UPDATE: These are the models who will be attending:
This will be a workshop for those who:
Want to shoot for agencies as test photographers
Want to shoot a higher quality model than they're currently getting
Want to be able to succeed with the minimalist style that is growing in popularity in LA (raw, natural, expressive)
You'll see how I do what I do and why on a case by case basis to get the look I want. Nothing scripted, just real time testing and working through problems and finding solutions. This will be technical, and will involve the in's-and-out's of how I do things, how I light them, how I shoot, and what I do post shoot to get the images I want with regards to working with agency models.
There will be a mixture of both strobe and ambient lighting instruction, and we'll cover ways to shoot that can be done anywhere from a studio, to your living room. Even though I'm partial to shooting natural light, this won't be strictly a natural light workshop. We'll spend a portion of the lecture covering easy ways to get creative with strobes to get you out of that desire to shoot a rembrandt light that everyone seems to have. We'll cover long exposures, double exposures, gobos, and hard light sources.
This workshop is also meant to correct some of the bad habits I see others do, and to offer some solutions for being more efficient, and ultimately improving the overall quality of your work.
We'll go over the necessary things you need to do in order to be a viable option for an LA agency to consider sending you models to test with. We'll cover do's and don'ts, portfolio presentation, how to contact, and proper communication. There will be a handout as well covering all of the preceding information.
We'll cover shooting casual wardrobe (ie. basics the model would bring) for those that either can't find stylists, don't like them, or just in case your model forgets wardrobe. We'll focus on making basic (ie. jeans, tops, tanks, lingerie) items look good.
We'll also focus on using ambient to your advantage, and creating dynamic, moody, and captivating images. Then we'll move onto a couple easy ways to get creative with a strobe.
Finally we'll focus on the different ways to create comp-card quality images (especially with strobes) that will greatly improve your chances of succeeding with agencies (ie. if you know how to produce images that the girls use for their main image = you're in that agency's good graces for sure).
BONUS: After all that, and after the models leave at 3pm, we'll have a short workshop on editing (ie. image selection) and some tips on how to speed up your retouching process. I hear from far too many photographers that they're taking 2-3hrs per image for a simple test....I'll show you how to cut that time at least in half if not more.