Photo Workshop: Night Portraiture

Tuesday, May 29th, 7:00 to 9:30PM. Ping Tom Memorial Park (Chinatown)
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In this class I’ll demonstrate techniques for shooting portraits at dusk/night with off-camera portable flash (AKA Speedlights/Speedlites).

Flash units, remote triggers, and light modifiers (softboxes, umbrellas, etc as well as stands and other grip gear) will be supplied. Workshop attendees will need to bring a camera (preferably digital; point-and-shoot or SLR) with hot shoe and ability to manually set f-stop and shutter speed. The class is limited to 6 people.

Workshop will explore:

  • how to mix flash with ambient light
  • modifiers and their effects (snoot, grid, umbrella, softbox, surface bounce)
  • how to exploit and manage available light (streetlights, neon, headlights, etc)

The fee for this class is $25, cheap! Sign up now to guarantee placement. Feel free to email with any questions. Below are examples of night photos I’ve shot using small flash units; these are the kinds¬† of shots I’ll be teaching.

My Gold Mask. Photo by Jim Newberry.
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Ameya Pawar photographed by Jim Newberry.
Ameya Pawar
Dancing Man photographed by Jim Newberry.
Dancing Man

Snapshots of Venice, California

I have some touristy photographs from a trip I took last month to Los Angeles. For my fellow Chicagoans, enjoy the weather porn!

360 degree view of the Venice Beach boardwalk. Hey, in the light gray sweatshirt–is that Chicago-expat-current-Venice-resident Hayley Murphy? Hard to tell from this far away…

By rope, this badass drags his baby grand piano to the boardwalk every day.

I hadn’t been to the Venice Canals before; a very lovely site for a nocturnal stroll. For you “hate America first” folks, just try finding something like this in a foreign country. Why don’t you try the “Old Europe?” I didn’t think so. (Photos by Jim Newberry)