I will be in Denver, Colorado at the end of June. If there is enough interest, we can do a workshop on June 30th (Sunday).
Similar to the New York workshops, these will be limited to 10 people, and there will be 2 models. For more details about the topics that will be covered, check the info page on the full-day workshops on on-location lighting in New York. The fee for the workshop is $600
I would need a minimum of 6 people (out of a max of 10), to make this workshop viable. So in order to gauge interest (and commitment) of anyone interested, I’m going to try something that’s perhaps a little unusual – if by May 15th there are a minimum of 6 people who pay a deposit of $200, then the workshop will go ahead. If not, everyone will get a full immediate refund on their deposits. E-mail me if you’re interested.
I would like to remind everyone that the video tutorials – Off-Camera Flash Essentials – that were created for the ClickinMoms as a Break-Out Session, are still available for purchase.
It’s essentially a flash photography workshop - 90 minutes of video tutorials for $60.
The first section is a 45 minute video seminar where, with the help of images, the basics of flash photography and off-camera flash photography are explained. The final 45 minutes are divided into different sections, including a section where we work on-location.
I presented a seminar on wedding photography on
Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 at Unique Photo in Fairfield NJ.
The program description:
We will discuss real-world practical steps to help you develop and achieve a personal style in wedding photography. We will also discuss photography techniques, as well as topics such as posing and lighting. We will cover various other aspects that photographers can work on and develop, so that they aren’t overwhelmed and daunted by the wedding day. Please note that this seminar is about the techniques and styles of wedding photography, and isn’t a seminar on business and marketing.
We had around 60 people there, and the place was packed! We over-ran by more than an hour – there was so much material to go through and a lot of questions.
Thank you to everyone who attended. It was a great afternoon getting to meet some of you. Best of luck with your future endeavors.
This photo was on B&H’s Instagram feed, and was taken in the minutes before the presentation started. And no, it’s not my doh! facepalm realization that I’ve forgotten something.
The topic of the presentation was – Direction and Quality of Light – and it is based on the material in my new book, which will come out shortly. The eagle-eyed among you that were at the Photo Plus Expo will notice that it is the same presentation I flighted there for the first time as a test. With that, I polished and shaped the seminar into an even stronger presentation. Also, this time I didn’t have to compete with naked girls being body-painted. So that did help! But, I digress. I do think this presentation was solid, and going by the stream of questions, very well received. So thank you for being there and participating.
video clip: direction and quality of light – your key to better portrait photography
Here it is! The 90 minute video clip of my recent presentation at B&H, based on the material in my 3rd book, Direction of Light. Enjoy!
The people at B&H’s Event Space kindly offered that I could do a book signing there when my new book actually hits the stores … so keep checking in for news. I will most likely do the same presentation then too. Or perhaps a new one. We’ll see. Stay tuned.
flash photography workshop - Amsterdam, Netherlands – July 22, 2012
With my daughter, Janine, done with high school and ready to enter university, I thought it might be a great time for a kind of road trip for the two of us. One last time to hang out together before she leaves the house. There was just this small window now in July where both our schedules were open.
When I was in Amsterdam in 1986, I really liked the culture and the laid-back nature of the people here. Of course, it also helped that in being an Afrikaans-speaking South African, I could understand Dutch fairly well. And besides, the Dutch all speak English fluently. So on short notice, I decided a trip to Amsterdam might be a fascinating place for Janine and I to explore for a few days, and let her discover another culture.
With that, I thought it would be a good opportunity to announce a workshop in Amsterdam, since I’ve had several enquiries from The Netherlands and neighboring countries. I was quite thrilled that this workshop today was nearly sold out, even though I did announce it on fairly short notice.
photography tutoring session via Skype video calling
Because of requests that I extend the tutoring sessions for photographers further afield than New York, I’ve decided to offer tutoring sessions via Skype video calling. With this, we can cover topics where you need help or clarification.
These sessions are $75 per hour;
with a minimum of one hour; there-after in segments of 30 minutes.
Payment is via Paypal, but credit card payments are welcome too.
You have to have fast enough bandwidth to be able to do video chat!
The tutoring session will be the video call, including sharing of my computer screen
The tutoring sessions are personalized sessions that are intended to help you where they might be struggling with specific aspects in photography. We can also discuss your portfolio, and how it might be improved. The goal of the session is to answer specific questions or provide answers to specific challenges that you might be facing.
If you’re interested in signing up for a session, phone me at 862-485-7276 or email me.
I presented another Master-Class this year at WPPI in Las Vegas. I rather audaciously chose the title of my talk to be:
Flash Photography – The Truth, The Whole Truth and Nothing But the Truth
As a photographer, there are certain inescapable essentials we absolutely have to know before we can progress in understanding light and lighting. In this presentation, Neil barrels through the conflicting advice you’ve received, offering the essential building blocks to help you truly grasp the power of flash and lighting done right.
That does seem rather bold now! Very ambitious. With the presentation I pulled together a number of key concepts which are essential to understanding flash photography. So there wasn’t an overall theme in this case – just ten different concepts which I think are important.
The presentation over-ran by about 45 minutes, with all of the questions that had to be answered. The response to my presentation was very good. One of the emails I received afterwards said: “I took your platform class at the WPPI this year and I have to say, it was my favourite by far!!” And that is so good to hear!
With this, I have decided to add the material to the flagship articles here on flash photography.
After Dark Photography Education - Dallas, TX – 2012
I’ve raved here about the After Dark photography conventions before, as being the best photography convention / learning experience that I’ve attended. So it is with great pleasure that I did several presentations at the After Dark event in Dallas, TX during Feb 27 -29, 2012. I even expanded the range of topics I taught to include a presentation on basic portrait retouching in Photoshop and Lightroom.
Of course, part of the fun of After Dark Edu, is that you can use any of the 10 bays where there are numerous lighting goodies, and photograph one of the models there. So you get to play with gear you wouldn’t normally have access to … along with the various Mentors there to help you. Or, if you choose, you can just play around on your own and discover. And this is what I did here when I photographed Madison. I added a beauty dish and an Eyelighter reflector, and a gridded softbox for a bit of a kicker, and another light for the background. Just having fun, seeing what the result would look like. And that’s a way to learn. Here’s the pull-back shot …
I’ll be doing a short presentation on bounce flash photography at the PhotoPlus Expo trade-show, on three days this coming week. I’ll be at the Unique Photo booth (#464) on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 12:30 – 1:15 on each of those days. The presentation will be on how to use the black foamie thing with bounce flash, to get studio quality lighting.
Those who are familiar with the Tangents blog will recognize the topic (and photos), but come stop by anyway and say hi. I look forward to meeting everyone.