New Lighting and Dog Photography Workshops this Summer + Camps for Kids and Teens


Studio Portrait Lighting Intensive

A Weekend Workshop: June 17 & 18

This weekend intensive is a thorough, hands-on exploration of the fundamentals of portrait lighting in the studio. From the simplest of lighting set-ups to the most complex configuration, the starting point of any lighting formula is the key light. Knowing how and where to place the primary light source is crucial. This is where we will begin in Studio Portrait Lighting Intensive.

On day one you will learn how to competently use a single light source and you’ll begin to see first-hand just how creatively flexible single source lighting can be. On day two we’ll add more lights, experiment with reflectors, fill light, feathering, edge lighting and how to interact with a subject. You’ll get to put all of your new knowledge to work with real models.

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About the Instructor:

Kent Barker has over 25 years of experience shooting for a wide array of magazines and ad agencies. His editorial clients list includes magazines such as Rolling Stone, Esquire, GQ, Men’s Journal, Fast Company, Success, Outside, Town & Country, Texas Monthly and Dallas Modern Luxury. In advertising, he has created national campaigns for the Four Seasons Hotels, Northwestern Mutual, Tony Lama Boots, TransAmerica, Corona, Nike and Budweiser just to name a few.

Dog Photography

Saturday, June 24: 1-8pm

In this full day, hands-on workshop we will cover various styles of pet photography, lighting situations and location suggestions. We’ll discuss posed and polished versus storytelling and photojournalistic styles. You’ll learn about the challenges of working with animals, including in a shelter environment, and advice for overcoming them.

Instructor Sylvia Elzafon will begin with a classroom presentation of her work and a review of styles of pet photography. Then she’ll explain the techniques for creating those styles and for capturing beautiful and flattering images of your canine subjects. We’ll bring in several well-behaved dogs so students can test their new skills in a nearby outdoor location. We’ll bid our furry companions goodbye and Sylvia will download your images for a group image critique.

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About the Instructor:

For over 15 years, Sylvia Elzafon has been passionate about animal welfare causes, including companion, farm, and wild animal issues. She has dedicated herself and her work as a photographer to shine a light on some of the biggest challenges facing animals, as well as highlighting our human relationship with them. The Dallas native donates photographic services to local and national animal advocacy groups. Sylvia has garnered national recognition with her shelter series of the adoptable dogs and cats at Dallas Animal Services.

Tabletop Product Photography

Saturday, July 22: 9am-5pm

This course is for the budget minded individual that wants to photograph small to medium size product. If you need product images for Amazon, Etsy or your own website, this course will walk you through all the basics. You will learn the fundamentals of studio lighting and how to get the highest quality image from the least amount of equipment employing DIY lighting gear and modifiers.

The day will begin with a discussion of camera equipment and settings. The instructor will demonstrate qualities of light and discuss lighting components and where to buy them. You’ll learn how to set up table top lighting and backgrounds that would be suitable to photograph small to medium size product. After lunch you’ll practice what you’ve learned by shooting a variety of products at different lighting stations followed by an image review and open discussion.

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About the Instructor:

Having graduated from Brooks Institute of Photography in 1985 Lane Baker initiated his photographic career in Phoenix where shooting jewelry became his specialty. He quickly built a reputation as one of the top jewelry photographers in the country. Building on his love of jewelry, Lane expanded his practice to include luxury goods and food. Through the years, Lane has shot images for ads, websites and catalogs for many clients including Neiman Marcus, Platinum Guild International, Kohls, Heritage Auctions and DeBeers.

There’s still time to sign up for our Summer Camps for Kids and Teens!

Photo Camps for Young Photographers:

Campers will learn the science of f-stops and shutter speeds and the art of timing and composition.

Grades 4-7: Monday, June 12 to Friday, June 16from 8:30am-12:30pm
Grades 8-12: Monday, June 19 to Friday, June 23from 12:30pm-4:30pm
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Video Camp for Movie Making Teens:

Five days of hands-on production, shooting and editing of your own individual mini-movie and a larger group project. Shoot with any type of video camera you bring: smart phone, tablet, camcorder or DSLR.
Grades 9-12: Monday, July 24 to Friday, July 28from 10:00am-3:00pm
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