Lighting on Location – The Fashion Magazine Cover with George Simian

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Lighting on Location – The Fashion Magazine Cover with George Simian

October 3 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

| $250.00

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Raise your location lighting skills to the next level at this unique hands-on-shooting workshop set at the strikingly modern Petersen Museum


  • Lecture on Zoom: Wednesday September 29th at 7PM
  • Hands-on Shooting Workshop: Sunday October 3rd from 12pm-6pm
  • Review & Critique Session on Zoom: Monday October 4th at 7PM
  • A week after the workshop we will post a group web page, with everyone’s best work, as well as reward the actresses with your images!

Today’s editorial and commercial fashion photography is shot in visually-interesting locations, with charismatic actors performing a story – with strobe lighting creating the drama, and highlighting the subject!!!

Join us at the strikingly-modern Petersen Car Museum, for a unique hands-on-shooting workshop, to raise your location-lighting skills to the next level! We have a special permission to photograph around the Museum’s exterior metal skin, where red metal and mirror steel meet!

We will create magazine-cover-quality images: with many young actresses, in 4 different locations, to give you unique opportunities to produce dramatic new images for your portfolios.

We will use softboxes on Profoto battery-powered strobes: to create excitement and focus attention on the actress, and to separate her from the colorful environment. You will learn to control the quality of the light, balance it with the ambient backlight, and make images where the light sets the mood, creates a style, and evokes emotion.

You should simply bring your camera and favorite lens, backup batteries and memory cards, and we’ll provide the rest (education, actresses, strobes, softboxes, and radio triggers).

Included are two live Zoom sessions: one before (to explain the concepts and techniques) and one after (to address editing and delivering of the images). A week after the workshop we’ll post a group web page, with everyone’s best work, as well as reward the actresses with your images!

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 (

The Petersen Museum is at 6060 Wilshire Blvd, LA, CA 90036 – park in the Museum garage (entrance on Fairfax, just South of Wilshire), or anywhere on the street (small streets off Fairfax and Wilshire)

Safety is a priority. 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 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.

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.


October 3
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Event Category:


Samys Photo School


Petersen Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036 United States
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