lighting workshop

Lighting Workshop Results

Lots of learning going on

Last weekend I presented a program on speed light and flash control at the Olympic Peaks Camera Club. I followed up on that with a 3-hour hands-on workshop on studio lighting on Saturday. I will be presenting a similar workshop at Glazer’s Camera in Seattle in November.
During the second hour of the class the students got to photograph each other using the Interfit S1 battery powered studio lights. I set up two lighting stations for them. One had an S1 head in a 2x3 softbox and the other had an S1 in a 46” Phototek Softlighter II. Each also had a white reflector set up opposite the key light and a background with no light on it.

Photo by James Hagen

One of the students, Jim Hagen, shared a portrait he made of another student, Irv Mortensen. This portrait was made with the S1 in the 2x3 softbox. I asked Jim about his experience in photography in general and more specifically about portraits. His response was, “(I) bought my first DSLR a little under two years ago. Didn't know aperture from my arse. Shot a lot of photos previous but with point and shoot auto. These are the first portraits I've taken. Very excited about how things were set up and the possibities of learning lighting and flash techniques. Certainly off to a running start after Thursday and Saturday!

Photo by Irving Mortensen

Irv then made a portrait of Witta Priester using the same setup. Witta then turned around and made a portrait of me on the other set with the Softlighter and lighter color backdrop.

One of my little "tricks" with the 2x3 softbox is to put strips of thin black masking tape across the front of the diffuser to make it look like window panes in the catch lights on the eyes of my subjects. 

Great job by Jim, Irv, and Witta. I know that many photographers are not comfortable on the other side of the camera. But I feel that if you are going to make portraits you should get used to being in front of the camera. If you don’t have someone around to photograph you, a project of self-portraits can be great experience. 

The Interfit S1 lights are very simple to operate with clearly marked controls and no hidden "secret handshake" button combinations to memorize when adjusting the lights. See the photo of the unit below. 



Feathering the light and adding a reflector

Photo by Witta Preister

Clean and easy to use control interface

Thank you to Val for inviting me to present. Thanks to Rebecca and John for their great hospitality feeding me and giving me a home base for the weekend. And thanks to everyone who came out for both the meeting and the workshop. I had a great time and look forward to another trip to Sequim, WA with all of its lavender glory.


Learn about studio lighting

Learn how to light

Join me on the Olympic peninsula of Washington in the town of Sequim on Saturday, July 1, 2017 for a 3-hour lecture and hands-on workshop about studio lighting. This workshop is being presented in cooperation with the Olympic Peaks Camera Club.

The workshop runs from 10am to 2pm and the cost is $50 per person. It is being held at the Dungeness Community Church, 45 Eberle Lane, Sequim, WA 98382. For more information and to register contact Rebecca Hanson at 360-808-3975


I will be talking about the concepts of lighting and the thought process that happens around selecting equipment, making choices about camera settings, picking a background, and other things that go into a studio portrait. I have just signed on with Interfit Photographic as one of their CreativePros and will be featuring their S1 battery (and A/C) powered lights. 

I hope to see you there!