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Dramatic Posing & Lighting on a Small Budget

Roberto Valenzuela
November 11, 2017
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
$99 ($79 for CPS Members)
Canon Live Learning Orange County
123 Paularino Avenue
Costa Mesa, California 92626


Creating portraits using beauty or dramatic lighting and posing doesn’t require a big movie studio budget or an imposing display of soft boxes. You can build your own dramatic portraits using the equipment you probably already own.  Make it effective, but keep it portable.

In this day-long lecture and demonstration, Canon Explorer of Light Roberto Valenzuela will teach his secrets to posing and lighting that he made popular in his two books, Picture Perfect Posing and Picture Perfect Lighting.

Roberto will teach you the elements of natural posing and how to build poses from scratch to achieve the look and feel your clients requested.  Once you learn this skill, you will be able to confidently pose anyone who is in front your camera.  No more putting everyone under the same posing mold!

You will also learn techniques that will greatly help you spot and correct posing mistakes as they are happening during the shoot — even under stress.  

In the second half of the demonstration, Roberto will teach you how to create beauty or dramatic lighting with your Speedlites and portable modifiers. Your images can look like you shot them with big soft boxes and other professional tools, even when you only used your Speedlight and some small modifiers.

Regardless of what photography genre you shoot — fashion, wedding, high school seniors, sports, or just hobbyist — Roberto will teach you how to pose and light with confidence.

Key Takeaways:
  • How to build poses from scratch and create the look you want to achieve.
  • How to create a mood or feeling from your subject
  • How to spot posing mistakes while they are happening and correct them confidently — even when you are nervous.
  • How to create big light with small modifiers.
What’s Included:
  • Automatically included in a raffle for a signed copy of one of Roberto’s books — Picture Perfect Posing or Picture Perfect Lighting.
  • Full-day portrait photography lecture and demonstration seminar. Watch Roberto use his unique portrait techniques.
  • Have Roberto answer your questions about his photography style and give you advice on developing your own.
  • Continue learning with free portrait photography downloads from the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Featured Gear:

Camera bodies
EOS 5D Mark IV Body

Camera lenses
EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM
EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
EF 200mm f/2L IS USM

Speedlite 600EX II-RT

What to Bring:

Attendees might consider bringing their DSLR and speed lights to follow along with the lecture and demonstration, although it is not required.

Skill Level:
  • Amateur (i.e. some experience and working knowledge of photography terms and basic camera operation)
  • Advanced Amateur (i.e. comfortable with manual camera operation, most photo concepts, workflow, and editing)

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