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ShootStyle Workshop: Rock Your Reception Lighting 2

January 26th, 2011  |  Published in Featured, Mingle  |  3 Comments

ShootStyle - Wedding Reception Lighting Workshop

One of the big challenges faced by wedding photographers in New England is that our wedding receptions often take place in dark, windowless halls. Worse, these halls are sometimes run by catering managers who feel that turning the lights down to almost nothing gives their hall a romantic ambiance.

Well, that may be, but the dim atmosphere also means that Grandpa can’t read the menu and we wedding photographers can’t shoot using available light.

So the question facing us isn’t ‘should we light the reception’ but rather ‘how should we light the reception?’

There are a number of approaches to lighting the reception and each of the ShootStyle members do it a little differently as you can see in the examples below.

ShootStyle Workshop - Wedding Reception Lighting

At this hands-on lighting workshop, ShootStyle members will be demonstrating everything we know about lighting a reception. And since none of us tackle lighting a reception in exactly the same way, you’re likely to see an approach that suits your style of photography.

We’ll be working with flash on camera, flash off-camera, sync cords, radio triggers, multiple speedlights, light-on-a-stick and even studio lights. We’ll cover topics such as lighting the entire dance floor, balancing your lights with the ambient light, and creating dramatic lighting. And because time is always tight on a wedding day, we’ll also show you how to get different looks from a single lighting set up.

We’ll probably be introducing you to some new equipment was well as new techniques. We all know that buying new gear is fun, but great light starts with getting the most out of what you already own, and we’ll be there to help you do just that! Bring whatever equipment you currently have including a camera, strobe(s), stands, triggers, cords, fast lenses, etc.

There’ll be a lot to cover and we’ll be zipping right along, so to get the most out of this workshop, you’ll need to already have some understanding of basic camera function.

The Rock Your Reception Lighting workshop is happening on Thursday, February 24th from 1pm to 7pm at the Elks Club in Worcester, MA. It is limited to the first 20 people who sign up. Tickets cost $99 and are non-refundable (but if you find you can’t make it you can transfer your ticket to a another photographer).

We look forward to seeing you there!

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  1. Deborah Zoe says:

    February 24th, 2011 at 9:32 am (#)

    [...] And I’m also excited about meeting some new friends. I’m really excited about this ShootStyle workshop [...]

  2. Audra Photography says:

    February 25th, 2011 at 11:18 am (#)

    Thank You! Thank You!

    I loved seeing how other wedding photographers use lights & the different styles/approaches to light the reception. I learned a particular set-up I will use at an upcoming fashion show I am shooting!!! Thank You!!!!!


  3. Creative Wedding Reception Lighting: ShootStyle Workshop « CYN PHOTO Blog says:

    March 1st, 2011 at 7:09 pm (#)

    [...] well as manipulating light, there is always room to learn new techniques. This week I attended the Rock Your Reception II Lighting Workshop offered by Shootstyle. An intimate group of 20 photographers joined together in Worcester to talk, [...]

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