John Siskin Photographer
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This is a video from a product photography workshop I did in Los Angeles
Join Me For A Live Strobe Lighting Workshop On April 27th!
Building a portfolio

Strobes are fantastic tools for lighting still pictures. You can get a dedicated strobe that will do a good job shooting 500 pictures at an event powered by just a few batteries. You can carry the thing in a pocket. When a movie crew shows up there is at least one truck entirely full of lights; a movie light with the same power as a good strobe is hard for one person to lift. There is only one problem with strobe lights: the photographer can't see the light that will make the picture. The light is only on for 1/1000th of a second while the shutter is open. So to make good shots with these lights we have to be able to predict, pre-visualize, what our strobes will do. That's what this workshop is about. Automatic or dedicated strobes are good tools when you need to get a good exposure quickly, say if your shooting a wedding or other event, but automation doesn't give you complete control over the light. It's more like painting by numbers that painting with light. In addition to a light we need the right tools to modify the light: to get quality light rather than just quantity light. It's a big problem for photographers to choose good tools. The manufacturers of the gear want to sell you more things rather than help you make better pictures, so they don't always give you enough information. So one goal of this workshop is to help you decide what tools would be best for you. My studio is a kind of test kitchen for light modifiers. You'll be able to see the light that different tools make. Other goals are to learn how to use several lights together and how to use strobe with ambient light. For more information visit my blog: Cost is $225

Portfolio Workshop

The plan for the workshop is to help people build a group of photos that will enable them to share their version of photography with others, their portfolio. Of course any kind of a portfolio can work for this class: fine art, a portrait, commercial, and so on. The key is to get really good feedback about your work, and get help to develop your portfolio. This is a good thing for several reasons: first you get the experience of seeing how people react to your work, and you get feedback about technique that relates to the work you do. The class will also allow us to discuss marketing and presentation as well. In the Portfolio Workshop you'll get feedback from several people, which can be really helpful. In addition the portfolio class will help you develop your ability to think carefully about images. This is a continuing workshop: people come back every month. Not only do you have more opportunities to refine your presentation, you can also present different portfolios. Each person is encouraged two bring two photographs each month. We're trying to schedule the next class, what date would work well for you?

Join me at For An Online Photography Course!
I teach photography at I currently offer an introduction to working with strobes, called An Introduction to Photographic Lighting as well as Portrait Lighting and Commercial Photography. You can take these classes online. I hope you will e-mail me if you have any questions.