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Oregon Professional Photographers Assoc. Speedlight Workshop…

The Speedlight Lighting Workshop is intended for advanced beginners, hobbyists, and intermediate level professionals who wish to stretch their knowledge of photography with an emphasis on understanding light; how to recognize it and shape in the natural world, and how to create it and manipulate it in the studio and on location.

We begin by discussing the qualities of ambient light, evaluating its hardness or softness and taking into account the specularity, luminance and efficiency of the subject. Next we consider the creative possibilities of the direction of the lighting; front, side, overhead, underside and back lighting. We’ll discuss the camera controls use to maximize the qualities of the lighting at hand and techniques to create the emotional impact the photographer desires.

We’ll then move on to understand speedlight flash systems and the number of tools available to the studio and location photographer, umbrellas, softboxes, gels, grids, snoots, beauty dishes and ring lights. Speedlights will be covered in detail along with infrared and radio flash triggering systems.

The afternoon three portrait sessions will involve all the aspects we have discussed so far in real world situations; an executive portrait, sports portrait and senior portrait. Here we’ll once again delve into lighting placement and show Rembrandt/45 degree lighting, along with butterfly, butterfly/paramount, loop, split, split/rim and shadowless lighting.

Thanks to the Oregon Professional Photographers Association for sponsoring this event!

Registration is $69.00 for non-members and $49.00 for members and is limited to 16 photographers and includes refreshments and light snacks.

Sign up here:

Back from NYC…

We had a chance to get back to the east coast for a quick visit to NYC and the WTC 9/11 Memorial. Quite an emotional time… the people around me, myself… my brother tells me that the volunteers place yellow roses in the names of those lost, on their birthdays…

Holiday Family Portraits…

lesher kids


Had quite the run of family portraits this past holiday season which is great for the old bottom line because things tend to slow down around here as the year comes to a close. When networking in late fall, I always try to mention how the holidays are a great time to get the family and extended family together for holiday family portraits especially when folks are coming into Portland from out-of-town or out-of-country like two of my families were this season. Whether coming into the studio or having the shoot at your home, the holidays are a great time for family portraits!

Photo Of The Year 2008…


I spent the better part of the day last Saturday in downtown Portland with four other photo judges, whittling down some 1,200 submissions to the top 100 for Portland’s Photo Of The Year 2008, benefitting the Oregon Outdoor School. Now in it’s sixth year and my second as a judge, Photo Of The Year was started by John Waller of Uncage The Soul Productions and some friends in 2002 as a way to see what travel photos they’d shot the previous year. It’s a pretty cool story you can read by clicking here. Photo Of The Year 2008 will hold it’s awards gala @ 7PM January 24th, 2009 at the Weiden+Kennedy Building in the Pearl. Click here to vote for your favorite ten images from the Top 100 and RSVP for the gala.

The quality of this years entries was superb and made our job that much harder. This year marks the first time a Professional catagory was added, generating 115 submissions. Other catagories include Youth, Faces and Funny. If you care about photography and feel it’s important to nurture that creative spirit, I urge you to vote and attend! Anyone can, and it’s for a great cause, so click the link, sign up to attend and have your vote counted!