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Skill Builder series | Studio Portrait from A-Z | 11am-4pm $125


Skill builder series *


Classic Portrait from A-Z


Join us for a 5 hour hands-on workshop on Portrait photography.

We will explore lighting for both low key and high key portraits

Shoot with our fabulous model : Janey Brown




All images by Maz

Who is it for?

Whether you're a seasoned photographer looking to freshen up your portfolio, just starting out your career in photography, a hobbyist who wants to learn some new skills, this shoot is for you. Of course an interest in shooting this kind of Portrait style is a HUGE plus.

What you will learn in this session?

• Directing the models
• Lighting in studio for a portrait shoot
• Communicating ideas with the stylist
• Using reflectors, strobes and other lighting modifiers

Model Release Forms

A  release for non-commercial purposes, signed by the models, will be provided to each photographer. All photographs from the photo shoot can be used for personal promotional purposes in your portfolio, on the web, in print media such as personal advertising post cards.

Technical Requirements

Please note that in order to attend and use the off camera strobes, your DSLR camera must have a flash hot-shoe for the wireless transmitter. Please consult your manual to see if your camera qualifies before signing up. The studio uses an Elinchrome EL-Skyport wireless trigger system.

DSLR Sony Owners: please be advised if you shoot with a Sony DSLR. Sony uses a proprietary hot-shoe for the trigger system, which the studio does not have in stock. If you plan to use your Sony DSLR, please bring your hot-shoe adapter.

What to bring with you

• DSLR Camera
• Fully charged batteries
• Freshly formatted memory cards
• Your favorite lenses 50mm, 85mm, 105mm or[masked] would work well

*** Please make sure to wear comfortable shoes. ***

*** You may require to use a step ladder during the setup. ***


Why choose our workshops,

they are more expensive than other groups.


I have been teaching photography to adults for a few years now and in my experience both as a teacher and a business person I understand the difference quality makes.  As I am sure you all do.

Some groups offer the "I setup, you shoot" method at lower cost to you.  The downside is, you get the potato but not the meat.  Recreating those images is hard when you have no directions and guide lines. Years ago I took images of the sets and thought to myself, OK I got it ... but that was just not the case. There are many variables that have to be accounted for, and that only comes with time, practice and more hands-on education.


Our method is, "I explain, you setup, you shoot", this always offers a more realistic photography experience.  Keeping the groups small also means you get to do more and can ask questions. For the money you are paying, no matter the price, you should be able to get clear answers about your workshop related questions.


To sum up, we offer a Ferrari at BMW price instead of a Chevette at Hyundai price.

I should mention to reduce our carbon footprint, we went green and use autoshare
so I'm not up to date on car prices. But I'm sure you get the point ;)


NOTE: Snacks and Refreshments will be served.


Space is limited to 6 participants



Maz Images Studio
27R Atlantic Avenue
Toronto, ON M6K 3E7
(in Liberty Village)

See a Google Maps detailed map (as the location of the studio is in the rear off of Atlantic Avenue) here: Studio Map (detailed)


Please note that payment must be received to confirm your attendance to the event via PayPal (credit cards accepted even if you don't have a PayPal account). When RSVPing, you will be automatically directed to the PayPal site and then back again to the Toronto Photography Workshops Meetup Group after payment has been processed. Please note that the PayPal site will indicate payment being made to "Maz Images Studio”


Information regarding the content of this event is subject to change with or without notice (i.e. the addition of new course material or topics and / or minor edits to text or formatting).


* The skill builder series :


Teaching good photography and business ethics helps the entire community of photographers in Toronto, not just the individual.  Our goal is to assist you build real photography skills in a professional studio setting.  To offer a Hands-on approach versus you walking on a set that is ready to go.  Our time together is broken down as follow:  Instruction, around one hour, followed by setup and shoot for the rest of the time.



Hands-on, hands-on and yes more hands-on.  If you don't DO it, you can't fully learn it.

Most adults learn by using more than one learning stimulus.  Visual, auditory and hands-on practice are the three things we use to really drive the point home.



Offer great "hands-on" learning experience to our clients and insure that they leave with a lot more knowledge than they walked in with.

Also create enough skill and professional pride to understand, accept and believe the value of your work.  You spend $1000's on equipment, education, software, Technology etc. why should you work for free or peanuts.





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  • Luckner Jr. J.

    Hi Maz, is there a minimum number of attendants for this event to happen?

    April 1, 2013

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