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The Lighting Asylum is coming!

So what is the Lighting Asylum? The Lighting Asylum is a year and a half long project ending in one fantastic video! If you want to really understand portrait flash photography then you need to watch the Lighting Asylum… Portrait photography is a blast, so why is every portrait “how to” video so depressingly boring? It doesn’t have to be that way. If you have been looking for a portrait lighting DVD that is...

Another great retro/pinup workshop!

What a great time we had on December 3rd at the Hiedrick Ag Center in Woodland, CA. 35 photographers and 24 models as well as a large supporting cast made up this fantastic day of portrait photography. Be sure to keep checking back as we plan or next great adventure! Thank you to everyone for making the workshop such a success, enjoy a few snapshots from the...

Shooting for Composites

We finished our first workshop where we took advantage of Halloween and everyone’s love of costumes and shot photos with the idea of compositing them in Photoshop. The steps where very simple: lock down the cameras on tripods and photograph individually the items we wanted in the photos with the idea that we can just layer our shots and mask out what we wanted to keep or lose. Compositions not your thing? Why...

Summer Blowout Re-cap

Sometimes you get to photograph in a location that is too easy! We spent the day with a dozen photographers and more than a dozen models and a beautiful mansion outside of Auburn, CA. This place was amazing, professional putting greens, boccie ball court, a pool like no other and a view to die for! Enjoy a few highlights from the...

Lighting Boot Camp!!!

Another great boot camp in the books! We started the day by writing down my boot camp mantra: “F-stop controls the light on our subject, shutter speed controls the ambient light”, we finished the day setting our f-stops to adjust the flash falling on our models and setting our shutter speeds to adjust the ambient light! We stopped fearing our flashes, high ISO and mostly ourselves which provided each of...

End of Summer Blowout

I don’t know about you but this summer just flew by! Next week the kids are back in school, the pool water is cooling off at night and fall is just around the corner. We want to invite you to our first ever “End of Summer blowout”! On Sunday August 28th from 2:00 pm until sunset. Imagine a fun filled afternoon of shooting models at a beautiful private home complete with giant natural looking swimming pool...

Napa Valley Landscape/Winery Workshop

Believe it or not we are never just all about portraits! Join us on Saturday May 21st, 2011 for or third annual Napa Valley landscape and winery workshop just one day before the big portrait workshop in St. Helena. We will begin the day by meeting early to catch the rising sun over the valley at one of our favorite spots for early morning photos of Napa Valley. We will then venture on to both private and public...

Ranch/Wedding/Portrait themed workshop

Wow! What an awesome workshop we had at the Ponderosa Ridge Ranch!! We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful landscape and picturesque spot–complete with a huge barn, pretty white carriage, horses, trees and flowers all in bloom…it was absolutely gorgeous! We had over 75 people attend, and more than 33 photographers all ready to photograph our gorgeous models! All 18 of our models did a...

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