Introduction to Commerical Photography

  • February 19, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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Hosted by Paul Castle

A little about myself.........I've been a successful commercial photographer for 25 years.  In that time, I've also been an adjunct instructor in photography at The Sage Colleges and St. Rose teaching Photo 1 & 2 and Studio Lighting, for over 15 years. I love to associate with others who love the world of image making as much as I do.

This is the first class of a multi-level training in the art of creating light from scratch to achieve YOUR desired result. Please bring your cameras and possibly (but not completely necessary) your tripods. A confident working knowledge of your camera will be to your great advantage.

This is a class that will explain and demonstrate the principles of LIGHTING in the studio with respect to product, basic still-life and portrait photography. The topics to be discussed are as follows:

  • The use of "everyday household lights when studio strobes are not available.
  • Controlling light in close quarters. Some basic tools and techniques you can use anywhere.
  • Color of light and how to control, or change it, in a controlled environment.
  • Use of light meters to build the desired contrast ratio, both reflective (in camera) and incident (hand-held).
  • Introduction to studio strobe units and how they are similar and different to on-camera flash units.

Please visit my web site for a better understanding of who I am and what I do everyday! Two classes will be offered (minimum of 5 with a maximum of 12 people per class).

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  • John Reilly

    Thanks for the great class, Paul. It was interesting to learn material from a commercial photographer because of the way that you construct an image and ratios as opposed to a "cookbook" approach. I thought the discussion on building images from pieces saved with various white balances to compensate for multiple light sources was fascinating. Also, while I've always thought about various light and dark parts of images while determining exposures, the zone system was really new to me and will definitely change how I think about lighting and exposure.

    February 20, 2013

    • Paul Castle

      Thanks for the nice comments. There's never only one path to take to the final image. I keep finding new ways myself.

      February 20, 2013

    • John Reilly

      Thought you might be interested in these images created by removing the UV, IR, and AA filters and just desaturating the resulting raws. http://blog.mingthein...­

      February 20, 2013

  • susan

    Really enjoyed your class. Went to the class im the hopes of learning about studio lighting and i did. I also got the extra bonus of beinging back to the basics of seeing the light.

    February 20, 2013

  • Linda Tommasulo

    Thanks, Paul, for your time and expertise. Although I have no desire to do studio photography, I do want to improve my portrait and set-up skills. I am completely clueless when it comes to studio lighting and even flash. This class was a great start. Thanks, again.

    February 20, 2013

  • Paul Castle

    Had another wonderful night of photography sharing!! Many thanks to everyone who attended for all of the enthusiasm!!!!! Went long as usual, but worth it if everyone came away stronger photographers!
    Thanks again,

    1 · February 20, 2013

  • Linda Tommasulo

    Hope I'm not too late!

    February 19, 2013

  • Constablephotography

    Sorry family situation

    February 19, 2013

  • Paul Castle

    To everyone,
    There are two of the same class, just offered at two different times for convenience. There are two additional classes planned for the end or the month and the beginning of March. These classes will build on the information presented in the intro class. One is based on shooting food and liquid, the other is more techniques in painting with light in a studio environment and some challenging materials to shoot. Please write back or email me directly if you have any questions.

    February 12, 2013

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