Wednesday, June 16, 2010

L U C I M A Workshop July 31-August 1, 2010

Models: This is a paid shoot. If you're agency-represented and interested in modeling for the workshop, please message me on or email me

So I've been talking about this workshop for a while and I wanted to post some details since we're coming up on the 45 day mark until the workshop. Based upon your feedback, I've created an agenda for the workshop.

L U C I M A will be hosting a fashion/beauty lighting and retouching workshop on July 31-August 1 at L U C I M A Studio.

When: July 31, 2010 and August 1, 2010. 9AM to 5PM.

L U C I M A Studio
2620 Concord Ave. Unit 120
Alhambra, CA 91803
+1 (626) 674-2858

Why: I feel like this is the most important question. There are so many workshops out there, why come to mine? While structured, I will tailor this workshop for each individual participant. My goal is your personal growth as a photographer, but every photographer comes in at different levels with different goals. At the beginning of the workshop I will create a personalized goal with each participant. Throughout the workshop I will work with you to achieve those specific goals regardless of the challenge. With all the personalized attention this should feel like a 1-on-1 workshop. You're not coming to watch me shoot. Instead I'm there to ensure your growth as a photographer. Additionally, there will be plenty of time to cover any questions/topics and I'll show you all my camera settings, lighting setups, etc. I'll hold nothing back! smile

Day 1
Day 1 covers a wider range of topics from "the approach" to lighting to retouching.

My Approach to Excellent Captures: In a short introduction I will empower you with the vision and critical thinking that will elevate your "batting average" for getting incredible shots. I'll go over my philosophical approach to pre-production to execution.

Lighting 1: This was the #1 requested topic for the workshop and I will dedicate the majority of the workshop time towards this topic. Consistent with my approach, I'll show you the techniques I use when creating a lighting setup including my "one light" demonstrations.

Makeup-to-Retouch: This segment will feature MUA Kathleen Ty and her tips for photographers on how makeup interacts with lighting and how to achieve that extra "pop" in your images. I will follow up on tips for retouching and what to look for throughout the shoot.

Hands-on Experimentation: I'm a huge fan of "trail by fire" and learning-on-the-job. Throughout day 1 we will have plenty of time to work through "challenges" and situational opportunities.

Day 2
Day 2 really focuses on experimentation and working with models on set with 1-on-1 coaching during the shoot. Day 2 has less structure and allows photographers to test their knowledge and skills on set.

Lighting 2: Expanding upon Lighting 1, I want to introduce the idea of fill/bounce via white walls. I'll demonstrate how to effectively use my set walls to achieve certain lighting results.

Retouching 1: Detailed workflow of my retouching practices.

General Notes
-Good models are paramount to getting "the shot". The workshop will provide experienced agency-represented models for you to work with.

-I'm not a big fan of memorization, formulas, rules, structure even. I'm going to teach you "how to fish" so you can eat for a lifetime.

-Photographers will be learning/shooting on-the-fly. I'm not a fan of lectures but rather a constant dialogue and sharing of knowledge. That also means, you're not paying to watch me shoot... you'll be doing all the shooting!

-One of the things I enjoy most is keeping the workshop small for more one-on-one attention. I will cap the attendance at 10-12.

-One-on-one time with models is critical to the learning process. At the workshop you'll have plenty of time to work with models.

-You'll be shooting with all the studio gear including the AlienBees system with all the light modifiers and the RadioPopper JrX system. Studio is privately owned, indoors with A/C, plenty of white wall space and portable set walls, and plenty of parking.

-Lunch is included for both days.

Cost $395 for Day 1 // $695 for both days. Register by July 16th for 25% off! Payment in-full is required prior to workshop. Please message me for registration.

Please let me know if you have any questions!


  1. Charles,

    Sounds like it'll be a fantastic workshop with just the right balance between informative lecture and doing things hands-on. I wish I could attend but my funds aren't cooperating with me right now. Maybe next year if this is going to be an annual event :)

    I hope it turns out great!

  2. If I wasn't moving into a new house then I would absolutely fly down for this. Please have another one soon and best of luck with this one. I'm sure it's going to be great.

  3. Hey John, I'm sure there will be a next time ;P Good luck moving! :)

  4. Darn, I wish I came across your blog sooner for this workshop! Just missed it :(

  5. No worries, this is just the first of a series of workshops that will happen! :P Where do you live?