Bobbi Lane: Lighting Essentials: One & Two Light Portraits

bl_1070572In this lively and indispensable workshop, you will learn how to work with Dynalite strobe lights, both as a main and as an accessory. This class will cover the big three of lighting: direction, quality and depth. Bobbi will take you step-by-step using various modifiers, such as umbrellas, softboxes, grids, and reflectors, to explain how to match lighting to your concept or the “look” that you desire. Technical considerations such as how to take accurate meter readings will be discussed and demonstrated. Working with a variety of models, you will gain valuable tips and practice on how to successfully pose your subject for headshots. This workshop, exploring the drama and magic of lighting, will set you on the path of using effective techniques for more dynamic portraits!

Couple in REd flash and canalBobbi Lane is a commercial photographer specializing in creative portraits in studio and on location. Lane’s multi-faceted approach to photography incorporates over 30 years of technical experience with innovative artistic interpretation. Lane shoots primarily people for editorial, corporate, and advertising accounts as well as photographing “real people” and travel for stock.   Bobbi’s clients include Charles Schwab, GE, Warner Bros., Neutrogena, and Sekonic.  A dedicated photo educator who has taught worldwide, Bobbi is also a Contributing Editor to Photo Techniques magazine.  She has authored numerous instructional books and DVDs.

Class will begin at 6 PM on Friday, June 28. 





Prerequisite: No lighting experience is necessary. Participants should have good camera skills and basic knowledge of Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, or Lightroom
Please bring
: Digital SLR, memory cards, tripod, and a light meter (CPW will have cameras and accessories to lend out for this workshop).
Class limit
: 12  
: $440 / CPW members: $410

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Fine Art Nudes: The Female Form with Manny Cabo


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In this seminar Dynalite VIP Manny Cabo will amply illustrate with a wealth of creative images the techniques used to create a sense of design, composition and imagination in this highly aesthetic and sultry branch of photography. Fine art figure photography embraces a plethora of important tactics that when blended together successfully will disclose a true work of art. The female form is inherently beautiful on its own and needs no approval for accentuating it’s beauty.

It is our job as image makers to properly uphold the majestic power of the female form by adopting the proper techniques to fully captivate audiences with arresting images. With that being said this seminar will discuss all the principles and techniques used to create stunning images of the female nude including, but not limited to: Equipment, Lighting, Composition, Positioning and above all Rapport with the model.



1:00pm – 2:00pm: 
Instructor Manny Cabo will review some of his best work with nude and implied nude models and show you lighting techniques to capture stunningly beautiful body highlights and tasteful images celebrating the female form.

2:00pm – 3:30pm: OPEN MODEL SHOOT - Attendees can photograph an assortment of beautiful models. Some models will be fully nude while others will be posing in lingerie. Each station will be lit with studio lighting.

3:30pm – 4:00pm:
Using images freshly photographed of the models, Manny Cabo will show attendees how to retouch and enhance their images.

All attendees will receive a certificate for 2 FREE Lab Hours in the Unique Photo Computer Lab where they can use their newly learned techniques in the various programs used to enhance their images. (Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Nik Software, Etc)

Please bring your camera, a notebook and pen. Please note that because models will be hired for this workshop, there will be no refunds. Age 21+ Event. IDs will be checked at the door.


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The Intimate Portrait with Joyce Tenneson

There are many elements that go into creating a memorable portrait. Not surprisingly, many of them start with the photographer rather than with the subject. Designed to guide you in developing a style that is consistent with your own personality and interests, this four-day workshop with portrait master Joyce Tenneson explores and demystifies many of the inhibitions photographers typically experience when working on portraits of people.

We work with models, and each other, to create images that go below the surface and penetrate deeply into the subject’s character. Outdoors on location, we make use of the beautiful light of Santa Fe. We also have access to The Workshops portrait studio, where she demonstrates the simple lighting techniques she has used for creating her many memorable portraits.

For anyone looking to improve their creativity as a portrait photographer—from composition to styling to lighting—this workshop will give you the confidence you need to move you forward in the wonderful and exciting world of the portrait.

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Joyce Tenneson, one of the leading photographers of her generation, was ranked in a recent poll of American Photo readers as one of the 10 most influential women in the history of photography. Her work, shown in exhibitions worldwide and part of numerous private and museum collections, has appeared on the covers of Time, Life, Newsweek, Premiere, Esquire, and The New York Times Magazine.

Joyce is the author of 13 books, including the best-selling Wise Women, which was featured in a six-part Today show series. Her most recent book, Joyce Tenneson: A Life in Photography, is a retrospective look at her long career. A sensitive and gifted instructor, she has facilitated the growth of many photographers over the years. This is Joyce’s 19th year teaching at the Workshops. Her web site address is




Stephen Eastwood’s Beauty & Fashion Workshop + Webinar

A comprehensive course taught by the renowned NYC Fashion and Beauty photographer, and Canon’s “Explorer of Light” and “Printmaster” – Stephen Eastwood.


This intense one day in-studio course will cover shooting Beauty and Fashion from both a commercial and a highly conceptual perspective held at Studio 212 in Metuchen, NJ.  Three “core” lighting setups with lighting provided by Dynalite will be explained, and the participants will have a chance to shoot on those setups with Stephen’s guiding.  Group size is limited to 6 participants per day to ensure an intimate atmosphere conducive to learning.


This workshop consists of a one day in-studio course, and an online webinar the following Sunday, August 21st.  We wanted to keep the group sizes small, so we’re doing the in-studio portion twice – Saturday August 13th and again on Sunday the 14th.



The in-studio portion of this workshop is broken up into 3 parts.  Each part will cover one “core” lighting setup and then it’s variations, and will consist of an overview/lecture, live shooting by Stephen and Q&A.  There is a time allotment for participants to shoot, but since this is an educational workshop, that time will be somewhat limited.

Part 1 – Commercial Fashion.
This section will focus primarily on shooting clean commercial style of fashion that’s most suitable for catalogs and lookbooks.

Part 2 – Commercial Beauty.
Expanding on part 1, but with focus on more portraiture and beauty oriented imagery.

Part 3 – Conceptual Fashion and Beauty.
This section will expand on parts 1 and 2, and will concentrate on a more stylized conceptual style well suited for editorial submissions.

Online retouching lecture/webinar.

This six hour online event will feature a retouching lecture/demo by Stephen, and will be specifically tailored to deal with the images the participants shot the previous weekend.  The webinar is broken up into two parts.

Part 1 – Retouching Lecture/Demo.
In this part Stephen will walk you through his approach, talk about his retouch strategy and what he wants to accomplish in the final product.  Using images shot the previous weekend as examples, Stephen will address specific challenges associated with each setup and style. He will walk you through sample retouched images layer by layer, explaining his process from beginning to end.

Part 2 – Show and Tell.
During this section Stephen will go through the images the participants shot the previous weekend.  He will provide feedback, suggestions for improvement and offer his strategies and approach for post.  Some of the images will be retouched live, and you’ll be able to watch Stephen work on an image as he’s explaining what he’s doing and why.

This workshop consists of a one day (9 hour) in-studio course (repeated on two days) + a six hour retouching lecture/webinar the following weekend.  The cost of the webinar is included in the price.

Workshop Price = $795

$200 deposit is required for all bookings.  When submitting your deposit, please specify which one of the two in-studio days (Saturday or Sunday) you’re booking.

Please make sure you read the cancellation policy below, before booking.

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Early bird promotions.

Book before Thursday, June 30th – get $100 off.

Book before Saturday, July 16th – get $50 off.

Portrait Lighting Techniques with Bobbi Lane

A photographer uses the tools of light, luminance and color in order to capture a certain aspect or essence of their subject. With instruction by renown photographer Bobbi Lane, this 2-day seminar (June 4th – June 5th) at the Woodstock Photography Workshop is designed to provide the photographer with essential lighting techniques to create a complex portrait. Students will use reflectors and diffusers to modify and manipulate both studio and natural light to create the feeling of a portrait.

Also covered will be an overview of Dynalite strobe products, how they work and the step by step set-up will be fully explained and demonstrated. You will have hands-on experience each day working with the lights and the modifiers: umbrellas, boxes, grids, and bouncing. Exposure techniques, histograms, and balancing light will all be covered in detail. This dynamic workshop is for emerging photographers or those who seek to make better portraits.


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Kevin Ames

Kevin Ames is a commercial photographer immersed in creativity. His photographs have appeared in Time, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal and on the covers of Professional Photographer, Photoshop User, Jezebel and Atlanta Sports and Fitness magazines. He works for corporate clients including at&t, Carter’s, Honda and Westin Hotels.

Kevin writes “The Digital Photograher’s Notebook” column for Photoshop User magazine. He has authored four books on digital photography including one for the extremely popular “Dummies” series.

He teaches photographic and digital imaging workshops and classes across the United States, Canada and Europe. His studio and home are located in Atlanta, Georgia USA.

Fred Marcus Studios Mentioned On Fox News

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Recently Fox News aired a special on how the economy is effecting the holiday season and usual traditions such as Christmas Cards are now longer being mailed in the numbers they used to. To many this is another mark of economy and another effect of “the digital age” where we seem to email more and rely on social networking to be stay in touch with those we care about. As noted in the broadcast, some things still are worth the effort or the expense.

The host of the segment noted that this was the first Christmas for her family with her newborn daughter, and this was something special. To capture these rare time in their lives as a family they did what many families used to do, professional holiday portraits. The studio she went to was Fred Marcus Studios in NYC, who has long been a friend of Dynalite and we asked some questions to follow up on what Fox News started to get some more thoughts on how photographers and studios are doing in this digital age today.

Dynalite: In these economic times many people are not sending as many holiday cards out in the mail and are relying heavily on social media and email, has this effected or changed your holiday portrait business?

Brian Marcus: Most of our customers are really loyal. I’d say that 30% of all our families come in for some sort of holiday card, gift or print order. Ties and Sweaters can only get you so far but a beautiful photograph last a lifetime. The value of our work really comes through during the holiday season, it’s really nice to see.

Dynalite: With digital cameras improving so much in recent years, do you find that portrait sittings in general have declined?

Brian Marcus: Luckily our portrait business has improved the last few years. Our customers like to come in and have enjoy their experience but most of all they like to be in and out knowing they got the lighting, composition, and quality that you can only really get in a professional studio.

Dynalite: NYC is one of, if not THE most competitive photo market in the world. How has Fred Marcus studios thrived in such a high pace high volume atmosphere?

Brian Marcus: Consistency and Quality. If there’s one thing we pride ourselves on it’s our consistency and story telling. People clearly notice the difference between something that lasts and something that’s of the moment.

Dynalite: Do you find yourself gaining new customers by specific advertising and do some of these customers keep coming back for other portrait sittings?

Brian Marcus: The best thing we ever did was offer a complimentary baby shoot to our wedding clients. It has built up our portrait business tremendously. Posting our photographs on our website and especially Facebook has also really brought in new business. We keep our prices reasonable and provide impeccable service and quality. It’s a combination that has always worked for us.

Dynalite: As a third generation portrait photographer you have been surrounded by many photographic styles and influences. What do you think is the most popular style of photography for your clientele, for you personally, and what styles do you hope to see in the future?

Brian Marcus: Giving a name to what we do is tough. I just think it’s a great mix of gorgeous portraits that look natural and elegant combined with a really creative and candid approach to everything else. Our images are instinctive and really speak to our clients. They are always meant to bring back every memory from one of the most important days of their lives.

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