I didn’t get to where I am without help, so it’s the least I can do to pass along my knowledge to others.
This workshop is for semi professional and professional photographers who want to take their lighting to the next level.
I love to explore lighting, and to experiment with new techniques and ideas to refine my craft and to create better images every time I pick up a camera.
During our 8 hour hands-on workshop, we’ll start with one light and work our way up to 4 or five. We’ll practice on each other and a professional model, talk about modifiers, ratios, and post production, but more importantly, I want everyone to leave understanding why they would use each one, what happens to your look when you adjust the power of each light and what I do to achieve my look & style. I have limited these workshops to only three students in Chicago, and 15 students elsewhere (12 in El Paso), because I want to make sure that everyone gets a chance to learn the concepts and put them to use.
When were all done, we can go to dinner, recap what you’ve learned and talk about how to put these new skills to work!
PPA Magazine called Gress “one of the nation’s foremost experts on lighting.”
- 9:00am – 9:30am Meet & Greet
- 9:30am – 11:00am One & Two Lights Demonstration and Practice
- 11:00 – 12:00pm Lunch
- 12:00pm – 4:00pm Hands-on Lighting Setups with model(s)
- 4:00pm – 4:10pm Break
- 4:10pm – 5:00pm Retouching / Post Processing Demonstration
- 5:00pm – 6:00pm Hands on Retouching
- 6:00pm – 8:00pm Dinner*
Subject to change.
To leave a deposit, for any workshop please click below. The total is due 30 days before the workshop.
Images That Were Created During Workshops
Friday, February 22, 2019
PROCAM Photo & Video Gear
34224 Plymouth Rd,
Livonia, MI 48150
To sign-up for the workshop, please click below. 4 slots left.
Sunday, March 10, 2019
This workshop is limited to three participants. For more information and to sign-up for the workshop, please click below.
Sunday, March 17, 2019
Atlanta, GA 30331
$349 Before 2/2, then $399
For more information and to sign-up for the workshop, please click below. 5 slots left.
El Paso, Texas
Saturday & Sunday, March 23-24, 2019
This will be my first ever two day workshop and will include twice the number of setups as my one day class and extended retouching instruction. While semi-pros are welcome, this workshop is really geared to working professionals who are looking for in-depth knowledge and instruction.
Space is limited to only 12 participants!
2201 E Mills Ave.
El Paso, TX 79901
$549 Before 2/1, then $599
To sign-up for the workshop, please click below.
Sunday, March 31, 2019
832 Exposition Ave.
Dallas, TX 75226
To sign-up for the workshop, please click below. 6 slots left.
Participants also receive my five favorite Lightroom presets!
*All sales are final and non-refundable. Dinner is an optional activity and is not included in the price of tuition.
Over the course of my career I have used White Lightning, Elinchrom, Alien Bees and Profoto lights. I wanted to share with you today why I switched and what I learned along the way.
I wanted to share with you a little about how I got to where I am, in hopes that it may help you get to where you’re going a little faster.
Everyone has a light stand, even make up artists. Some photographers have boom arms but when you really want to refine your work, or make your life easier in the studio easier you’ll need an arsenal of hardware. And for the most part I am not talking about the durable goods you can pick up at Home Depot or Lowe’s.
Adapting the look of LED or Fluorescent tube backgrounds for still photography with a DIY approach using softboxes, a v-flat, a knife and three Profoto lights.
As photographers we might obsess about this modifier or that one, believe me I have, but often times we fall short when it comes to shadow detail. This is something I struggle with from time to time when shooting in a new room and every shoot poses its own set of problems, so the purpose of this post is to share some basic concepts that I hope will help you maximize dynamic range and develop more details in your depictions.
Let’s pretend for a moment I am sitting inside a reality show confession booth. Instead of disparaging the other characters on the show, I’m going to disparage myself (not really, actually. In my garage I have a garbage can full of modifiers. It looks like an episode of Hoarders in miniature, only instead of holding on to teddy bears and half-full beer cans, I collect things that make hard light look soft and in turn, make me look good.
One of the most popular questions I am asked is: what are those lights in the background of my portraits? Aside from the one time that I used a Profoto Monolight unsuccessfully, every other occurrence I can recall featured a vintage light designed by Mole-Richardson.
After picking myself up off the floor following my discovery of the sticker price for Canon’s C200 batteries, I decided to look at other options. I have seen people using V-Mount and Anton Bauer Gold Mount batteries for while, but they remained a mystery to me until push came to shove once my new camera was on its way.