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Las Vegas, Glamour, Beauty and the Nude Photography Workshop


Date: Feb. 24th, 2018, One-day Workshop, Limited in Size!
Time: 9:30 a.m. till 5 p.m.
Location: Las Vegas, (Major Casino Penthouse Given Only To Attendees)
Prices: $299  This is the early-bird price with limited slots.

Photography Workshop Models

Photo of one of our models during a recent photography workshop

We’re bringing back our Glamour, Beauty and the Nude photography workshop to Las Vegas to one of the best casino’s in the heart of the city strip during WPPI (not affiliated with WPPI, the Wedding and Portrait Photography International) but we only announce the location to those that sign-up! We’ve done over 30 photography workshops in Las Vegas over the past decade. Come have fun, improve your photography and enjoy photographing gorgeous models. Once it’s sold-out, it’s sold-out!

We’ve got new models for this one too! It is a special, one-day workshop at an amazing location–this is a high-rollers Penthouse, but you don’t need that status, just sign up and feel like one! The workshops are limited in size and we’re featuring at least four, possibly five gorgeous models. You will have quality time with each model for amazing and unique photographs, with hands-on instruction.

Here are the particulars:

This workshop is open to photographers of all levels, at least 18-years of age or older, including beginners to advanced. Lighting equipment is provided, just bring your camera. The shooting location provides for unique photos very few photographers in the world would be able to capture without spending thousands of dollars in expenses and you get it for a fraction of the cost.

1. You must pay for your own lodging and travel, we’ll provide suggestions, though you’re free to stay where you want in Las Vegas. We recommend the middle of the main strip area between Bally’s and MGM though WPPI is at the Mandalay.

Photography Workshop Model

We always provide beautiful models for you to photograph at the workshops.

2. Bring your camera, preferably a DSLR or mirrorless camera. It must have a hotshoe (where you flash slides on top) or as a minimum, a PC cord connection for our studio flash–we provide all equipment. Plus we’ll be mix natural daylight with tungsten and flash too.

3. You must have the passion to photograph up to four, maybe five beautiful models. The type of photography is fashion, glamour, beauty and nude photography.

4. While it’s intense, we’ll have fun in this educational experience. Bring your coffee, but surely bring some Red Bull for energy because this is an energized workshop.

5. Camera requirements are any type of camera, preferably 35mm format, medium or large format is optional. Lens focal range, from 24mm to 200mm, though a typical 70-200mm lens is all you need. Anything in the 50-105mm range is best. A back-up drive to download your images and/orlaptop computer is recommended. If you have an older Sony (Minolta) camera, please ensure you have a standard hot shoe adapter.

6. Professionalism is required, we’re there to capture beautiful images of beautiful models. If you have Pocket Wizard remotes, bring them too, though not required as we’ll have our own radio triggers. We’ll work with beauty dishes, softboxes, reflectors and more, all provided by us!

7. Some refreshments are provided but you are responsible for your meals, though we’ll provide suggestions. We also take a lunch break with recommendations.

If you can meet the requirements and you have the passion to create some beautiful, unique images that few photographers will ever have, these workshops are for you. These are first-come, first-serve events as class sizes are limited. Please use the PayPal selection button to select either one or both workshops. We’ve used PayPal securely for 17 plus years.




Editorial Nude Photo

Editorial nude photo of Shannon from our Atlanta workshop.

Model releases for this event is $60 per model at the end of each workshop. These are mandatory releases provided between you and the model that allow you to use the images for commercial use and the only restriction is prohibition of adult related material—nudes are artistic and glamour nude only at this workshop when it comes to nudity and only a portion of the workshop. You must be 18-years of age or older to attend.

You are required to arrive no later than 9:15 a.m. local time at a designated meeting place at the casino location on that Saturday, then you will be escorted to the penthouse. We start at 9:30 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m.

Cancellation rules apply as this is a first-come, first-serve event limited in size. In addition, this is a non-cancel event, so should you need to cancel, we will work with you help you find a replacement, however, no guarantees, though we’ll offer some type of future workshop credit. Because of the size and expenses associated with this limited style workshop, we cannot accept requests for refunds when the cancellation is on your behalf, though we will take each situation on a case by case basis and work with you the best we can. Don’t get left behind, don’t miss out on a wonderful opportunity. We can’t allow too many people on the property, it’s very limited in size, so don’t delay, act now an save before prices go up!

Moab, Glamour, Beauty and the Nude Photo Workshop

Playboy Playmate Holley Dorrough in an old mine shack in the Moab.

Event: Moab, Fashion, Glamour, Beauty & the Nude Photography Workshop

Date: Arrive on Thursday, May. 17th, 2018, depart on Monday, May 21st, 2018

Venue: Moab, Utah

Details: May 2017 Moab sold out as have the previous Moab workshops in 2008-2017. Act now before it’s too late! This workshop is limited in size and will sell-out. 

Interesting rock formations in the Moab make for great locations!

Interesting rock formations in the Moab make for great locations!

Ever want to get away, like to really get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and photograph beautiful models in the Moab desert? We’ve got an exclusive deal just for you that allows you to shoot & learn. Fly into either Salt Lake City, Utah or Grand Junction, Colorado, rent a car, prefer an SUV, and take the scenic drive down to Moab.

You can fly directly into Moab, but flights are very limited. Once there, stay at our recommend hotel, or a hotel of your choice, then be prepared to shoot for two and a half solid days in the Moab environment plus a half day of photo critiques of your work. This semi-private instruction workshop is very limited in size. If you haven’t seen my portfolio of images on RolandoGomez.com, called Moab Light, check it out now to get an idea what to expect.

1. You must pay for your own lodging, meals and travel, we’ll provide suggestions and our recommended hotel of choice. We already have rooms on hold should you consider our recommendation.

2. You must be physically fit enough to walk a city block and lift 25 lbs. We will provide some lighting equipment, but don’t hesitate to bring your on camera flash if you’d like, though not required.

Moab Model Photography Workshop

Photo of Rebecca from our May Moab 2016 workshop.

3. You must have the passion to photograph up to four beautiful models and patient enough for them to change into wardrobe. The type of photography is fashion, glamour, beauty and nude photography. 4. These are long days, which means late dinners along with early mornings—you will get tired by the time you have to leave, but you will treasure every moment and leave with amazing photos.

Photographers love this workshop so much, five of the six photographers for our May 2016 photography workshop had attended our previous Moab photography workshops! Three of the May 2016 Moab photographers even signed up for May 2017 which sold-out as all previous eight years of Moab workshops! This is our most successful workshop ever.

5. Camera requirements are any type of camera, preferably 35mm DSLR or SLR, medium or large format is optional. Lens focal range, from 24mm to 300mm, though a typical 70-200mm lens is all you need. A back-up drive to download your images every evening and/or laptop computer is highly recommended.

6. Professionalism is required, we’re there to capture beautiful images of beautiful models in a remote, but beautiful location. Safety is number one.

7. The cost, $2499. Use the secure, PayPal button below for payment.




If you can meet the requirements and you have the passion to create some beautiful, unique images, this is the workshop for you. 2018 is a limited workshop schedule, so this is a first-come, first-serve event and due to limited photography slots, this workshop has a tighter cancellation policy (see below).

Moab Photography Workshop

Playboy Playmate Holley Dorrough at our Moab photography workshop.

Model releases for this event is $100 per model at the end of the event ($400 total for the entire event). These are mandatory releases, not optional like other workshops, paid on the last day of the event. These releases are provided and allow you to use the images for commercial use and the only restriction is prohibitions for adult related material—nudes are artistic and glamour nude only.

This workshop is open to all levels, but places an emphasis that you seriously want to capture some great photos and take your photography up to the next level! You are required to arrive no later than 7:00 p.m., local time, in the Moab on a Thursday and meet at a central location that evening, then be prepared to shoot all day on Friday, Saturday and most of the day Sunday. Departure is on Monday on your own or when you choose.

Hotel recommendations will be provided, most hotels are close together and average from $120 to $170 per night but we have a preferred location that has a special workshop rate, revealed to you after booking your workshop slot. We have those rooms on hold ready to release to you. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks, and lodging are not included.

Artistic, glamour and exotic nudes will be available in this location.

 

This semi-private instruction workshop includes personal instruction from Rolando and use of his lighting gear along with the models and make-up. You are guaranteed to produce some great images you can be proud of. Cancellation rules apply as this is a first-come, first-serve event limited to six photographers only, but more specific cancellation policies are modified to include that should you be qualified for a refund or partial refund, there will be a 30-day waiting period.

Playboy Playmate Holley Dorough in the Moab Golden Hour light.

Shot exactly as seen, the creative possibilities are endless.

Chicago Glamour, Beauty, and the Nude Photo Workshop


Date: Oct. 21st, 2017 (Saturday)
(Fashion, Glamour, and Beauty Photography Workshop) Saturday Only!
Time: 9:30 a.m. till 5 p.m.
Location: Chicago, private studio
Prices: Photo Workshop Price $299 (Price includes a $100 savings right now!)

Photography Workshop Model

One of our models from a previous photography workshop.

We’re back for another Chicago photo workshop for 2017! Photograph beautiful models in a nice photo studio! Here is your chance if you’ve ever wanted to attend one of my photography workshops! 2017 is our 17th year conducting workshops!

This is one of the few cities where we’re offering our fashion, glamour, and beauty photography workshops for one-day at an inexpensive price. We’ve done over 50 photo workshops in Chicago in the past 15 years. Always beautiful models for you to fine-tune your photography skills.

These workshops are limited in size and we’re featuring four gorgeous models. Future workshops will be exclusive and obviously more expensive to attend–so don’t hesitate, this is your chance for a one-day fashion, glamour, and beauty photography workshop with many models at a great price and location! The workshop is open from beginners to advanced, though you must be of 18-years of age or older to attend.

We’ll have a small lecture in the morning then we photograph talented models with Rolando providing hands-on instruction. First-come, first serve! Limited in size! Once it sells out, it’s sold-out!

Photography Workshop Model

There are many beautiful models to photograph at every photography workshop.

Here are the particulars:

1. You must pay for your own lodging and travel, we’ll provide suggestions but anywhere in the downtown area of Chicago is fine.

2. Bring your camera, preferably a DSLR (digital camera). It must have a hot shoe (where you flash slides on top) or as a minimum, a PC connection for our studio flash–we provide all equipment.

Model Photography Workshop

One of our models from a previous photography workshop.

3. You must have the passion to photograph up to four beautiful models. The type of photography is fashion, glamour, beauty and artistic nude photography for most models. You will have almost a whole day to photograph them in all their beauty.

4. While it’s intense, we’ll have fun in this educational experience. We’ll break for lunch, you provide the coffee if you need it, but surely bring some Red Bull for energy because this is an energized workshop.

5. Camera requirements are any type of camera, preferably 35mm DSLR or SLR, medium or large format is optional. Lens focal range, from 24mm to 200mm, though a typical 70-200mm lens is all you need. A back-up drive to download your images every evening and/or laptop computer is highly recommended. If you have a Sony (Minolta) camera, please ensure you have a hot shoe adapter or PC connection.

6. Professionalism is required, we’re there to capture beautiful images of beautiful models. If you have Pocket Wizard remotes, bring them too, though not required as we’ll have our own radio triggers. We’ll work with beauty dishes, soft boxes, reflectors and more, all provided by us!

If you can meet the requirements and you have the passion to create some beautiful, unique images, this is the workshop for you. We accept payments securely through PayPal and have other options if you prefer. This is a first-come, first-serve event as class size is limited. This is the early-bird price, prices will go up soon, so don’t delay, book now before it’s too late! Please use the PayPal button below. We’ve used PayPal securely for 16-years. You must be over 18-years of age to attend.





Model releases for the event are $60 per model at the end of the day. These are mandatory releases as these models will be working for you. These releases are provided and allow you to use the images for commercial use and the only restriction is prohibited use for adult related material—nudes are artistic and glamour nude only at this workshop when it comes to nudity. Not all models do nudes, but we will have at least two that do.

You are required to arrive no later than 9:30 a.m. local time on the workshop day. We end at 5:00 p.m. We will do a “working lunch” at the location, you are responsible for that lunch which is usually less than $10 per person.

Cancellation rules apply as this is a first-come, first-serve event limited in size. Don’t get left behind, don’t miss out on a wonderful opportunity. We can’t allow too many people on the property, it’s very limited in size, so don’t delay, act now an save before prices go up!

Use the button below to save another $100 right now, just $199 for first five photographers!

Las Vegas, Glamour, Beauty, and the Nude Photo Workshops


Date: Dec. 2nd & 3rd 2017, Two Separate One-day Workshops, Limited in Size!
Time:
9:30 a.m. till 5 p.m., Glamour Workshop; 10:00 to 4:00 p.m. Editorial Nude Workshop
Location:
Las Vegas, (Major Casino Penthouse Given Only To Attendees!)
Prices:
$399 Editorial Nude; $299 Glamour Beauty and the Nude; $499 for Both, This is the early-bird price! Limited slots, small in size!

Particulars

We’re bringing back our Editorial Nude and Glamour, Beauty and the Nude photography workshops to Las Vegas to one of the best casino’s in the heart of the city and will only announce the location to those that sign-up! We’ve done over 31 photo workshops in Las Vegas over the past decade. Come have fun, improve your photography and enjoy photographing gorgeous models. Once it’s sold-out, it’s sold-out!

glamour photography workshops

Amy, one of our models poses at one of our exotic location workshops.

These are two separate photography workshops, attend one, or attend both, that’s up to you but we guarantee you won’t be disappointed. We’ve got new models for this one too!  is a special, one-day workshop at an amazing location–this is a high-rollers Penthouse, but you don’t need that status, just sign up and feel like one!

The workshops are limited in size and we’re featuring at least four gorgeous models. You will have quality time with each model for amazing and unique photographs, with hands-on instruction. Our Editorial Nude workshop is smaller in size due to total nudity of models during the workshop.

Here are the particulars for both workshops:

These workshop are open to photographers of all levels, at least 18-years of age or older, including beginners to advanced. Lighting equipment is provided, just bring your camera. The shooting location provides for unique photos very few photographers in the world would be able to capture without spending thousands of dollars in expenses and you get it for a fraction of the cost.

Model Photography Workshop

One of our models from a previous photography workshop.

1. You must pay for your own lodging and travel, we’ll provide suggestions, though you’re free to stay where you want in Las Vegas. We recommend the middle of the main strip area between Bally’s and MGM.

2. Bring your camera, preferably a DSLR. It must have a hotshoe (where you flash slides on top) or as a minimum, a PC cord connection for our studio flash–we provide all equipment. Plus we’ll be mixing natural daylight with tungsten and flash too.

3. You must have the passion to photograph up to four beautiful models. The type of photography is fashion, glamour, beauty and nude photography for most models and nude for the editorial nude workshop.

4. While it’s intense, we’ll have fun in this educational experience. Bring your coffee, but surely bring some Red Bull for energy because this is an energized workshop.

5. Camera requirements are any type of camera, preferably 35mm DSLR or SLR, medium or large format is optional. Lens focal range, from 24mm to 200mm, though a typical 70-200mm lens is all you need. I prefer my prime 85mm, but anything in the 50-105mm range is best. A back-up drive to download your images and/orlaptop computer is recommended. If you have a Sony (Minolta) camera, please ensure you have a hot shoe adapter or PC cord connection.

6. Professionalism is required, we’re there to capture beautiful images of beautiful models. If you have Pocket Wizard remotes, bring them too, though not required as we’ll have our own radio triggers. We’ll work with beauty dishes, softboxes, reflectors and more, all provided by us!

7. Some refreshments are provided but you are responsible for your meals, though we’ll provide suggestions. We also take a lunch break with recommendations.

If you can meet the requirements and you have the passion to create some beautiful, unique images that few photographers will ever have, these workshops are for you. These are first-come, first-serve events as class sizes are limited. Please use the PayPal selection button to select either one or both workshops. We’ve used PayPal securely for 16 years.

The Editorial Nude photo workshop only is $399; the Glamour, Beauty and the Nude photo workshop only is $299, or save $200 and get them both for $499! Editorial Nude workshop limited to eight photographers only, so act now before it’s sold out!


Las Vegas Workshops




Editorial Nude Photo

Editorial nude photo of Shannon from our Atlanta workshop.

Model releases for this event is $60 per model at the end of each workshop. These are two separate workshops, two separate days. These are mandatory releases provided between you and the model that allow you to use the images for commercial use and the only restriction is prohibition of adult related material—nudes are artistic and glamour nude only at this workshop when it comes to nudity and only a portion of the workshop. You must be 18-years of age or older to attend.

You are required to arrive no later than 9:15 a.m. local time at a designated meeting place at the casino location on that Saturday, then you will be escorted to the penthouse. For the Sunday workshop, you must arrive at the specified location by 9:45 a.m. We start at 9:30 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. for the glamour workshop on Saturday, and 10:00 a.m. until 4 p.m. for our editorial nude workshop and Sunday.

Cancellation rules apply as this is a first-come, first-serve event limited in size. In addition, this is a non-cancel event, so should you need to cancel, we will work with you help you find a replacement, however, no guarantees, though we’ll offer some type of future workshop credit. Because of the size and expenses associated with this limited style workshop, we cannot accept requests for refunds when the cancellation is on your behalf, though we will take each situation on a case by case basis and work with you the best we can. Don’t get left behind, don’t miss out on a wonderful opportunity. We can’t allow too many people on the property, it’s very limited in size, so don’t delay, act now an save before prices go up!

Orlando Glamour, Beauty and the Nude Photography Workshops


Date: Nov. 4th & Nov. 5th, 2017, Two Separate One-day Workshops, Limited in Size!
Time:
9:30 a.m. till 5 p.m., Glamour Workshop; 10:00 to 4:00 p.m. Editorial Nude Workshop
Location:
Orlando (Near Sanford)
Prices:
$399 Editorial Nude; $299 Glamour Beauty and the Nude; $499 for Both, This is the early-bird price! Limited slots, small in size!

Particulars

We’re bringing back our Editorial Nude and Glamour, Beauty and the Nude photography workshops to Orlando to a great studio near the Sanford/Orlando area. We’ve done tons of photography workshops in the Florida area for over 17 years now. Come have fun, improve your photography and enjoy photographing gorgeous models. Once both workshops are sold-out, they are sold-out!

glamour photography workshops

Amy, one of our models poses at one of our exotic location workshops.

These are two separate photography workshops, attend one, or attend both, that’s up to you but we guarantee you won’t be disappointed. We’ve got new models for this one too!  These are two special, one-day workshops at a great studio location.

The workshops are limited in size and we’re featuring at least four gorgeous models. You will have quality time with each model for amazing and unique photographs, with hands-on instruction. Our Editorial Nude workshop is smaller in size due to total nudity of models during throughout the workshop.

Here are the particulars for both workshops:

These workshop are open to photographers of all levels, at least 18-years of age or older, including beginners to advanced. Lighting equipment is provided, just bring your camera. The shooting location provides for unique photos very few photographers in the world would be able to capture without spending thousands of dollars in expenses and you get it for a fraction of the cost.

Model Photography Workshop

One of our models from the last photography workshop.

1. You must pay for your own lodging and travel, we’ll provide suggestions, though you’re free to stay where you want in the area.

2. Bring your camera, preferably a DSLR. It must have a hotshoe (where you flash slides on top) or as a minimum, a PC cord connection for our studio flash–we provide all equipment. Plus we’ll be mixing natural daylight with tungsten and flash too.

3. You must have the passion to photograph up to four beautiful models. The type of photography is fashion, glamour, beauty and nude photography for most models and nude for the editorial nude workshop.

4. While it’s intense, we’ll have fun in this educational experience. Bring your coffee, but surely bring some Red Bull for energy because this is an energized workshop.

5. Camera requirements are any type of camera, preferably 35mm DSLR or SLR, medium or large format is optional. Lens focal range, from 24mm to 200mm, though a typical 70-200mm lens is all you need. I prefer my prime 85mm, but anything in the 50-105mm range is best. A back-up drive to download your images and/orlaptop computer is recommended. If you have an older Sony (Minolta) camera, please ensure you have a hot shoe adapter or PC cord connection.

6. Professionalism is required, we’re there to capture beautiful images of beautiful models. If you have Pocket Wizard remotes, bring them too, though not required as we’ll have our own radio triggers. We’ll work with beauty dishes, softboxes, reflectors and more, all provided by us!

7. Some refreshments are provided but you are responsible for your meals, though we’ll provide suggestions. We also take a lunch break with recommendations.

If you can meet the requirements and you have the passion to create some beautiful, unique images that few photographers will ever have, these workshops are for you. These are first-come, first-serve events as class sizes are limited. Please use the PayPal selection button to select either one or both workshops. We’ve used PayPal securely for 16 years.

The Editorial Nude photo workshop only is $399; the Glamour, Beauty and the Nude photo workshop only is $299, or save $200 and get them both for $499! Editorial Nude workshop limited to eight photographers only, so act now before it’s sold out!


Orlando Workshops




Editorial Nude Photo

Editorial nude photo of Shannon from our Atlanta workshop.

Model releases for this event is $60 per model at the end of each workshop. These are two separate workshops, two separate days. These are mandatory releases provided between you and the model that allow you to use the images for commercial use and the only restriction is prohibition of adult related material—nudes are artistic and glamour nude only at this workshop when it comes to nudity and only a portion of the workshop. You must be 18-years of age or older to attend.

You are required to arrive no later than 9:15 a.m. local time at a designated meeting place at the casino location on that Saturday, then you will be escorted to the penthouse. For the Sunday workshop, you must arrive at the specified location by 9:45 a.m. We start at 9:30 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. for the glamour workshop on Saturday, and 10:00 a.m. until 4 p.m. for our editorial nude workshop and Sunday.

Cancellation rules apply as this is a first-come, first-serve event limited in size. In addition, this is a non-cancel event, so should you need to cancel, we will work with you help you find a replacement, however, no guarantees, though we’ll offer some type of future workshop credit. Because of the size and expenses associated with this limited style workshop, we cannot accept requests for refunds when the cancellation is on your behalf, though we will take each situation on a case by case basis and work with you the best we can. Don’t get left behind, don’t miss out on a wonderful opportunity. We can’t allow too many people on the property, it’s very limited in size, so don’t delay, act now an save before prices go up!

Moab, Glamour, Beauty and the Nude Photography Workshop

Playboy Playmate Holley Dorrough in an old mine shack in the Moab.

Event: Moab, Fashion, Glamour, Beauty & the Nude Photography Workshop
Date: 5/18-22 (Arrive on Thursday, May 18th, 2017, depart on Monday, May. 22nd, 2017.)
Venue: Moab, Utah
Details: SOLD OUT
Note: This workshop is limited in size. 

Interesting rock formations in the Moab make for great locations!

Interesting rock formations in the Moab make for great locations!

Ever want to get away, like to really get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and photograph beautiful models in the Moab desert? We’ve got an exclusive deal just for you that allows you to shoot & learn.

Fly into either Salt Lake City or Grand Junction, rent a car, prefer an SUV, and take the scenic drive down to Moab. You can fly directly into Moab, but flights are very limited. Once there, stay at our recommend hotel, or a hotel of your choice, then be prepared to shoot for two and a half solid days in the Moab environment plus a half day of photo critiques of your work. This semi-private instruction workshop is very limited in size.

If you haven’t seen my portfolio of images on RolandoGomez.com, called Moab Light, check it out now to get an idea what to expect.

1. You must pay for your own lodging, meals and travel, we’ll provide suggestions.

2. You must be physically fit enough to walk a city block and lift 25 lbs. We will provide some lighting equipment, but don’t hesitate to bring your on camera flash if you’d like, though not required.

Moab Photography Workshop Model

One of our models from a recent Moab photography workshop.

3. You must have the passion to photograph up to four beautiful models and patient enough for them to change into wardrobe. The type of photography is fashion, glamour, beauty and nude photography.

4. These are long days, which means late dinners along with early mornings—you will get tired by the time you have to leave, but you will treasure every moment and leave with amazing photos. Five of the six photographers for our June 2016 had attended our previous Moab photography workshops!

5. Camera requirements are any type of camera, preferably 35mm DSLR or SLR, medium or large format is optional. Lens focal range, from 24mm to 300mm, though a typical 70-200mm lens is all you need. A back-up drive to download your images every evening and/or laptop computer is highly recommended.

6. Professionalism is required, we’re there to capture beautiful images of beautiful models in a remote, but beautiful location. Safety is number one.

7. The cost, $2499. Use the secure, PayPal button below for payment.

SOLD OUT

If you can meet the requirements and you have the passion to create some beautiful, unique images, this is the workshop for you. 2017 is a limited workshop schedule, so this is a first-come, first-serve event and due to limited photography slots, this workshop has a tighter cancellation policy (see below).

Moab Photography Workshop

Playboy Playmate Holley Dorrough at our Moab photography workshop.

Model releases for this event is $100 per model at the end of the event ($400 total for the entire event). These are mandatory releases, not optional like other workshops, paid on the last day of the event. These releases are provided and allow you to use the images for commercial use and the only restriction is prohibitions for adult related material—nudes are artistic and glamour nude only. This workshop is open to all levels, but places an emphasis that you seriously want to capture some great photos and take your photography up to the next level!

You are required to arrive no later than 7:00 p.m., local time, in the Moab on a Thursday and meet at a central location that evening, then be prepared to shoot all day on Friday, Saturday and most of the day Sunday. Departure is on Monday on your own or when you choose. Hotel recommendations will be provided, most hotels are close together and average from $120 to $170 per night but we have a preferred location that has a special workshop rate, revealed to you after booking your workshop slot. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks, and lodging are not included.

Artistic, glamour and exotic nudes will be available in this location.

This semi-private instruction workshop includes personal instruction from Rolando and use of his lighting gear along with the models and make-up. You are guaranteed to produce some great images you can be proud of. Cancellation rules apply as this is a first-come, first-serve event limited to five photographers only, but more specific cancellation policies are modified to include that should you be qualified for a refund or partial refund, there will be a 30-day waiting period.

Playboy Playmate Holley Dorough in the Moab Golden Hour light.

Shot exactly as seen, the creative possibilities are endless.

Amazing images in locations scouted out in advance that are rarely photographed as these are off-road locations found through exploring.

What Is An Editorial Nude?

As I transition more to authoring new books, blogging and participating more on GarageGlamour.com, many photographers have noticed that as part of my “Farewell Photo Workshop Tour,” that we’ve included our editorial nude photography workshops in some locations. This has brought a few emails asking for some clarification.

Simply put, there are various forms (genres) of nude photography, including fine-art nudes (which others fall into also), implied nudes, glamour nude, Playboy nudes, editorial nudes, and just about anything you can add the word “nude” to at the end of it.  You name it, someone is teaching it—the problem lies not in nude photography, but many so-called glamour and nude photography workshops are just gang-bang shooting of cheesecake nude photos—and you wonder why there are some photographers labeled GWC’s, guys with cameras?

Unfortunately nude photography is being diluted daily, so I decided that I’d add editorial nude photography years ago as a different workshop than my “Glamour, Beauty and the Nude” themed workshops—and after conducting almost 500 photography workshops, seminars and lectures around the world in the past 12-years, I think I’ve got a good hand on what is what when it comes to photography.

In the case of editorial nude photography, it’s basically nude images that help convey some meaning, not sex, not porn, but true meaning including sometimes the mood of the subject.  These types of images often tell a story, and sometimes have a great story behind them. It’s about mood, emotion, storytelling, lighting, shadows, and sometimes even controversial, though I tend to avoid the latter.

At my Editorial Nude photography workshops, we work with simple lighting modified normally with 7-inch metal reflectors and metal grids.  The concept is to use shadows in your favor, tell the story, and to get away from marking the treasure map “X” on the floor—in other words, we don’t want you just standing there, we want you moving around the subject so you can see how the “Angle of Incidence Equals the Angle of Reflection” physics law come to play in photography.  We also ask you to turn your camera, not just plain horizontal or vertical images.

These types of images you could sell in art galleries, these are not cheesecake glamour nudes, these photos help you create are artistic but more important, solid and worthy of hanging in art galleries.

Now when we do your “Glamour, Beauty and the Nude” themed workshops, we use larger light modifiers, like 7-foot Chimera Octaboxes, 4-foot by 6-foot softboxes, beauty dishes, ringflash, California Sunbounce Pro reflectors and the list goes on—normally lighting used for editorial nudes is not the type we’d use in glamour photography.  Still not sure, well please visit EditorialNudes.com, my editorial nude photoblog that I just launched—it’s expanding with more images, so please be patient.  For now, since we don’t want to upset Google advertising, we can’t post images here, but you can find them at EditorialNudes.com.  Thanks, Rolando

LensDiaries.com, Let the Stories Be Told

In today’s world of being anyone, including a photographer, we have to constantly evaluate our situation and adapt to the changing times, so I’ve launched LensDiaries.com, my new hybrid photoblog created to spread the gospel of photography as I transition away from an exhaustive, 11-plus years of conducting over 450 photography workshops and seminars to thousands of people around the world. At LensDiaries.com you’ll find the stories and technical specifications of photos I choose for your insight in my photography. This photoblog is an extension of the five photography books I’ve published–so please help me spread the passion of photography.

With your support I will add photography tips and multimedia content along with photo critiques. For the inquiring minds that want to know, I will continue to conduct workshops and seminars, but on a very limited basis starting in the Fall of 2010. This will allow me more time to continue with my writings, future books and my photography. My focus is aimed at smaller, more exotic workshops to provide a more semi-private and a more intimate environment that you sometimes lose in a larger workshop environment. I’m always available for private photography instruction, just contact me here with your contact information and best time to call.

I will still blog on this site and inform you of my schedule and other items that I feel are better left on here, on my personal blog. On occasion, you will see a replication of content on both blogs, but remember, this site is a more personal blog and LensDiaries.com is a hybrid of a photoblog and blog, so both sites will have unique content too. I will also shift my focus from workshops to concentrate on Photographic Therapy, as a concept and the website, PhotographicTherapy.com. I hope you’ll visit all three sites.

Overtime, with your support, LensDiaries.com will transform into a more established photoblog–-this is a photographic journey we can accomplish together. Finally, I close by saying that I need your help to spread the gospel of photography by tweeting all the blog entries both here and on LensDiaries.com. Please tell all your friends and colleagues through all the social media networks—there are Facebook “like” and Twitter “retweet” buttons, please utilize them, every tweet and mention helps. Let’s spread the knowledge together. Let the stories be told! Thanks, Rolando

Back Up And Running

Well after being on the road on “back to back” workshops in the Virgin Islands, Phoenix, Moab and Daytona, we’re back for a few days of rest—however, while I was gone on this last trip, you probably noticed that our site along with GarageGlamour.com and a few other photography and modeling sites were down. Thanks to some hacker looking for glory, our server was penetrated so hard that we had to do a complete server rebuild—thank goodness for back-ups! This was only our third time in almost twelve years this has happened and let’s pray it doesn’t happen again.

I can’t stress, whether it’s your personal photos, computer files, website, databases or your own dedicated server, always have off-site back-ups—this saved us tons, but in the end, hackers do what they do best, they rob you resources, both financially and time that could be used better elsewhere.

Often rumors are abound that hacked servers spread viruses or malware of some type, and some do, but I can assure you neither our dedicated server nor any of our websites on our dedicated server had any type of issues that would have affected your personal computer. While for the most part we’re back to 100%, we’re still updating files and operating systems to the more current versions, which also increases our security and your security while visiting our sites. Through these upgrades you may experience a glitch from time to time, but not to worry, any glitch is only temporary. So far our security checks are at 100% fully secure and we’ll keep monitoring them to ensure a top-quality delivery of our content.

I close by saying thanks for all your support and for loyalty during this time, and yes, the long hours never stop—it’s the nature of the beast sometimes. Thanks again, and don’t forget our military troops, their families and friends, God Bless! Rolando

The Angle of Incidence Equals the Angle of Reflection

Often the Law of Incidence Equals the Law of Reflection is used to fill the "micro pores" of the face using this over/under lighting technique.  In this case, the ringflash fills the pores of the face since the camera is mounted on it.  The main light is slightly higher in power output above the ring flash.

Often the Law of Incidence Equals the Law of Reflection is used to fill the “micro pores” of the face using this over/under lighting technique. In this case, the ringflash fills the pores of the face since the camera is mounted on it.

The main light is slightly higher in power output above the ring flash.  The beauty dish is directly underneath to provide a “kicker” light, or softening of the shadows.  The photographer is shooting through a ring flash between the beauty dish and the main light above.

In physics, the law of reflection states that the angle of incidence is equal to the angle of reflection. This tenet is fundamental to the understanding of light and can be summarized thusly: if light strikes an object at angle A, it will be reflected in the opposite direction, also at angle A, similar to the way a ball bounces off a brick wall. In photography, the law of reflection is rarely discussed; one typically hears more about the Inverse Square Law or that white reflects and black absorbs. While these are indeed important aspects of light, the angle of incidence and the angle of reflection are two components of physics that, once understood, can help photographers improve their images they create in both artificial and natural light.

The easiest way to comprehend this concept is to go into a place that has hard, shiny floors and overhead lighting (grocery stores work great!). Look down while you walk and you’ll see hot spots of light on the floor move with you as you walk. These hot spots are the direct reflection of the overhead lighting, and they evidence the law of reflection. These equal angles of incidence and reflection can cause hot spots on your subject too. Understanding the law of reflection will help you avoid hot spots on your subjects, whether you are photographing models, cars, food, or landscapes. In fact, managing these equal angles of reflection in your photographs allows you to add or eliminate texture and color in your images.

The white spots or highlights in this image of candles is where the angle of incidence is equal to the angle of reflection, thus the hot spots.

The white spots or highlights in this image of candles is where the angle of incidence is equal to the angle of reflection, thus the hot spots.

The law of reflection is also responsible for the red-eye effect that plagues ring flash users when shooting through the ring. Because the camera’s lens is at the same angle to the subject as the flash, the reflection of light against blood vessels in the retina at the rear of the eye produces red-eye. An easy way to eliminate red-eye is to brighten the room; this causes the subject’s pupils to contract, thus greatly reducing any reflection. Another method is to take a monolight with a 7-inch 20 degree grid and point it at your subject’s face with only the modeling lamp powered on (not the flash unit itself). Many flash units, including the Broncolor, Hensel, and Profoto brands have separate switches for the modeling lamp and electronic flashtube, allowing them to be powered separately.

The law of reflection is especially troublesome when glass or mirrors are present in the image. The equal angles of incidence and reflection cause hot spots in glass and mirrors when using a flash. The simple solution is to move the flash away from the camera so that the angles are not identical.

In the studio, you can use the monolight red-eye reduction technique described above in a darkened room. This will allow you to show more of your subject’s iris and less of their dark pupils. The technique works well with light-colored eyes, especially green and blue. Don’t be alarmed by the appearance of harsh shadows on one side of the nose, as the power of the artificial flash will knock this out when it fires

The stars created in the crystal flower are because the angle of incidence is equal to the angle of reflection.

The stars created in the crystal flower are because the angle of incidence is equal to the angle of reflection.

By moving the camera and light source(s) independently, you can use the law of reflection in your favor, almost like an added layer of makeup to smooth your subject’s skin. As you walk around your subject, you will notice that hot and washed out spots will appear and disappear based on the angle of reflection. You may also notice that your model’s face appears smoother from one angle and rougher from another angle, as the valleys of the pores are filled in with shadows. Through positioning your camera and light sources independently, you can eliminate hot spots and create the appearance of a smoother skin texture.

Because the vast majority of what we see is reflected light (as opposed to incidental light), we as photographers live in an illuminated world. Without light, we would have no images to capture, and humans would see nothing but perpetual blackness. Understanding the law of reflection will allow you to outshine your competitors, as your photographs will take advantage of one of the fundamental laws of the universe and stand out from those created by your peers.  Well that’s it for now, please don’t forget our military troops, their families and friends, as they all sacrifice to keep our nation strong and free–God Bless! Rolando