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Exploring the Studio

SKU: CLASS197
Our Price: $109.00

Exploring the Studio
A New Topic Each session W/ Scott Sitkiewitz & Josh Baker

Join us for our Exploring the Studio series if you're interested in expanding your lighting toolbox with deep dives into specific studio topics and shooting styles – from specific looks to unique lighting modifiers. Lead by long-time PCU Instructors Scott Sitkiewitz and Josh Baker, we will take a hands-on look into a new topic each session. In this class, we will have a brief discussion of the goals of the night before jumping into a hands-on shoot with a professional model. All students will have an opportunity to photograph. 

Sign up for both sessions for $149 and get a session for half off! Or take the sessions you want a la carte! 

Structure and Format

We will begin each session with a brief discussion on the specific topic of the day and then jump into setting up gear and shooting the subject. 

Schedule of Shoots (See below for more details)

Low-key and Dramatic Lighting - Sunday, Aug. 25 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Mastering the Headshot - Tuesday, Sep. 17 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Portrait Photography using the Beauty Dish - Coming Soon
High-Key Studio Photography - Coming Soon

Low-key and Dramatic Lighting

Sunday, Aug. 25 from 1 to 4 p.m. 

Low-key lighting is a style of lighting that accentuates the contours of the subject by throwing quite a bit of the subject into shadow. Think of your favorite black and white film noir movie, and you get the idea. Sometimes by showing less of the subject to the viewer, the photograph can become more interesting and dramatic.

In this three-hour, hands-on class, we will work with a model to create a variety of images that are filled with shadow and drama.

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Topics Covered

• Strobe equipment recommendations and placement
• Use of grids, barn doors and snoots to control the spread of light
• Using hard light to create drama in your photograph
• How to create light patterns on the background
• Importance of communication with your subject
• Lens choice for portraits

Equipment Required

• DSLR or Mirrorless camera with charged batteries
• Clear Memory Cards
• Any and all lenses you hope to use

Mastering the Headshot

Next Date: Tuesday, Sep. 17 from 6 to 9 p.m.

In this class, you will learn three lighting setups for modern Headshots. We are going to energize your executive portrait business by getting your lighting and posing up to date. The class will start with a 15-minute introductory talk by instructor Josh Baker. He will then guide the students through the hands-on shooting session. Come and learn to build your headshot portfolio with us! You will leave this class with images for your portfolio.

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Topics Covered

• Headshot Posing
• One-light headshot recipe
• Two-light headshot recipe
• Three-light headshot recipe

Equipment Required

• DSLR or Mirrorless camera with charged batteries
• Clear Memory Cards
• Any and all lenses you hope to use

High-Key Studio Portrait Photography

Coming Soon!

Do you struggle to create a pure white background in your studio portraits only to turn around and spend hours in Photoshop to clean up the photos? In this class, I’ll teach studio strobe lighting techniques to achieve a pure white background look in camera with only minimal post-production work. This is a three-hour, hands-on class photographing a model to capture a variety of looks.

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Topics Covered

• Strobe equipment recommendations and placement
• Inexpensive flooring used to create a gloss white with reflections
• Techniques to control the background lights from causing low contrast images
• Lens choice for portraits
• Simple Lightroom tips to help get the background white

Equipment Required

• DSLR or Mirrorless camera with charged batteries
• Clear Memory Cards
• Any and all lenses you hope to use  

Portrait photography using the Beauty Dish

Coming Soon!

Of all the flash modifiers available to the studio photographer, the beauty dish probably gets the most questions about what it is and how to use it.

In this 3-hour hands on photography class we’ll be using a beauty dish as our main light to photograph a model, with the goal of helping you understand when and how to use it to create a unique portrait. We’ll start the class by photographing a model to create the most synonymous look with a beauty dish, a typical head and shoulder portrait often used in the fashion industry. From there we’ll move into a more athletic/sports look for some edgier photos. The beauty dish really is a “one trick pony” of a modifier, but when used properly, nothing can replicate it’s look, making it an indispensable tool in your lighting kit.

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Topics Covered

• Placement of the beauty dish relative to your subject
• Beauty dish accessories – sock and grid
• Boom equipment safety
• Secondary light uses for the beauty dish
• Importance of communication with your subject
• Lens choice for portraits
• Strobe equipment recommendations

Equipment Required

• DSLR or Mirrorless camera with charged batteries
• Clear Memory Cards
• Any and all lenses you hope to use

About the Instructors

Scott is a photographer based out of Cedar Park, Texas. He has a studio in his home and runs Scott D Photography with his wife, Jennifer. Scott fell in love with photography about 10 years ago while working in Chicago and began the long journey of learning all he could. His favorite subject continues to be the concept of "urban decay" and his business focuses on family and children portraiture.

Scott loves two things about photography. First, you can never learn it all. Second, the industry is brimming with other professionals willing and enthusiastic about guiding you through your next photographic adventure. Teaching has always been a passion for Scott, and he's thrilled to continue that passion.

To Josh, life is one big adventure. He founded AzulOx Visuals in 2009 and has been exploring the world and new photographic techniques ever since. Josh loves to use his photographs to tell stories, and he excels in designing creative story-boarded shoots. Josh is passionate about photography and the creative development of his students. He uses a variety of teaching techniques to help his students realize their photographic vision.

For questions about the class, please email inquiry@azulox.com. 

Please review our class cancellation policy below. 

Class Cancellations

Standard Classes
You can cancel a class registration up to two business days before the class begins and receive a full refund except for with some special classes and events such as the Mock Wedding and excursions. See below for more information. 

If you register for a class that we hold on a regular basis, and do not show up for the class, you will be rescheduled one time. Once rescheduled, if you do not show up for a class, your payment will be forfeited.

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 (see refund procedure). We encourage all students to enroll as soon as registration begins. Please check your phone and email messages, including your SPAM.

Refunds
Unless otherwise stated, class refunds are only issued to customers that provide notice to the store that they would like a refund no later than two business days prior to the class. Refunds will not be issued to customers who sign up for a class but fail to attend.

How to Reschedule or Cancel a Class
Please contact the store at 512-467-7676 or email classes@precision-camera.com to cancel a class. Class cancellations or requests to be rescheduled that are sent through other channels, such as Facebook or Meetup.com messages, will not be honored. Please note that class refunds are only issued during business hours, Monday through Friday.

 

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