Portraiture Photography:  Lighting Options and Techniques

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In this intensive hands on workshop, established instructor and photographer David Robertson, will share his tips and techniques for various lighting options in portrait photography at his studio in Davis, CA.


Instructor: David Robertson

Natural light, constant light (LED) and monolight (strobe) will be demonstrated during the workshop.  A model will be provided so that participants will have opportunities to apply the techniques demonstrated during  the workshop. Various soft boxes, flags, silks and reflectors will be used to show  how light sources can be modified to create desired effects.

Topics covered include:   

►Posing the model and model etiquette

►Creating catchlights in eyes

►Traditional single-light techniques: broad; short; butterfly (glamour, paramount); loop; chiarascuro; clamshell; Rembrandt; split; rim (profile); flat; high key and low key

►Balancing ambient and artificial light in outdoor settings

►3-point lighting (key, fill and background lights)

►Explaining and applying the inverse square law that is critical to balancing light between model and surrounding environment
►A  model will be provided for purposes of demonstrating the various lighting techniques ($25 fee)

►Other materials to construct cards

Please note: The workshop fee includes a $25 model fee per person. 


Instructor Bio: David Robertson has been interested in photography since college, where he learned how to develop his own negatives and to print black and white images. His photographs tend to reflect strong graphical elements and simplicity; regardless of subject matter. They have been described by NYC photographer and friend—Jay Maisel—as reflecting solitude, without loneliness. He has previously taught more than a dozen workshops on Lightroom, Photoshop, printing and B&W conversion at Viewpoint and at various photography groups in the Sacramento region. He has been a Lightroom instructor for the Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures in New Mexico, Maine, California and Colorado.  David has also had several solo and group exhibits including a solo exhibit at the Pence Gallery in Davis (January 2008), a group exhibit at Viewpoint (May 2009), and a two-person exhibit in Roseville (May 2010), a two-person exhibit at the Grants Pass Museum of Art in Oregon (October 2011), and a group exhibit in Berlin, Germany (October 2015).  You can learn more about him, and see additional photographs, at his website: dlrobertsonphotography.com.


April 6 2019 8:00 AM   through   5:00 PM
849 Malaga Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
United States
Members $ 165.00
Non-members $ 215.00

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