Photo Assistant Boot Camp & Studio Lighting Basics June 2-3

“What’s the difference between this Photo Assistants Boot Camp and others?”
Working as a Photo Assistant is one of the best ways of learning the inner workings of the commercial photo industry, and as a way to become more technically skilled at lighting and production. Photo Assistant Boot Camp is a 2 day intensive Hands on workshop. You will be working with every piece of equipment that you would regularly come across during your first 6 -9 months of assisting. We produce this Boot Camp ourselves and we present many different studio strobe manufacturers equipment. 
“No company sales reps are present at these workshops.” We’re here to teach you not try and convince you to consider buying some companies products. Our proven method of teaching old-school photo knowledge, on set skills, set-etiquette, and business practices mean you are better prepared then others. Please note that this is not a ‘Photography 101′ type of workshop attendees should have a working knowledge of photography.
Our workshops have trained people from the following studios:
Christopher Michaud, Gregory Heisler, Russell James, Timothy Hogan, Michael Thompson, Annie Leibovitz, Sand Box Studio, Industrial Color, FotoCare rental, American Express publishing, QVC, Publishers clearing house, Conde’ Nast studio, Scheimpflug digital.

A portion of the topics to be covered are as follows.

    •     Flash Meters
    •     Color Temperature meters
    •     Flags, Nets
    •     Soft Boxes & Light modifiers.
    •     Studio Strobes
    •     Business practices  marketing yourself and your skills
    •     Light stands & grip equipment
    •     Your “Kit”  what you should be carrying
    •     Receive a FREE copy of: ‘How to be a photo assistant’  E-book & our NEW 1ProPhoto Photo Production database -’Personal Edition’ as well as a CD of select lighting diagrams.

Event dates:
Saturday June 2,  2012 10:00 Am – 5:00 Pm
Sunday June 3,  2012 10:00 Am – 6:00 Pm


About the instructor

James Sullivan has been working in the commercial photo industry for the past 22 years, 18 of those in NYC.
Beginning as a Photo Assistant, and in time being hired as a lighting technician by photographers and later moving on to producer, photographer/director.

Recently James has been working on a series of documentary videos for a client as well as working as a freelance photographer for SAKS.Com shooting Fashion and product stills. Some of the more notable photographers that James has worked with over the years as a photo assistant assistant/lighting tech include: Mark Seliger, Francesco Scavullo, Steven Klein, Kelly Klein, Taryn Simon, Warwick Saint, Norman Jean Roy, Michel Comte, Anotine Verglas, Gregg Delves, Guzman Studio, Marco Glaviano, Andrew Eccles, Christopher Michaud, Diego Uchitel, Frank Ockenfels and dozens more…

Boston Photo Workshop – Wednesday Night Lights!

Boston photographer Stephen Sherman leads a series of nine workshops on lighting techniques for people photography. Each workshop focuses on a different aspect of light and lighting and will cover a single topic from theory to practice with hands-on participation.  Workshops take place from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Wednesday.

June 1

The building blocks, “seeing the light” and understanding the different types of light.

June 8

The single light method. We will use one light, some modifiers and reflectors. Live subject.

June 15

Modifiers, big and small. we’ll cover Softboxes, Strip-lights, Hexovals

June 23 – Please note that this is a Thursday workshop

Using small flashes, Nikon, Canon etc, off camera, with cables & radio remotes.

June 30 – Please note that this is a Thursday workshop

Street portrait shooting with fill flash using small strobes, radio remotes and more.

July 6

Building a lighting kit. We’ll explore the basic needs of a good studio or location setup.

July 13

“Getting the best capture” Digital photo workflow , camera calibration and  color profiles.

July 20

We’ll light a photograph a model in an urban setting. We will have a hair & makeup stylist too.

July 27

Studio lighting with multiple lights and modifiers.

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Body Painting Portraiture

Body Art By Athena

© Mike Zawadski

Unique University has created a master workshop dedicated entirely to photographing the art of body painting. The workshop scheduled for July 24th from  starts at 1:00 with an hour long seminar by Unique University photographer Mike Zawadski on how to utilize studio lighting techniques, model poses, and camera composition to maximize image potential. In addition, there will be a short seminar on beginner body painting for photographers presented by Body Art By Athena who will also be providing the body painting to the models at the event.

You’ll be able to photograph these models body painted in all one of a kind designs and patterns. Each model will have their own ‘station’ and rotation between photographers will allow you to capture your favorite image from each model. Each station will be lit by studio strobes and have wireless connection capabilities..

*21 and over only. IDs will be checked at the door. This class is strictly limited to 25 photographers.

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Pin Up Portrait Workshop

Join Photographer and model Deanna Marie of as she gives you a comprehensive retrospective and personal instruction on “Pin Up” style photography and portraiture.  Having experience on both sides of the lens, Deanna Marie will teach you how to shoot from start to finish including how to style a models hair, makeup, wardrobe, and props for Pin Up portraiture.  Also included in this workshop are demonstrations with posing and lighting techniques, as well as shooting time with professional models.  This event will be held at Unique University in Fairfield, NJ on June 5th from Noon – 6:00.  Attendees are eligible for student pricing the day of this event.


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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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