Studio Portrait Workshop in L.A. on December 13th

Portrait of Nora by Jim Newberry.

On Sunday, December 13th, I’ll be conducting a studio portrait photography workshop in downtown Los Angeles. Nora (pictured above) will be gracing us with her presence as a model (more Nora portraits here). RSVP here, and stay tuned here for other upcoming workshops (click “join us” to be updated when new workshops are scheduled).

Also, I’m available for one-to-one tutoring; more info, as well as free tutorials, at PicCoach.com.

 

Lighting and Portrait Workshops: June 2nd

Bastardgeist, photographed by Jim Newberry.
Two new workshops! You can view my portfolio here.

Jim Newberry Into to Lighting Workshop
Saturday, June 2nd, 2012  12PM – 2PM
Newberry Studio 2100 S. Marshall Blvd #704 Chicago, IL 60623 (map below)
$20 cheap! Sign up here.

In this hands on workshop I’ll give in-depth explanations and demonstrations of:

  • When not to light: how to recognize great available light and avoid ruining it
  • Speedlights: how to get great results with portable flash units used off-camera
  • Studio strobes: basics of pro strobes and light modifiers including Octabank, soft box, umbrella, beauty dish, and grid spot
  • DIY lighting: using hardware store and other inexpensive light sources to create unique, effective lighting

Class will split into pairs and photograph each other in the studio, using my equipment.

Prerequisite: you must bring a camera (preferably digital), either an SLR or a point and shoot that allows you to set f-stop and shutter speed manually (or if not full manual control, at least exposure compensation).



My studio is about 3 blocks from the CTA Pink Line California station.


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

Camera and Lighting workshops on February 6th


I held my first photography workshop here at my studio a couple weeks ago (those are the fabulous students in the pic above), and it went really well, so I’m scheduling a couple more for February 6th (and most likely more to follow):

Sunday, February 6th, 2011 Photo Workshops with Jim Newberry

11:30AM-1:30PM: Camera Essentials (Register HERE)

  • How to set f-stops, shutter speeds, and ISO to control exposure, depth of field, and freezing or blurring of motion
  • White balance (wtf?)
  • Lenses: what to look for when buying lenses; how focal length affects your image; how to protect your glass; shooting close-up
  • RAW format: when and why to use it instead of JPG

Prerequisite: you must bring a digital camera, either a DSLR or a point and shoot that allows you to set f-stop and shutter speed manually.

2:00-4:00PM: Intro to Lighting (Register HERE)

  • Available light: where to find it and how to control and augment it
  • Speedlights: how to get great results with portable flash units (the kind that can connect to the top of your camera)
  • Studio strobes: basics of pro strobes and light modifiers including Octabank, soft box, umbrella, beauty dish, and grid spot
  • DIY lighting: using hardware store and other inexpensive light sources to create unique, effective lighting

Prerequisite: you must bring a digital camera, either a DSLR or a point and shoot that allows you to set f-stop and shutter speed manually. Also, your camera must be able to connect to a PC cord, either via a built-in PC socket, or a PC adapter that connects to your hot shoe. You should be able to find one of these adapters at Central Camera, the greatest camera store on Earth.

The introductory price for each class is a mere $40, or both for $60 (if you take them on the same day).  Register for Camera Essentials here and Lighting class here. Both classes will involve shooting in the studio and one-on-one help from me.

Sunday, February 6th, 2011
Camera Essentials (11:30-1:30) & Intro to Lighting classes (2:00-4:00)
Jim Newberry Photo Studio 312-485-1879
2100 S Marshall Blvd Ste 704 Chicago, IL 60623
(free parking next to building; close to California pink line stop)
email me with questions or for more info

Frank Ockenfels 3 Workshop: Cult of the Silver Card

I had an incredibly inspiring workshop last week with the fabulously gifted and imaginative photographer Frank Ockenfels 3. Ockenfels bestowed each of us with a 2′ square silver card and sent us to Home Depot to scrounge together whatever hardware light sources we found interesting. I’m not at liberty to discuss the remaining depraved, bizarre rituals that he inflicted upon us, but l can say that our mantra was “less light” and that the mystical and enigmatic “starting a conversation” incantation was used liberally. All of us attendees got along swimmingly and had a great time over the 3 and a half day class. In the evenings we watched fascinating presentations with great photographers including Douglas Kirkland, Jock Sturges, Ockenfels, Joel Meyerowitz, Kenro Izu, and Ed Kashi. Really illuminating and energizing.

Here are a few photos I shot at the workshop.