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Hollywood Lighting Workshop in the Style of George Hurrell with Bobbi Lane and Lee Varis

February 1, 9:00 am - February 2, 5:00 pm


Join photographers Bobbi Lane and Lee Varis in conjunction with Hunt’s Photo Education for a unique portrait workshop experience.

This weekend workshop provides a hands-on experience learning Hollywood style lighting, posing and studio workflow. Work in the studio with male and female models to re-create the classic glamour photography of the 1930’s and 40’s under the expert guidance of Bobbi and Lee. The famous Hollywood photographer George Hurrell rented Bobbi Lane’s studio for the last 10 years of his life, and this provided Bobbi with an unprecedented opportunity to learn from the master himself—Bobbi shares this first hand knowledge with participants in two fun-filled days. Learn to work with modern studio lights to get the highly stylized look of the classic Hollywood glamour without requiring the use of old fashioned clumsy “hot lights” The afternoon of the 2nd day will be used for post-processing instruction by Lee Varis. Lee demonstrates how to use Lightroom and Photoshop to create the classic B&W glamour imagery, including various retouching techniques for enhancing portraits.

For someone looking to expand their portfolio or learn advanced techniques in lighting, posing, and directing, look no further than this workshop. Please note: This course is not a “basics” course and is designed with Intermediate and Advanced Photographers in mind. 

Upon successful completion of this workshop, participants will leave with a foundation of technical and artistic skills necessary to achieve the look of classic Hollywood glamour photography. Topics covered include:

  • Basics of studio photo workflow
  • Lighting theory and electronic flash basics
  • Basic lighting setups
  • Advanced lighting concepts
  • Styling and posing for glamour

Workshop Overview
Day 1
9 am: Class overview, student intros, image presentation, lighting demos.
12pm: Break for lunch
12:30pm: Models arrive.
12:30-5:30pm: Students photograph a variety of models in two setups. Hunt’s Photo, Melrose has two classrooms, one medium sized classroom and one small-sized classroom that has been converted into a Cyclorama Room. We will utilize both.
5:30pm: Wrap up discussion.

Day 2
9am: Reconvene. Discuss results from prior day.
9:30am: Models arrive.
10am-3pm: Students continue to photograph models.
3pm: Post-processing with Lee, who will touch upon Lightroom editing and retouching.
5pm: Wrap up discussion.

Students must be familiar with their cameras and lenses and basic photography technique.

A medium telephoto lens is suggested, ranging from 50mm to 120mm. A laptop is not needed, but you are welcome to bring one for the post-processing section of the class.

Upon signing up for this workshop, you will receive a confirmation email that you have signed up. The week of the workshop, we will send out an email with a few more details about the workshop, including what specifically to bring and a questionnaire about your photographic experiences and background.
Please read our Cancellation Policy before signing up.

Instructor Bios:
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!

Your instructors, Lee & Bobbi, taking in the scenery in Istanbul
Your instructors, Lee & Bobbi, taking in the scenery in Istanbul

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.
Their websites are:
www.bobbilane.com www.varis.com


February 1, 9:00 am
February 2, 5:00 pm
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