Lighting on Location: The Action Fashion Portrait

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Lighting on Location: The Action Fashion Portrait

January 22 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm


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In this hands-on workshop, you will have access to 7 whimsical sets & models to create striking images for your portfolios and social media!

Fashion photography has moved out of the white studio and away from stylized artificial poses, towards shooting real people in fun environments and in action. To give still images more energy, the strategy is to have the subjects in movement and the camera as a close-up participant, using wide-angle lenses – with strobe lighting to set the mood, create a style, and evoke emotion!

What makes this workshop special is a space with 7 different whimsical sets and dancers as models. An opportunity to create striking new images for your portfolios and social media!

We will provide professional strobe lighting equipment, and use different light modifiers, to create excitement and focus the attention on the dancer, to separate and highlight her, and to render a colorful environment. We’ll teach you how to balance the Main and Fill lights to achieve beautiful believable light. We will encourage you to use wide-angle lenses to explore striking perspectives and create the sense of the camera joining in the action.

We will start with a live demonstration of techniques for lighting and for directing subjects – before breaking into four small teams and starting to shoot – changing locations and models every hour, to create dozens of completely unique exciting images!

Simply bring your camera, your favorite wide-angle lens, backup batteries and memory cards – and we’ll provide the rest (education, models, strobes, modifiers, and grip)!

Included are two Zoom sessions: one before the shoot on January 19th at 7pm Pacific Time to explain the concepts and techniques and one after on January 23rd at 7pm Pacific Time to address editing and delivering of the images.

*As a condition of enrollment in this course, all students shall provide the photos they take during the workshop to our actresses/models.  This allows us the keep the workshop fee low and not require students to pay an extra actress/model fee.

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 (

In accordance with state and local public health organizations, Samy’s Photo School is following all COVID-19 related protocols. Please do not attend this class if you have experienced any symptoms related to COVID-19 over the past 24 hours. Please do not attend this class if you recently tested positive for COVID-19.

By registering for this workshop, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions. Click here to view our Terms and Conditions. Refunds request must be made in writing at least 30 days prior to the event.


January 22
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Los Angeles, CA 90015 United States
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