OUR GLAMOUR PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
A: When I first started the workshops
in 1991 I would have a Thursday night session at my studio where I
demonstrate lighting techniques and talk about any photography topic
the attendees were interested in. I
the Thursday night sessions after the first or second year. I've been
some workshops that spend half the workshop talking or
before you get to do any shooting. I don't want to do that. I believe
learning by doing. Besides, most of the photographers who come to my
have been to many of my previous workshops so it would be redundant to
over the same instructional material each time, which is why we do not
usually have formal instruction during the workshop.
From time to time we will have a guest instructor. In the past we
have had Stephen Eastwood, a Canon Explorer of Light, a Model Mayhem
Moderator, and a beauty and fashion photographer and retoucher, at a
few of our workshops. Stephen is a friend of the studio and has shot
much of his portfolio at our former studio (studio was closed in
December, 2013). Click here
to check out his web
If you need assistance on how to set your camera or have questions
about lighting equipment my staff and I will be happy to assist you.
One of the main
of a workshop environment is that you can learn from each other. By
how other photographers work with models you can start to develop a
of your own.
Our workshop is team effort. The other members of my team include:
Willy started attending my workshop in September, 2001, and has
attended over 200 workshops. He is my official workshop
photographer and has done many of the photos on individual model pages,
posts a page of photos for each workshop, and has posted many
model pages for our workshop models. He also brings special props and
helps us set up theme sets for special occasions. Bill is at most of
our workshops. Check out Digital Willy's web
site - http://www.digitalwilly.com/workshops.html
Tom is our official electrician and workshop helper.
built the "world's largest ringlight" for us and would usually come in
on workshop Sundays to our studio and help set up the lights and do
he could to make the workshop run smoothly. Since we no longer have a
studio his participation has been limited.
Connecticut and recruits many of the models that we use at the
workshop, and often gives them a ride to the workshop. Frank is also
our location scout and has procured all of the locations that we have
used in Connecticut and NY State. Frank has attended over 100 workshops
A: My workshop is open to photographers
of all skill levels. It does not require a technical expertise in
just a good attitude and desire to take photos of good looking models.
Most of the attendees are advanced amateurs. Professional photographers
have also attended, as well as beginners. Although the workshop is open
to both male and female photographers the attendees have been
male - which is no surprise considering the subject matter, however, we
have had more and more female photographers attend the workshop in
recent years. Although
of the photographers come from the NJ-NY-PA area some have come from as
far away as Calgary (Canada), the state of Washington, Oklahoma,
Mississippi, Florida, Arizona, and Texas. One photographer from South
has been to at least 17 workshops, another one from Toronto has been to
7 workshops, and an 80 year-old photographer from NJ has been to 80
workshops. One photographer from NJ has attended about 125 workshops.
Q: Do you use
male models at the workshop?
A: We have used male models on two or three occasions but we do not use
them on a regular basis. When we do use male models they model with
female models, not solo. We also use dog models from time to time. Check out Coco's
have workshops in other areas of photography?
A: In the past I have been involved with
camera clubs and have given programs on special effects, shooting glass
abstracts, lighting techniques, and the business of photography. I also
ran studio nights at my camera club which eventually led me to start
workshops. The reason I only have glamour workshops is because it is my
favorite area of photography. Also, it is the only type of workshop
attendees will come back to over and over again. Most other areas of
are adequately covered in camera clubs, but when I started my workshop
there seemed to be a void
the area of glamour photography, at least in the NJ area. This type of
workshop was extremely popular in California at that time.
come to the workshop more than once?
A: My workshops are designed to be more
of a shooting opportunity than a class. You do not just learn glamour
techniques and then go out and shoot models. Most amateur photographers
do not have access to models, especially ones who will model nude, nor
to locations or professional lighting equipment. That is what we
provide. Also, the workshops are fun and a good opportunity to network.
What can I
do with the photos I take at your workshops?
A: Models at the workshop sign a limited
workshop release. This allows photographers to use photos taken at the
workshop for their portfolio, and to use the photos for self-promotion,
display, exhibition, and competition. Photographers may use workshop
on their own web sites, or on portfolio hosting web sites like Model
Mayhem, as part of their portfolio, but may not use
on a pay web site. You cannot use the photos for any commercial use
a full release from the model. Models are advised against signing a
release from photographers at the workshop because they are paid
rates, not commercial rates. If you want to use a workshop model for a
commercial shoot you should make arrangements to hire her specifically
for that purpose. We also schedule one-on-one private sessions at our
workshops. Some of our models will sign a standard (full)
for photos taken during these sessions. For more info about model
releases go here.
a makeup artist at your workshop?
A: In the past I've used a makeup artists
but discontinued it for two reasons: (1) It was too expensive - most
would prefer that I spend the extra money on another model rather than
a makeup artist. (2) It took too much time away from the workshop: the
makeup artist would spend up to 45 minutes with each model - time not
modeling. I’ve found that most of the models do a pretty good job of
their own makeup. Sometimes a model will bring her own makeup artist to
camera and film should I use at the workshop? What about digital?
A: Most of the workshop photographers now use digital
cameras. The cost of digital cameras has come down and the quality
has gone up. I personally started shooting digital in early 2003 and
have not gone back to film since then. A very small number of our
shoot 35mm, and a few shoot medium format. One of the nice things about
digital is that you can see your results immediately. I find that I do
a lot more portable flash shooting with digital than I did with film. I
recommend that you bring a portable flash with you to the workshop,
whether at the studio or on location.
an 18-55 mm zoom (on a crop sensor camera, which equals 27-82.5 mm on a
film camera) for most of my glamour
photography. I think that it is the ideal range for this type of
shooting. I usually set my ISO at 100-200 when using studio strobe and
when using my portable flash or available light. I will often use 800
or higher when shooting in low light conditions. I personally set the
camera for large JPG and RAW.
What kind of lighting do you use at the workshops?
A: We use Alien Bees. They are portable and easy to
use. We use either umbrellas or soft boxes, whichever we have available
at the time. We usually activate the strobes with portable or on-camera
flash. We also have an Alien Bees ringlight and a ringlight that uses
16 CFL (compact fluorescent) bulbs. This ringlight gives a very unique
lighting effect and doesn't require any other lighting equipment. It is
suggested that you set your white balance to 2500K when you shoot with
suggested that you bring a portable strobe with you to the workshop if
you have one to trigger the studio strobes.
What is the actual shooting procedure at the workshop?
The entire workshop is devoted to shooting. We
usually have between a 2:1 to 3:1 photographer to model ratio, so you
will usually be working with a small group of photographers shooting
one model. You can spend as much or as little time with each model as
you wish, then move on to the next one. The models will rotate through
the various shooting areas throughout the day and change outfits from
time. When you are shooting a model with studio lighting the usual
procedure is for one photographer to count 3-2-1 so that the model
knows where to look, then shoot, then the next photographer, etc. The
model will look at each photographer in turn. You must wait about 2
seconds between each shot so that the studio strobes have time to
recycle and do not overheat.
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