Como - Milano Italy
Generally this is what happens: Steve will show you how to use light, control light, to recognize a great location, how to work a location to it's best use and how to direct models. It will be you shooting in turn with Steve. He will set up a location, explain the light & use of the light, why this location was selected. Then you & Steve will shoot some images until you feel comfortable knowing you "got the shot". Then he will walk/drive with you, find a location you like & he will assist you in getting a great image. Steve will be beside you to help in getting a great image for you. He feels once he shows you how to get a great image, you will better understand light, controls of light, looking for a cool location & how to direct the model.
This is a hands on workshop, it is not about Steve talking all day in a room, but being right beside you while you shoot, giving you pointers on how to get a better image.
All workshops will include a professional model from Milan. If you have a model in mind that you want to shoot, that may cost extra.
On all locations, Steve will shoot first to allow you to see how he works: Looking for a good location, how to determine if he needs to modify the light and if so what he needs light control wise. You will also see how he works with the models. You will shoot throughout the day and he will show you how to shoot beautiful images even in the middle of the day by using light controls and using the location to it's best advantage. Sometimes it is easier and faster to cross the street or go around the corner to shoot rather than force yourself to shoot at a difficult location.
Dates & Fees: The dates are at your request. Normally Steve is in Italy starting mid May to mid June then he is back in mid September to mid October every year. The 7 hour workshop fee is €2300.00 which includes a model. If you have a spouse and/or some friends that wish to participate with your workshop, they are €995 each up to a total of 5.
A make up artist/hair styist is an extra €400 for the day and a wardrobe stylist is an extra €300.00 for the day. The advantage to having the makeup artist/hair stylist and a wardrobe stylist is you will return home with some stunning photos for your portfolio and will know how to do recreate the lighting again. All of the large photos on this page were shot during some of my workshops in Italy.
What you will leave with:
You will see how Steve shoots.
You will learn new techniques about shooting, light control, having a better understanding of light and composition.
You will learn how to use strobe to either solve a light problem or to give a different look to an image.
You will leave with great fashion & beauty images and, more importantly, a much better understanding of how to do it yourself when you get home.
I have been asked from time to time "are the Italians unfriendly towards Americans?" The answer is no, Italians do not just like Americans, they love Americans.
The language for all of the workshops will be English.
If you would like to use this image, or any of my images for mock or comp use, please just ask. There is never a charge for this service. Educational use is permitted without charge, unless published, but please ask first. All commercial use is available only with a limited copyright release prior to use from the copyright holder, Steve Thornton. Thanks for looking!