February 3, 2013

Las Vegas mini-workshop: on-location flash photography

With WPPI coming up again soon, I’ll be in Las Vegas in March 2013. And like previously, I’ll be having a series of mini-workshops of my own.

There will be 2 such mini-workshops; each 4 hrs long.

  • Sunday, March 10,  1 – 5pm  -  sold out
  • Monday, March 11,  1 – 5pm  -  sold out

The mini-workshops will be limited to only 3 people at a time. Definitely un-crowded! Therefore these mini-workshops will be closer to being individual tutoring sessions.

Fee: $350 payable by Paypal.

There will be a model, and I’ll provide the softbox and reflector and pocket-wizards.

You only need to bring:
– a camera. Nikon or Canon. Doesn’t matter.
– a speedlight, (and battery pack if possible).
– and a few lenses. A 24-70mm f/2.8 is great; 70-200mm f/2.8 is even better.

The format of the mini-workshop:

We’ll start off by going over some of the essentials we need to know. This will be about an hour of ‘seminar’, and then we hit the Strip with a model and a softbox. We’ll work with available light; bounce flash and off-camera flash. We’ll also cover other aspects such as posing and working with a model. An intensive fun 4 hours of learning and shooting.

Contact me via email to book a spot, or to ask for more details.

Refund policy:
With the limited number of spots available for these mini-workshops, there is no refund.  While I have a specific cancellation policy in place for the full-day workshops with 10 people, with these mini-workshops there is no refund.

As usual, several blog posts resulted from material covered in these mini-workshops. These should give you a good idea of the kind of thing we will cover.

direction and quality of light
bounce flash portrait – a consistent technique
getting the most power out of your flash
– video light vs bounce flash
– photo sessions – Shawna

 

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1 Christian February 13, 2011 at 1:22 am

I’d be careful in Vegas if I were you, they are very strict about their policies on photo shoots, even if its not for commercial purposes, if they even see you break out a soft box on the strip they will swarm, any professional gear in their eyes is considered a professional shoot and thus requires a permit.

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2 Norm February 13, 2011 at 1:44 am

Not True except in casinos, not true outdoors

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3 RON LEMISH February 13, 2011 at 10:37 am

Neil, on your out door shoots do you use a tripod ? It seems that pictures of them seem to show that none are used. Then one has to be concerned about the use of soft boxes ( being used more often ) and any permit requirements

Kicking myself for not being able to attend the WPPI this winter and especially missing your mini workshops. I shall be in Florida attending a Rolando Gomez workshop. I really hope you will be back at WPPI next year and repeat the mini workshops. I will plan my vacation around it.
Looking foward to your full report on the newly released Pocket Wizzard inits (3) for Nikon….Ron

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4 Jason February 13, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Hey Neil!

I own Exposure Photography here in Las Vegas and shoot at the strip all the time.here is what you need to know. You will more than likely not be able to use anything but your cameras in any of the casinos. They don’t like soft boxes or tripods due to the liability issues. Also some casinos are snobs about copyright issues from shooting images on their property. Hiwerver, you can shoot in the fronts of the casinos to your hearts content.

Places like Fremont street are a great place to shoot but about 50% of the time I get confronted by security when using soft boxes and lighting. The Fremont Street Experience is actually a venue…so they will sometimes gripe.

That being said, there are plenty of other places to shoot. The arts district is great and no one will bother you. If in fact anyone bothers you, just say you are photography students. Works for me every time!

Also, I shoot Sony, would it be beneficial for me to sign up for your workshop? I have my own triggers and ezbox.

Either way, have a great time!

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5 Corby Chapin February 13, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Neil,
It pains me to see all these announcements about sessions in places that I don’t live. When are you going to grace us Canadians (more specifically, Torontonians) with your presence? I’ll be the first one to sign up, sit in the front row, and will be the one to say “ooh, ooh….Mr. Niekirk! Mr. Niekirk!”.

Compelling argument, if I do say so myself

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6 Corby Chapin February 13, 2011 at 4:19 pm

And an amendment to my previous post, my sales pitch also included forgetting to put the “van” in your last name.

Damn….blew that one.

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7 Anthony December 31, 2012 at 1:05 pm

This is a great workshop! I attended while Neil was in town for WPPI 2012, and even as a long time reader of the Tangents blog, I was able to take away a lot from the workshop.

There were other workshops going on at the same time on The Strip, and we didn’t get hassled by security. Tourists that decided to take pictures of our model got hassled by Neil, though, with good reason.

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8 tom February 9, 2013 at 2:44 pm

I live in Vegas and I shoot everywhere. I have hosted photo walks with 50 people and never been kicked out of anywhere. The places we shot were Aria, Bellagio, CityCenter, Crystals to name a few. Tripods near gaming floors is the only no no. Shoot where you want, have fun and lean how to bounce!

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