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    ***A LOCATION HAS BEEN CONFIRMED. PLEASE NOTE THE NEW STARTING TIME AS WELL***

    Hello future and beginning strobists. Our first strobist workshop is here! If you want to learn more about strobist techniques and philosophies, this is the place to start. This will be the first in a series of off-camera portable strobe workshops. This workshop will be an introduction to the basic concepts that are at the core of strobist technique.

    ***Due to possible RF trigger interference the attendance limit is set at 16 for the time being***

    Date: August 1, 2009 (Saturday)
    Time: 9:30 – 2:00 (with a 1 hour lunch break) Please note the slight change in starting time. We will only have the room for two hours. I've paid a rental fee for it so please be prompt.
    Location: Canyonside Recreation Center (12350 Black Mountain Road San Diego 92129 in the arts and crafts room.

    Cost: SDPF Membership based scale (Please, cash only. Thanks)
    $20-Platinum
    $25-Gold
    $30-Silver
    $35-Bronze
    $40-member
    $50-non-member

    Some of the instruction in Strobist 101 will include:
    -the basic strobist kit
    -shutter, aperture, and ISO settings theory as related to strobe photography
    -ways to control light spill, power, and quality (softness/hardness) and when to use which
    -basic one light setup as fill, key, and backlight (and its variations)
    -balancing, limiting, eliminating ambient light.
    -hands-on time for each of the above mentioned uses of a strobe
    -ways of quickly determining your settings to lessen the amount of chimping* needed.

    *Chimping- the act of shooting then viewing the image on the LCD, making adjustments, then shooting again.

    Equipment needed:

    Required-you
    -your camera
    -your camera’s manual

    Recommended, but not 100% necessary. (If you have, please bring to share. If you don’t, please wait to purchase.)
    -at least one hotshoe flash with manual capabilities (along with operation manual if you have it)
    -flash sync devices (sync cables, RF triggers, IR triggers)
    -any modifiers you already have for your flash(es)
    -any stands for flashes
    -reflectors

    Prerequisites:
    -complete understanding of theory and use of shutter, aperture, and ISO settings as related to natural light photography
    -proficient menu navigation skills of your camera
    -knowledge of your flash’s settings- how to put into manual mode and adjust power (for Nikon shooters with CLS capable bodies and flashes, knowledge of how to activate CLS mode). Please do this research on your own and be ready before the workshop. Nikon users can PM me with questions.

    A note about workshop format:
    We will separate into groups of three or four. Each member of the group will take turns being tog, grip, and model. This will also allow one flash and one trigger method to be shared amongst three or four people. Keeping each group specific to one brand of camera helps, but is not totally required.

    Please goto this thread to sign up for the workshop. Include:
    1. what camera you will be using.
    2. how many flashes, what model and brand.
    3. how many triggers (including type).

    This is so I may start to figure out the groups. If you have others you want to partner up with send me a PM and I’ll see about grouping you together.
    Last edited by inSANe DIEGO; 07-23-2009, 08:33 PM. Reason: Added confirmed location and time
    Throw a little light. If it doesn't come back, it probably fell off...
    Cheers
    John
    Flickr
    Nikon D80 (nicknamed Cylopsoid)
    Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 Lovin' it. I could glue it to my camera and be happy.
    Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 It's the older model w/o the AF motor and it focuses FAST. It's just like the 17-50, only longer.
    Nikkor 50mm f1.8d <------creammmmmy
    Nikkor 18-55 kit Now in a deep slumber.
    Quantaray 28-82 Somewhere in the house.
    Nikon N65 Back for the resurrection tour! Coming to defend the faith...
    (This spot being saved for hopefully a G9 or G11) Shhhh, I know those are Canons...

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    Re: Strobist 101 - The adventure begins

    Here are the "team member" assignments. If you have a strong disagreement with the team you've been assigned to please send me a PM. The criteria for team assignment was based on camera brand, experience, and equipment. Notice I used the word team? There is good reason. *HINT* It would behoove you to try to get to know a little about your teammates before the workshop...*HINT*.

    I've placed an asterisk next to a name on each team. That person is not necessarily the team captain, but they will be responsible for the triggering method. PLEASE... If you will not be able to make the workshop, notify me ASAP. The flash will come from one of the team members. I've listed a preferred model. If you'd like to use your own flash during your hands-on turn, please feel free to do so. I only ask that you know how to put your flash in manual mode and have it ready to be triggered by the designated method. Feel free to discuss amongst your teammates and come up with more interesting team names if you like...

    Team 1:
    Fixcinator
    FixGuest
    *Mac
    meecelin
    ---------
    PW/580ex
    ---------

    Team 2:
    aspire
    *randaddy
    dkbarto

    (Ty, tldeisher)
    ------------
    blazzeo/580ex
    ------------

    Team 3:
    *Pa3ckbondoc
    Diane
    tvivekanand

    (jessy)
    --------------
    blazzeo/SB800
    --------------

    Team 4:
    AJWphoto
    *SteveU
    marcelcabrerajr
    sbullock
    Colleen
    -----------
    PW/SB800
    -----------
    Last edited by inSANe DIEGO; 07-25-2009, 10:25 PM.
    Throw a little light. If it doesn't come back, it probably fell off...
    Cheers
    John
    Flickr
    Nikon D80 (nicknamed Cylopsoid)
    Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 Lovin' it. I could glue it to my camera and be happy.
    Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 It's the older model w/o the AF motor and it focuses FAST. It's just like the 17-50, only longer.
    Nikkor 50mm f1.8d <------creammmmmy
    Nikkor 18-55 kit Now in a deep slumber.
    Quantaray 28-82 Somewhere in the house.
    Nikon N65 Back for the resurrection tour! Coming to defend the faith...
    (This spot being saved for hopefully a G9 or G11) Shhhh, I know those are Canons...

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    • #3
      Re: Strobist 101 - The adventure begins

      See post #1 for details on location and time.
      Throw a little light. If it doesn't come back, it probably fell off...
      Cheers
      John
      Flickr
      Nikon D80 (nicknamed Cylopsoid)
      Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 Lovin' it. I could glue it to my camera and be happy.
      Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 It's the older model w/o the AF motor and it focuses FAST. It's just like the 17-50, only longer.
      Nikkor 50mm f1.8d <------creammmmmy
      Nikkor 18-55 kit Now in a deep slumber.
      Quantaray 28-82 Somewhere in the house.
      Nikon N65 Back for the resurrection tour! Coming to defend the faith...
      (This spot being saved for hopefully a G9 or G11) Shhhh, I know those are Canons...

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      • #4
        Re: Strobist 101 - The adventure begins

        Sorry guys I'm not going to be able to make it.
        I have a shoot that morning.

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        • #5
          Re: Strobist 101 - The adventure begins

          Crap Travis why'd you have to post before I got home...now me backing out is going to look doubly bad. No really my excuse is a good one. I am working a convention that weekend and I was scheduled to work the day before and the day after (in long beach) but one of the people that was working saturday backed out and the responsiblitiy fell to me. So I'm going to be in long beach on the queen mary from thursday to saturday night. I'm sorry!
          Shooting Nikon D90
          11-16mm f/2.8 of pure Tokina sexiness
          18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR Nikkor
          50mm f/1.8 Nikkor
          35mm f/1.8 Nikkor Dx
          55-200mm f/4-5.6 DI Quantary -FOR SALE

          www.creativesoup.com

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          • #6
            Re: Strobist 101 - The adventure begins

            John,

            I'm not sure if you got my PM last night. Sorry I can't make it tomorrow. I'm up in the bay area right now due to a family emergency. I'll see you guys on the next workshop.
            Patrick
            Arsenal:
            Nikon D80
            MB-D80 Grip
            Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 D
            Nikkor 35-70mm f/2.8D
            Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5 - 5.6 VR
            SB-800 AF Speedlight

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            • #7
              Re: Strobist 101 - The adventure begins

              Got your message.
              Throw a little light. If it doesn't come back, it probably fell off...
              Cheers
              John
              Flickr
              Nikon D80 (nicknamed Cylopsoid)
              Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 Lovin' it. I could glue it to my camera and be happy.
              Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 It's the older model w/o the AF motor and it focuses FAST. It's just like the 17-50, only longer.
              Nikkor 50mm f1.8d <------creammmmmy
              Nikkor 18-55 kit Now in a deep slumber.
              Quantaray 28-82 Somewhere in the house.
              Nikon N65 Back for the resurrection tour! Coming to defend the faith...
              (This spot being saved for hopefully a G9 or G11) Shhhh, I know those are Canons...

              Comment

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