Lighting Workshop, hosted by Las Vegas photographer Deacon Tyler –
Times – Day 1: March 17 @ 11am – 3:30pm, Day 2: March 18 @ 12pm – 5:30pm
This is the first in what I hope will be a long line of workshops we'll be offering in the future and if you've ever wondered what makes a professional photograph look so good, much of it has to do with lighting. Photography is literally defined as "drawing with light" – Proper lighting makes a noticeable difference when setting a mood for a photograph, creating an effect or giving your photos an extra 'snap' of colour or vibrance. It's the x-factor in photography and both new photographers and established professionals will benefit from this workshop. Whether in studio or outdoors, lighting is the single most important consideration you will have and is of great benefit to wedding photographers, portrait photographers, fashion, boudoir and eventphotographers.
Total cost: $99 per individual; non-refundable pre-payment via major credit card reserves your place, maximum class size of 10. The workshop will be held at studio at 3200 S. Polaris Ave Suite 46 in Las Vegas – Call (702) 513-5037 to reserve your spot.
- SLR camera with working hotshoe and a variety of lenses covering focal lengths from 28mm to 200mm (zoom lenses or prime lenses are fine)
- Each individual must already be familiar with their camera's basic settings – adjusting aperture, iso, shutter speed. All examples will be done in manual mode.
- Something to take notes with. Pen and paper, ipad, iphone, voice memo recorder
- If you have them, bring your strobe lighting or speed lights
In this workshop, we will build a basic understanding of how to use light in both controlled (studio) and natural (outdoor) settings and use that knowledge to direct an actual photoshoot by way of general and individual instruction. In this workshop, we will cover the following topics:
In studio shooting
Finding your Muse
10am – 11am: The first hour will be spent with a 'roundtable discussion' where we talk about goals, how to plan a shoot, expectations, the importance of scouting and collaborating with clients and also do a little Q&A.
General lighting theory 11am – 12pm
- Understanding how lighting works
- Using off camera flash with manual camera settings
- Lighting ratios – High key, medium key and low key lighting
- Understand the relationship between Key lighting, Fill lighting, Accent lights and background lighting
- Flash sync speed
- Neutral density filters and utilizing multiple lights with wide aperture
- using 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or more lights to create a mood
- Proper use of 'modeling' lights
- continuous vs strobe lighting
- learning to use a strobe meter or learning to properly 'eyeball it'
Lighting Modifiers 12pm – 1pm
- Learning the key differences between and the advantages/disadvantages between umbrellas, softboxes, ring flashes and beauty dishes. We will have on hand several studio strobes and lighting modifiers of various sizes to gain a basic understanding of the effect each modifier and when to use them
- 'Catch lights'
- Snoots/grids, gobos, reflectors – how to use them, when to use them and why to use them
- Lighting one subject vs lighting multiple subjects
- Lighting a scene on the cheap (inexpensive flashes and modifiers)!
- Discussing and demonstrating standard '3 point' lighting (key light, fill light and background light)
- Discussing and demonstrating complex 5 point light setups (key light, fill light, background light, hair light, accent or 'kicker' light)
1pm – 1:30 break for lunch; we will have sandwiches, pizza, vegetarian offerings and beverages provided
Studio and outdoor shooting 1:30 to 3:30pm
In this portion of the workshop, we're going to use a standard 3 point light setup and a demonstration of a five point light use studio lighting to simulate the effects of the sun and also step into our parking lot for some real world applications!
- Positioning a subject for optimal light quality – front lighting vs back lighting vs side lighting
- Working with various light conditions (morning, overcast, evening and mid day sun)
- complimenting (or complementing) natural light with off camera flash – create a balance for a natural look, or overpower the sun entirely for a dramatic look.
- Using a light meter (external or in camera) to take both incident (light falling on subject) or reflective (reflecting off a subject) metering
Day 2 – shootout!
Posing 12pm to 2pm
- We will begin by recapping the previous day and answering any lingering questions to build confidence for the day ahead
- We will discuss using different lighting techniques to achieve a mood
- How to use lighting and camera angles to hide flaws or flatter a particular body type
- Discussing poses and how to give direction with confidence and discussing general posing theory
- Discussing adjusting settings for rapidly changing light (sunset)
The shoot 2pm to 5:30pm
- A model will be present and we will perform an actual commercial style fashion photography shoot, with on hand guidance and direction provided by Deacon Tyler
- We will employ lighting, props, wardrobe and complete sets to create a unique creative shoot
- All images may be used in each photographer's portfolio, providing an excellent opportunity to begin building a good, commercial quality portfolio