This intense in-studio workshop will focus on teaching advanced lighting techniques for shooting “Beauty and Glamour”,

and will be taught by a renown NYC photographer - Stephen Eastwood.

This is an Intermediate to Advanced Class

This course is tailored towards an advanced shooter, and will cover a variety of lighting setups, explanation of methods and shooting techniques as well as effective posing.  You will learn to use studio strobes and how to use small portable lighting (speedlites) to get results that rival even the biggest strobes.  Limited shooting time is provided for attendees to practice the newly learned skills, while being guided by Stephen, this workshop will teach you HOW and WHY, you will learn what to look for and how to get the best light in any and every situation.

This workshop is broken up into two parts - an intense in-studio day on Saturday, January 9th and an online image selection/retouching session on January 14th.  During the retouching session, Stephen will demonstrate high end retouching techniques on the images attendees took the previous week.  This portion is included in the price of attendance, but can also be booked separately for those not able to attend.



We will announce the location a little later, but it will be in NYC or Brooklyn, near to public transportation.  Basically, right now it's choice between two studios.  We plan to take a good walk through of all of them in the next couple of weeks, and will pick the most suitable one.


January 9th - 10 am to 7pm. - Workshop.
January 14th - 7pm - 10pm - Retouching Session. Subject to change if a majority of attendees agree to a different day/time


The main focus is on producing "clean" beauty and "commercial" glamour.  Think of beauty images like major cosmetic ads and editorials, and glamour imagery found in commercial products like ads/catalogs and some mainstream men's publications like maxim

We will focus primarily on the following areas:

1.) Lighting - keeping things "clean and tight" and controlling the spill by using modifiers.
2.) Nuances - watching and understanding shadow falloff, perspective and overall image geometry and how it affects the final image.
3.)  Using small lights and modifiers to produce high end results, seeing the light where no modeling light exists, so you learn to pre-visualize the shot before you ever take a frame.
4.) Posing - understanding natural posing, what makes a pose "commercial" vs cliché, contrived or raunchy etc, and what makes an effective pose.
5.) Guided shooting - Stephen will guide you as you shoot, giving you quick tips/hints on angles, posing etc.
6.) Image Selection (online only) - understanding the slight differences between images, what works and what doesn't, and how to pick the best one.
7.) Retouching (online only) - techniques for "commercial quality" retouching explained, and demonstrated using images attendees take at the workshop.
8.) Private review (online only) - review of your "final product", constructive critique and hints/tips for improvement etc.

This is called an intermediate/advanced workshop for a reason.  Typically we try to structure workshops to move at a certain, methodical pace, this workshop will focus on thinking the shot through and planning the final image before you begin.   This will move at a much faster pace, it will be much more intense with a curriculum geared towards a more advanced shooter.  You have to know your "basics" already and be prepared for a 9 hour marathon, or you will get lost pretty quickly.  We will be in the studio the full time.  There are scattered breaks, but the rest of the time is all instruction and some shooting, this is what a real life shoot is, lunch?  Eat while you work, you will understand what it takes to get the shots, in other words - looooong day.  

There are 9 hours of instruction, and in those nine hours Stephen will cover a variety of setups.  The plan is to cover 5 "main" setups, and two each of their variations.  you'll learn to create the look whether using the high end strobes or small portable lights, you see a variety of modifiers that can help and most important, you will learn the most important tool you have in your arsenal, your ability to problem solve! Stephen will teach how to drastically change the lighting and feel/mood of a shot by simply changing out the modifiers/direction/colors/posing and making other small adjustments, while keeping the overall equipment of the "main" setup as close to the same as possible.  The goal is to make sure that each attendee learns how to setup, and create beautiful lighting setups that maximize impact and create mood and drama with whatever gear they have available, and learn how to vary the purpose/style of lighting to suit their needs. 

We made sure to schedule in some shooting time for the attendees, so they can actually practice shooting on the setups, and learn to direct the model into a perfect pose/angle, rather than shoot more and hope they get a good one.  We want you to learn to create the final image in your mind, and direct the components to capture it.  All shooting will be "guided" by Stephen to ensure that you're shooting at correct angles, learning how and when to guide the model, and to check on "nuances" like the placement of shadows and poses for the desired look and feel.

What to bring: DSLR with standard hotshoe, or hotshoe adapter, lenses, At least one normal and a long lens (50mm, 24-70mm, 70-200mm are ideal) Memory cards.


Price / Booking.

The price of this workshop is - $699.  The online retouching session is included in your price of admission.  For those not able to make the main workshop and/or only wishing to book the retouching session, you can do so below.  


Book before 15th of December - $100.00 off.
Book before 25th of December - $50.00 off.

As a bonus, the first 5 to book will recieve a copy of Stephen's Educational videos Speedlites: The Power in the Possibilities. Over 6 hours of video, for a trailer See below.

To book use the Buy Now link below. Deposit ($150 via paypal) required. The remainder is due on the day of the workshop in Cash please.


If you are unable to attend, but would like to take part in the retouching session online you can purchase that option as well. Sadly, you wont have images from the workshop to be used as examples, but can still learn valuable retouching techniques and editing tips. There is no discount, so I suggest waiting until the exact date is set to pay, but email to be notified of the exact date and time should it change after the Workshop.

Online Retouching Session Only - 199.00



Can't make the workshop? You can order the videos and learn from Stephen Eastwood himeself over 6 hours of Video on Lighting in all situations! Order the set and you also get the Need Light Speedlite Tour DVD, the full day event was captured on video and shared so you get the full benifit of Stephen Eastwood and Bob Davis teaching you how they light, how they produce images that WOW and how they solve problems! Click this link to order Stephen Eastwood Educational Videos!