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Crafting Dramatic Light on Location
with Syl Arena
July 8 - July 13, 2012

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Syl Arena is well known for his mantra, “To create interesting light, you have to create interesting shadows.” In this location lighting workshop Syl shows you how to implement that philosophy by creating dramatic light with portable, studio-size strobes and modifiers.

Our week starts with an investigation of how lighting shapes the persona of a subject; change the lighting and you have changed the persona in the image. The first step in Syl’s approach is to increase or decrease the amount of ambient light captured by the camera. Syl demonstrates a wide range of tools—including strobes, umbrellas, softboxes, grids, and gels—and techniques to shape and color flash so you, the photographer, can craft dramatic light that conveys your inner vision. We also explore how to build creative synergies between our lighting gear and the controls of our digital cameras.

Workshop mornings are spent on critiques and lighting demonstrations. In the afternoons and early evenings, we put our concepts and techniques to work in a variety of locations around Santa Fe.

Throughout the week our approach is not that of documentarians, recording scenes as we see them. Rather, we take a pictorial approach and work towards an understanding of how to craft light to influence the viewer’s perception of our subjects and their environments.

COLLEGE CREDIT AVAILABLE (Course Level 400): For an additional fee, participants may elect to receive one hour of college credit through Hastings College upon successful completion of this workshop. Those interested in earning credit should inquire with Santa Fe Photographic Workshops at the time of registration, 505-983-1400, Ext. 11.


Syl Arena: Syl Arena, a photographer with more than 40 years of experience, is obsessed with light— seeing it, feeling it, and sha...

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