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This weekend intensive workshop is designed to provide you with an advanced understanding of the practical and creative aspects of working on location with small portable lighting equipment.

This workshop is designed for all you Strobist's out there, looking not only to practice your skills in a professional environment but also to pick up additional tips and tricks that take your images to the next level.

We will concentrate on introducing you to the many options available when working with small strobes on location, whether indoors or outside. We'll cover technical concepts with a focus on the practical applications.

The workshop's main goal is to get you shooting as much as possible given practice is essential to advancing your skills. We'll shoot extensively on both Saturday and Sunday.

We'll work both indoors and outside. Extensive Shooting Assignments will be given, designed to give you hands-on practice. You will be working in small groups, specialized equipment will be provided for each group to work with, but you are encouraged to bring any gear you already own. Lighting and equipment demonstrations will be scheduled throughout the 2 days.

We'll meet in the morning to discuss equipment and our goals for the weekend. You'll be working with portable camera flashes (you are welcome to bring your own as well) using light modifiers such as beauty softboxes, umbrellas, bare bulb reflectors, snoots, grids etc...

Please Note: SLR Camera only

The following techniques will be demonstrated and discussed, and will also be part of the specific shooting assignment list:

  • Manual Mode on Small Strobes (Canon 580ex, Nikon SB800, Vivitar 283 etc...)
  • Triggering options for small strobes
  • Stands, Mounting Hardware, Light Modifiers, and other essentials on our gear list
  • Lighting on a budget - home-made modifiers versus 'professional' solutions
  • High Speed Sync - practical assessment
  • Using Gels for both creative and corrective purposes
  • Using multiple small strobes (Nikon's CLS, ITTL, Canon's ETTL 2)
  • Wireless flash photography - practical assessment
  • Key-shifting, slow sync modes, multiple exposure modes explained

Additional Lighting Exercises we explore:

  • "Bare Bulb" Flash Lighting
  • Simple Umbrella Lighting - Shoot Through versus Reflective
  • Clamshell Lighting for Portraits, using various light modifiers
  • Selective Lighting (using snoots, grids, zoomed flash beam, etc)
  • Creative Lighting Techniques (using 'cookies', color gels, density filters)
  • Hard versus Soft Light
  • Directional versus Broad Light
  • Mixing Ambient Light with Flash indoors and outside
  • Multiple Exposures with flash


Participants are expected to be familiar with their flash's basic operation. It is suggested that you take our On-Camera Flash Workshop before taking this seminar.


Maximum 15 participants.

What to Bring

Equipment Needed:

Bring your camera (must have manual controls) and at least 1 lens.
Optional: additional lenses, camera flash, tripod and any strobe equipment you wish to use.

We Provide:

Detailed course notes in binder.
All lighting equipment and professional models when shooting in a professional studio/location setting 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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"You guys at VPW are doing great stuff. I have been a loyal student ever since your Joe McNally Location Lighting Workshop in 2007.

Having been to many workshops elsewhere I can only applaud you on your genuine efforts.Your attention to detail, high quality locations and lighting equipment is what keeps me coming back."

"Finally a workshop that teaches the creative aspects as much as the technical necessities."

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The Small Strobes and Location Lighting Workshop is taught by the following instructor:

Marc Koegel
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Please choose your workshop date from the registration table below.

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Class Dates Time Early-Bird Discount Ends Location Instructor Registration
Weekend Nov 6th-7th, 2010 10am-5pm Oct 15th, 2010 VPW Studios Marc Koegel Click Here to Register
Weekend TBA, 2011 10am-5pm TBA, 2011 VPW Studios Marc Koegel Click Here for Wait List