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Mentor Series: Portraiture & Lighting Workshop | Sun. Dec. 22 | 11am-3pm | $45

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The Mentor Series: Portraiture & Lighting workshop is a 4 hour information packed session that shows you how pose people and use lighting to achieve beautiful portraits! This intermediate level workshop will include both theory as well as practical application of these techniques. Rather than sitting in a classroom, this workshop is hands-on and fully immersive and students are encouraged to ask questions throughout the session.

The cost for this incredible 4 hour workshop is only $45.00! RSVP TODAY

Who Is This Workshop For?

This workshop is for DSLR users who are comfortable with their camera and are looking to create beautiful portrait photographs using advanced lighting techniques including off-camera flash. By the end of the workshop, you'll be able to create beautiful images like this:

How Does the Workshop Run?

We will be meeting at a central Toronto location at Bloor/Yonge where we will be participating in the Portraiture & Lighting theory session. During the session you will have lots of opportunity to use your camera and put your photography skills to work. We will be working with off-camera flashes on umbrella stands with wireless triggers. Time will also be given for questions and individual attention will be given to assure everyone understands the techniques and principles being taught.

What Are The Goals Of This Workshop?

The goals are quite simply to help you learn how to create beautiful portraiture by implementing various lighting techniques as well as presenting various posing techniques to bring your subjects to life.

What Will You Learn?

The Lighting & Portraiture workshop is comprised of the following topics:

• Equipment for Portrait Photography - Lenses, Lights, Flashes, etc

• Posing for Portraiture & Composition Techniques

• Shooting Men, Women, & Couples

• Using Props & Outfits

• Natural Lighting - Window Light/Outside Light

• Flash Lighting & Modifying light: Bouncing, Diffusion and Using Reflectors

• High Key/Low Key Lighting

• Using Fill Flash for Back-lit (Sunset) Situations

• Silhouettes

• Mixed Lighting

• Even Lighting (2 Umbrella Shoot)

• Directed Lighting (Soft boxes)

• How to Use a Light Meter for Perfect Exposures

• How to Create a "Home Studio"

• How to Carry Your Studio "On the Go"

• And much much more...

In this workshop you will see how images like these were created and how you can easily recreate them yourself...

Added Bonus Workshop Material: "Portraiture & Lighting Techniques" E-Book

41 Page, Full-Colour, PDF E-Book download for mobile devices (pictured below).

This workshop includes a 41 page e-book entitled "Portraiture & Lighting Techniques" in PDF format which you can install on your mobile device (iPhone / iPad / Android / Laptop, etc.) or read on your computer with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software.

What Do You Need to Bring?

• DSLR Camera & Lens(es)
• Fully charged batteries
• Freshly formatted memory cards
• Creativity & Imagination

Off-camera flashes and wireless triggers will be provided so there is no need to bring your own, but you are welcome to if you already own a flash that fits the hotshoe of your DSLR.


Date: Sunday December 22, 2013
Time: 11 am – 3 pm
Duration of Workshop: 4 hours
Number of Photographer Spots: 7
Cost: $45/person


We will be meeting at the Plaza II Suites which is located here:

Plaza II Suites
88 Bloor Street East
Toronto, ON
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Contact Phone Number: Stephen James (647) 534-9639

The cost for this incredible 4 hour workshop is only $45.00! RSVP TODAY

Please note that payment must be received to confirm your attendance to the event organizer 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 Photographic Meetup Group after payment has been processed. Please note that the PayPal site will indicate payment being made to "digitalTouch media."


About the Instructor: Stephen James

Currently an event photographer/videographer for TD Bank Financial Group, Stephen James is also a freelance photographer specializing in model portfolios, product and commercial images, and is now involved with film production.. Over the last few years, he has also mentored various photographers in the art of both photography and editing.

Stephen James' web site and selected portfolio can be found at: Stephen James Photography ( A more extensive portfolio can be found here on Flickr ( His growing film archive can be found on Vimeo (

What Students Have Said About Our Past Portrait & Lighting Workshops:

“Best workshop I’ve experienced in Toronto!! Even though I've studied photography for quite sometime, I still learned a lot. Stephen is a wonderful person, mentor and great photographer. We had fun time laughing and shooting. What a beautiful day! Thank you Stephen!”

- Lisa

"Really good workshop! Very well prepared and presented and the take home material was an added bonus! Stephen was really knowledgeable, honest and gave great tips. I really appreciated the time and the care that was taken to answerer all of our questions. He also let us try freely the equipment that was used for the workshop! Thank you Stephen, I really appreciated all you help and all your helpful advice!"

- Pam

“Another great learning experience. I had a blast with everyone. Stephen is such a great guy sharing all his knowledge. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to learning about lighting.”

- Kevin Pearcy

"Great day Stephen (once again) and some great information passed along. I highly recommend this to anyone wanting to learn more about lighting and portrait shooting."

- Ken Stone

"Steve very informative I learned some more things today. Thanks. Jasmine was very photogenic looking forward to being at another workshop hopefully a winter or a night shoot. Thanks again."

- Michael

"I had a great time learning about new techniques. Stephen always does a great job and truly cares about the students understanding. I look forward to the intervalometer seminar."

- John Imbault

"Excellent workshop! Learned so much and looking forward to other workshops from Stephen!"

- Halley

"A very educational experience."

- Trisha G

"Exceeded my expectations."

- Lando

"Thanks Steve for a wonderful session."

- Rohit Beri

"This was my first practice with portrait photography and I have learned a lot. It was an excellent opportunity to play with different lenses and lighting equipment."

- Rob

"Wow! Great workshop, thank you."

- Vinu

"I always learn so much every time I'm around! And nice meeting every too! :)"

- Jasmine

"Thanks Steve! I learned quite a few new things about lighting systems and have given me a place to start. And it was nice to meet other everyone else!"

- Stephen

"I learned a lot and could practice which is exactly what I needed. I definitely recommend."

- Dayane Guanabara

“Stephen was very informative - he gave a solid grounding in the basics of lighting and portraiture. Stephen is personable and very knowledgeable of his subject matter.”

- Greg Burns

“Had a great time with the class. Stephen was very informative, as always. (Now he'll hopefully help me draft a letter to Santa with my equipment wish list...)”

- Renata

"As always, wonderful, informative, friendly. Thank you."

- Hanna


Please Note: 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).


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