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Lighting Portraits on Location
with Alan M. Thornton
June 19 - June 22, 2013

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Portraiture on location is a personally rewarding and challenging adventure, but one that at times is limited by the light that is available to you. This workshop brings the worlds of creative portraiture and technical control together, to demystify the technical side of using strobe lights, teach us how to meld it with available light, and open up new windows into creating portraits with your own look and feel.

Through daily technical exercises and photography sessions, we explore and master the fundamental function and use of light, strobe lights and the various modifiers that help shape and create the effects we are looking for. Mornings are dedicated to reviewing the previous days accomplishments with an open creative critique to help boost our awareness of design, framing, posing, and use of lighting. To practice our new lighting skills and techniques, our afternoons take us out of the studio to some of the most unique and stunning locations in New Mexico. Of course, no portrait lighting class is complete without willing subjects and wonderful models to help us create stunning portraits.

Every day promises to be event-filled and action-packed. We learn the various methods of portraiture, explore standard lighting techniques, appropriate lens choices, flattering posing, and even take a look at the psychology of location portrait photography. This highly rewarding four days with Alan will surely take your portrait photography to new levels.


Alan M. Thornton: Alan M. Thornton has been an advertising, editorial, and fine-art photographer for 16 years, working with various editorial p...

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