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.

shane photo

 

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”. “

For more information and registration: http://illumination.mzed.com

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New Webinar – Small Lighting For Big Spaces

New Webinar – sponsored by Datacolor and co-sponsored by Metz

Not too long ago, standard practice for lighting large spaces involved hauling a lot of heavy equipment into a venue, laying out electrical service lines, creating support stands and scaffolding, and so on. Of course there was also tearing it all down, packing it away, and hauling it off again. Things have changed. It’s now possible to carry all or most of the gear you’ll need to light a large space in a duffle bag and camera bag, frequently doing it all without touching an electrical outlet and getting an equivalent or superior result.

Join David Saffir and David Tobie as they explore newer methods for lighting interiors using lighting systems adapted from on-camera flash units, purpose-built remote units and triggers. We think you’ll be surprised by the possibilities and impressed by the results!

An interactive Q&A will take place throughout the webinar to answer any questions you may have.

Webinar attendees will have the chance to win a SpyderCHECKR or Metz 44 Flash as well as receive exclusive discounts!

October 17, 2 PM EDT, 11 AM PDT

Register HERE!

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.

Register:  http://www.digital2you.cc/cameratooutput.html

Free Webinar: “What’s In Your Camera Bag?” with David Saffir and David Tobie

A camera, of course! But what else might you want or need to have with you while traveling, shooting on location, or in the studio? Find out which items are needed for Indoor vs. Outdoor portraits, Landscapes vs. Scenic vs. Panorama and Macro vs. Still life. What is the best way to organize these items in your bag to make sure all of the essentials fit?

Join us, Thursday, March 28th from 3PM-4PM EST, as Datacolor Experts David Saffir and C. David Tobie discuss these topics, plus share some important info about lens focus correction, color management tools, setting yourself up for success in post-production and more!

One lucky webinar guest will win a free SpyderCUBE and Deuter Freerider Pro Hiking Bag w/ TrekPak insert!

https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/757257578

Interesting Photo from the Pre-Rose Parade Events

Every year, the Rose Parade organizers provide a venue where visitors can see the floats as they are put together. There are also quite a few antique cars in the mix; here’s an image of a 1938 Packard Standard 8. This particular car was exported by Franklin Roosevelt to Russia, for the exclusive use of Joseph Stalin. It has since been returned to the US (not sure how long) for restoration. It is the first image provided below; I’m not sure about the info for the second car shown.

IMG_5139 © D Saffir

IMG_5136 © D Saffir

 

 

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.

CALL MEL CARLL TO REGISTER – 661 904 2092
OR REGISTER http://www.scvphotocenter.com/registration.html

Girl In A White Dress © D Saffir

Photography Quote of the Day, July 24

Photography Quote of the Day, July 24 – David Saffir’s Photography Blog

© D Saffir 2012

 

A photograph is usually looked at – seldom looked into.  ~Ansel Adams

Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts. – Albert Einstein