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Just a Wonderful City

Dec 6

In Seminars & Workshops at 9:28am

Guanajuato, Mexico, is simply one of the most terrific places I have ever been. Full of color and street life, and warm hearted to boot. The folks here, Hector Segovia and his staff at PhotoXperience, have done an amazing organizational job at pulling together models, locations and opportunities for the participants. It’s been a wonder to teach here. Read the rest of this entry »

Workshops in Guanajuato, Mexico!

Nov 12

In Seminars & Workshops, Travels at 9:08am

This December, we’ll be hosting a series of workshops and seminars, for the first time ever, in beautiful Guanajuato, Mexico. ┬áThese workshops, known as PhotoXPerience, have been organized by the very talented Leon-based photographer, Hector Segovia (who shot all of these photos), and are sure to be an amazing time.

We’ve been fortunate to build local partnerships with Nikon Mexico, Manfrotto, and yes, even Corona Extra, amongst others. I’ve done a bunch of assignments in Mexico and Central America, working for Nat Geo, Travel and Leisure, and the Mexican Tourist Board, but I have to admit, I’m kind of tickled by the prospect of at least partial sponsorship from a beer company. That’s a first for the studio!

Here’s the basics of what we’ll be doing:

– December 3: We’ll be putting on a full-day seminar at the Guanajuato State Auditorium, demonstrating everything from making the most of one small flash, through multiple light setups.

– December 5 (limited to 15 participants): In this one-day workshop, we’ll be using the beautiful streets of Guanajuato as our backdrop, have dedicated subjects to photograph, and we’ll be working with you to produce great photos throughout the day.

– December 6-7 (limited to 15 participants): In this two-day workshop, you’ll get to dive in deeper, crafting your own photos each day, work with multiple models, and get plenty of feedback along the way.

The combination of the swirl of life on the streets of this wonderful town, the intensity of the colors, and the light of Mexico (occasionally harsh, occasionally beautiful, but always a challenge to work with) will push us as a group to accelerate skills in terms of shaping, tweaking and bending light to our purposes.

For the full scoop on all that we’ll be doing, take a look at the PhotoXperience website. One cool thing that’s been added to the week, as the workshops are filling up, is a day of Photo Safaris, in these wild ass looking Mercedes things called Unimogs. On Dec. 4th, we’ll go out for for four hours at a clip, departing the center of the city for nearby destinations, which will be ready for us with characters and models. Live shoots and demos ensue. These things look like a blast. Again, hit the link above for full blown info. Hector is amazing at getting right back to you on questions, etc.

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Leaving the Islands, Heading North…Lansing and Canada!

Oct 9

In Seminars & Workshops at 8:58am

Always tough to put St. Lucia in the rear view mirror. It’s a beautiful, serene place. Now, home in NY, it’s back to the reality of fall as the pace of the city accelerates, the leaves turn, and I feel like a squirrel on a highway dodging eighteen wheelers with signs on them saying “End of the year ‘s coming!” and, “There’s too much to do!”

But, good memories linger. We had a great class, filled with talent and high spirits, certainly exemplified by the artwork offered by the estimable, hysterical and talented Virginia Pinkston, who created a postcard in honor of the workshop. Yes indeed, TTL flash can be frustrating.

We were hosted as always by the gracious staff of Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain resorts, where chances for lovely pictures grow in abundance, right there on the beaches and in the lush jungles. My heartfelt thanks go out to Nick and Karolin Troubetzkoy, from whose imaginations these places sprung, to the hotel staffs, and of course, Edmund Modeste, who makes everything happen for the workshop.

Also thanks to RC Concepcion, our guest instructor for the week. It was fun watching RC gambol about like a kid in a candy factory. His peerless sense of composition and post-production mastery of HDR were perfectly suited to the sweep and audacity of Jade Mountain.

We made a trip to the Soufrieres Firehouse again, and saw Garvey and his mates. I did a quick demo about creating window light with small flash by using a tri-flash with SB910 units and a Lastolite skylite panel to camera left, which worked out well.

And it’s wonderful and soul soothing for me, always, to photograph one of my favorite people, Claudette Adjodha. A wonderful guitarist and vocalist, she always, for me, has a calm and direct connection to the camera. Shot with a Quadra, fitted with an 59″ indirect Rotilux soft box.

The warmth of the islands will surely fade into the cool of the fall with a trek north to Lansing, Michigan for Friday’s One Light, Two Light tour. Looking forward to once again trying to wring good light, simple and fast, out of a couple of speed lights.

And, then, further north. We go back to Toronto, one of my favorite cities, to join with colleagues and friends for the PPOC convention, Oct. 14 and 15. It’s being held at the Westin, and it’ll be great to back in the north country. More tk….

Back in St. Lucia

Oct 3

In Seminars & Workshops at 12:10pm

Once again, we are in one of the most beautiful places on earth, St. Lucia. We are doing our annual lighting workshop at Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain resorts, where the lush forests of this island meet the sea in a truly wonderful way.

We have a terrific bunch of folks, and we are moving lights and lenses all over the myriad possibilities this place presents.

The kick this year is we have as our guest instructor none other than RC Concepcion of the Kelby Media Group. RC is simply one of the best shooters and teachers around, and he’s also a dear friend. He has found himself in the middle of a place uniquely suited to one of his specialties, HDR photography.

I mean, it’s really a match made in heaven, this place and RC’s formidable skill set. He’s posting like crazy on his site on Google Plus.

We are already planning for next year. It’s tough to resist coming here with a camera in your hands, as I have now for 20 years. More tk…

And our Guest Instructor for St. Lucia is….RC Concepcion!

Jul 9

In Seminars & Workshops at 5:32am

Once again we head to paradise this year, to visit one of my favorite places on earth, St. Lucia. I’ve been going there, to the same place, Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain since 1992. We go back again this year for another five day lighting workshop, which over the years have been extremely popular.

We always bring in a guest instructor for a few hours, late in the week, to show different techniques, and this year we are proud to have none other than RC Concepcion, who is simply one of the most multi-faceted, talented, warm-hearted people in the business. How talented is RC? That itself is a daunting question. He’s an extremely intuitive and versatile shooter, a flat out genius at post-production, an accomplished, best selling author, and, quite simply, one of the best teachers I’ve ever seen. He will teach all that stuff that I can’t, namely, post-production wizardry, and of course, HDR. He is the authority about the technique with his most recent book on HDR having sold like hotcakes since it hit the newsstands. He’s just an amazing shooter and teacher.

So, all week, we do on location lighting in all ways, shapes and forms. Small flash in the jungle, with jungle bikers, exotic hotel rooms and balancing indoor/outdoor exposure situations, sunsets on the beach, location portraiture, and field trips. Late in the week, on Thursday, RC joins us and mixes it up by leading an HDR adventure into the jungle, showing everyone how to shoot this technique, and then, on Friday, he will run the class for the afternoon, taking the images created into Photoshop and working them into final form. I will continue right through the whole week teaching lighting, culminating with our sunset extravaganza on Friday evening with models and fire on the beach. It’s a loaded workshop..location small flash, HDR, post processing, with tons of time in the classroom every day for critiques.

It will be a wonderful week of photography in one of the most beautiful places on earth. For the whole skinny on schedule and availability, hit this link. (After hitting the link scroll down!) Read the summation below, and factor in the “RC effect.”

I’m super excited RC was able to make time to join us this year. As of this writing, though, the lighting workshop is almost full. If you might be thinking about it, hit the links above. The hotel will walk you through the discount room packages (only available to the workshop) and the itinerary. More tk…