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On-location portrait and fashion shooting (type strobist)

Dear all, The Photo International Club Zurich ( in collaboration with Mark Howells-Mead (, organizes a Course to learn how to shoot fashion and Portrait with portable strobes on location (strobist style). 

There will be also 2 models (one male, one female) and one make up artist.

There are still some places available so, if you want to join, please register. We'll make 4 places available in the meetup group but other places might be still available on


Mark Howells-Mead has extensive experience in practicing and teaching photography. One of his favorite topics is on-location strobist shooting. With this 1-day workshop, he proposes you to learn or improve portrait and fashion shooting on-location (outside the studio environment) with portable strobes (portable gunflash).

This course is for you if you want to improve in:

- dealing with a model,
- managing the environment of the shooting location
- using portable strobes on location
- balancing natural light with strobes
- or if you want to add some pictures to your portfolio

In this class, you will learn the theory and practice of on-location strobist portrait shooting. You will have the chance to shoot with a male model and a female model and take pictures in different lighting conditions and in 2 different environments. We will guide you through the learning and practising to help you improve your skills.


English or German, according to the attendees' requirements


7h from 10.00 to 17.00 (incl. a break for lunch/snack)

Equipment needed:

- Camera: Camera, preferably with separate flash although this is not required.

Which use can I do of the pictures taken during the day?
You will have a model release for non-commercial publication, so you will be able to insert the pictures taken during the day in your portfolio, website or any other social network, providing you mention the model and make-up artist. In return, you should provide to the model and the make-up artist 1 or 2 finalised pictures for their portfolio, websites and social network where they will of course mention you as photographer, which will increase your visibility on the web.

Who can join the workshop ?

The workshop is open to all.
Required level: Basic/Intermediate

No advance photography skills or experience are required. Participants should know how to set their camera for sensitivity (ISO), aperture and shutter speed and how to use general functions.
Experience with portraiture and/or artificial lighting an advantage, but not necessary.

All participants the club's activities must have a third party liability insurance (Responsabilité Civile) and commit to present it in case of damage to others during our activities.

Date and Time:

To see when is the next session planned, please check our calendar entry of this course.


Non-members: 110CHF
PICZ members: 30CHF (how to become member?)

Number of participants:

Maximum 10 (4 places are Open to Meetup members, others sits may still be available on

Once you have registered to this meetup, you should proceed to the payment. You place is booked when the payment is received by us. Tickets reserved without payment will be void.

Payment instructions are given here.
For groups, participants must enrol individually.

By registering for attendance and paying the course fee, the attendee accepts the following terms:

Confirmation of acceptance for the course will follow upon receipt of an attendee’s payment.
Prior to receipt of payment, no guarantee of attendance can be confirmed.
No guarantee is offered or implied in connection with any course, unless it has been explicitly defined.
Courses are offered on a first come, first served basis.
Attendees will be asked to sign a model release contract on arrival, in order to allow free usage of resultant photographs by both photographer and model.
Cancellation of the course by the course leader will result in a full refund to all attendees.
If you need to cancel your attendance after submitting your payment, a refund will be issued if you cancel via email no later than 2 weeks before the event.
Refunds within two weeks of the event will only be issued if the person cancelling finds a replacement attendee before the day of the event.
The course leader accepts no responsibility or liability for damaged, lost or stolen equipment at any event. Suitable insurance and security measures are the responsibility of the attendee.

Course Leader:

Mark Howells-Mead
Flickr Gallery


See you soon.


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  • Aditya

    Hi all, just wanted to share some of my clicks with you. . Also uploaded in Picz link given by Pascal.

    May 15, 2014

  • Lorenzo J. S.

    lot of fun. tough. But I would do it again!

    May 14, 2014

  • Pascal (.

    Hi Guys,

    Hi hope that all of you enjoyed this workshop. I would like to say a big thank you to Mark for this workshop. I think it was a fantastic experience and a lot of fun !!
    Now it should be time to set down our cameras and chill out for the end of the week end but if some of you want to share some pictures, or behind the scene pictures with us and leave them on the club's website, I wanted to let you know that I have just set a gallery for that:
    You will need to be logged in to upload your pictures.

    I hope to see you all very soon.
    Nice sunday eve.

    May 11, 2014

  • Pascal (.

    Excellent workshop. Thanks to Mark who did a really great job !

    May 11, 2014

  • Pascal (.

    Dear all,

    Please note that everybody has approved the proposed change in the location. The meeting point will be at the bus stop ETH Hönggerberg at 10.00 am.Apparently you can get there with the bus lines 37, 69, 80, 433, and E.

    What you should not forget: - Bring food and drinks for the lunch as well as the rest of the day

    - protection for the rain and maybe cold weather

    - remember to charge your camera batteries, empty your memory cards.

    - your camera (of course!)

    I am looking forward to see you there tomorrow.


    May 10, 2014

  • Pascal (.

    Dear all, participants to the workshop. I have sent you yesterday an e-mail to ask if it would be possible to move the location to ETH Hönggerberg instead of Oerlikon, but I haven't received confirmation from all of you. ETH offers better locations in case of uncertain weather. Could you please all confirm to me by e-mail or by phone ?[masked]

    I will post a confirmation that the location has changed after I have received a feedback from all registered members.

    May 10, 2014

  • Aditya

    Hi Pascal,
    Is there any position left ? I would like to join.

    May 9, 2014

    • Pascal (.

      Aditya, as said on phone, there is one spot left on

      May 9, 2014

    • Aditya

      Hi Pascal, I created account there nd registered. Please confirm if you got any notification for me.

      May 9, 2014

  • Lorenzo J. S.

    hi I'd like to join but all I have is a standard D5100 with a 18-55 lens. Is this sufficient? I know there's only one position left

    May 5, 2014

    • Pascal (.

      Hi Lorenzo, I will let you know if someone "beats" you ;)

      May 6, 2014

    • Lorenzo J. S.

      I have made payment, mail is coming

      May 6, 2014

  • Bananahead

    Sorry, far too expensive for me.

    April 29, 2014

    • Pascal (.

      sorry to read this! It is a very elaborated course on an entire day. You can have it for a better price when you become member though...

      April 30, 2014

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