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Introduction to Lighting: Speedlights with George Simian – PAS

January 25 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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After mastering photographing in available light, the next challenge for photographers is to create their own ideal light – with off-camera flash. Moving a simple speedlight away from the camera allows one to shape the direction of the light falling on the subject, to change it’s softness or hardness, to separate the subject from the background, and to create dramatic yet realistic lighting. You will make images that look like beautiful natural light, not “flash!”

In this workshop you will lose your fear of flash, and gain the confidence to direct its light, manually control its power, and use simple light modifiers! You will build your understanding of basic lighting concepts and practice your new skills, while making portraits of young actresses. You’ll make images that look like beautiful natural light, not “flash!”

We will provide you with the flash and the remote radio trigger, as well as the reflector and diffuser to modify its light – all you need to bring is your camera, a slightly longer-than-normal focal length, and a hungry mind!

We will start with an extensive demonstration and explanation of 4 different lighting scenarios, after which you’ll split into teams, and rotate through all four scenarios, photographing a different actress in each! At the end of the shoot, we’ll review the experience and answer your questions. A week after the class, you will send us your best shots, for a class web page, as well as to share with the actresses. Snacks and drinks will be available… but this will be a very intense practice, to become proficient in this new skill of lighting with flash!


Samy’s Camera Pasadena
1759 E. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91106 United States
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