October 16, 2011
flash photography workshop – New York – Oct 25
The Oct 25 workshop is sold out … but there have been requests for any spots that might open up due to cancellations. This doesn’t usually happen … but if we can get 5 people together for a smaller workshop, then we can make one last workshop still happen this year. (The next workshop in New York will only happen in May 2012 sometime.)
So if you’re interested in attending a flash photography workshop sometime in the next two weeks, drop me a note before the end of this week. If there is enough response, then we can make it happen.
I’ll announce the workshops for 2012 later on some time. As always, check back .. or better yet, subscribe to the email list.
Check these posts on the Tangents forum for (unsolicited) feedback about the May 16th workshop, and also for feedback about a one-on-one tutoring session.
October 1, 2011
favorite images – After Dark Edu – Charlotte, NC – 2011
As a mentor and presenter at the recent After Dark Education events in Charlotte, (much like what happens at any workshop or seminar that I present), I didn’t get to shoot much. I feel it is more important to let the people that are attending, get the time with fingers-on-the-camera’s-controls. But I did get to play with some of the lighting equipment in the bays there. That’s much of the attraction of the After Dark events – loads of lighting toys to play with and learn and figure out on your own, or with the help of someone.
With that, here are a few of my favorite images …
September 27, 2011
After Dark photography education – Charlotte, NC – 2011
This striking portrait is of Britney, one of the number of models that are at this, the current After Dark photography convention. Regular followers of the Tangents blog will easily recognize the lighting as being a video light. In this case, I reverted to the Lowel ID-light because it creates a stronger beam of light which can be spread wider than an LED video light. Typical of After Dark, this photo session / mini-presentation was an impromptu one that started after the evenings classes and presentations had already ended at midnight.
Meeting up with Britney and her sister Nicole (who is also a model), and two other photographers, the group of photographers eventually spilled out to the lobby of the hotel and swelled to a group of about 30 photographers all taking part. And that’s the reason I wanted to use the Lowel ID-light … the person holding up the video light, could stand further back and we’d still get decent camera settings. An LED video light would not have been powerful enough for this situation.
1/160 @ f2.8 @ 1000 ISO … with video light; no flash
Nikon D3; Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 AF-S VR II (B&H)
The lens was used at 200mm to compress the background – an out-of-focus piece of artwork.
more articles about the use of video light for photography
Enough of the video light though. I’ve gushed about the After Dark experience before when I presented at the Cincinatti event, and when I had a quick look-in at the Las Vegas event.
September 18, 2011
flash photography workshops – Dublin, Ireland
It’s been a hectic week, flying in to Dublin (Ireland), for two sold-out workshops there over the past weekend. (Sept 17 & 18) Barely any time for sight-seeing, but it’s been a fantastic trip over.
In the photo, from left to right: Roz, our one model (an entrant for the Miss Universe competition for Ireland!); myself; Hanna, our other model, (an entrant to Ireland and UK’s Next Top Model competition for 2011); Liam Ramsell of Pro Foto Training (host of the workshops); Jesssica, my infamous assistant with a ‘tood; and Peter Kane, our make-up artist extraordinaire.
Here is a short video clip shot during the bounce flash session of the workshop:
August 22, 2011
using high-speed flash sync / Auto FP
A fun image taken during an individual workshop today - our model, Aleona caught-mid-air … with a fast shutter speed and flash, to freeze the movement. Even Jessica, my assistant with the ‘tood, was positively elevated with the experience of photographing Aleona today.
May 14, 2011
After Dark photography education – Cincinnati, OH – 2011
In an earlier post I mentioned how impressed I was with After Dark’s workshops & seminar series in Las Vegas. I was invited by Dave Junion to teach at the Cincinnati venue this past week as one of the Mentors. I presented 4 seminars and shooting sessions, and another impromptu demonstration late the one night. It was exhilarating and energizing to be a part of it.
After Dark has a certain structure – 10 areas / pods set up for seminar presentations; and 10 studio bays set up where Mentors can teach in a direct hands-on manner. But all this doesn’t really describe the easy-going flow of activity and learning and sharing that goes on. In that earlier post I described After Dark as ‘controlled anarchy‘. And that is what makes it so unique. You can move around between presentations and shoots, and learn from anyone. You can even ask any of the Mentors or attendees to help you. It’s an incredibly supportive and nourishing environment for any photographer.
Just as cool is that there are studio bays that are open, which might not be busy at any point. You can then mark down that you want to spend some time there. You also get the opportunity to play with a huge variety of lighting gear. You can play around on your own, or have someone help you. You can make mistakes. You don’t have to impress anyone. You just have to learn and have fun with it all …
March 7, 2011
photo sessions - Shawna – using a variety of photographic lighting options
Shawna is the delightful model I used while I was in Las Vegas a few weeks ago. She helped us out during the mini-workshops I offered, as well as some photos of my own. I’ve posted a few photos from these already, but thought it might be interesting to show a further selection of images and discuss them …
February 19, 2011
This photograph was taken at one of the stations at the After Dark workshops in Las Vegas. Two strip lights on either side, freezing this Cirque du Soleil performer doing jumps on his board. Pretty wild, I think.
“Pretty wild” would also sum up the entire three day experience of attending the After Dark workshop, if I had to go by the Friday evening that I was able to attend. This is where After Dark differs from other workshops and conventions, in my opinion. Just a simple description of the workshop as being 3 days of a series of seminars and demonstrations, doesn’t quite encompass it …
February 18, 2011
flash photography & lighting workshops – New York
May 16, 2011 (Monday) – NYC
July 11, 2011 (Monday) – NYC
Sept 12, 2011 (Monday) – NYC
flash photography & lighting workshops – California
April 19, 2011 (Tuesday) – Dana Point, CA
April 21, 2011 (Thursday) – San Francisco, CA
flash photography & lighting workshops – UK, Ireland, Europe (?)
to be announced
other workshops and seminars in 2011
March 27, 2011 (Sun) – 9:30am – 12 noon – PPA Massachussets Convention
A two and a half-hour long presentation on Nikon Wireless Flash system, with emphasis on the techniques of flash photography.
May 2-6, 2011 (Mon-Fri) – Treehaven, WI
This is a week-long workshop at Treehaven in Wisconsin, under the auspices of PPA. Last year’s workshop in Treehaven was very well received, so this will be a repeat workshop.
seminar presentations at B&H – dates to be announced
book launch party & book signing event – details will be announced in April
As mentioned in various posts last year, I had decided to pause the travelling workshops for the time being. The workshops in other areas of the USA, away from home, have been rewarding, but the time spent travelling has taken me away from my work as a wedding photographer, and I need to focus on that again.
However … I decided to take a trip out to California, and at the same time present two workshops there. Therefore, if you are interested in attending a workshop, and don’t live near New York or in California, then you might want to make it a trip out there, and include a workshop as part of it. ;)
I’m still finalizing dates and places for possible workshops in the UK, Ireland and possibly elsewhere in Europe. (Most likely the Netherlands.)
These will be the only dates planned for this year.
more details about these flash photography workshops ..
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September 14, 2010
The final workshop for the year took place this week – the first day again located in Jersey City, with a spectacular view of Manhattan. The second day had a smaller group of photographers practicing on-location lighting techniques in Manhattan.
This striking image of Catherine, our model at the Monday workshop, was taken as a storm was slowly sweeping in. The background was intentionally under-exposed like this to give a dramatic quality to the final image. The light on her was from a softbox, placed to the camera right, and fairly high …
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