt/shift lens, which allows me to tilt the plane of focus… Lots of fun!

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What Lights Should I Buy?

April 30, 2008

So, now on to the second most common question I get asked!

Ok, so here, once and for all is my definitive answer… at least until some new gizmo comes along.

First off, flash!  Let me say right up front… I LOVE MY ALIEN BEES!  They’re everything I need in a studio or location flash unit… convenient, powerful, portable, reliable, and most important, cute!  I bought them originally for some location shooting… and now I hardly ever power up my old Balcar systems.

At the bottom of this post I’ve compiled a chart with my specific recommendations, and here is my reasoning for the choices:

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Gear: Packing and Transporting

February 16, 2008

Here’s an interesting site from John Harrington about the equipment he uses and how he packs it all for transportation:  Assignment ConstructLots of videos about his set-ups as well! 

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