One Light Wonder


Get the most out of single light photography in this one day class!
August 26, 2018 from 930am to 430pm



August 26, 2018 from 930am to 430pm
Studio A and B, SOPHA, Manchester, NH
Presented by Bud Thorpe and the SOPHA Staff

More than a class, this program is a learning experience!
This new program will introduce participants to the wide range of creative possibilities in using one light in their photographic work.  From art to business, one light can open up a world of options!

In this program we will use studio lights (such as the Einstein and Alien Bee) as well as Speedlights in addition to a host of light modifiers including reflectors, softboxes, umbrellas, PLMs, grids, and gels.   The lessons learned in this program can be applied to nearly any lighting system and nearly any genre of photography!

This program runs entirely on the philosophy of the One Light Wonder (see below).

Here is how we spend our day:
In the morning we give two brief talks, about 20 minutes each.

In the first talk, Bud will discuss the basic set up of a strobe or speedlight set up, including options for wireless triggering.  While this will be a review for many, we do have participants new to the methodology and it will help to start on the same page.  This is also a great time for more experienced strobe users to ask questions specific to their challenges based on their experiences.

The second talk will be an overview of the methodology to the One Light Wonder philosophy.  This philosophy boils down years of experience to find that light placement and modifier selection are the two key elements in successfully using one studio or speedlight effectively.

We will then move on to the studio where you will break up into small groups and learn to light using the One Light Wonder philosophy.

These hands on exercises are both interesting and comprehensive.  We know that participants learn best be seeing and doing – and this class will have this in full measure.  We will spend the balance of our day working this way.

A pizza lunch is provided.   

This course runs from 930am to 430pm.  
Please don’t be late as we start all SOPHA programs ON TIME.  You WILL miss important content if you are late.  Thanks for understanding!

What you need to bring:
Please bring your DSLR/Mirrorless camera.  Be sure that it has a standard hot shoe on the top that can receive our radio transmitters.  Most Nikons and Canons are okay, as are newer Sony mirrorless cameras.  If you have another brand please contact the office before the class so we can make sure your camera will work with our triggers.  There is a usually a solution, but it is a lot easier to puzzle out before the class day!

Besides your camera you will need a memory card with plenty of space, a fully charged battery.  As for lens choice we find that nearly everyone has a lens that works well enough for class purposes, although we know that wide angle lenses are rarely used in class.

Finally, we highly recommend that you wear comfortable shoes as you will be on your feet all day.  Seriously.

What we provide:
SOPHA will be providing all the studio lighting (Paul Buff Einstein and Alien Bee lights), Speedlights, wireless triggers (Pocket Wizards) and lighting modifiers (soft boxes, umbrellas, reflectors, etc.)  You really only need to bring your camera bag and maybe some note taking materials.


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