Lighting Workshop for Nikon & Canon Speedlights

Taught by Darrell Pierson and Art Ballah

Saturday, May 19, 2012
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Lone Tree Civic Center
8527 Lone Tree Parkway
Lone Tree, Colorado 80124

Light can make or break your well-thought out image.  Learning how to capture the light in a photography is the most important thing you need to know in photography.  It doesn’t matter if you are trying to photograph your kids or a professional model, you must understand lighting!

This workshop is a day long intensive, beginning with lecture and demonstrations using both Canon and Nikon Speedlights.  The instructors are bringing four models to use as subjects.  They will also have props and students are also encouraged to bring their own props.  The afternoon will be filled with hands on action while students practice what they learn being advised by the instructors.  There’s no better way to learn about lighting than in a friendly open workshop environment.

Bring your own gear, don’t bother to buy anything new!  You will learn the nuances of working that Speedlight to its best advantage.

Read more…

Lighting Workshop

Lighting Workshop

Taught by

Darrell Pierson (Bio)
Art Ballah (Bio)

Saturday, May 19, 2012
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Lone Tree Civic Center
8527 Lone Tree Parkway
Lone Tree, Colorado 80124

Light can make or break your well-thought out image. Learning how to capture the light in a photography is the most important thing you need to know in photography. It doesn’t matter if you are trying to photograph your kids or a professional model, you must understand lighting if you want to create a remarkable image.

This workshop is a day long intensive, beginning with lecture and demonstrations using both Canon and Nikon Speedlights. The instructors are bringing four models to use as subjects. They will also have props and students are also encouraged to bring their own props. The afternoon will be filled with hands on action while students practice what they learn being advised by the instructors. There’s no better way to learn about lighting than in a friendly open workshop environment.

Bring your own gear, don’t bother to buy anything new! You will learn the nuances of working that Speedlight to its best advantage.

Some Highlights:

  • Discussion of techniques and equipment (Nikon and Canon)
  • Light sources – ambient, studio flash principals of operation & exposure determination
  • Light modifiers
  • Characteristics of Light – Point vs. Broad Source, Hard vs. Soft
  • Modeling Light Demonstrations

Objective:
Upon completion of the Workshop, participants will have the skills and knowledge to select appropriate equipment and techniques for supplemental lighting of a particular photographic subject.

Workshop Scope and Focus:
The Workshop will consist of lecture, demonstration and hands on practice of both on and off camera flash. Ambient lighting techniques and the use of non-flash lighting will not be covered. The focus will be on the use of small external flash units (speedlites). Note: Developing expertise in all aspects of supplemental lighting requires experimentation, practice, and experience in dealing with various photographic venues and is beyond the scope of a one day workshop. However, an anticipated outcome is for participants to apply the nowledge learned in the workshop to their own practice and experimental sessions and take their supplemental lighting expertise to a higher level.

Target audience:
Intermediate and Advanced amateurs seeking to go beyond “automatic” on camera flash.
Prerequisites – Participants should know:
1. Basic camera operation including:
Controlling depth of field. The basics of exposure (ISO, aperture, shutter speed). How to use time and aperture priority, manual exposure and how to meter for. Use of exposure compensation settings. Knowledge of camera’s custom settings is helpful.

2. Basic speedlight operation.
3. Basic physics of light (inverse square law, color temperature).
4. Basics of composition.
5. Equipment – participants are expected to bring their own digital camera, speedlight(s), charged/spare batteries, and manuals for above. Also, they should bring any equipment they would normally take on a photo shoot; especially reflectors, additional speedlights, other light modifiers, cables, etc. Note: in workshops equipment tends to get comingled, but your name on anything you want to get back. Speedlight configuration and settings covered will be specific to both Canon and Nikon users.
Topics Covered – Equipment
  • Speedlights and studio flash – principals of operation. Exposure determination: manual, TTL, ETTL II
  • Description and use of light modifiers (reflective and shoot through).
  • Characteristics of battery types.
    Alkaline
    Nickel-Cadmium (NiCad)
    Lithium
    Nickel metal hydride (NiMH)
    Use of external battery packs
  • Remote (off camera) triggering characteristics – manual and ETTL.
    Corded
    IR
    Optical Slave (manual only)
    Radio
  • Nikon specific use and settings (Darrell Pierson).
  • Canon specific use and settings (Art Ballah)
Topics Covered – Techniques
  • Location assessment – evaluation of existing light, physical conditions (space, characteristics of walls, ceilings, etc.). Location setting – home, office, event, indoor/outdoor, etc.. Purpose – executive portrait, family album, competition image, still life, etc..
  • Setup – the location assessment will determine the setup; e.g. single/multiple lights, use of bounce and light modifiers.
  • Exposure – ETTL or Manual. Discussion of the pros and cons of each.
  • Color balance and use of gels.

Space is limited to first 25 paid sign-ups

Cost:
Lone Tree Photography Club Member $55.00
Non-Member $65.00
Special “Become a Member of the Club for the balance of the year” & Workshop $75.00
Or Give Check to Don Casper, Kristal Kraft or Cheryl Finley at LTPC
Not planning to attend a meeting? You can also mail a check made out to The Lone Tree Photo Club to:
Lone Tree Photo Club
c/o Cheryl Finley
10559 Jewelberry Trail
Highlands Ranch, CO 80130

Studio Lighting Class by Cliff Lawson

Professional photographer and teacher, Cliff Lawson offers a 3-hour class on Studio Lighting.  He requires a minimum of 6-students, at $79 a person.  Several at the club tonight indicated interest in taking this class.

John Jakobsen took a class from Cliff and was duly impressed.

If we can get the minimum, I will schedule an evening with Cliff.

Fill out the form if you are interested.  Assuming we have enough interest, you will be contacted with further details.

Intermediate Photoshop/Elements Class

Colorado Council of Camera Clubs will be presenting a full day of Photoshop/Elements class.

The class covers – Working with Original Images, Basics/Housekeeping, Layers, Masks, Selections, Tone & Color Adjustments, Curves & Levels, Burning & Dodging, and Output for Print/Web  and Resizing Images.

To sign up for this class, contact our club representative John Jakobsen at johnviking2@msn.com

Saturday, October 29th
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Epiphany Lutheran Church 790 S. Corona
Denver, Colorado

$10.00 for Members of Council Member Clubs
$20.00 for non-members

Space is limited to the first 35 who pay.

Bring your laptop! 

Digital Printing Seminar Presented by Author & Nature Photographer Nat Coalson

Author and Nature Photographer Nat CoalsonGreat photographs aren’t truly finished until they’re printed. For generations of photographers, the final print has been the culmination of the creative process and the ultimate expression of the artist. And in our age of digital photography and imaging, everyone can make make prints of their photographs easily and inexpensively.

Unfortunately, many photographers don’t make prints of their photos because they lack knowledge or confidence. Have you resisted printing your work because you don’t know where to start, had prints made by a lab and been disappointed with inferior results, or tried doing it yourself only to find it a frustrating waste of time and money?

Join us for a special presentation by photographer, master printer and Adobe Certified Expert Nat Coalson, who will demystify the process of digital printing and give you the knowledge and confidence to print your work like a pro. Whether you work with a print lab or make your own prints, this three-hour seminar will give you the information you need to get exceptional results.

Nat will demonstrate the state-of-the-art in fine art inkjet printing systems with the brand new Epson Stylus Pro 4900, one of Epson’s latest generation of printers capable of incredible detail, accurate, vibrant color and gorgeous black and white prints, too. You will also see demonstrations of color management solutions from X-Rite, including the ColorMunki.

Nat Coalson Demonstrates how to print fabulous images on the Epson 4900You’ll learn all about the modern digital printing workflow, including:
– Correctly calibrating your display
– Using ICC profiles
– Choosing the best paper for each image
– Soft proofing
– Printing from Lightroom and Photoshop
– Making black-and-white prints from color originals
– Preparing files for printing at a lab
– Archival considerations
– Coating, laminating, handling and storing prints
… and more!

For additional information visit Photographer & Author Nat Coalson’s Blog

This seminar is sponsored by Lone Tree Photo Club and Digital2You.cc and being offered exclusively to members of Denver area camera clubs. Space is extremely limited and advance registration is required. The cost of the seminar is only $49 per person. Regardless of the kinds of photography you do, if you’re ready to take your work to the next  level and start producing beautiful prints, you owe it to yourself to attend this seminar!

HDR Workshop ~ by Council

Council will be holding a workshop on High Dynamic Range Imaging (HDRI). While the name “High Dynamic Range Imaging” may sound complicated, at the photographer’s level, it’s not very complex. All that’s needed are a scene with a wide amount of light intensity, a tripod and a digital camera. While the best results will be obtained by capturing RAW images, cameras that can only capture in JPG format can be used to get good results.

The first classroom session will be on Feb. 11 from 7 p.m. to about 9 p.m. and will tell the participants how to take photos for HDRI and present the options for post-processing. There will be field trips that will be announced at the first classroom session. The field trips will include both indoors shoots and outdoors shoots. The second classroom session will be on Mar. 12 from 9 a.m. to about 4 p.m. where the instructors will help the participants process their images.

The cost for photographers who are members of clubs in Council is $10. For those who are not members of Council’s clubs the cost is $20. To register, send an e-mail to your club’s Council Rep with the subject “HDR Workshop”.

Workshop with Jeff Johnson

The Lone Tree Photography Club is proud to sponsor a full day workshop with Jeff Johnson on January 8th at the Lone Tree Civic Center. Please see the attached for full details, workshop outline, registration, etc.

A full day hands-on workshop with Colorado fine art photographer Jeff Johnson, will be offered Saturday, January 8th from 9a – 5p at the LoneTree Civic Center. “Images From The Soul” is an opportunity for you to learn how Jeff creates his unique signature fine art pieces. The morning session offers a before and after presentation of Jeff’s images plus an Interview of how he creates his images from pre-visualization in the field to hanging a completed image in a gallery and all the steps in between. You can enjoy Jeff’s work at www.soulimagesgallery.com.

In the afternoon you will have a hands-on opportunity to work on your own images with tips and techniques from Jeff including adjustment layering and masking, plug-in tricks with NIK and Topaz Software and other Photoshop and Lightroom techniques. So bring your computer, lots of your favorite images and an open mind, as Jeff will help you enhance your style of fine art photography.

This amazing opportunity is limited to 30 attendees and is only $75 for the entire day. Attendees will also receive a certificate for a FREE 16×20 print from Nichols Photo Lab in Salt Lake City, UT. one of Jeff’s generous sponsors. So, don’t hesitate, as this event is sure to fill up.

You can register by visiting www.soulroadtrips.com and go to the “Lone Tree Camera Club Special Event” link.

John Jakobsen
LTPC