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The Lighting Workshops, Day 4–Big Flash, Small Flash?

Jan 23

In Seminars & Workshops at 9:49am

The cast…..Martina with the hat, Phil, Morgan in leather and Rebecca. Phil is, as I mentioned, is an FOL (friend of Lynn), and is a formidable presence in front of the lens. The ladies come up to us from NY on the train courtesy of Emmanuel Models. Aristeo, a good friend of our studio, has always stepped up to help us with the workshops by sending people he represents who are looking to build portfolio material. It works well. The young women have a ball, and get a ton of pictures out of the day, and the class has great talent in front of their cameras. Of course, everyday, Andrew goes to pick up the women at the train stop, and we’re naturally very concerned about first impressions. It’s been going okay, though.

The crew….Lynn Delmastro, organizational force of nature, studio manager for 16 years, one of the treasures of my life; Will, in gray, seasoned pro out of Connecticut; Drew, with beard, first assistant in the studio; Leah, equally at home both in front of and behind the camera; Numnuts; Andrew–non-stop energy and laugh riot machine; and Linda, also a pro from Connecticut, who keeps everybody in line, and the workshop running on time.

The above were done with an Elinchrom Octa, the big fella of location light. But as always, we mix it up.

This is two SB-800 units, one bounced off the floor and the other through an Ezybox Hot Shoe soft box.

Seven SB-800 units. Geez, this one started and almost didn’t stop.

Now the above was one light. Whew! One Ranger with a long throw reflector through a window. Does many, many things. You can work the hot spot on the wall. Or go right by the window, as below.

Lovely one light treatment for Martina…then use another pane of glass, with bit more grime and diffusion, and get this for Phil….

Or, try Phil in a multi small flash setup….with again, the Ezybox as the main light, gold tri-grip for bounce underneath his face….

Bless the happy accidents…Rebecca in front of the camera, and the overhead lights didn’t trip. I don’t miss them.

More tk…

Michael Warf says:

on January 23, 2009 at 9:58 am

Joe, I don’t know how you keep your training & travel schedule and keep your passion for the lens. How do you recharge, how do you keep focus? That type of wisdom would be very powerful for the rest of us.

tim wong says:

on January 23, 2009 at 10:38 am

Joe, what kind of backdrop muslin are u using, i saw you use it in one of the kelby training video too.

Richard Cave says:

on January 23, 2009 at 11:19 am

Wow love the last one, so when are you coming to the UK?

George Place says:

on January 23, 2009 at 11:32 am

Your workshop [day 1.] left me feeling mentally overfed and a bit bewildered. However, after a period of mental digestion and and some time to think about how my objectives fit into the creative learning experience, of the workshop, there has emerged a feeling of renewal. In short, I think I am going in the right direction while trudging the road of creative professional photography.
Thank you. It was great!

Kent says:

on January 23, 2009 at 1:17 pm

Great stuff Joe!
Good to see you all are having fun!

george place says:

on January 23, 2009 at 1:24 pm

Your workshop [day 1.] left me feeling a bit overwhelmed and mentally overfed. After a period of digestion, reflection and thought a feeling of renewal and confidence arose.
Simply, the workshop renewed my ambition to trudge the rocky road of creative professional photography.
Thank you for a wonderful day!
George Place

Eric says:

on January 23, 2009 at 1:54 pm

wow, these are fantastic! I especially like the warm toned ones.

Brian Hargreaves - BH Photography says:

on January 23, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Thanks for the daily posts! Excellent work, wish I was there!

Joseph Rowland says:

on January 23, 2009 at 3:07 pm


Stumbled out of the class yesterday with a lot answered, and as always a ton more questions to go figure out on my own. Wanted to thank you and the crew for an excellent day- I would highly recommend your workshop to anyone interested in lighting techniques.

brett maxwell says:

on January 23, 2009 at 4:51 pm

Joe, I see from your equipment list that you have several of the Ezy-Boxes, is there one size that you use most? Or if you could only have one, which would it be?



Matthew Saville says:

on January 23, 2009 at 6:51 pm

Good stuff! Is that an ambient tungsten-ish light in the BG of the last two shots?


Einar Erlendsson says:

on January 24, 2009 at 7:33 am

Hi Joe,

This is the kind of stuff we should include out in the nature during your Focus on Nature workshop this summer. We will have trucks with 220-12 V power for charging batteries and running laptops.



Matteo says:

on February 1, 2009 at 11:24 am

Great tips , thanks!

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