Sat & Sun March 18th & 19th, 9am-6pm
Saturday- Foundations: Direction, Quality and Depth
Sunday- One, Two and Three Lights
Hunt’s Photo, Melrose, MA
Recommended Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of cameras
Class Level: Beyond Basic
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.)
This weekend workshop provides the photographer with a solid foundation of studio lighting. This foundation course teaches essential and creative lighting techniques so that the photographer can use the light effectively to describe the subject and set the mood to create stronger and more meaningful portraits. It will be taught with studio strobes, but the techniques apply to portable flash and natural light as well.
Students can take either or both days. They may enroll in the second day only if they have the experience that is covered in the first day. Each day is limited to 12 students.
Sat. Foundations: Direction, Quality and Depth
The first day of our workshop shows how to use one studio strobe light and gives you the understanding and technique to work with “The Big Three”; Lighting Patterns, modifiers (Umbrellas, Soft Boxes, Grids, etc.) and controlling shadows. These aspects of light are what define your subject and set the mood. It is important to understand each aspect separately and learn how to combine them to match your concept.
The morning covers how strobes work, how to properly set up stands and lights, take readings for correct exposure, and lots of hands on experience with the equipment.
The afternoon will be demos of the quality, lighting patterns and use of reflectors to control the shadows. All portraits on just this day will be taken using only 1 light. The participants will photograph each other and practice the techniques.
Sunday: One, Two and Three Lights
The second day of our workshop shows the set up and use of one to three lights and how to decide when to add an additional light. We show how to decide the overall look, how to balance the exposure of additional lights in relation to the main light, and control the tonality of the background.
The morning will be demos of the beauty and power of just one light with reflectors, then add the second light as a hair light or background light, how to create high and low key portraits, and the classic three light set up for portraits.
The afternoon will consist of photographing models in different set ups.
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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