Lighting Bootcamp: Studio and Location Portraiture

12 Jul

When: Sunday, August 28nd 2011

Time: 7:30 AM – 8:00 PM

Fee: $225+tax (earlybird special, if you sign up before July 30th), $250+tax after July 30th.

Description: This 2nd annual intensive, full-day workshop – designed for people who are well-versed with their camera but are looking to really bring their lighting skills to a new level  – will see our group focus on creating stunning studio and location portraiture with Yellowknife professional photographers, Dave Brosha and Pat Kane.

Meeting at 7:30 AM in the morning, we’ll first make introductions over coffee – in a relaxed setting – and discuss specific topics and problems of interest to the group.  From there, we’ll dive into intense discussion and workshop break-out groups, with plenty of hands-on shooting with talented models, and covering topics including:

Studio Lighting (lead by Dave Brosha)  – Dave operates a studio in downtown Yellowknife serving a diverse clientele; in this portion of the workshop he’ll discuss studio lighting and how it can be used to your advantage for both indoor and outdoor concepts.  Specific instruction will be given on the various lights and modifiers (softboxes, beauty dishes, umbrellas, etc) that make-up a typical studio, and how each can be used to your advantage.  In addition, Dave will demonstrate the exact on-location studio lighting techniques that has lead to some of his most well-known images.

Location and Speedlite Lighting (lead by Pat Kane) Pat has extensive experience in using off-camera flash systems to dramatically light his subjects; in this portion of the workshop, Pat will lead participants through the whole process of taking an idea or a subject and translating it to a powerful portrait.  This includes conceptualizing a portrait, location scouting, setting up lights effectively, and working with your subject to produce an image that’s reflective of the story you’re trying to tell through the image.

Assignment / Critique  One of the most unique elements of this workshop is that participants will be able to apply the skills learned throughout the day and head out on an assignment to produce their own striking images.  There will be several models on hand throughout the workshop for the purposes of demonstration and that students can use in their own assignments.

After the assignment, and a break for dinner, participants will gather together for a post-critique and sharing session.  We want to see your great images!


This workshop will allow participants a lot of one-on-one time to allow for specific, individualized instruction, and will also allow participants to work with and discuss topics with other passionate photographers of all skill levels.  Both Pat and Dave are cross-experienced and will be able to assist participants through all sessions in the day.

Workshop participation is limited to 15 people on a first-come basis.  The fee must be paid in full at the time of reserving your spot (we accept debit/credit cards, cheques, and cash) and is non-refundable.  Please note that students get a 25% discount off the workshop price.

If you are interested in participating in this fun, engaging day of Yellowknife photography, please contact either Dave or Pat:

Dave Brosha: or 766-2500

Pat Kane: or 445-3212

Thanks, and we look forward to creating with you!

Pat Kane

Pat Kane is the staff professional for Up Here Magazine (Canada’s Magazine of the Year 2010) and Up Here Business (Canada’s Business Magazine of the Year 2011). His dramatic photos of Canada’s north have been published in many publications, including Reader’s Digest, MacLean’s, The Globe and Mail, The Huffington Post, Canadian Business among many others. Pat specializes in editorial portraiture and photojournalism.

Dave Brosha

Dave has had his work exhibited in numerous countries and has been published in major newspapers and magazines around the globe, including The Globe and Mail, CNN, the Daily Telegraph, the National Post, the Toronto Star, Reader’s Digest, and The Canadian Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Website: or

1st Runner-Up, (“Earth and Space” category) at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich “Astronomy Photographer of the Year, 2010″ competition.

“The master of the environmental portrait…” – Darwin Wiggett, Outdoor Photography Canada contributing editor.

“One of the world’s premier northern lights photographers” – John Marriott, Outdoor Photography Canada columnist


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