Here is our schedule of workshops and classes for 2018. Some workshops will be held at the Los Angeles and Pasadena Samy’s stores. This year we will concentrate on OCF (off camera flash), Beginning and Advanced Studio Portrait Lighting, the Wedding Workshop and a new Digital Workflow class designed for wedding, portrait and event photographers.
For brief descriptions of each workshop, including the best experience level you should have to take advantage of the information presented, and the gear you should bring, see our “Class Descriptions” page.
OCF Workshop (Off camera flash):
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This 4 hour class will have you using your speedlight like a pro, and if you are a pro, you’ll pick up a few pointers. We will teach you how to get the most out of your speedlight (hot shoe camera flash) by taking it off the camera. When you master off camera flash, your photographs won’t look “flashed”. You’ll have the skills necessary to produce beautifully lit images in a much wider range of environments.
Topics covered: We’ll use modifiers like shoot through panels for soft light, different kinds of umbrellas, soft boxes and reflectors. We’ll show you how you can use multiple speedlights to create truly professional studio and environmental portraits using modifiers you can make yourself. TTL metering, wireless flash, exposure compensation, and rear curtain sync will be discussed. We will also touch on more powerful self contained, off camera flash units like the Profoto B1 and B2. There will be a model for everyone to photograph, and PocketWizard triggering devices will be provided,
Best Experience Level: Beginner to Intermediate. You should be familiar with the basic functions and menus of your camera and on-camera Speedlight.
What to bring: Please bring note taking material, your DSLR camera and your external Speedlight (flash). Make sure your battery is charged and you have room for photos on your memory card.
For the type of images we’ll create in this workshop, a 50mm lens will work, but we recommend a portrait lens; 85 mm or longer. The ideal lenses would be in the range of a 24 to 70 mm zoom or a 70 to 200 mm zoom. The 70-200 being our personal favorite. Wide angle lenses are not recommended. If you own a PocketWizard bring that too.
Suggested pre-workshop homework: Please review your camera and flash owner’s manual as much as you can before the class.
Beginning Studio Lighting and Posing (Portrait and Fashion):
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In this 3 hour hands on workshop we’ll cover the principles of studio lighting and posing, using professional studio gear. We will create several, one and two lighting set ups. We will explain and demonstrate in very simple terms distinctive lighting patterns, ratios and metering. The studio can be intimidating, but after this class you’ll feel very comfortable in this environment, where once you understand a few basic principles, your creativity won’t be limited by weather, bad backgrounds or time of day. You will think of the studio as the fun playground it is for us. this workshop will take the mystery out of working with professional studio lighting, modifiers and metering. We will slowly build each lighting set up, explaining how everything comes together to bring our vision to reality. That’s the beauty of studio work, it’s a control environment where we are free to create! We’ll have a model for this workshop, and PocketWizard triggering devises will be provided.
Topics covered: We will work with self contained AC and battery powered Profoto D1 and B1 monoblocks, as well as power packs and heads. We’ll use reflectors, umbrellas and soft boxes. We will also talk about posing to make your subjects look their best, depth of field choices, positive and negative fill, using a light meter for fast accurate exposures and setting up your own portrait studio.
Best Experience Level: Low intermediate and above. You should have a good understanding of F-Stop, Shutter Speed, ISO, and be able to operate your camera in manual mode. A basic understanding of hand held light meters is recommended but not a must.
What to bring: Please bring note taking material, your DSLR camera, a fresh battery, memory cards and a portrait lens. An 85 mm lens or a zoom is best for portraiture, but a 50mm will work. The ideal lens would be a 70 to 200 mm zoom. If you own a PocketWizard bring that too.
We’ll have models to photograph at our workshops; these will be couples, for the wedding workshops, and individuals for the OCF and Studio Portrait Lighting workshops. You will photograph the models, and come away with nice images, but these workshops are not meant to be “Portfolio Building Events”, they are meant to teach you how to recreate each situation and give you a better understanding of lighting, posing, photo and lighting gear, and the photographic process.
If you are considering attending one of our workshops but have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email or call us. We’re always happy to chat with you to make sure you attend and benefit from the right workshops for you.
THESE ARE THE 2018 CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS ALREADY SCHEDULED
Sunday, January 28th, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm: OFF CAMERA FLASH. Investment: $89.00. Sign up here.
Saturday, February 17th, 1 pm to 4:30 pm: BEGINNING STUDIO LIGHTING. Investment: $79.00. Sign up here.
Sunday, March 11th, 1 pm to 6 pm: ADVANCED STUDIO LIGHTING. Investment: $99.00. Sign up here.
Saturday, May 26th, 10 am to 5:30 pm: THE WEDDING WORKSHOP. (Santa Ana) Investment: $125.00. Sign up here.
Saturday, June 16th, 10:30 am to 2 pm: OFF CAMERA FLASH. (Petersen Museum) Investment: $89.00. Sign up here.
Saturday, July 7th, 1 pm to 4:30 pm: BEGINNING STUDIO LIGHTING. (Santa Ana) Investment: $89.00. Contact Samy’s Camera to register.
Sunday, August 5th, 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm: ADVANCED STUDIO LIGHTING. (Santa Ana) Investment: $99.00. Contact Samy’s Camera to register.
Saturday, September 1st, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm: OFF CAMERA FLASH. (Santa Ana) Investment: $89.00. Contact Samy’s Camera to register.
Saturday, September 15th, 1 pm to 4:30 pm: BEGINNING STUDIO LIGHTING. (Los Angeles/Fairfax) Investment: $89.00. Contact Samy’s Camera to register.
Saturday, October 13th, 10:30 am to 2 pm: OFF CAMERA FLASH. (Pasadena) Investment: $89.00. Contact Samy’s Camera to register.
Saturday, October 27th, 11 am to 4 pm: ADVANCED STUDIO LIGHTING. (Los Angeles/Fairfx) Investment: $99.00. Contact Samy’s Camera to register.
Saturday, November 17th, 10 am to 5:30 pm: THE WEDDING WORKSHOP. (Santa Ana) Investment: $125.00. Contact Samy’s Camera to register.