Common Sense Lighting for Beauty Portraiture

Click here to enroll in the August 25th Introduction Class

Does good studio portrait lighting have to be complex?  Absolutely not!  If you have already accumulated skills with a camera in photographing people, it only requires the additional understanding of a few basic principles combined with a little technical knowledge (really, very little technical knowledge) to create eye-catching images. Are you ready to step up to the plate and learn how to create truly professional portraits?  Then follow me for a moment…

Here’s the breakdown of what you need to know.

  • Why/where do I place the light source?
  • How do I turn on/adjust/connect the d@$!%# thing? (strobe)
  • What gizmo should I attach to it? or not? (umbrella/softbox/grid/bare bulb)
  • The shadows are too dark.  What do I do next? (use a reflector/second light)
  • I’d like a little more interest. Now what?  (Light the background or add a highlight by edge lighting the other side of the subject.)
  • My subject needs to move a little.  Now what? (Easy, two-step answer.  But I’m going to hold this one back for now.  It needs a demo to do it justice. Sorry.)

Really, that’s about it.  And I’m going to explain all of it in my Introduction to Common Sense Lighting, Wednesday, August 3rd, 7:30 PM at Sly Horse Studio, Rockville, MD.  (1 block from Twinbrook Metro)
$30.00 day of/at the door but only $10.00 with advance registration. Click here to do so.

Now, it probably would also be good to know some variations on where to place the lights for different effects and what the principles are of why you would do such a thing.   Knowing what are the better angles from which to photograph a human being might be helpful, too.  (I hate using the word “pose” in this context.  It sounds so cookie-cutter.)  Some information about what to expect in the real world of taking your lights in location would be very good – ounce of prevention, pound of cure, etc.  And it would be really, really good to know a simple explanation for how to set the lighting ratios instead of memorizing f8.0 here and f5.6 there and f*** this and f*** that!  (Oops, got carried away there for a moment.)  And granted, I’m going to be running through the various lighting combinations pretty quickly during the introductory class, so adding it all up, it might take more than two hours to really do the whole subject justice.  Fortunately, I’ve also designed a seven class series to do just that.

So you may want to think of this evening as a chance to sample how I teach.  If you like how I convey photographic knowledge, you can avail yourself of the opportunity to sign up for the seven week class series in which all of the above will be explained in detail and your many questions will be answered, including the ones you didn’t even know you had.  And you’ll have an opportunity in every class to apply what you’ve just learned by photographing professional models under my tutelage.  But only six students will be able to enroll in each series section.  Thursdays, beginning September 15th, the PG-rated version of the series will be conducted for general portraiture; tuition is $487.00.  The glamor/fine art nude series, section 1,  will run on Wednesdays, beginning September 14th.   There is only one place left in this section.   Because of the great demand, I am opening up a second section on Thursday evenings, beginning September 15th The tuition is $577.00.   The content and the models (for the most part are all the same.

I look forward to seeing you on August 25th.  Here’s the sign-up link again.  And if you are really serious, those six new spots are going to disappear just as quickly.  Click here to register for the new Thursday section.  And click here (if you are lucky) to register for one remaining spot on Wednesdays.  I have a money-back, satisfaction guarantee for my classes but I can’t guarantee there will be any spaces left by August 25th.

Thank you for your attention and for forwarding this information to interested friends.

Jim Guzel               (Click here for Jim’s bio)

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2 Responses to Common Sense Lighting for Beauty Portraiture

  1. Hi Jim I will see you on August 3.
    Richard

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