New Video Workshop/Tour with Shane Hurlbut

The Shane Hurlbut Illumination Experience Video Tour

I’ve spent the last few days supporting the opening sessions of Shane Hurlbut’s Illumination Experience Video Tour. Datacolor is a sponsor of these events, which will take place in 26 cities.

The sessions are “intended for any filmmaker seeking industry insight on cinematic lighting and cinematography” – but they are much more than that. These workshops cover a lot of ground – from lighting basics through full cinematic setups, to camera operation and exposure management, to on-set color controls, plus post-production tips and more – and, Shane is one of the top instructors in the field.

Shane incorporates Datacolor technology into his color workflow, starting with lighting/camera setup through post-production.

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Quoting from the press release:

“The Illumination Experience is a two-part series; the Illumination Workshop, which will be taught in all 25 cities, and the Experience Masterclass which will be available to students in nine of these cities. (see link at the end of the post)

For the Illumination Workshop, Shane will demonstrate his avant-garde approach to three-point lighting during an interactive live shoot. Divided into three phases: discovery, creation, and execution, Shane’s students will…. design, develop, enhance, and supplement the storytelling process with lighting, script analysis, storyboard preparation, lighting schematics, and shot lists.

The Experience Masterclass is a day-long hands-on intensive consisting of two live shoots. The class will be divided into four teams. The teams will follow Shane’s lighting schematics to re-create film scenes from Crazy/Beautiful (2001) and Swing Vote (2008). With Shane’s guidance, students will learn to integrate methodical lighting with precise camera motion to achieve impactful results. Students will experiment with gear such as the Fisher 10 Dolly, the Movi, and the Kessler Crane in conjunction with various lights, filters, flags and bounces. Shane will critique each scene and provide customized feedback to each team.”

Shane Hurlbut, A.S.C., is a world-renowned cinematographer who has shot multimillion dollar blockbuster films such as Act of Valor, Drumline, Terminator: Salvation, The Rat Pack, We Are Marshall. Shane is a member of the prestigious American Society of Cinematographers and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He is among a select group of cinematographers recognized by Canon as an “Explorer of Light” and by the Tiffen Company as an “ImageMaker”. “

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New Workshop/Seminar – “Camera to Output”

Camera to Output – “Begin With the End In Mind”
October 19, 2013 Denver, Colorado

Join us for this comprehensive seminar, and sharpen your skills in image capture, color managed workflow, studio photography, and post-production techniques.

Getting it right in the camera

Begin with the end in mind

Color managed workflow

Introduction: Live Studio Setups and Lighting

Live Image Capture

Macro, Product & Live Model shooting workstations

Effective and efficient post production techniques

Creating Portfolio-Worthy Prints

Attendees receive special discount coupon packs and free sample materials.
Hosted by Digital2You. Sponsors include Datacolor, Epson, Pentax, Eizo, and Photo Imaging Consultants. Fee for attendance. Lunch provided.


Back From Photo Plus Expo….

Had a heck of a great time at Photo Plus – got some new developments coming from a leading software company and a camera company, and finally found some web authoring services/software that are very promising. Saw quite a few friends and made some new ones!

I was very pleased with the response to my presentations on “Screen to Print Match”, sponsored by Datacolor and hosted by Midwest Photo Exchange. Inspires me to update some of my existing content on this subject, and create some new material.

Last, my article on “Creating Custom Folios for Self-Promotion and Presentation” was just published in Photo Technique magazine. Great reviews so far!

Thoughts go out to all affected by the storm, and wishes for a speedy recovery and a return to normalcy!

New Workshop: Art and Practice of The Black & White Portrait

Art and Practice: The Black & White Portrait
Monday, October 8th – 6:30pm to 9pm AND Monday, October 15th – 6:30pm to 9pm
David Saffir instructor – fee $119

Part One: October 8
An overview of styles and approaches to black and white portraiture
A hands-on session on studio lighting in two styles: High-Key and Rembrandt-style with a live shoot with a model
David will be shooting tethered to a computer display for easy viewing
We will use appropriate lighting and color management tools
This is a great opportunity to work with studio lighting, refine your photographic style and understand fine-tuning of your black and white images so they sparkle and impress! You are encouraged to bring your camera, portrait lens and light meters, but it is not required.

Part Two: October 15
Tonight is all about processing the images from week 1. David will cover the following topics as he shows you how to process your images from week 1:
Editing the image library for final selections for processing
Foundations of image editing for portraiture including managing white and black points, dynamic range and mid-tones
Converting color images to black and white. This will include Photoshop, Lightroom and Nik Silver Efex Pro 2
Fine tuning images after conversion including skin tones, light and shadow and tone transitions

Please bring your computer with either Photoshop or Lightroom to work on processing of your images, but it is not required. Part 1 will be held on 10/8/12.


Girl In A White Dress © D Saffir

Galleries 101: How they work, How to get considered, How to be included May 2, 2012

via the Santa Clarita Valley Photographers Association:

Galleries 101: How they work, How to get considered, How to be included
Wednesday, May 2 6:00 pm
Century Room (Santa Clarita City Hall)

Representatives from three Southern California galleries will discuss how the art business works today. Panelists Jenifer Livia with Red Brick Gallery in Ventura, Karen Nichols of La Galeria Gitana in the San Fernando Valley, and Julie Rico of Julie Rico Gallery in Los Angeles, will provide you with insight into what you need to do to be considered, how the business works, as well as other tips that will assist with your career. Local art dealer and artist, Michael Powell, will moderate.

Check out the WORKSHOPS tab at the top of this page for our upcoming Photo Tour and Workshop to the Palouse!

Best of the Palouse Photo Workshop – June 19-23, 2012

Jack Lien and David Saffir, June 19-23, 2012

Early Bird registration, before May 1, 2012 is $650. After that, $795. Call Jack Lien (360) 481-4575

On a Palouse Country Photo Tour and Workshop, you’ll capture the uncommon photograph in a region described by National Geographic Magazine as “A Paradise called the Palouse.”

This 4,000 square-mile region sprawls across the Washington-Idaho border, encompassing uncommonly rich farmland.  Crop patterns form a vibrant patchwork appearance and a wild sea-like wave as the winds cause fields of wheat and barley to bend and sway. The Palouse offers photographers the opportunity to capture a diverse landscape and a chance to witness an unforgettable land formed by the Lake Missoula glacial flood path of 15,000 years ago.  Palouse Country Photo Tours is the only photography tour company that specializes in and is intimately knowledgeable with this amazing country.

This 5-day workshop, includes intensive field work, plus hands-on, practical, image-editing and printing instruction.


Field Work: Images From the Palouse

 In the field portion of this photo workshop we will capture images of the rapidly developing stages of crop growth and farmers working the fields. This is an excellent time to photograph the deep rich green fields against the freshly plowed ground and the pastoral scenes only found on the Palouse. The bold colors, patterns, lines, and contrast against the contours of the Palouse landscape is breathtaking. 

 Field Workshop leader Jack Lien has lived on and photographed in the Palouse for over 40 years. He’s discovered countless photographic opportunities throughout the region and has gained access to private land, nostalgic buildings and landscape that are often unknown or off limits to others.

Jack will get you into the heart and soul of the land and its people and you’ll have abundant opportunities to photograph historic buildings, barns, windmills, and fields. He also knows where to catch the best light for every shooting situation. You will have the opportunity to meet and photograph area farmers preparing their equipment for a long day in the field.

Segment Two: “Make Your Images Sparkle From Start to Finish” 

 In these segments, you’ll learn to optimize camera setup, get the right color from your computer, and edit your images to give them the sparkle and depth they deserve! We’ll emphasize Photoshop, Lightroom, Camera RAW, and fine art printing in these sessions.


Workshop Leader: David Saffir is an internationally-recognized photographer and printmaker. The author of two books, he provides color and imaging consulting services to individuals and organizations worldwide. He is the author of Mastering Digital Color: A Photographer’s and Artist’s Guide to Controlling Color, published by Thomson/Cenlar. His second book, focused on his photography, is titled The Joy of Discovery, published in Spring 2009. Other publications include Rangefinder Magazine, Professional Photographer, Pro Photo West, Great Output, Digital Imaging Technology, and others.

Details, Workshop Itinerary:

June 19

•     3pm – 4pm Orientation meeting

•     4pm – 5pm Briefing on camera settings for color and exposure before we head out into the      field (handout included)

•     5pm – Head out into the field until dusk to photograph this incredible land and its endless photo opportunities

June 20, 21, 22

•     Each morning we will depart from the motel at 4:30-5:30am and return around 11 am for a much needed rest.

•     2pm to 3pm – Review and critique of images shot in the morning (w/ David Saffir).

•     3pm return to the field and shoot until after sunset.

June 23

•     8 am to 12 noon – Classroom instruction, “Make Your Images Sparkle From Start to Finish” – David Saffir
Includes image editing and final critique of images captured during the week, plus printing.

Learn how to manage image quality from capture, to editing, and on to display or print. Get the most from your camera, computer, software, and printer, and create images that meet or exceed your expectations!


 •     Camera settings – white balance, ISO, shutter and aperture, color settings, JPEG vs RAW

•     Review: Transferring and backing up images after the shoot.

•     Organizing and selecting images for further processing and editing – including cataloguing and adding keywords for accessibility

•     Setting up the computer and display for correct color

•     Processing images in Camera RAW/Lightroom

•     Image editing in Photoshop

•     Printer setup and printing fine art images



Limit 8 photographers – Workshop Fee: pay on or before April 1, $650, after that $795

Local transportation and lodging not included in fee

To register for this “Best of the Palouse Photo Tours and Workshop” go to our website at or contact us at: or call Jack Lien: (360) 481-4575

We suggest early registration as classes fill up quickly. A laptop is recommended but not required. 

Color Management / Spyder4 Webinar Wrap-up and Announcement

We had a GREAT webinar session today on the Spyder4 calibration device, and color management for photographers. Well attended, and the attendees just buried us with questions! We’re going to be announcing an ongoing series, held once a month in the middle of the month. Watch for it! and many thanks to Datacolor for the support!

PS – video from the webinar will be posted here in the near future!