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This one day intensive workshop is designed to provide you with a basic understanding of the practical aspects of working on location with professional lighting equipment.

We will concentrate on introducing you to the many options available when working with location lighting. From basic camera flashes that cost less than $100, to using highly specialized professional equipment like Hensel and Profoto battery powered strobes, this workshop will leave you with all your questions answered.

We'll cover technical concepts such as the 'inverse square rule' or 'key shifting' in a practical and easy to understand manner, then apply that knowledge right away by shooting models in the afternoon.

Following the lecture in the AM, the afternoon will be spent with hands-on shooting exercises 'on location'. We'll be shooting outside (a short walk from our studio) and use a covered area depending on the weather. You'll be working with portable camera flashes (you are welcome to bring your own as well) and professional battery strobe equipment like the Profoto Pro 7B, using light modifiers such as beauty dishes, softboxes, umbrellas, bare bulb reflectors etc...

While outside we'll be creating images using, for example, the popular 'key shifting' technique, as well as mixing color temperatures using colored gels on the strobe equipment.

At VPW, we believe in using the highest quality equipment. In addition, you'll be working with professional models, so expect to take home great images suitable to add to your portfolio.

We will be using a digital camera for demonstrations but you will be expected to use your own camera for the location shoots. You may use either film or digital cameras in this workshop.

Please Note: SLR Camera only

AM Session :

Lecture: Introduction to flash systems, technical aspects of combining ambient and flash lighting while on location, introduction to 'key shifting' and the 'inverse square rule'. All questions answered.

PM Session:

Multiple shooting sessions with professional models both indoors and outdoors.



Beginner/Intermediate. Must be comfortable with personal camera operation.


Maximum 14 participants.

What to Bring

Equipment Needed:

Bring your camera (must have manual controls) and at least 1 lens.
Optional: additional lenses, camera flash and tripod.

We Provide:

Detailed course notes in binder.
All lighting equipment and professional models when shooting as part of this course.


Early-Bird Discount:

Most of our courses and workshops offer a 10% discount is applied automatically if you register before the Early-Bird Discount deadline date listed in the registration table below.

Some courses and workshops offer a discount if you're among the first 3 people who register. This discount will replace the 'standard' Early Bird Discount mentioned above, and will be applied automatically during the online registration process (as long as it is available). Check the course/workshop listing page for more details.

Group Discount:

A 5% discount will be appplied if 3 or more people register at the same time for the same workshop. (All 3 tuitions must be paid for by one credit card to be considered a group registration.) Please follow the instructions on the online registration page.


In order to provide the best learning environment possible VPW keeps class and tour sizes limited to 10-15 people (depending on the workshop). This is but one reason that we count on you to attend your chosen class or tour, once you have registered for it.

If you must withdraw for any reason please be aware of our refund policy as follows:

For our Local Lectures, Seminars, and Workshops valued at or under $100, VPW is unable to provide a cash refund. Transfers are limited to one transfer to either the same event at a later date, or a different event of equal value. VPW requires 48 hours written notice in order to make such a transfer (email notice is acceptable). The event you are transferring to must occur within 6 months of the original event you registered for. A $15 fee will be applied to all transfers.

For our Local Workshops, 1 to 5 days in length and our Local 4 to 10 Week Courses, VPW requires 30 days written notice (before the event start date) of your withdrawal in order to provide a refund. (Email notice is acceptable.)

For our Master Photographer Series workshops, 1 to 5 days in length, VPW requires 60 days written notice (before the workshop start date) of your withdrawal in order to provide a refund. VPW may retain 15% of fees paid or $150 minimum in processing your refund. If the tuition is less than $500 the minimum fee drops to $75.

Within 45 days of the Master Photographer Series workshop date all fees paid are non-refundable.

For our Photo Tours (national and international), the following charges will apply:

  • If you cancel up to 3 months before the tour start date and we can fill your space, your reservation (or deposit) fee will be refunded
  • There is no additional cancellation fee up to 8 weeks before the start of your tour
  • From 8 weeks to 4 weeks before the tour: 25% of your balance
  • From 4 weeks to 1 week before the tour: 50% of your balance
  • From 1 week to 72 hours before the tour: 75% of your balance
  • If you cancel within 72 hours of the start of the trip, no refund can be paid
  • Transaction charges incurred on accepting and refunding payments will be deducted from the refund amount
  • In the (unlikely) event that we cancel the Photo Tour, all monies paid will be refunded in full

We highly recommend that you take out travel insurance to guard yourself against monies lost due to unavoidable cancellation by either party.

Transfers (for all events over $100): If you wish to transfer to a different workshop date, VPW requires a minimum of 30 days written (email) notice. All transfers are based on availaibility, and subject to approval by VPW staff. For courses/workshops with tuition above $101, the transfer fee is $35.

Transfer Fees as based on event pricing:
Tuition of $100 and below, the transfer fee is $15
Tuition of $101 and above, the transfer fee is $35

VPW can give no refunds:

If you registered for any event valued at or under $100
If you do not show up for your registered course.
If you register for a course beyond or below your skill or ability level.

Refunds for all events valued at $101 and above (excluding Master Series Workshops):
If a student wishes to cancel their registration for any of VPW's events, and has provided written notice within the appropriate timeframe, a refund less a $50 administration fee will be provided.

Course Cancellation:

Occasionally, we may have to cancel a course due to low enrollment. In this case, we will issue a full refund of all monies paid to VPW up to that time.

Instructor Replacement:

In the event that a listed instructor is unable to participate because of a change in his or her professional schedule, we will replace the instructor with someone of equal or similar credentials. If we cannot find a replacement in due time before the course is about to start, a particular class may have to be rescheduled.


In the event that we cancel your course, for any reason, the extent of VPW's liability is limited to the return of all monies paid. We will do everything we can to register you in another equivalent course. VPW will not be responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses of any kind.

Please note: An administration charge of $50 applies to all refunds

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"Finally a Workshop that uses equipment that is actually being used in the industry today. I loved the Beauty Dish and the Ringlite the most. Tons of great experience and lots of fun working with the models."

"Just wanted to send a quick email in appreciation of the work you did with us on the Flash Workshop.

I really did learn a lot and I think it was because you not only presented the technical part well but we also had the opportunity to apply it right after lunch. Like I said at the end I hardly knew that so much time had gone by. So thank you again."

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The Practical Location Lighting Workshop is taught by the following instructors:

Marc Koegel
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Syx Langemann
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Please choose your instructor and workshop date from the registration table below.

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Class Dates Time Early-Bird Discount Ends Location Instructor Registration
Sunday April 13, 2014 10am-5pm First 3 Students Registered Receive 10% OFF!! VPW Studios Syx Langemann

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