The word studio is pretty vague. By definition, it means “an artist’s workroom”. Wherever we see the word photographer, more often than not, we see the word studio. Why? What is it about a studio, this “workroom” that is so important? The answer, like me aspects in photography, is control. More specifically, total and creative control of light. Our images, all of them, are no more than captured light. In the “real world”, outside of the studio, we find ourselves and our photographs, subject to many elements outside of our control, a sunny day or cloudy day, daylight fluorescent bulbs or warm incandescent indoor lighting, the shade of a tree, the shadow of a building, the blinking lights of time square, etc. If we are talking about control, we are very limited, as we do not have the ability to change these conditions. In a studio however, we have total creative control. We decide if there is shade, we decide where the shadows are placed, we decide what our background will look like, we decide if there is wind, we decide where “the sun” is placed. It’s all about control. We decide! In a studio, every last aspect of our photograph is our decision.
Having to make a decision about every aspect of your photograph, while allowing artistic freedom, can also be daunting. Along with this total creative control comes many more decisions however. We now must decide where to put the key light, how much fill light to use, contrast ratios, hair light ,rim light, background lights. Where do you even start? Where do place your lights? How many of them? How much power do you need? How big of a space can you get away with even? What color should the walls be? What about window light? Umbrella or softbox?
Demonstrations will be provided for all topics covered and we’ll be tethered to see the results of various techniques in real time. This will be a hands on workshop and students will be encouraged to participate in using and getting familiar with the techniques and various equipment used throughout the session.
Some topics we will cover include:
- Essential studio equipment - what works and what doesn’t
- Speedlights or monoblock strobes or “pack and head” strobes
- Types of strobes
- Types of modifiers
- How to control window light and ambient light
- Camera settings
- Lighting styles
- Various lighting techniques
- One light lighting
- Three point lighting
- Background lighting
- Rim & hair lighting
- Backgrounds - various designs and how to light them
- Flare, grids, scrims, flags, snoots, reflectors
- High key, low key lighting
- Flat light, open light, dramatic light, beauty lighting, hard lighting, DMV lighting
- Continuous lights vs. strobes - what’s the difference and what to use in which circumstance
Requirements: Bring your camera and external flash if you have one. Bring pen and paper to take notes.
About the Instructor:
Clifford Pickett is professional commercial photographer, event photographer and educator based in NYC. He first picked up a camera while spending a year traveling through Europe after having earned his MBA early. Like many travelers, that passion for seeing and experiencing the world is precisely what ignited the spark for photography. Clifford has spent all of his time since learning how to see and capture the world with the fresh eyes that traveling affords. He hasn't been shooting for 40 years, he hasn't been alive for 40 years. He hasn't been classically trained in the fine arts either. He is entirely self taught, through books, workshops, seminars, DVD's and real life, it is this that perhaps may be his greatest asset, the ability to relate to the amateur photographer. Not having been so far removed, it is this understanding that allows him to help his students see through the cloud of misinformation and confusion and marketing spins to find real answers to questions from those who share the same passion for the world, and need to capture and share it, that he does. Leveraging both the business and photographic skills he has developed while managing a private testing laboratory, he recently is the owner of a photography company specializing in the construction industry and a commercial video production company. His corporate clients include Estée Lauder, Sephora and Clinique.
When & Where
NYC Digital Photography Workshops
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