It’s been a while since I’d offered a portrait lighting techniques workshop, and I was thrilled that a fabulous assortment of photographers came together for the one I offered this fall in West Des Moines, Iowa. The group ranged from experienced portrait artists, to photographers of other genres wanting to learn some portrait skills. We had a very fun full day of photography and I’m pleased that the feedback has been extremely positive.
We started the day going over some lighting concepts in a classroom setting. After nailing down the basics of lighting patterns, equipment, and some techniques, we were joined by three fantastic models – Ayeesha, Kasi, and Sara – whom I’d hired to be subjects for a morning studio portrait shooting session. We shot in a studio setting with a few different plain backdrops and straightforward lighting using studio strobes, my favorite triggers (PocketWizards), and a variety of modifiers – soft boxes, umbrellas, and reflectors. We discussed lighting strategies for getting started as well as some more elaborate lighting approaches.
In the afternoon, we moved outside to discuss location lighting techniques and equipment. We were joined again by model Ayeesha, as well as by models Ashley and Sabah, and all three patiently posed for our group members in a variety of locations as we explored several of the many portrait-friendly backgrounds and locations that can be found throughout the Valley Junction area of West Des Moines.
The day was fast-paced and moved quickly, and I think the group of photographers and models had as much fun as I did. Below is a gallery of photos some of the participants have forwarded to me to share. I extend my thanks to the great group of photographers who really worked hard throughout the day to master their lighting skills, and also to the models who joined us for this fun workshop!