Studio Anywhere Workshops

What’s your definition of a photo studio? Is it a room with a white seamless backdrop or a cyc wall? Maybe it’s simply anywhere you’re in control of the lighting. In a perfect world, where every day is a breezy 72 degrees with partial cloud coverage, we would all have a 5,000-square-foot studio–and the entire catalog of B&H™ in our equipment lockups.
But the reality is that you may have an outdated DSLR with two decent lenses (which took you several years to save up for), and all you have at your disposal is an unfinished basement, your garage, or the empty conference room at your office. That’s where Studio Anywhere comes in. With photographer Nick Fancher as your guide, you’ll learn how to get portfolio-ready photos while working in some of the most problematic scenarios imaginable. Whether shooting a corporate portrait, a test shoot with a model, or a promo shoot with a band, you’ll discover that most of the time, there’s no need for an expensive studio–you just have to get creative.
The Studio Anywhere workshop is an opportunity for photographers to learn how to transform unconventional spaces into polished images, using minimal, affordable gear. The last hour of the workshop is spent covering going through his Lightroom and Photoshop workflow so you can learn how to deftly navigate post-processing. 

The workshop will cover:

- Brief intro to flash (Manual v. ETTL, Zoom, Ambient, inverse square law)

- Window light headshot

- Hacking your reflector (make a natural light ring light)

- Painting with shadow (length, hardness, and number of shadows)

- Light softening options (soft box, bounce)

- Light control options (snoot, grid, barn doors, gobo)

- Achieving white, grey, and black backgrounds anywhere

- Adding drama with barn doors (light ray)

- Gobo options (found vs. made)

- Intro to gels

- Layering light/color qualities to highlight textures/features

- Shutter drag

- Editing in Lightroom (final hour of workshop)

The format: The days runs from 9-6 with an hour break for lunch. Classes are kept small (12 students max) which allows for a hands-on approach. Nick demonstrates each technique by shooting tethered to a laptop so students can learn by watching and then each group will have the opportunity to try the technique out with a professional model. 

Required equipment: The student should bring their camera and memory card. Nick will provide lighting equipment for students to use, though students are welcome to bring their own lights and modifiers if they prefer. 

Images and techniques from past workshops: