Lighting on Location: The Fashion Magazine Cover with George Simian

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Lighting on Location: The Fashion Magazine Cover with George Simian

January 30 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

| $249.00

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In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to create dramatic magazine-cover-worthy images.

Today’s editorial fashion magazine cover is shot in visually-interesting locations, with charismatic actors or models enacting a story.  Strobe lighting is the key element for creating the drama necessary for the appropriate mood. Join us in a special-event space in Pasadena, to create magazine-cover-worthy images!

Join us in a special-event space in Pasadena, to create magazine-cover-worthy images: with many actresses, in 4 different rooms: giving you unique opportunities to produce dramatic new images for your portfolios.

You will create striking fashion portraits, with professional strobe lighting equipment. You will use an array of light modifiers on Profoto strobes, to create excitement and focus the attention on the actress, to separate and highlight her, and to render a colorful environment. You will learn to control the quality of the light, set a custom camera White Balance to match gels on the strobes, balance the strobe with the ambient lighting, and make images where the light sets the mood, creates a style, and evokes emotion.

This will be the most advanced fashion lighting workshop we offer. Working in small teams, changing locations and models every hour, you will create dozens of completely unique dramatic images.

Simply bring your camera, your favorite lens (normal to short telephoto) backup batteries and memory cards – and we’ll provide the rest (education, strobes, LED lights, gels, grip).

Included are two Zoom sessions: one before (to explain the concepts and techniques) and one after (to address editing and delivering of the images). The lecture before the hands-on shoot is on Thursday January 27th at 7pm. The review session is on Monday January 31st at 7pm. Both are on Zoom.

A week after the workshop, we’ll post a group web page, with everyone’s best work. A requirement of the workshop is for students to provide the actresses with photos taken at the workshop.

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 ( and location directions: Noor is located upstairs in the Paseo Colorado mall.  Please park in the Paseo Colorado Parking (west of the mall) entrances on South Marengo, East Green, and Arroyo Parkway.  There is a walkway to Noor on the roof level. *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.

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 including fever of 100.4 or higher, cough, shortness of breath, loss of sense of taste/smell, fatigue, diarrhea, muscle aches and headache. Please do not attend this class if you have had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days. Face coverings are mandatory for all who attend.

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January 30
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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NOOR Event Space
300 E. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
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