Commercial Photographers Master Lighting Guide

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This must-have book includes 135 detailed lighting diagrams and step-by-step discussions that teach you how to most effectively light a wide array of products, interiors, and models.

Morrissey starts with a discussion on the types and characteristics of light you’re likely to encounter on the job. You’ll also learn how to select and use cameras, electric flash units, and modifiers to sculpt the light to suit your creative vision.

Next, you’ll learn how making small changes in your product lighting will allow you to present your subject in the most provocative possible way. You’ll learn how repositioning lights and modifiers, and adding and subtracting units from the set will provide a wide array of lighting options with a single subject. Finally, you’ll get an inside look at the strategies Morrissey used to create some of his most challenging assignments and remarkable images.

From lighting glass objects to photographing models indoors and out, this handbook demonstrates how to effectively use and control light using a variety of traditional and unconventional lighting equipment. Written by award-winning photographer Robert Morrissey for both the professional and the serious amateur photographer, this guide explains the different types of light and how to work with modifiers such as panels, umbrellas, grids, and mirrors. More than 100 detailed lighting diagrams help ensure proper placement and are useful while pitching ideas to clients. Money-saving equipment and accessory alternatives are discussed along with strategies for working through obstacles during a shoot, making this manual a must-have resource for success on every project. This revised edition includes incorporates new equipment references, while adding several up-to-date case studies.

Robert Morrissey is a commercial photographer and the owner of Morrissey & Associates. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including National Geographic Explorer, Time, and the Wall Street Journal and his images have been used by such companies such as GNC, Hallmark, Lady Foot Locker, and Olympus. He lives in Louisville, Colorado.


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Lighting Dramatic Portraits with David Robin

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Lighting Dramatic Portraits With David Robin At Sante Fe Workshops April 3-6

Portraitists, whether painters or photographers, are always confronted with the challenge of creating evocative and meaningful images of their subjects. In this workshop, David aims to decode this mystery and explore techniques to help participants develop their own unique voice and style.

Portraiture is a collaboration between photographer and subject, requiring skills beyond the technical. After examining the work of some of the master photographers in the genre, we explore simplified methods of working with subjects, including using light and setting to “speak” with our images. Through studio and location demonstrations, discussions, guest speakers, and assignments, participants learn how to visualize each portrait and how to create the appropriate environment and lighting to convey mood and emotion. David explains and demonstrates his techniques for achieving meaningful portraits, covering the gamut of editorial, beauty, advertising, and journalism. Participants leave Santa Fe with a refreshed, more clearly defined personal vision and the ability to achieve tangible photographic results.


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Fusion 2013


Beau Photo  is proud to present Fusion 2013 – the third annual trade show of gear and techniques for the DSLR videographer: camera rigs, recording devices, camera stabilizers, lighting and grip equipment will all be featured in this one event. There is also a great lineup of speakers booked; Kirk Neff, Nick Didlick, Kharen Hill and Life Studios will share their insight and experience with you and provide inspiration for your DSLR work.

This year’s event will kick off with a special presentation by Ian Ruhter on Friday April 12th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Burrard St. from 7:00pm until 9:00pm. The main trade show and speaker series will take place at the Hyatt Regency on Saturday April 13th beginning at 8:30am. Focusing on the continually growing DSLR video market, we will be bringing together industry leaders and showcasing cutting edge products that help photographers and videographers create compelling work more efficiently.

This is also the same weekend as the Canadian Imaging Conference presented by the Professional Photographers of Canada. You can attend both great events at the same location. PPOC members receive 20% off Fusion 2013 seminars!

At the trade show, see the latest in DSLR video gear from some of the industry’s leading suppliers including Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, as well as an up close and personal look at the MH2065V video flash head from Dynalite! This is a chance to talk to the experts about new equipment, or find out how to solve a specific issue you’ve been struggling with. Check the trades page for a list of vendors.

Fusion 2013 will appeal to the photographer who is transitioning from DSLR stills to DSLR video as well as those videographers who are already established and want to achieve better results, see the hottest new gear and hear about the latest industry trends.

Saturday, April 13th, 2013 • 8:30am – 5:30pm
Hyatt Regency Hotel – 655 Burrard St. Vancouver, BC

The Paradoxical World of Claire Rosen

Inspired by fashion and fairy tales, photographer Claire Rosen constructs whimsical worlds, designs costumes and captures beauty with her camera. As both a fine art and commercial photographer, Rosen explores the dualities that exist in life. By working with themes and imagery popularized by fables and children’s stories, Rosen investigates universal truths while appealing to our desire for fantasy.

Lightness and darkness, the real and the imagined, the beautiful and the bizarre – all of these paradoxes permeate Rosen’s work. Because of their contradictory nature, the tension generated by these pairs entices us to behold, inhabit and get lost in Rosen’s photographic narratives. Once inside, we take part in an adventure. Despite having no clear destination, our adventure proves valuable. We encounter unusual characters, stumble upon enthralling situations and overcome obstacles.

We are challenged by the unfamiliar and then rewarded with experience and knowledge. Luring us into worlds that blend fact and fiction and onto journeys that make us question that which we know, Rosen encourages us to look at the familiar in new ways. She spurs us into exploring the human condition. She allows us to gain insight into ourselves and each other. She lets us live in a fairy tale.

In this presentation, Rosen will share both personal and commercial work while highlighting her process from inspiration through execution.

Click here to register! Thursday September 20th, 4:00 – 6:00 at B&H Photo & Video


Claire Rosen is a photographer and video artist blending a fine art sensibility with commercial work to create whimsical imagery inspired by fairy tales, fables, and other children’s stories. Her fashion, fine art and advertising work touch on the bizarre and unusual with the themes of vintage circus, burlesque, magic, curiosities and natural science interwoven throughout the images. Rosen is drawn both to beauty and darkness as it exists in life, and her images explore this duality.

Claire’s work has been recognized by Communication Arts Photography Annual, The International Photography Awards, Graphis Photo Annual, Prix de la Photographie, The Sony World Awards, Artists Wanted: Exposure, The Art Project: W Magazine as well as most recently being included in Forbes 30 under 30 in 2012 for Art & Design.

Her commercial client list includes Alex Randall Bespoke Lighting, Alex Young, Bangz Salon & Spa, Neiman Marcus at Short Hills, Nike Global Football, Random House Publishing and Ryan Wilde Millinery. Her work has been published in Crafts Magazine, Doubleday Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, Harper’s Baazar Hong Kong, Jumeriah Magazine, The London Sunday Fashion Times, Mia Magazine, Millionaire Lifestyle Magazine, N.E.E.T Magazine, Prevention Magazine, and Tatler Magazine.

In addition, Claire lectures and teaches courses around the world in photography through Foundry Workshops, Gulf Photo Plus, Hallmark Institute, International Center for Photography, The New Jersey Visual Arts Center, NORDphotography, Unique University and The Yard School.

To learn more about Claire and her work, visit her website at

The Shmoe and the Pro Workshop Studio Lighting Workshop

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Long in the making, and probably long overdue – the Shmoe and the Pro Workshop is on! On July 28-29th Paul Gorr and Stephen Eastwood will be instructing on studio lighting for fashion in Metuchen, NJ!

This intensive two day event will feature two instructors. The Shmoe (Paul “Pasha” Gorr of PashaPhoto) will cover the beginner/intermediate curriculum on day one. The Pro (Canon’s Explorer of Light and Printmaster – Stephen Eastwood) will go into more detail, and cover topics meant for intermediate/advanced shooters.

Dynalite is back as an official sponsor!! So you get to Shoot with Dynalite products as well as receive student discounts!

3 hour retouching online after the workshop to be announced! we will retouch some shots from the workshop and show what would make them perfect!

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Center For Digital Imaging Arts – Boston!

Jim Morton: Education Director at Dynalite will be bringing up the new Roadmax 1000 watt packs with the MH-2050 heads and other new and evolved studio heads.


See the acclaimed 18” Beauty dish – with the NEW 18 Grid for the dish. Marvel in awe at the new Dynalite Ringflash. A rare and beautiful piece of gear indeed. Turn your white balance green with envy on 3 sets of new Dynalite equipment.

Be the first on your block to shoot, handle, and feel the sheer joy of syncing up to a Dynalite. Be amazed at the quality of this fine gear! Be impressed at how feather light it all is! Be proud of it’s American crafted design. BE THERE. OR BE SQUARE!!!!

• Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts
• DATE: NOVEMBER 15, 2011
• TIME: 4:30 P.M. – 6 P.M.

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Dynalite Helps Light New York Mets Team Portrait

Every year Dynalite has the privilege to assist New York Mets photographers in lighting up the official team portrait.  Below are some candid images from the center of Citi Field where the portrait was taken.  To light up the New York Mets 2011 roster, Dynalite used Rime Lite Grand Softboxes as well as other light modifiers mounted on our AH400 and SH2000 flash heads which were powered by the SP1600 power packs with built-in PocketWizard™​ wireless technology.

Vincent Ricardel

I have been using Dynalite for eight years. Never once has it let me down. Much of my work is produced on location, which means my equipment is subject to baggage handlers and the elements. During the production of my book, Archtop Guitars, I relied almost exclusively on the 1000ws power supplies and 2040 heads. They’re compact, sturdy and reliable. This is one lighting system that offers peace of mind. Thank you Dynalite for being there when it counts!” – Vincent Ricardel


Vincent Ricardel has enjoyed a 20-plus year career specializing in editorial and advertising photography.  He is well-known as a portrait photographer and excels at capturing the essence of his subjects within their surroundings.   Some of his subjects include Kevin Bacon, Dr Oz, Sandra Bernhard, Mikhail Gorbachev, The Dalai Lama and Calvin Klein. His work has been in numerous publications and advertisements in Time, USA Weekend, Business Week, Esquire, Charles Schwab, HSBC, Twinlab, American Express Publishing, The New York Times, and the Washingtonian.

Vincent is the recipient of the GRAPHIS “100 Best in Photography” award for 2011. He is also the recipient of the 2010 Society of Professional Journalists first and second place awards for magazine photojournalism. Ricardel has recently completed an art book titled, “Archtop Guitars: The Journey From Cremona to New York”, featuring the archtop guitars made by the Italian-American luthiers of New York and portraits of musicians who play and appreciate the craftsmanship of these instruments.  An image from this book graced the cover of the Nikon World Magazine and several others are featured at the 2011 Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition- Guitar Heroes: Legendary Craftsmen From Italy To New York. See more about Vincent’s “Guitar Heroes” project on the Nikon website!

He has also produced the images for the book Figure It Out, The Real Womens Guide to Great Style and recently completed the photography for a new book titled Glass Houses with designer Marc Rosen.  Vincent is on the faculty at the Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University and has a BA degree in political science from American University. Vincent resides in Alexandria, Virginia and splits his time between Alexandria, VA and New York City.

See more of Vincent’s work including another new book commissioned by perfume bottle designer Marc Rosen titled: “Glamour Icons” which is due on book shelves in October 2011.



JoAnne Kalish Studio Lighting

If you are looking to take your photography to the next level you need to know about studio lighting.  Learn from JoAnne Kalish on August 27th at Unique University and from 12-4 learn the ins and outs of basic portrait and still life lighting..  The idea of studio strobes is daunting at first, however once you understand how to create lighting there are no limits to your photographic imagination. Ambient light is constantly changing and you have to work with what you have, using strobe lighting you are in total control of where and how much light should be in the image.

JoAnne will show you how to incorporate some basic lighting techniques using Dynalite strobe equipment.  This seminar will cover basic 1- 3 lighting set ups utilizing different types of light modifiers in a variety of different photographic situations.  Students will also learn studio basics such as metering, setups, as well as enjoying the freedom to photograph wireless with Dynalite’s built-in PocketWizard power packs. Bring your camera and your desire to learn.  Sign up for $20 through Unique Photo and receive a $20 Unique Photo gift card entering the class on 8/27.

JoAnne Kalish’s passion for photography was born at age 18 picking up her first camera. She became one of the first women to shoot stories for “Sports Illustrated”: ice hockey, football, women’s basketball and Grand Prix auto racing kept her traveling and shooting around the country, including being hired by the International Olympic Committee to provide photographic coverage of the 1984 Olympic Games.

Having sold pictures to most major international publications (her pictures are published in 20 to 30 countries during any given month), Kalish turned her attention to advertising work and personal projects, including the current sensuality series. Her areas of visual interest include still life, portraiture, travel, lifestyle, fitness and underwater photography. In the advertising realm, she had picked up numerous awards, receiving international acclaim for her Claritin and Sports Authority ad campaigns.

As a host, Kalish traveled with actor Peter Strauss into the jungles of Panama to film an episode of ESPN’s “Canon Photo Safari.” She has led “American Photo/Popular Photography Magazine’s” Mentor Series Workshops, was invited to create a seminar on Sensuality and Beauty at the Palm Beach Workshop, and teams up with Joe DiMaggio to teach the DiMaggio/Kalish International Photo Workshops. To learn more about JoAnne’s teaching schedule go to