FREE! Meet & Critique | Topic: Introduction to Working in a Studio

This is a new meetup and is geared toward improving your photography with honest, constructive criticism, while enjoying a night at the studio with fellow photographers. Each forum will start with a brief 30 minute lecture and discussion of one photographic topic in addition to the critique section. This topic will be about the ins and outs of shooting in a professional photography studio. You can expect to learn:

  • How to setup your lights using booms, c-stands, sandbags and more.
  • Where to find all the appropriate gear in the studio.
  • The difference between mono lights and power packs.
  • How to get more than just a pretty white background.

We will have open discussion and open Q&A on this topic before moving on to critiques.

After this- participants will have a chance to get their work critiqued by professional photographers Rob Andrew, Thierry Denis, and/or Jason Kirby. Peer input will also be given. This is a very fast way to learn the ins and outs of what makes a good photo.

We are limiting the group to 40 people and names of select, {brave} attendees will be drawn from a hat to have their work critiqued. You will need to provide a website link, flash drive, or Flickr account etc. for us to look through and critique on the fly. Please limit to 5-15 of your best images only, preferably from one session, but it is up to you on what you want critiqued. We will draw at least 6-10 names, possibly more, spending 5-15 minutes per person. Not all attendees are required to enter their name for critique, spectators are welcome as well. If you don't get critiqued during class we will follow up with an online critique. We are experimenting with a low cost, two hour format but will consider staying late to get some additional critiques in for those that wish to stay longer. 
Rules-

  1. If you're brave enough to get critiqued, you are not allowed to take it personally. We don't want to hurt your feelings but we do want to give you a brutally honest critique and help you learn!
  2. You are not allowed to defend your photo or give a back story/explanation until your photo is done being critiqued by the instructors and class.
  3. You don't have to bring portraits, we will critique all types of photography.
  4. Again, please edit down to just a collection of your best work or your photo website. 5-15 images per person or less.
  5. Have your photos in JPEG format ready to be viewed on a Plasma 42" screen. SD cards are ideal, and laptops can be hooked up via HDMI only.


This meetup is largely geared toward photographers becoming more serious about building a portfolio. I am looking forward to chatting with all of you, seeing some of your work, and doing my best to help you out with some input!

The class is FREE as it is the first we are offering, make sure to jump on this deal now before it goes up.

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  • Kattie

    Great evening! Learned useful info on studio lighting, stands, and especially the critique. Thanks to the RLS team for sharing the knowledge & expertise, and a big thanks to the brave victims that shared the photos to help us learn!! :)

    1 · June 21, 2013

  • Dan M

    Love the critique portion and learned about the lighting setup. Looking forward to using the studio. Thank you to all:-)

    June 21, 2013

  • Stephane Boyeau

    Great meeting ! I enjoyed the critique time and the studio tour. Thanks !

    June 21, 2013

  • Saskia

    I had a great time. Thanks. I left my sweater vest, but I'll get it on Sunday.

    June 20, 2013

  • Luis G

    Thanks to your constructive criticism, I will definitely look at my future images with a sharper eye.

    June 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Informative, interesting, and inspiring.

    June 20, 2013

  • Chuck Bane

    Great meeting. Enjoyed the studio tour and lighting discussions. The critique time was the most important part, its not often that you can have working pros take the time to give you feedback on your photography.

    1 · June 20, 2013

  • Megan Lampkin

    I enjoyed myself and learned many things. Thank you Jason and Rob. I will be back for more classes :)

    June 20, 2013

  • Jason Kirby

    We are looking forward to see you all tonight

    June 20, 2013

  • Saskia

    Plans changed again.

    June 20, 2013

  • Karen H

    I was hoping for the Friday. Work must come first

    June 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is artistic nude allowed for critique?

    1 · June 19, 2013

    • Jason Kirby

      as long as they artistic and tasteful and no one in the audience minds

      June 19, 2013

    • Craig J. Casey

      I'll bring my thong!

      June 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I presume there is no need to bring a DSLR, is that correct?

    1 · June 19, 2013

  • Devora Rossi

    I am not a professional photographer, but I am interested in learning.

    June 19, 2013

    • Jason Kirby

      By all means come, you don't need to be a pro

      June 19, 2013

  • Jason Kirby

    This event is happening on Thursday night (tomorrow). I look forward to seeing you there.

    June 19, 2013

  • Mickey Clausen

    They moved my surgery up a day to Thursday morning instead of Friday, so wont be able to make it.

    June 18, 2013

  • Marcelo

    Hello, I am Marcello and my hobbie is the photography. I living in San Diego. I came from Argentina 10 yrs ago. I am looking good lenses used 50mm 1.4/1.8 & 35 mm 1.8. let me know is you have one. I am starting to get my photographer equipment, but I don't to much money to buy new lenses. I hope somebody read my post and call me. cellular # [masked]

    June 18, 2013

  • Karen H

    At the top it says Thursday, but in the write up it says Friday.
    Which day?

    1 · June 16, 2013

  • Craig J. Casey

    wow sounds fun and in my price range also!

    1 · June 17, 2013

  • Saskia

    My schedule has changed. so I won't be able to make it. I hope to be there next time.

    June 13, 2013

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