Lightpainting on a shoestring budget: Workshop

Our favorite ten minutes of shooting on a wedding day is what our clients hire us for. We know it the moment it happens: We chimp, then smile or celebrate with a Grand Fist Pump. Like diamonds, photographers must thrive under pressure to to create the images we love to share.

But how do we optimize this time? How can we learn to produce consistent results that speak to our creativity, regardless of constraints? How do you create important ‘art’ in such a short time and where does this creativity come from? 

I plan to discuss my specific answers to these questions on September 8, 2010 at the Blake Street Tavern in Denver, 6:30pm-dark. Be there, or be square.

What’s this gonna be about?
I plan to discuss how I create my favorite wedding portraits, which might involve inspiration from Pixar movies, MacGyver, and dreaded art history classes. I promise I won’t bore you with how my fine-art background influences a typical wedding day, but I will share how I specifically shoot and direct to get the images I want. I plan to cover the importance of being an artist in a saturated market and the role it plays in differentiating a wedding photography brand.

We’ll cover how to be as efficient and creative as possible on each shoot using non-traditional lighting tools and what works and what doesn’t with light-painting. We’ll cover the simple tools required to pull-off dynamic lighting tricks that will leave your clients astounded. After understanding the philosophy and approach to light-painting, we’ll cover nuts-and-bolts “learn-by-doing” opportunities that can extend your shooting into the night, illuminated by halogen flash lights, mini-LED keychain lights, Speedlights, blended with strobes. This workshop is intended for photographers who love seeing a magician reveal secrets.

What level photographer does this apply to? 
Middle Level & Seasoned Photographers either part-time or full-time.

What’s the cost?
Nothing. And you don’t need to be a Pictage member even though this is a Denver Pictage PUG meeting. Show up with a great attitude and be willing to have fun.

Why are you doing this?
Sharing and helping others has always been something I find great joy in. I’ve pitched a similar workshop proposal to share at Pictage’s PartnerCon 2010 in New Orleans. While I haven’t got confirmation on anything, I am planning on preparing as best as possible. This is my opportunity to practice and your feedback is greatly appreciated.

In the wedding photography industry, there’s no such thing as keeping secrets. There’s just things we haven’t learned yet. One of the reasons I love the wedding photography industry is abundance of opportunities for sharing knowledge with others… even with our ‘competitors.’

I’d like to thank Jensen Sutta for inviting me to host the Pictage PUG meeting. I’m stoked.

What will I walk away with?
I plan to share some of a few of my tips & tricks from my signature style and will demonstrate how I creates portraits with easy-to-deploy lighting tactics which require no assistants and can be done anywhere, anytime with meager equipment costs. Attendees will learn how to do more with less which helps to differentiate a photography brand and prevent photographer burn-out. The goal of this shooting workshop is to demonstrate how to produce signature-style results in challenging lighting situations.

A picture’s worth 1,000 words. Care to share?
Here’s an image taken last at Shireen & Robert’s mountain top Aspen wedding last weekend. Nikon D-700 at 15mm, 30 sec at f/16, ISO 100. Four different light sources were used to create this image, and while the exposure was 30 seconds, all I needed was 15 seconds of the bride & groom’s time (Figure that one out). wpid-lightpainting_bride_groom_2-2010-08-10-21-441.jpg

10 Responses to “Lightpainting on a shoestring budget: Workshop”

  1. Katie — August 10, 2010 @ 10:30 pm (#)

    Count me in 🙂

  2. Natalie Randall — August 14, 2010 @ 5:34 pm (#)

    I would love to attend.

  3. Lola Mansurov — August 15, 2010 @ 2:47 pm (#)

    We are in! That is in 2 of us 🙂

  4. Autumn Cutaia — August 23, 2010 @ 2:26 pm (#)

    I’m pretty new to this world but can’t miss a lesson from a professional so I will be attending 😀

  5. Jules Bianchi — September 7, 2010 @ 10:39 am (#)

    RJ!! I wanna learn how to do this! You will have a packed house, I’m sure. Wish I could go.

  6. Kay Beaton — September 7, 2010 @ 6:08 pm (#)

    SWEET! I love that photo!

  7. Maria Mitchell — September 8, 2010 @ 9:17 am (#)

    Count me in. I’m excited!!

  8. Bryan Chick — September 8, 2010 @ 10:58 am (#)

    We will be there. So excited!

  9. Autumn Cutaia — September 24, 2010 @ 9:43 am (#)

    Hey there… I was pretty ill when this workshop took place. I almost still made it in but I didn’t want to get everyone else sick. If there’s any way you do another workshop like this then please let me know. I was wanting to go to that one more than you know :-/

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