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Shooting outdoors with ambient light, reflectors, and flash

  • Jun 1, 2013 · 8:30 AM
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I am setting up an outdoor shoot in El Dorado Hills at the "Town Center". This is a beautiful location to shoot at and there is a ton of interesting locations to shoot at with lots of neat trees, a small lake, and old world type buildings and facades.

This shoot will have two great features. First will be the ability to shoot with a number of different models all around the Town Center and second I will be conducting some "mini-workshops" during the event.

Who should attend:

  • Anyone interested in learning more about shooting outdoors with ambient, reflected, and/or flash
  • Anyone looking to try get new photos for their portfolios, work on their communication skills with their subject, or just practice their general skills and have a good time
  • Open to all skill levels, anyone will be able to benefit from this event


  • 8:30 to 8:55 orientation and introduction to the models
  • 9:00 to 9:20 first mini-workshop on shooting with ambient light and reflectors and diffusers
  • Getting accurate exposure
  • Quality of light
  • Working with the light versus against it
  • Introduction to the different types and sizes of reflectors and diffusers
  • Optimizing the effect of the light modifier
  • 9:20 to 10:20 - Open shoot for all participants
  • 10:30 to 10:50 second mini-workshop on shooting with ambient light and flash
    • Getting accurate exposure for the desired effect
    • Mixing ambient and flash for the desired effect
  • 11:00 to 12:00 - Open shoot for all participants
  • 12:00 to 12:30 Q&A and wrap up

I expect to have at least a 4:1 photographer to model ratio for the event and will have everyone switch models so you get a chance to shoot as many models as possible during the event. When everyone is doing a free shoot I will be available for questions and offer any help you might need.

What to bring:

  • Camera (any camera will work but one with manual exposure is best)
  • Reflectors or diffusers if you have them (I will have some to loan)
  • Built in or dedicated flash (I will have 2 canon strobes)
  • Water and snacks

RSVPs are cut off at Wednesday night (5/29) so I can have enough time to reserve enough models.  Please RSVP right away of you plan to attend so I can plan accordingly.


Some Samples from Last Years workshop:









































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  • Scott

    Have to work otherwise I would.

    May 26, 2013

  • Michael L.

    There doesn't seem to be any interest in this?

    May 24, 2013

  • Laura T.

    Will be out of town. Have fun!

    May 12, 2013

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