Dancing in the Warehouse with George Simian

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Dancing in the Warehouse with George Simian

May 23 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm


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Photograph dancers in a weathered warehouse, honing your timing and lighting skills to the next level and create publication worthy images!


  • Lecture on Zoom: Thursday May 20th at 7PM
  • Hands-on Shooting Workshop: Sunday May 23rd from 12pm-6pm
  • Review & Critique Session on Zoom: Monday May 24th at 7PM
  • A week after the workshop we will post a group web page, with everyone’s best work, as well as reward the dancers with your images!

In this hands-on shooting workshop you will create excitement and focus the attention on the dancer, with light! To highlight the dancer, you’ll light her with a large strobe, while using ambient light for the background. To control the quality of the light, you will use soft boxes and reflectors, placing the highlights and modifying the amount of detail in the shadows, to achieve a dramatic image. You will learn to balance the strobe’s intensity with the brightness of the ambient light. After light, color will be the other tool you’ll use intentionally – you’ll use color gels and a custom white balance, to differentiate and separate her from the background.

More challenging will be capturing the peak moment, and composing it into an exciting graphic arrangement. Through observation and practice you’ll perfect your capture of the decisive moment in the dancer’s movement, when the gesture and body shape are at their peak – and freeze it with strobe lighting!

Working in small groups, you’ll move to four different locations in the warehouse, and meet new dancers in each spot. Just bring your camera, a normal or short telephoto lens, extra cards and batteries – we’ll provide everything else (the instruction, the dancers, the lights, the reflectors, and the triggers!)

Instructor Bio: George is an ex-East-Coast-based advertising photographer, with over 30 years’ experience of providing services to Corporate and Editorial clients. Projects have included providing photography for annual reports, advertising and marketing materials, and magazine features shot on locations around the world. A life-long advocate for photographers’ rights, he has served on both the national and the LA board of directors of the American Photographic Artists and currently leads the Los Angeles Digital Imaging Group. George is also a photography educator who has taught at UCLA Extension (2007 Instructor of the Year), Samy’s Camera, and one-on-one. Every summer George leads travel photography workshops in Bali, Indonesia. In August 2011 George was recognized as one of the 13 Best Workshop Instructors, nationwide, by PDN Magazine, the Bible of the commercial photography industry. In July 2018 Digital Photo Pro Magazine profiled him and his specialized lighting of dancers and acrobats, in a feature article that can be read here (https://www.digitalphotopro.com/profiles/the-art-of-movement)

Safety is a priority. In accordance with state and local public health organizations, Samy’s Photo School is following all COVID-19 related protocols.  We will take your temperature when checking in, and you’ll wear a mask the entire time you’re in the warehouse. You will be required to sign a waiver to participate in this in-person event. All participants will be asked to maintain social distancing protocols of 6 feet from anyone not in their household.  Face coverings are mandatory for all.  The class size for this event has been limited to further minimize the risks associated with COVID-19.  Please do not attend this class if you are experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19 including fever of 100.4 or higher, cough, shortness of breath, loss of sense of taste/smell, fatigue, diarrhea, muscle aches and headache.

Please eat before coming, and bring your own water – there are no stores of any sort, in an industrial area.

By registering for this workshop, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions.  Click here to view our Terms and Conditions. You will be required to sign a waiver in order to attend the hands-on workshop.


May 23
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Samys Photo School


NYLA Warehouse
3212 North Alameda Street
Compton, CA 90222 United States
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