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Cinematic Portrait Lighting and Visual Storytelling Shooting Experience
with Tamron, Westcott and Jonathan Thorpe

As photographers, it's more often than not our job to tell a story with our pictures. For Washington, D.C. photographer Jonathan Thorpe, a portrait is never just a portrait. Behind every portrait is the potential to tell a story, and it's up to us as shooters to evoke that narrative and make more than pretty pictures. 

For Jonathan, the most effective way to create narrative in an image is with lighting. Off camera lighting can be used in many different ways to evoke emotions, or guide your viewer around the photo and precisely tell your story. 

We will host an intimate narrative horror-themed shooting experience with professional models on Saturday, Oct. 24 at New Republic Studios. This workshop will be limited to 15 students.

Cinematic lighting is all about creating a mood and feeling in the image. By the use of one or many off camera flashes, you can achieve a unique look and style to your own photos, and help you stand out amongst other shooters. Jonathan will start with one flash and work my way up to four to six other lights and create incredible scenes where we are lighting the environment as well as the subject.

Required Equipment

• Camera with hot-shoe and manual controls
• Memory cards
• Charged Batteries
• Any lens you would like to work with (Tamron will have loaner lenses available. See below for more info. 

Loaner Equipment

Tamron will be on site with loaner lenses available including portrait lenses. 

We'll provide lighting equipment and triggers for students as needed. 

Shooting Location

New Republic Studios
140 Utley Rd, Elgin, TX 78621

Concepts Covered

• Working with a client to produce a large-scale creative project
• Working with actors, wardrobe, makeup, location and lighting to execute am effective and compelling narrative image
• Working with your models to help pose and light
• How different lighting modifiers give you different looks, and which modifiers I always use
• Using shadows and light to give totally different feelings out of the same photos
• How shutter and aperture affect the shots when using off-camera lighting
• How to mix ambient light with off-camera lighting (and how to fully manipulate it)


This class is designed for all levels, but possessing an understanding of the basic functions of your camera - focusing, manipulating ISO, Shutter and aperture, etc. - will allow you to take in more about the lighting and storytelling, the real focus of the class. 

About the Instructor

Jonathan Thorpe is a cinematic photographer whose technical ability to light and direct a story rings true in the images he produces. His approach drums emotion, yet maintains a level of verisimilitude in the form of "Hyper Realistic" portraiture. Since switching to photography in 2008 from a profession in optometry, Jonathan shoots full-time nationally and local to his home in Washington, D.C., He is currently sponsored by Tamron lenses, Westcott, Holdfast Gear, and represented by Wonderful Machine in Philadelphia. Alongside his photography, Jonathan teaches and lectures around the world helping other photographers grow confident in their careers and forays into photography.

See more of his work HERE

Please review our class cancellation policy below. This is a one-time class.

Class Cancellations & Refunds 

Tier 2: Special Events and One-Time Classes
You have up until seven days before a scheduled Mock Wedding, Flash Fest, Portraits in Depth Series, Photo Campouts (including Spring and Fall Photo Camping Extravaganza), special events and one-time classes to cancel and receive a full refund or to reschedule. If you do not show up for a tier 2 class your registration will be forfeited and you will not be permitted a refund or to reschedule. Cancellations made within 7 days of the class will receive a 50% refund.

Minimum Enrollment
Each class needs a minimum number of students to enroll before the class can “make.” If the minimum enrollment has not been met two business days before the class begins, the class will be cancelled. All students who enrolled in the class will be notified by telephone or email, and may transfer to a different class or be issued a refund. We encourage all students to enroll as soon as registration begins. Please check your phone and email messages, including your SPAM.

How to Reschedule or Cancel a Class
Please contact the store at 512-467-7676 or email to cancel a class. Class cancellations or requests to be rescheduled that are sent through other channels, such as Facebook or messages, will not be honored.


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