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New Meetup: Three Evening Portrait Workshop Special!

From: Neil B.
Sent on: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 12:13 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Seattle Photography Group!

What: Three Evening Portrait Workshop Special!

When: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, October 5-7 @ 7:00PM

Price: $179.00 per person

Where: REDred Photo
110 South Washington Street
Seattle, WA 98104

The Portrait Lunch Special Save 15% $179

If you?re just getting started in studio lighting and portraiture, this will get the ball rolling. First, I?ll introduce to you all the fancy lighting toys and show you what they do and how they do it. Then I?ll go over all the do?s and don?ts of portraiture and give you some tips and tricks for working with people. Finally, I throw you to the wolves on our busiest night of the month: First Thursday Artwalk Free Portrait Night. Anyone who walks into the studio gets a portrait and you get to practice everything you?ve learned so far. Don?t worry, I?ll be there to help. These are my most popular workshops and you might even consider them core photography classes. You?ll probably end up taking them all, anyway, so why not save some money and buy them together?

Tuesday, Oct. 5th - Introduction to Studio Lighting
Wednesday, Oct. 6th - Portraits 101
Thursday, Oct. 7th - Artwalk Portrait Masterclass

Individual class descriptions are below. Please note that this set of workshops takes place three days in a row. October 5th, 6th & 7th. RSVP for this listing and send your payment of $179 through paypal to [address removed]. Then I will count your RSVP for all three workshops.

Introduction to Studio Lighting:

Studio lighting can be mysterious and intimidating to new and experienced photographers alike. This introductory crash course will shed some light on the subject and give you the confidence to start working in the studio right away. I will provide you with an essential understanding of lighting sources, modifiers, metering, and practical applications for every-day projects. You will leave the studio armed with the knowledge you need to create consistent, predictable results you and your clients can count on.

Topics covered will include:

hot lights vs strobes
mono lights vs speed lights
metering in the studio
white balance in the studio
basic portrait set up
essential modifiers (softbox, umbrella, reflector, etc.)
key light
fill light
hair light

Portraiture 101

How often have you heard someone say ?I?m not photogenic? or ?I don?t like myself in pictures?? It seems nearly everyone who has ever been in front the lens has said something similar? I know I have. So how do you respond to someone who says they?re just not photogenic? My answer is always the same? ?Don?t worry about that?. it?s my job as a photographer to MAKE you photogenic!?

Learn what it takes to make anyone from average Joe to super-model Jane look great in portraits! In this portrait workshop, we?ll build on the foundation of lighting concepts covered in Intro to Studio Lighting and cover a variety of lighting styles, posing techniques, wardrobe and background tips, lens choice, and a host of other technical and artistic considerations that go deeper into portrait making than my other workshops.

First Thursday Artwalk Portrait Workshop

We offer free portraits to the public during the artwalk. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience with a variety of model subjects... in fact, there's literally no telling who will walk in! In the past, we've had people literally lining up to pose for their portraits! We spend no more than about 10 minutes with each person and post the images on our blog for them to retrieve later.

You'll have an opportunity to shoot many kinds of people and I (Neil) will be there to offer coaching and direction to help you learn the craft of portraiture. We use a 4-light professional strobe system with numerous modifiers and accessories. This kind of learning environment is second to none!


All classes are hands-on and conversational. We'll start off with some supporting theory and and then move into hands-on practice, shooting tethered for immediate feedback. If you have a question during the class, bring it up and we'll move in that direction... every class is unique, depending on the students.

Read about our other workshops and events at

Class size is limited to 6 to 8 people to allow for significant hands-on experience and individual attention. Please allow 3 to 4 hours for this class. Please send payment in advance to [address removed] through PayPal. Your YES rsvp will not be complete until payment has been received or you've made other arrangements with me directly.

Our new storefront studio is located in the heart of Pioneer Square at 110 S. Washington Street. We are just 50 feet east of 1st ave on Washington and right on the edge of historic Occidental Square. Standard street parking is available around the neighborhood and there are paid lots less than a block away.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns or if you need help with directions.

I look forward to seeing you in class!

Neil Buckland
RED Photographic, LLC
[address removed]

Read what others have said about my workshops:

? This was a great introduction to studio lighting. But, really it's all due to Neil. He is a gifted instructor, knowledgeable, personable, and passionate about his craft. The session was hands on and paced to the participants. He made it look and feel easy to get outstanding results. I am looking forward to the next one! ? --Risa

? Tons of hands on experience. Neil was full of information and handled "off the wall" questions very well. The class seemed to flow to what interested us most. There were several different experience levels in the room and he catered to all of them well. ? --Thobert

? I enjoyed this experiential workshop and learned many useful techniques. The participants were able to experiment with many lighting combinations. A tethered shooting system provided immediate feedback. Neil's questions provoked me to think deeper about lighting and when participants' answers didn't expose things completely, Neil supplemented those answers to complete the exposure. It was fun working with the other participants. I felt like I was part of a team that was learning new things. The workshop provided some theory but focused on technique. That focus was just right for me. ? --Steven

? I highly recommend Neil's classes. He is a great teacher: patient, knowledgeable and gives hands-on experience. His small class sizes allow for a discussion-style teaching and caters to each individual's wants and needs. In the three plus hours, Neil gave us a wealth of knowledge, tips and ideas. This is well-worth the money. ? --Angela

? The organizer had great insight and was very open with his experiences and knowledge. He provided both the technical and real-world training as it related to lighting. He was open to any questions we asked. He also made sure everyone kept up. It was a great experience, and I am looking forward to his next training sessions. ? --Huzefam

? Neil's workshop was more than I expected! He created an open learning environment and had all the professional equipment for us to work with. Neil did a great job answering questions and encouraging participation. He was very knowledgeable with all types of photography and techniques. I highly recommended his workshops and am looking forward to part 2! ? --Erika

? Got exactly what I was looking for out of the session. Neil was great at adapting to the level of the attendees, and was able to modify contents accordingly. Thanks Neil ! ? --Rob

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