Portrait Lighting and Posing

  • Feb 2, 2013 · 9:30 AM
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We have a full house for this one and two excellent models!!

I am doing a workshop on the basics of portrait lighting and posing.

I need a minimum of 3 students for the class and a maximum of 6. This will allow us to cover a number of different setups and answer any questions. Once we cover the basics we will do some playing around with the lights and setups. I am bringing in a model for us to shoot as well so this should be a fun session.

This workshop is suitable for any level of photographer and you only need to know how to set your camera to manual and focus it in order to attend.


First hour

- Basics of light (direction, quality, quantity, ...)

- Lighting modifiers (umbrellas, beauty dish, soft box. ...)

- Equipment (strobes, triggers, light meter, ...)

Second two hours

- Shooting with several lighting setups for good portraits and tips on posing

Items I will cover in the workshop:

  • Overview of the equipment and setting it up
  • Tips and suggestions for getting the best light possible
  • Triggering and measuring the light accurately for good exposure
  • Basic posing and subject communication

You should attend this workshop if want to:

  • Learn more about using flash
  • Learn how to get great looking portraits
  • Get an opportunity to use some equipment before you invest your money

Equipment I will be using during the workshop:

  • AlienBee lights (AB400, AB800, AB1600, and Einstein)
  • PocketWizards (PWIII)
  • Sekonic flash meter (L-358)
  • Shooting with a tethered workstation into Lightroom

What I will provide:

  • Water and soda
  • All the lighting equipment
  • Set of lighting cards that outline 16 different lighting setups

What you need to provide:

  • Camera that has a hotshoe and can be set to manual
  • Pocketwizard if you have one (I will have spares)

This is the first model I have confirmed for the workshop:








































This is the second model I have confirmed for the workshop:
















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  • Joel B.

    Thanks for the great workshop John. I really enjoyed it. My first time in a studio environment like this. The models were great too.

    February 4, 2013

  • Leann T.

    So Sorry I couldn't make it.. I was so looking forward to it.. when will the next one be???

    February 3, 2013

  • cmartin72

    Yes. Was a great class, learned a lot about lighting I didn't know. The models were lovely.... Can't wait to see what meetup classes you will he doing in the future. Thanks!!

    1 · February 3, 2013

  • John H.

    We had a great group of students and two great models.

    February 2, 2013

  • John H.


    Thanks for the note. I would love to expand the size of the workshop but due to the fact that it is a hands on workshop. Also the size of the studio with 10 students, an instructor, and 2 models is a bit full. I will likely do it again soon though.


    January 27, 2013

    • Bryan

      Thanks John. :) I will be looking forward to the next one. Hoping I won't miss this one too. :/

      1 · January 27, 2013

  • Bryan

    Hi John, this workshop is so awesome! Any chance you would be willing to increase the capacity to, say, 5 more more people? :-P If not, will you do another one soon?

    January 27, 2013

  • John H.

    I added so photos of our second model for the workshop.

    January 14, 2013

  • Juju H.

    i'm hoping to make it to this one, but not sure yet. will rsvp when i know for sure.

    January 9, 2013

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