individual photography workshop – on-location lighting - NJ / NYC

Photographers who would like what is offered with the flash photography workshops, but would like to have an individual workshop, can now do so. We will cover similar ground as with the full-day workshop. But it is an individual session. Just you and me; an assistant and a model.

There are two options here, with some differences in the logistics and the fees.
We can have the individual workshop either in Manhattan, NY or in Hoboken, NJ.

 

Individual workshop  -  New Jersey  -  $1,000

The fee:  $1000 for the day, including the model.
If you’d like to double up with a friend, then the fee is $600 each.

I will require a non-refundable deposit of $500 when you book the day.
Should you cancel, $300 can be re-applied to another date.

Time:  10am to 6pm
The day will start at 10am at my studio in Little Falls, NJ. During the first part of this workshop, we’ll go over the theory and we’ll discuss the techniques and the stuff-we-need-to-know. Since this workshop will start in my studio, we can also delve into studio lighting techniques.

For the afternoon session (after lunch), we’ll continue working in and around the studio with an experienced model. We will be shooting in and around the studio. The part of the workshop that takes place outside, on location, will be focused on the use of off-camera flash. The workshop ends at 6pm.

 

Individual workshop  -  Manhattan, NYC  -  $1,500

The fee:  $1,500 for the day, including the model and an assistant helping us on location in New York.
If you’d like to double up with a friend, then the fee is $900 each.

I will require a non-refundable deposit of $500 when you book the day.
Should you cancel, $300 can be re-applied to another date.

Time:  10am to 6pm
The day will start at 10am at a studio space in Manhattan. During the first part of this workshop, we’ll go over the theory and we’ll discuss the techniques and the stuff-we-need-to-know.  Our model will join us around 11am in the studio. She will be an experienced model, and my assistant will be there to help carry lighting equipment and hold any lights.  But we’ll be traveling light.

Then around 1pm we’ll drive to the Meat-Packing Disctrict with our model. The rest of the workshop will be on location and will be focused on the use of off-camera flash. The workshop ends at 6pm.

Somewhere between 1pm and 2pm we’ll break for lunch, included in the workshop fee.

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More about the individual workshop:

Through the course of the day, we’ll explore different lighting scenarios, and I’ll answer all questions.  As always, we’ll be after those aha! moments when things fall into place for you.

These are some of the topics we’ll cover:

* 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
* Dragging the shutter
* Tungsten light & flash
* metering for ambient light and fill flash
* using TTL flash and manual flash
* Wireless TTL flash
* Using off-camera flash and a softbox / creating a small studio set-up.

 

A certain level of fundamental technical knowledge is required for the sessions to be successful.
For example, a photographer should already know:

  • the basic operation and controls of his or her camera,
  • how to read the camera’s built in metering display,
  • the basic relationship of aperture / shutter speed / ISO, and
  • how to manually adjust those settings.

 

Availability:  contact me, and we’ll look at both our schedules and figure out a date.
Should it rain, we’ll look at any convenient date within the next 10 days that will suit us.

e-mail me, or phone me at: 862-485-7276 to check availability or for more details.
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1 Neil vN September 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm

“This workshop was fantastic! My perspective is that of one who went into it with far less experience than Natalie or Amanda, but I think I took at least as much away from it (probably more, having started from less).

Shooting with Neil and… his model and assistant and classmates was heaps of fun – they all wanted us to get the most possible out of the day, and I definitely finished with tremendously more confidence and competence in on and off camera flash (and video light, that was totally new to me) than I had before.

An abundance of what Neil calls “a-ha moments”. Neil is a very, very effective instructor. An absolutely fantastic practical learning experience!”

– Patrick Brophy

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2 Tracy McDaniel March 4, 2014 at 2:03 am

Hi! I’m interested in attending one of your workshops. I’m fairly confident with my one studio light and small children, but I want to get better with adults, families, and controlling light better at events like receptions where the surroundings change frequently. I also want to get better at OCF outdoors, day and/or night. I’m hoping to get a friend in NY interested in joining as well. (I’m in Alabama)
How far in advance do you schedule these workshops? I look forward to hearing from you!

Tracy

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3 Neil vN March 4, 2014 at 2:49 am

Hi there Tracy – these individual workshops are on demand. It depends on when someone is interested in arranging this. The only limitation – New York is too cold in the winter. So these are only really held from May to October every year.

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