Speedlight Portraits in the Studio • Sat December 1st, 9am-6pm
Posing & Directing • Sun December 2nd, 9am-6pm
Hunt’s Photo, Melrose, MA
Recommended Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of your camera
Class Level: Beyond Basic
Class Size: This workshop is limited to 10-12 attendees
Join photographers Bobbi Lane and Lee Varis (“The Mistress of Light” and “The Sultan of Skin”) for one or two days of their exciting workshops that will get you more involved with your subjects and give you more of a mastery of technique! You may register for the first day, the second day, or both to receive a discounted rate! Lunch will be provided both days. (Registration will follow the second class description.)
Studio Portraits with Speedlights
The photographer’s challenge in creating a compelling portrait involves both creative and technical concepts combined in a way that evokes meaning and impact. Learning how to use your flash easily and effectively helps the photographer make images that are flattering and effective.
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. A variety of lighting techniques will be covered with the emphasis on understanding the three main aspects of light: direction, quality and depth. Bobbi will also cover posing and directing so you can effectively communicate with your subjects, helping them to relax and be natural.
The basics are covered thoroughly: how flash works, understanding sync speed, differences between manual and TTL, using the + and – to change your flash exposure, using flash ON camera with modifiers and flash OFF camera using radio remotes. One, two and three light setups will be explained and demonstrated.
This intensive and fun workshop will show essential approaches to matching the light with your ideas. Your fear of flash will disappear and your portrait will have more meaning and impact.
The morning session covers the technical aspects and in the afternoon, the participants will shoot subjects in the studio.
Posing and Directing
Everyone wants to make wonderful photos of their family and friends to present them in a natural and relaxed way. The two biggest challenges facing portrait photographers are how to guide the subject into a pleasing and effective pose, and communicating and directing them to achieve real expressions. This class covers how to pose individuals and couples, and also demonstrates effective communication methods to help your subjects feel at ease. Posing techniques are examined for both male and female subjects, headshots, ¾ and full length, and couples including engagement photos.
This workshop is designed for those wishing to establish a better rapport with their subject and is open to any skill level. We will shoot models so the participants have reference photos and experience directing.
One day workshop 9-6
9 am: Class overview, student intros, image presentation and shooting demos on posing .
12-1: Break for lunch
1 pm: Models arrive and prepare
1:30- 5:00: Students photograph models in studio in several different lighting scenarios
5:00 -6:00 We wrap up with a brief lesson in post-production for portraits.
Students must be familiar with their cameras and lenses and basic photography technique.
A medium telephoto lens is suggested.
Upon signing up for this workshop, you will receive a confirmation email. This will list more specific instructions regarding this workshop.
Please read our Cancellation Policy before signing up.
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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