Upcoming Workshops

 

           I teach a variety of workshops in a group setting both on location and at a rental studio, and a listing of my upcoming workshops is below. I also teach all of these subjects, and more, on a personal basis to individuals and small groups, who may learn more easily in that type of environment, or who have special needs or techniques they would like to develop more fully.

          To see some of the photos and my comments from past workshops, visit my "Blog" page by clicking on the Blog heading at the top of this page.


Upcoming Workshops: (the next workshop will be on September 9, 2018. See below.)

 

Lighting Techniques for Portraiture - Sunday, September 9th, 2018 - 2 PM to 7 PM - Cost = $125

Location: The Southlawn Studio in Rockville, MD (657 Southlawn Lane, Rockville, MD 20850)

 

          We had a great time last week at my Studio Fashion Photography Workshop! Models Tatjana and Serena were excellent, and guest instructor Beverli Alford added a lot of useful information. I have posted three of my photos from the workshop on my Blog writeup on this website, so see what you missed!

 
          My next workshop is Sunday afternoon, September 9th, starting at 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  The topic is: Lighting Techniques for Portraiture. Portrait photography is so much more than just camera work – it is lighting, posing, backdrops, wardrobe, and relating to your subject to bring out their best. This one-day (5 hours) workshop will review the "standard" portrait lighting setups, and then move on to special lighting techniques to provide exactly the creative look that you want. The standard portrait lighting setups include: 45 degree lighting; short lighting; broad lighting; Rembrandt lighting; butterfly lighting; loop lighting, and split lighting. We will set all of these up and take a few photos of each, to make sure you understand them.
 
         Included will be the placement and use of key lights, fill lights, hair lights and kickers, choice of backgrounds, using color gels (on subject or on background), control of lighting color temperature, shadow control (contrast), and correct metering to provide exact exposure control and to help visualize the effects of your lighting. Plus, who says you have to use a paper or muslin background for portraiture? Any room in your home or anywhere can be used for portraits, and we will take advantage of several special setups in the studio to show how this can be done. Studio flash will be the lighting source, and radio slave units will be provided. Corrective posing/lighting techniques learned will apply to all types of lighting, including outdoors. And all of this is included on my extensive handout. All in all, with this workshop you will get a good overall basic understanding of portrait lighting, and what works best to get the effect you want.

 

         This is a shooting workshop with models provided, and all participants will have the opportunity to shoot each lighting setup. Also, each participant will receive a signed non-commercial model release, allowing them to use any photo they take for their portfoio, website, competition, etc. We will not stop for eating, but you are welcome to snack during the workshop.

 

         As usual, this workshop is limited to 10 participants, and the cost is $125. Sign up with your credit card at the PayPal link right below this section. Or, let me know if you would prefer that I send you an individualized PayPal invoice for the workshop, instead of using the link.

 

          For those of you who like to plan ahead, October 14th will be my following workshop, on Photography of the Ballet. I am hoping to get a dancer from the Washington Ballet to be our dancer for that workshop, but we shall see if that works out or not.

 
[Note: The PayPal widget for signing up for this workshop is below]

 

Photography of the Ballet - Sunday afternoon, October 14th, from 2-7 PM

(Location: At the Southlawn Studio in Rockville, MD)

 

          This 5-hour workshop will include 4 hours of actual shooting with the dancers, plus extensive instruction on the various types of lighting equipment, their use, and setups needed to create stunning dance images. The dancers for this workshop are not scheduled yet, but you can be sure that they both will be excellent dancers and very photogenic as well. As in previous workshops, we will be using a variety of studio flash setups (radio slave units provided) which emphasize their form and posing, so important in dance image composition. We will be working with both classical and contemporary ballet looks. An important aspect of using a studio flash system is both stopping the action and a smaller aperture which provides a greater depth of field.

 

         This is a shooting workshop with models provided, and all participants will have the opportunity to shoot each lighting setup. Also, each participant will receive a signed non-commercial model release, allowing them to use any photo they take for their portfoio, website, competition, etc. We will not stop for eating, but you are welcome to snack during the workshop.

 

          As usual, this workshop is limited to 10 participants, and the cost is $125. Sign up with your credit card at the PayPal link right above this section. Or, let me know if you would prefer that I send you an individualized PayPal invoice for the workshop, instead of using the link. 

 

 

Other Workshops 

 

          I also have implemented something I call "Workshops on Demand", where an individual or small

group may prefer to have a workshop or instruction in a limited situation. These can be tailor-made to

take place at any location or at any time.

 

          Below is a listing of workshops that I have taught at various times.  Most of my workshops will be 5 hours in length and taught on a Sunday afternoon, from 2 PM to 7 PM, although I am available on most days and at most times for "Workshops on Demand" or personal instruction.  I have a substantial knowledge of both Lightroom CC and (especially) Photoshop CC for use in my photography, in order to make my images the very best that they can be, and I am available to teach most aspects of digital image modification as well.

 

          I am also available for talks, short workshops or judging for photography organizations in the Metro DC area (including NoVA and Baltimore), including camera clubs and photography competitions. (And elsewhere with travel and accommodations paid.)

 

          Please contact me directly at don(at)donbeckerphotography.com or by phone at 301-949-0473 (home) to obtain more information. Registration for workshops or other payment is above using your credit card and the PayPal link.

 

     Workshops Available

 

High Key and Low Key Photography: Portraiture, Beauty and Glamour

Photography of the Ballet 

Macro, Copy and Closeup Photography

Studio Fashion Photography 

Dynamic Studio Lighting Techniques

Outdoor Portraiture
Lighting Techniques for Portraiture

Street Photography (Annapolis)

Street Photography (Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, Philadelphia)

Street Photography (Rockville Town Center)

Makeup and Lighting Techiques for Fashion and Beauty

One-Light Portraiture

 

Thank you and I hope to see you in one of my future workshops!

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