I am visiting O’ahu for a week as I do the Hawaii Photo Fusion tour with the wonderful model and makeup artist, Tracie Cotta. We are being sponsored by SmugMug to come out and spend a week shooting photos and videos to create a series of video tutorials and behind-the-scenes looks at some of our lighting, posing and shooting techniques.
I did a small photography and lighting workshop in March of 2009 the last time I was out here… it was literally thrown together at the last minute at the request of a few people… and I was happy to have had 26 people attend and spend a few hours with me at Magic Island, Ala Moana Beach Park, as the sun set. This time I thought I’d go all out and cover everything I think is necessary to light and capture great photos AND videos and meld them together into what is now being called photo fusion videos.
The workshop will begin indoors at the ING Direct Cafe in Honolulu (map), light refreshments will be served and we’ll spend a couple hours in-class. We’ll then head outside for a 2.5 hour hands-on lighting workshop.
Bring your camera, we will have a live model (the gorgeous Tracie Cotta) and you’ll be shooting her in various scenes using some natural light, some flash-lighting. (you can also see Tracie in the iJustine video above, she is the makeup artist!)
“Fusion” is probably a term you’ve heard a lot recently. With the proliferation of DSLRs with video features it’s now easier than ever for photographers to capture GORGEOUS video while shooting photos without worrying about taking along an additional device. This allows for the simple “fusion” of photography and video for wonderful videos of weddings, events and photo shoots.
We (The Bui Brothers) also use it in other ways. The last few high profile photo shoots we’ve done we’re accentuated by behind the scenes videos that have actually gained more attention than the photos themselves. We actually attribute more than half of our recent photo business to these videos. When watching them, potential clients are able to see not only how we work but also who we are.
Here is the behind the scenes video we shot during our photo shoot of iJustine at the Ritz Carlton Laguna Beach:
- photo editing workflow
- basic video editing software (iMovie)
- video editing techniques
- how to create simple music for your videos (Garage Band)
- how and where to find legal free music online
- how to publish your content on SmugMug and share it on your blog or other sites
The questions we get most often from people are regarding the lighting techniques we use in our photographs. We typically do outdoor shots using a combination of ambient and flash lighting supplied either from small flashes or Alien Bees lights.
On this trip I’ll be shooting with two Vivitar flashes and a brand new set of Radiopopper JrXs. They are all as affordable as it gets! I’ll also be using some homemade modifiers to properly control the lighting, and will spend a couple hours setting up multiple sets for you to photograph.
In this part of the workshop I will show you exactly how to light your subject and why I make certain choices to get the effect I want. You’ll have the opportunity to photograph Tracie in each set with the lights I set up.
- choosing your location using the available light
- using flashes to fill against the sun
- using a single light for portraits
- posing your model
- using direct sunlight to backlight your subject
- using light modifiers for complete control
- a bunch of other stuff that will come up as we work
Fusion workshop (1st part of the workshop)
1958 Kalakaua Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96815
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Photography workshop (2nd part of the workshop)
Fort DeRussy Park
right across the street from ING Direct
The photo fusion workshop will be held:
September 24th – Thursday
2:00 PM – 7:00pm (it may go a little later)
In keeping with the low-budget nature of my trip and this workshop… I’m pricing it at an absolute no-brainer $35.
Due to the size of the venue and in the efforts to keep this workshop reasonably small and intimate, seating is limited. Click to reserve your place now:
Note: Purchase is non-refundable.
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