Controlling Natural Light for Better Portraits

A free photography workshop titled “Controlling Natural Light for Better Portraits” will be held Saturday, July 28, from 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. in downtown Denver. The workshop is for intermediate level photographers who want to learn to make better pictures of people by using reflectors, continuous lights and on-camera flash. The workshop will be taught by Denver corporate photographer Dennis Ray Davis, recently of Los Angeles. His photography website www.DennisDavisPhotography.com displays portraits shot for companies like Google, Hewlett Packard, Columbus Life, Wells Fargo and FedEx.


The workshop will be held at The Block Building, 2990 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80205, and outdoors in Curtis Park two blocks from The Block Building. The workshop will cover how to control and redirect light from the sun, continuous indoor lights and flash with reflectors, as well as well as exposure and composition tips. Local Denver fashion models will be available as portrait subjects throughout the workshop.


Workshop attendees should bring a digital camera with interchangeable lenses, and a reflector if they have one. A shiny silver or white poster board from a drug store makes an excellent reflector. Plenty of free street parking is available on Saturdays at the workshop location. Seating is limited to the first 60 attendees. The workshop is sponsored by LAF Downtown, a Christian fellowship promoting the arts in Denver.

 

Your Host for this Meetup is Dennis Davis [masked] or email [masked] please contact him with your questions.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome that someone is willing to take time out of their day to help others.

    August 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Expecting intermediate to advanced techniques...not entry level. Recommend for newbies only. Light meters should have been mentioned/employed and demonstrated to take correct readings and apply them to exposure settings; outdoor compositions using sunlight, fill light, off-camera, etc.

    We spent way too much time inside reviewing basic info in an uncomfortable environment. Dennis should have had a wireless or tethered system to display images to the group vs. showing us the LCD screen back of his camera...

    The female model was a great subject...her name wasn't known to the event host.

    July 30, 2012

  • Eric

    IANA (I Am Not an Attorney), but my understanding is that a release is not needed for things like posting images to Flickr and blogs (or this site's photo gallery), but required to make commercial use of any photographs.

    July 30, 2012

  • Anna

    Too many people taking images of the models so not enough time. We were told to bring all the gear but there was no reason for that. It would have been great if we had more one on one time with a model. For me honestly, it was more common sense and beginner stuff. Thanks anyway.

    July 29, 2012

  • Anna

    Did anyone get model releases for the models that were there? Because if not I worry about posting any images to the internet.

    July 29, 2012

  • Diane M.

    Dennis gave alot of good information that will be very useful for me. I would have liked to have fewer people in the group. Too many taking photos at the same time. Hard to get a good spot to take photos.

    July 29, 2012

  • Gwen P.

    I was able to see how reflectors are used in adding light to your suject. Dennis was very informative. Wished more models showed up so we could have broke into smaller groups and shot more angles.

    July 29, 2012

  • John N

    I did really enjoy the info shared about engaging your subject. That was valuable. I have seen all the other info over the years...

    July 29, 2012

  • John H.

    Excellent! Lots of opportunities for hands on learning. Dennis gave a wealth of information on natural light. Great structure - setting up indoors with models and the opportunity to take pictures and then move forward to outside in a real life setting. Dennis' examples were spot on!

    July 29, 2012

  • stan

    very relaxed and informative.......would have paid for, but glad was free

    July 29, 2012

  • Kenny

    Great presentation by Dennis Ray Davis. Thank you Dennis! I thought the venue was great as well even though it was a little warm inside;- )

    July 29, 2012

  • Bob K.

    Excellent !! Well organized, picked up many tips for better photography. Models were engaging and friendly. Enjoyable afternoon all around.

    July 29, 2012

  • Eric

    Excellent Meetup -- I'd never shot models before, so this was the best part for me (how to give direction, etc.).

    July 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    WOW a great class!! WE need more of these! Thank you very very much!

    Anna Carbone

    July 28, 2012

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