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Its Alive!

Dec 19

In Equipment, Upcoming Events at 4:54pm

Yes, indeed, the Dobbs Ferry Workshops are alive once again. I’ve gotten pinged a bunch over time about reviving them, so we contacted our old studio building back on the Hudson and they said come on back. We will have a classroom/studio room, and the run of this old funky factory building down by the train tracks and the river. Great setting. Lots of peeling paint. Dingy hallways. Loading docks. Photog’s dream.

They will run Jan. 19, 20, 21, 22 and 24. We will have breakfast and lunch, snacks, free parking and multiple models, all days. Class size is limited to 12. Fee is $350 for a 10-11 hour day. We will go hard all day, showing examples, shooting demos, working big flash and small flash. Participants get time behind the camera as well as time gripping for shoots and moving gear. We will talk about light all day.

Bogen Imaging and Adorama have stepped up big time to help us out, and we will have toys galore, from big AC power packs to Elinchrom Rangers, Octas, beauty dishes, umbrellas, soft boxes, flats, panels, long throw reflectors, Skyports, c-stands. The whole deal.

We will use SB800 and 900 units, and craft i-TTL solutions that will rival the big flash solutions, and show how to move fluidly between big flash and small flash, and mix the two.

Beauty of working in Dobbs is how close it is to NYC, either a 35 minute train ride (we will pick you up at the Dobbs station, and drop you at end of day) or 45 by car from mid-town Manhattan. And the building is big. And we can move around, and move fast. We had a great time when we did these a few years back, and then we kinda let ’em go when we moved the studio a bit north to CT.

But they’re back and they’re alive. Hit Lynn with an email at [email protected], or phoner at 203-438-4750. She’s got details and class lists going.

You can also view the workshop announcment here, or download a PDF version here.


I thought Jeff ([email protected]) was gonna shoot me when I posted all this stuff and told the world to give him a shout. (But then he wouldn’t wanna hurt an old person.) Typical Jeff, though, he scrambled all the below together, so now you can go individual and get the pieces, or the entire kit, and save $25 and get free shipping. Bob Krist is also very relieved, cause he thought he’d have to start staffing up at home and putting all this together to ship out, and that would interfere with him watching Oprah every afternoon.

The entire kit listed below is SKU# JMLKE, in Adorama’s system (Though, it’s so new that it isn’t yet on their website- So if you’d like the entire kit, please contact Jeff Snyder directly at [email protected]; the same goes for the Westcott umbrella and Morris bracket).

FREE SHIPPING AND a $25 SAVINGS if purchased as the “kit”, vs individually





STCIM2500BK HARDIGG STORM IM2500 CS – BLK – 1 $120.95








MTH-202 MORRIS BRACKET – 1 $27.95

Ally Brasko says:

on December 19, 2008 at 5:42 pm

That sounds like so much fun!
But so far away *sigh*

Mark says:

on December 19, 2008 at 6:58 pm

Chistmas comes early! WhooHaa!

Richard Cave says:

on December 19, 2008 at 8:19 pm

If I could afford to fly over Joe I would love to, plus I am on vacation at the time. Thank you for supplying the kit list for the elderly BTW. You have saved me a load of legwork, I wonder if they ship to the UK, probably get hit by a load of taxes.

Would have to look into that.

Hope you and the wimmin of your life have a great Christmas, put the cameras down and have a day off.

love from Rich and family.

Jim says:

on December 19, 2008 at 9:52 pm

I’m 70 and would like to know if that older person with the solar panel above his ears is gonna be there too.

frenchy750 says:

on December 19, 2008 at 11:06 pm

Merry Christmas to me!

Sign me UP! Email sent!

b1gw1ght says:

on December 20, 2008 at 12:04 am

Add some later dates JOE! PLEASE!! Spring’s nice. Put me in for round 2.

Jim Felder says:

on December 20, 2008 at 1:28 am

Great post Joe, I went to every one of the links and added what I might want to my wish list. But some of the links do not go to a specific item.


amy says:

on December 20, 2008 at 8:29 am

Can’t tell you how much i wish you might come over this side of the world and play!!

Amy in London

Ryan Brenizer says:

on December 20, 2008 at 12:38 pm

Joe, you’re doing a workshop down the road from me? Jeez, I don’t see how I can turn that down.

Duane C. says:

on December 20, 2008 at 2:04 pm

Dear Joe,

I really wanted to just email you, but this’ll do. Last week I attended your seminar at Pauls Photo on the Nikon CLS. It was great and I learned we have some things in common like sarcasm and honesty (a traight lost to most who stand in line with other lemmings), which is always cool to discover from this end of mentorship. I felt vindicated to learn that you shoot quite a bit of flash in A prioroty, histograms aren’t your “thing”, and too much time processing in the digital darkroom is for those for whom the photo starts at the click of the shutter. I related to this. Not only was the DVD on the Nikon CLS inspiring and educational, but you (and Bob too) made me feel capable of more than originally thought. I’m also making plans to try some new lighting techniques in the near future.

Thanks for the inspiration and confidence. I look forward to knowing you just a little bit better and keeping up with your thoughts and contributions to society.

I”m off to find a second speedlight!

DC in San Pedro, CA

John Leonard says:

on December 20, 2008 at 2:16 pm

Email sent! Just waiting for a reply…………….

Can’t wait for January now!

Yanik's Photo School says:

on December 20, 2008 at 2:28 pm

Aw man! I have a friend in CT to stay at (driving from Montreal) but the timing isn’t right with a shoot in Mexico coming up! Darnit!

May a suggest a summer one when it’s warmer? :-)

Thanks for doing those 1 day classes Joe. It’s exactly what I’m looking for. Next round I guess.


Alex says:

on December 20, 2008 at 3:25 pm


I think you’ve been ignoring South Florida for way too long. It’s high time you came to Miami to give me a private lesson! ;^)

Seriously though, I’d love it if you could grace us Miamians sometime soon for some classes. I’d sign-up in a heartbeat!

haze says:

on December 20, 2008 at 5:48 pm

Great news Joe!
I’m flying in from Phoenix to attend. Sent Lynn an email.


Bill Bogle Jr. says:

on December 20, 2008 at 6:59 pm

Sign me up Scotty! E-mail sent as well. Spent the day with Annie Lebowitz as she had a book signing today in Millbrook, and was so wonderful. Perhaps Jow will have the Hot Shoe Diaries book available that week!

A Christmas present for all.

Bill Bogle, Jr.

GK says:

on December 21, 2008 at 6:14 pm

damn…. i’m in NYC only until 16th :( guess will have to wait until next rip over to USA and time it with on of your workshops.


steve says:

on December 21, 2008 at 8:49 pm

please set up round two.

David Apeji says:

on December 22, 2008 at 6:47 am

Hi Joe, I understand you will be over for Gulf Photo Plus again next year? I look forward to seeing you there! Your calendar (on your website) does not reflect that though.

Arun says:

on December 22, 2008 at 12:36 pm

Email sent and left a voice mail – looking forward to it.
A Merry Christmas it is indeed!!

John says:

on December 22, 2008 at 5:47 pm

Has anyone heard back regarding the workshop? Phones have gone unanswered since Friday, got an e-mail stating that applications are going out on a first-come basis today, but haven’t seen anything since.

Mic Cullen says:

on December 22, 2008 at 6:36 pm

Is there a video of Bob packing the box? (Just want to see how he puts it together, as I just bought a very similar Pelican box for just this purpose.)

Timothy Herzog says:

on December 23, 2008 at 1:19 am

Hey Joe-

My friend Ryan and I have been trying to get a hold of Lynn since the night this went up. I am sure that she is swamped with emails, but we have both sent several, and called, but haven’t heard anything.

I live in NYC – He lives in Westchester – I should have done this sooner – but if there are any spaces left PLEASE send me an email. We are are both definitely in and want to come – we just need the applications and an address to send the deposit.

– heck, we will even hump gear for a pass…

Thanks so much Joe, I really love your work and hope to see you in a few weeks.


Michael says:

on December 23, 2008 at 8:10 pm

I got the reply from Lynn today and I am booked for the 19th. The check is in the mail and I am excited! To spend a day learning from you Joe is going to rock.

As for the comment above on sarcasm and honesty, my girlfriend has given me plenty of training in that department. I think I am ready for you.

See you on the 19th!

Julien says:

on December 27, 2008 at 2:31 pm

Hello Joe,

It is always interesting to read your blog and learn from your experience.
I have recently viewed the Nikon video “Guide to Creative Lighting”.
On the “Bride picture” where you have used a speedlight on her back with a warm gel (in front of the lake), you said that the flash was hidden and so you were not able to control it with your master flash and you have used “an SB29 and SU800” to extend the signal.
Sorry, but I did not get this point. Were you using an SU800 on the camera and a lot of SB29 cable to connect to the remote flash on the back of the Bride or were you using SB29 cable between your master flash and a SU800 that was sending the iTTL signal to the flash on the back on the bride ?
In this second case, how do you setup this ? I have not found anything in the SU800 manual that explain how to use it as a “repeater”.

Thanks a lot for the share of your knowledge !


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on December 30, 2008 at 12:11 pm


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on June 7, 2010 at 1:54 pm

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