Sat & Sun October 21st & 22nd, 9am-6pm • Hunt’s Photo, Melrose
Saturday: Portraits Unplugged, Natural Light Workshop
Sunday: Natural Light with Flash
Recommended Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of your camera
Class Level: Beyond Basic
Instructors: Bobbi Lane & Lee Varis
The photographer’s challenge in creating a compelling portrait involves both creative and technical concepts combined in a way that evokes meaning and impact. This intensive and fun two-day workshop will show essential approaches to matching the light with your ideas. Good lighting techniques, along with posing, tonalities, mood, expression, camera angles and backgrounds must harmonize to create a successful photographic portrait.
Everyone has natural light available, but not necessarily the understanding of how to find and manipulate it with reflectors and diffusers to create the most pleasing or effective image. We work with window light, backlight, open shade and garage door lighting and explore how the qualities of each contribute to the feeling of the portrait.
Portable flash is a wonderful and sometimes intimidating tool and it will be explained step by step on how to choose the correct settings and modifiers. We will demo using TTL and Manual settings and why, and give easy instructions for making beautiful Fill Flash. A variety of lighting techniques will be covered with the emphasis on understanding the three main aspects of light: direction, quality and depth.
This is a 2-day workshop. You may sign up for Day 1: Portraits Unplugged, which is the natural light portion of the workshop where we will be shooting at the Arnold Arboretum in Boston, Day 2: Natural Light with Flash where we integrate the two elements of light together at the Saugus Iron Works, or both days to receive a discounted rate. A more detailed description of the dates can be found below the registration.
Participants should be comfortable with shooting on manual mode and have a solid understanding of the foundations of photography.
Morning: 9:00 am-be on time!
Introduction of participants. Image presentation of examples photos of natural light portraits and how to overcome challenges. Live demos with students on posing, directing, and lighting. Students photograph each other. Post processing and workflow techniques
Afternoon: 12:30 models arrive and get ready. Drive to Arnold Arboretum to meet models
1:00 – 5:00 Students photograph models. We will have a wrap up and gather model images on the location. We will leave from the Arboretum and not return to Hunts.
Morning: 9:00 am-be on time!
Introduction of participants. Image presentation of examples photos of natural light and flash portraits and how to overcome challenges.
Basic flash/strobe functions and techniques
Exposure balancing for ambient and flash
Live demos with students on posing, directing, and lighting. Students photograph each other.
Afternoon: 12:00 models arrive and get ready. Drive to Saugus Iron Works
1:00 – 4:30 Students photograph models. We will return to Hunts for a wrap up, gather model images and an hour of Post Production with Lee.
Bobbi Lane and Lee Varis
The Mistress of Light and The Sultan of Skin
The dynamic duo of photo-education, Bobbi & Lee, are partners in life as well as art. Together they bring two lifetimes of experience, along with enthusiasm and creative techniques to their fun filled workshops!
Lee, owner/founder of Varis PhotoMedia, is a photo-illustrator now working in the Boston area. He has been involved in commercial photography for over 35 years. He was an early adopter of digital technology, and currently works with photography and computer graphics to create images for use in advertising, commercial graphics and multimedia. His work has been featured on movie posters, video box covers, CD covers, and numerous brochures, catalogs and magazine articles. He is responsible for the moth on the “Silence of the Lambs” movie poster! His creative imaging has also been featured in National Geographic and Fortune magazines, as well as various trade publications. His book “Skin: The Complete Guide to Digitally Lighting, Photographing and Retouching Face and Bodies”, has been a best-seller for 10 years. He is a Master of all things Adobe, and has been an Adobe Community Professional and Influencer since 2008.
Bobbi is an award-winning commercial photographer specializing in creative portraits on location and in studio. Her multi-faceted approach to photography incorporates over 35 years of technical experience with innovative artistic interpretation. She primarily shoots people on location for editorial, corporate, and advertising accounts, as well as photographing “real people” and travel for stock. As a dedicated photo educator, she brings insight and enthusiasm to her students in workshops held worldwide. She is known for teaching lighting techniques for portraits, both natural and flash, and also for leading photo travel workshops. As an author she has written two books, a wide variety of magazine articles, has recorded multiple videos on lighting, portraiture and posing, and teaches online classes. At APA National’s 25th Anniversary, Bobbi was honored with a Special Recognition Award for Education.
Photo District News also named Bobbi one of 13 of the Top Workshop Instructors.
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