The photographer's challenge in creating a compelling portrait involves both creative and technical concepts combined in a way that evokes meaning and impact. This intensive and fun workshop will show essential approaches to matching the light with your ideas. Good lighting techniques, along with posing, tonalities, mood, expression, camera angles and backgrounds must harmonize to create a successful photograph.

Everyone has natural light available, but not necessarily the understanding of how to find and manipulate it with reflectors and diffusers to create the most pleasing or effective image. We work with window light, backlight, open shade and garage door lighting and explore how the qualities of each contribute to the feeling of the portrait.

Portable flash is a wonderful and sometimes intimidating tool and it will be explained step by step on how to choose the correct settings and modifiers. A variety of lighting techniques will be covered with the emphasis on understanding the three main aspects of light: direction, quality and depth. Bobbi will also cover posing and directing so you can effectively communicate with your subjects, helping them to relax and be natural.

Participants will be shooting every day both in a studio setting and on location.  They should be comfortable with shooting on manual mode and have a solid understanding of the foundations of photography.



Bobbi Lane

Photo District News named Bobbi one of 13 of the Top Workshop Instructors.

Bobbi Lane is an award-winning commercial photographer specializing in creative portraits on location and in the studio. Lane's multi-faceted approach to photography incorporates over 35 years of technical experience with innovative artistic interpretation. Her clients include GE, Warner Bros., PricewaterhouseCoopers, Samsung, Brandweek Magazine, Neutrogena, Charles Schwab, Mattel, Sears' Tower Skydeck, Fujifilm, Sekonic Meters and the Morro Bay Natural History Museum. Lane shoots primarily “real” people for editorial, corporate, and advertising accounts. Her corporate and editorial work includes corporate identity, business websites and annual reports.

As a dedicated photo educator, she brings insight and enthusiasm to her students in workshops held worldwide. Bobbi is known for teaching lighting techniques for portraits, both natural and artificial: studio strobes, speedlights, LEDs, and daylight fluorescent. Bobbi's excellent rapport and communication with her students inspires and motivates, while her straight-forward teaching style reaches students of many different skill levels. Her dynamic workshops are always both educational and fun!

Combining her love of travel, photography and teaching, Bobbi is also leading international photo travel workshops. In the past few years, she has been to Ethiopia, Myanmar, Turkey, Oman, Venice Carnival, Hong Kong and Dubai.

Bobbi is the author of two books: Creative Techniques for Color Photography and Advertising Photography: A Straightforward Guide to a Complex Industry, with Lou Lesko.  She currently has three photo educational DVDs: Portrait Lighting Techniques, Portraits Unplugged and Posing and Directing, with more in production now. Bobbi is a featured speaker at many photo conventions around the country and also for Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai.  Bobbi offers custom mentoring programs for emerging photographers, designed to help business development and improve photography techniques.  Bobbi is a strong advocate for business education and at APA National’s 25th Anniversary; she was honored with a Special Recognition Award for Education

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Course Dates

Aug 13 to Aug 19



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