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Introduction to Lighting: Professional Strobe Lights with George Simian – Pasadena
March 1 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The best light is one that shapes the subject, adds drama and depth to the image, and has beautiful color! While we do occasionally encounter such light in nature, professional photographers choose to create it with strobes, in order to deliver the optimum light in every situation, indoor or outdoor, day or night.
In this seminar George will demonstrate both the concepts and the practical strategies for replicating natural light with strobe: sunlight, shade, window-light, restaurant-candle light. A model will be provided.
Starting with just one strobe light, George will photograph an actress and vary the quality (soft vs. hard), the direction (front, side, back), and the contrast of the light (the difference between the highlights and the shadows). The strobe light has a wide power range, to allow a wide variety of exposure levels, for the ideal effect in each setup. The impression of a believable natural light will be created with one strobe, then with two, as well as the help of reflectors and diffusers! George will demonstrate how to direct the talent, for a most engaging and authentic portrait. All your questions will be addressed and solutions demonstrated.
After the class you’ll receive the demo images, with a documentation of each setup. You will come away with the understanding and the confidence to rent professional strobes from Samy’s, and make beautiful light on your next photo shoot!
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)
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