Portrait photography is the most popular
pursuit of aspiring photographers. Do
people ask you to take photographs that require lighting and you
are not sure where to start. Maybe you have young children and
wish to photograph nice portraits as they grow. Or maybe you already have lights,
but find yourself stumbling around wondering what to do and how
to use them. Do you aspire to have a portrait studio someday?
No matter what your goals and desires are,
you need to get started learning how strobes work and how you
apply them for great portraits. Join
award-winning commercial photographer
Charlie Borland as he
shares his knowledge in a step-by-step approach to help you jump
start from a novice to a portrait expert. Charlie
has developed an excellent online photo clinic that deals
specifically with strobe lighting for simple portraits.
photo clinic is 2 lessons, 2 assignments and is geared to
or any photographer who wishes to learn how to use their strobes
and capture great portraits. In a slow paced approach, you will learn
how to setup your strobes and learn how they work, why you want
to use an umbrella over a lightbox, posing, backgrounds, and a
whole lot more.
Here's how it works:
On the start date you will receive the lesson
by email and PDF format and then have 12 days to ask questions and upload the
assignment should you wish to have your images critiqued,
questions answered, and problems, if any, solved. One week later
you will receive the second lesson and again have 12 days to
shoot and upload your assignment for critique.
· Studio strobes: power
packs or mono lights and how do they work
Umbrellas vs soft boxes
Backgrounds and how to light them
Accent lighting: hair lights, edge lights, and more
Basic posing techniques
is the teacher?
Before you take a workshop anywhere,
you should be asking this question. Are they qualified to be
teaching this workshop? What you learn and where you go with
photography depends on an experienced and qualified instructor
This course is
veteran professional photographer for over 25 years. He has
traveled the U.S. and Internationally on assignment for many
magazines and large corporations including:
Xerox, NW Airlines, Fujitsu, Tektronix, Nike, Blue Cross,
Nationsbank, Precision Castparts Corp., Mentor Graphics, Texas
Instruments, Pacificorp, Cellular One, America West Airlines,
Sequent Computer, Early Winters, Cascade Bancorp, Associated
General Contractors, Sunset Magazine, Farmers Insurance, Key
Bank, Northwest Airlines,
and many more.
And he has easily photographed over 1000
portraits for private parties, corporate business, and
Sample lessons: The lesson are well
written, nicely designed, and easily printed for future
experience in the profession, makes Charlie an excellent
instructor to assist YOU in understanding color management and
developing a marketable portfolio of images. He knows what the
clients want! Charlie is an enthusiastic instructor who will
leave you motivated and inspired!
This workshop is designed for any
photographer. You should know how to use your camera and have a
clear understanding of f/stops and shutter speeds. We'll show
you how to use the lights! If you are
shooting digital, you will need to know how to download files to
your computer, process, and email them. And you MUST have a passion for
equipment you will need is a film or digital camera, tripod, and
the ability (computer) to upload your digital files for review.
You can shoot with film and just need the
ability to scan film or process digital files.
IDEALLY, you will
have the following lighting equipment:
3 monolight strobes of 250 watt seconds or greater.
5 Light stands, 3 heavy duty and 2 light
A background (check out the backgrounds at
Adorama. Some start at $39.95)
A 10' wood or metal pole for hanging
background. (Available at Home Depot)
5 large spring clamps
Space to set up a mini studio. A double car
garage is perfect, but you can make a living room or basement
work pretty well. A 20' x 20' space would work pretty good for a
IMPORTANT: Make sure your camera body has a
PC sync cord socket. For example, the Rebel XTi does not have a
place to plug in this cord, so you MUST have a Safe Sync by
Wein. Then the cord plugs into this socket. It is best to get
the Safe Sync whether you have a PC socket or not to protect
your camera's electronics. Or if you wish you can get a wireless
setup like Pocket Wizard or Quantum.
do not have studio lighting equipment, please email us
for lighting equipment
The workshop is open to only a handful of students per
session and the cost is
register for Absolute Beginners Guide to
Using Strobes and Taking Simple Portraits you can use our
you can download our registration form and pay by check or money order.
Click here for next start dates
Once enrolled there is no refund due to limited enrollments.
Please note: Lessons average 1mb in
size or more, so you need the ability to receive emails this size.
If lessons are larger than 1 mb we will break them into numerous
files requiring several emails. If
you cannot get them that large, we can mail you a cd with all
lessons in advance. You will still be able to participate in the
online experience of the workshop.