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Workshops Wrap, Part One…..

Jul 2

In Uncategorized at 11:15pm

First off, many thanks to our sponsors for the workshops, Nikon, Adorama and the Bogen Corporation. Without them, their support, and the stuff they make for us to work with, these don’t happen. Happy and proud to have them with us for the adventure. Also, huge thanks to the staff. Lynn, Drew, Will, Lynda, Andrew, Mike, Holly, Syl, Trevi, and Lindsey. They were uniformly fantastic, and worked like crazy to pull off this series of crazy days. They all have huge amounts of talent in all areas of photography, from flash to Macs, to post, to grip work….you name it. And, most of them were there every day, so the amount of support available to a class of 14 or 15 folks every day was considerable.

And to our hardworking models! Many of them hailed from Emmanuel Modeling Agency, run by the irrepressible Aristeo. They were terrific, patient, and provided tons of beauty and drama in front of our lenses. They were polished and coiffed by Veronica and Nicole, perfectionists in the arts of makeup and hairstyling. More on them tk…..


Alas Nicole our hair stylist had virtually nothing to do when Kent Miller stepped in front of the lens. Kent’s a terrific shooter who, along with his wife Amy  helped out with modeling chores for a couple of days.  The two of them are below, with Kent, as always, finding a different angle.


And Bethany joined us as well. Kent and Amy are lit with a single Elinchrom 2400 ws unit, powered up full, and blasting through the windows. Below, Bethany is lit with a single SB900 out on the loading dock. All, as they say, food for thought.


This is a quickie post, due to fatigue, a glass of Merlot, and a looming 3:30 am pickup. What I’m gonna do is do a real wrap up post, some sketches, and a log of my favorite lighting approaches from the week. A few folks had some questions, so I’ll get after it presently. Write again from my usual office, an aisle seat on a Delta jet…..more tk…..

Sina says:

on July 2, 2009 at 11:50 pm

am I the first one? :)

I wish to have a chance coming to your workshop… great concept playing with light and shadow…

Charles Verghese says:

on July 3, 2009 at 4:44 am

Just love the Kent Miller portrait. The other 2 just don’t cut it….for me any way.

However, look forward to your sketches in the next post (as always)


André says:

on July 3, 2009 at 5:26 am

Great posts and photos as usual Joe!

I really love the last one!

Lewis W says:

on July 3, 2009 at 9:34 am

You are on top of your game, my friend. Rest and revitalize. We need you around. Be sure to balance your craft with your art this weekend.

Mark says:

on July 3, 2009 at 10:34 am

Looking forward to the wrap-up. It was a great time when I was there.

Ralph Essinger says:

on July 3, 2009 at 10:34 am

Excellent example of small light doing big light stuff. Thanks for the endless inspiration!

Richard Cave says:

on July 3, 2009 at 12:06 pm

Look forward to the write up Joe and mind your elbows as the trolley comes past. Get some sleep and a quiet flight. Hope the napkins make good writing material,


Luke Townsend says:

on July 3, 2009 at 3:33 pm

wow, sick instantaneous light fall off on the top image. Splendid!

Doug E. says:

on July 3, 2009 at 7:21 pm

Joe, as I wrote on FB, I was blown away by the fast paced energy, TALENT, humor, kindness, boundless creativity and encouragement that you presented at the workshop! Dobbs Ferry 7/1/09 was awesome and my creative drive is re-ignited after a long hiatus! I’m rebuilding gear and gathering equipment. Thank You very much!

To the staff that were directly involved with me – Lynn (you’re awesome!), Linda, Drew and all the amazing, patient, gifted, accommodating and sweet models!

Joe – You Rock! I hope I can find a free spot at another workshop soon. Wanted a spot in DLWS Bar Harbor, but it was full way back. If a spot opens, Lynn – Please contact me!

Now, Joe (Yeah, eternity in a box, but lets put that off for a long time) – Mongo need sleep!!!



François Hogue says:

on July 4, 2009 at 12:48 am

Bonjour Joe,
I already wrote that to your Lynn DelMastro, your great studio manager, but the workshop I followed this last Tuesday is one of my greatest learning experience I had so far.
I really appreciated the hard work and the professionalism of everyone on the set. You really have a great team there. You gave a lot of information and tricks. I appreciated all the respect you had for everyone, what ever were the questions. I don’t think you can have an idea of how much you helped us to improve our photography work.
On my side, I now have a lot of things to try and a lot of practice to do. I had to drive long time to assist to your workshop (600km * 2), but definitly, it did worth the effort. Thanks again.
-François Hogue

Vic Peek says:

on July 4, 2009 at 10:45 am


A lot of us would LOVE you to put these instructional workshops on DVD. I have you books but a DVD with instructions would be great for those of us that cannot make one of your works shops.

Les Doerfler says:

on July 5, 2009 at 10:57 am

Joe…the best thing I can say about my time at your workshop is that like some of my favorite dive trips, I just didn’t want to leave. I started thinking that if I just showed up there every day, after a while you would forget that I didn’t work there.

Surely there must be a shortage of gapped toothed, bald headed grips in Dobbs Ferry.

Thanks again for a great day and for throwing so many creative sparks out there.

Also thanks to Lynn and the rest of your staff for making me feel so welcome there.

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