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Traveling Light to Mexico!

Sep 10

In Seminars & Workshops at 4:31am

This fall, I head to Mexico twice. First stop is San Miguel, an idyllic place to learn about and experience light. Staged by the Santa Fe Photo Workshops, this will be one of those weeks, working on the fly, unencumbered by lots of gear. Beautiful place, beautiful models, shot with small flash. It’s called Traveling Light, Lighting Well, and the dates are Oct. 13-18, 2013, coming up soon.

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Scenes from a Pre-Con

Sep 7

In News, Seminars & Workshops at 11:56am

First off, many thanks to the Kelby clan for inviting me to Vegas to teach at PhotoShop World. It was a hoot of a week. I’ve been doing my own “pre-con,” during the last couple of gatherings of the PhotoShop tribes, and they, too, have been fun, and hopefully, informative.

This one was special, in the sense we had several astonishing performers who regularly appear in Cirque du Soleil shows in LV as our subjects. These supremely gifted artists are a magnet for the camera and the imagination. We also had the amazing Drew Moore, a character actor out of LA, who offered his considerable presence and baleful “tough guy” stare to the proceedings.

In the above, I purposely chose a tough backdrop in bright sun, with a blaring Budget Rental truck in the parking lot. In bright sun, at f16, the truck is especially obnoxious, so I showed the class how to minimize that distraction via the technique of high speed sync flash, with one SB-910, a D4 and a fast 28, shot at 1/8000th at f1.4. With that combo, the truck recedes in importance.

Performers flipped, flew and leaped for us all day long. Much of the arranging was thanks to Adam Silversmith, a Vegas based shooter, who works with the Cirque folks a great deal. Kudos to Adam for lining up spectacular subjects!

We also had a huge assist from Jan Lederman, and Jason Friedman of MacGroup USA, who charged down to Vegas with new developments in flash photography to show the class. On a couple of sets, we used Bowens flash units, which have amazing electronics, and we had a steady light set going with Limelight, the Bowens line of constant light sources. Both sets were hugely popular, and the cast and crew had access to the latest innovations in different styles of lights.

The heavy lifting of building all the sets and the light fell to Cali, and Jon Cospito in our studio, ably supported by my friend and fellow photog, MD Welch, the magnificent madman of Reno. He threw a tank of gas in his truck and bombed down out of the desert (“on the roads it was a white line nightmare”) to help us out. The pix in this blog are courtesy of the aforementioned gentlemen.

Add to the mix the great location of Shine Alternative Fitness in LV, and we had an amazing day. Thanks to all the performers, participants and crew! More tk….

GPP Pops Up in London!

Jul 25

In Seminars & Workshops at 8:14am

Really looking forward to a short, wonderful trip to London this September for the GPP Pop Up with three colleagues I value and respect enormously, Greg Heisler, David Hobby, and Zack Arias. For two days, in a couple of venues, the four of us ping around the compass of shooting, lighting, adapting and surviving in this business. Greg goes high end, and opens up the door to his prodigious noodle and shows you the why and how of the way he imagines light. Zack goes DIY as only he can. I keep it small with just a couple of speed lights and ad hoc live shooting of portrait subjects I find in the audience. And David steps outside the box to talk about taking all the technique and creating an ecosystem for yourself as a photographer that you can manage and thrive in.

Best thing for me, is when I don’t teach, I’m in one of these guys’ classes with a notebook. And another best thing–London is one of the most amazing cites to be in, ever. I went to photo school there for six months, talked my way onto a fishing trawler and put into the North Sea (in November) for a couple weeks, shot a FedEx campaign there, and lived on the Isle of Dogs for National Geographic for 17 weeks. Yep, you guessed it–I’ve logged lots of pub time in England. When I lived in the East End for that stretch, all while London Docklands was being built, my local was the Tooke Arms, where the bartender would simply, without being asked, put a pint of Ruddles on the counter as soon as I walked in.

The way the GPP Pop Up is designed maximizes learning and variety, in short amount of time. Each class is focused, and different from each other. And, did I mention it’s in London? It’s a city I can never get enough of, and of course now, we’ll be there in the wake of the entire UK being gobsmacked by a cuddly new royal. And, I’m dropping this blog now, as a reminder, as you can get an early bird discount on the whole shebang if you act before July 31. So now’s the time to say, as DH mentioned over at Strobist, “Hey honey, summer’s over, tickets are cheaper, the weather’s great, how about London for a week? Oh, and look there’s this thing about photography and it’s only a couple days! Right in downtown! Just a hop, skip and a jump to Harrods!”

London’s calling……more tk…..






From South Africa to Santa Fe to Saint Lucia

Jun 10

In News, Seminars & Workshops, Upcoming Events at 5:07am


Doing a few teaching stints this summer in far flung places. In late June, head for the first time to So. Africa, and do seminars in Capetown and Johannesburg. Really excited. I have been to Africa numerous times, but never to the south, and I’ve alway been told amazing things about the beauty that abounds down there. Here’s a link discussing the trip, and the events. Hats off to Nikon South Africa for doing all the logistics and staging for the events! Read the rest of this entry »

Amazing Africa

Apr 27

In Memories, Seminars & Workshops at 8:50am

Leave on Sunday for Nigeria, and the NIPHEC gathering in Lagos. Really looking forward to returning to Africa, where I have worked many times, but have not been for quite a while. I anticipate many changes, and I look forward to working with amazing colleagues, such as Michael Grecco, Seun Akisanmi, Leke Adenuga, Folake Ojeikere & Shola Animashaun. It’ll be a terrific week, a great place to teach, and to learn. Many, many thanks to the organizer, Seun, who has put heart and soul into this conference. Below, some recollections from my first visit to the astonishing continent of Africa.

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