Phoenix Lighting Seminar Registration Opens

UPDATE: The March 15th and 16th lighting seminars in Phoenix, AZ, are both sold out.

The discussion thread for this seminar is here. Full info on the seminars after the jump.


Seminar Info and Registration Details


The class is to be held at the Hilton Phoenix Airport. The address is 2435 South 47th Street, Phoenix, Arizona. You can find a Google map here.


With these seminars, my goal is threefold: To refine your approach to creating light, to fill you with as many ideas as possible in a day's time and to have fun doing it. We'll start with a roadmap for the day, which I will do my best to keep us on. But each session will take on somewhat of a life of its own. Which is a good thing.

Our Anticipated Schedule

Morning check-in/setup: 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Please plan to arrive between these times, as we will still be setting up before then and still waiting for the caffeine to kick in. Anything you may happen to see onscreen before 9:30 is not part of the event and is only being used for projector testing purposes.

Morning session: 9:30 a.m. until approximately 12:30 p.m.

We'll talk about gear (I'll have a good gear selection there for a petting zoo) and take an extended, integrated look at what is essentially the Lighting 102 material in it's entirety. The focus will be on taking all of the things we talk about on the site in a day-to-day sense and integrating them to gain more of a holistic approach to lighting. Everything really is interrelated.

Lunch Break

On your own, approx. one hour, and we'll be looking for your nearby suggestions in the Flickr discussion thread related to this seminar. Link to a discussion thread will be posted shortly.

Afternoon Session:

~1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Assuming we have finished the theory stuff, we'll move into the practical/demo session. (Sometimes we go into a little overtime on the theory.) We'll get into some real-world lighting exercises photographing some models I will have cleverly hidden around the room disguised as ordinary attendees.

This is basically a lighting version of "Whose Line is it, Anyway?" with a focus on improvisational lighting based on available gear, the room, found objects, lighting mods, etc. I never know what ideas we will come up with, which is what keeps me equal parts interested in and petrified of the afternoon session. It's a good thing.

Shortly after each shoot, we will view each setup and discuss the results onscreen. This instant feedback in a group environment is a wonderfully efficient way to drive home the thought and technique process. We can read and write all we want. But for photographers there is nothing better than "monkey see, money do."

The goal will be to incorporate lighting theory, room environment, assignment constraints and our available gear to create a photo that seeks to produce an photograph that is an appropriate response to our situation.

Working within that framework will allow us to concentrate on better freeing ourselves in the other areas: Creativity and subject/photographer interaction.

The entire day will be a non-stop flow of ideas and techniques, punctuated by spur-of-the-moment Q-and-A. I want you to bring lots of questions, and to feel free to voice the ones that pop into your head throughout the day. In fact, if you do not ask me enough questions, I will start throwing some questions at you.

You might want to bring a notebook and pen. (I will have a URL to download the presentation, so you can relax and listen.) And bring a camera if you want to shoot the setups as a visual reference. And dress is casual, so you won't feel out of place if I show up in shorts.

As with my philosophy for the website there will be no secrets and no posturing. This stuff is not rocket science. It's light. And the first step in learning to light is to realize that anyone can get very good at it.

We will plan to wrap up at about 5:00. But if we are still going (and they don't kick us out) who knows. Normally, a fair number of people come back to the hotel bar after dinner, where we discuss lights, darks, ambers -- whatever. Always fun.

If, for some reason, you require a cancellation after booking, refunds will be granted up until March 3rd. After that time, you would be responsible for transferring your seat to another attendee.

Very Important: If, through events beyond my control, I am unable to present this seminar, refunds will be limited to the ticket price. As I already have airfare, hotel room and our venue rental paid in advance, I do not anticipate this happening. But I just wanted to cover all of the bases, in case I get run over by a bus tomorrow, or one of those Big Macs finally catches up to me.

Bases covered, I have to say that I am very much looking forward to this trip and especially to meeting many of you. As I do more of these seminars, I find that each session develops a vibe of its own. You put a few dozen photographers who are all eager to learn in a room, and what starts out as a simple stack of talking points turns into a rich, organic discussion that ends with everyone - including me - having a head swimming with new ideas.

Feedback from Previous Seminars

Post-seminar thread | Extended report

Post-seminar thread | Extended report

Post-seminar thread | Extended report

Northern California:

Extended report I | Extended report II


Registration Details

The cost for either seminar is $159.00. The two seminars cover the same material, so you would register for either day, but not both.

To register for either seminar (with any major credit card) please click on the link at the bottom of the post, which will take you to PayPal. A PayPal account is not required to register.

IMPORTANT: If you are in the process of registering and the seminar sells out, your fee will be refunded by the end of the day -- usually within the hour.

Please leave your name and phone number (and a working email if different from the PayPal address) in the info box on the PayPal page, in case I should need to contact you.

I look forward to seeing you there. The discussion thread for this seminar is here.

(Note: Both seminars are sold out.)


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reading between the lines, I take it the Strobist DVD will be previewed in the 9:00 hour? :) One can hope...

- Jon

February 10, 2008 6:13 PM  
Blogger Cameron Clark said...

I will have a 1 week old newborn at this time if all goes according to plan... I am really sad to miss this. Will you be back in Phoenix this year? PLEEEASSSEEE?

February 10, 2008 6:30 PM  
Blogger David said...


You are reading too much between the lines. As for saying anything else, Th-th-that's all, folks.

February 10, 2008 6:35 PM  
Blogger David said...


I am scheduled very heavily through spring, so will be taking a bit of a break after. (More info here.)

Best of luck with the new critter, tho!

February 10, 2008 6:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Darn, why does it have to be on a weekend! I have to shoot a wedding that Saturday (as do most of my friends who would love to go too). But may be able to join on Sunday.
You'll be hearing from me.

February 10, 2008 8:07 PM  
Blogger David said...

I'll keep an eye peeled for you, Anonymous.

And FWIW, Sundays are usually looser anyway. I have already had some time to think the rom through the previous day...

February 10, 2008 8:17 PM  
Blogger Ethan said...

Thanks for coming to my backyard, David. I'm looking forward to this. I organize the Tucson Photo Meetup. I've posted a promo for this seminar on both the Photo Meetup site as well as on my blog. I hope that brings lots of interested people your way.

February 11, 2008 5:44 PM  
Anonymous James said...

Nooooo! I saw it this morning and was about to go sign up for Saturday, only to find it sold out!!

Is there any way I can persuade you to open up a few more seats?? (Maybe I can carry your gear or something?)

February 12, 2008 4:56 PM  
Anonymous Nath Kaplan said...

Hi David,
Do you have an plans of holding the workshop in the NJ/NY area? If so where can I find the information?


February 18, 2008 1:44 PM  
Anonymous Joy said...

Gah...I missed the registration and now it's sold out. :( And I'm in the area, too.

February 19, 2008 2:24 PM  
Blogger zacmo said...

Is there some sort of tour schedule somewhere or are you planning it a trip at a time? I would travel to where there is a workshop, since there aren't ever workshops where I live.


February 20, 2008 4:29 AM  

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