John Herndon under a UFO

A couple nights ago, on Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, I photographed drummer John Herndon for my improv musician series. John is a fellow ex-Chicagoan who I’ve shot many times over the years, in different bands including Tortoise, Isotope 217, and Five Style.  (OK, so maybe it’s an IFO.) [br]




And below is a portrait I shot in 2003 for a Peter Margasak article in the Reader (I used a 3D camera for some of the shots during that session). [br] [br] John Herndon animated gif by Jim Newberry.

Photo Workshop: Night Portraiture

Tuesday, May 29th, 7:00 to 9:30PM. Ping Tom Memorial Park (Chinatown)
Sign up here!

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