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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Two Lighting Photography Workshops by Photographer Robert Sullivan & Steampunk Cosplay Characters

Robert Sullivan, one of Photo Workshops Miami’s instructors, will be conducting two photography workshops (beginner and advanced) at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum during a “Steampunk” festival on Saturday, April 21st.

What the heck is “Steampunk”, anyway?  According to Wikipedia, 
Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery.”  Basically, it is an excuse for adults to dress up in Victorian era or Wild-West era clothing, decked out with gadgets, inventions, and weapons from an alternative future that came about as if gasoline engines or nuclear power were never developed.  For Robert Sullivan, one of Photo Workshops Miami’s instructors, it is an excellent opportunity to create amazing, cinematic style portraits of elaborately costumed characters.
Robert has been photographing the creative, costumed participants in this genre for several years.  Last year, he conducted two, very well attended, advanced off-camera lighting workshops in conjunction with Rivet Nation’s RAIL – A Steampunk Journey event at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum in Miami, Florida.  Afterwards, he was inundated with requests for a workshop that would be geared towards beginner photographers as the material that he taught was over the heads of many who would like to get started in off-camera flash photography.
So, this year, he will again be teaching two workshops at Rivet Nation’s RAIL – Steampunk Under the Sea event on April 21st.  However, the first of the two workshops will be a Beginner photography workshop to accommodate those who are not yet ready for the advanced lighting workshop later on the same day.  Starting at noon, it will a very aggressive 3-hour workshop that will begin with a lecture on the basics in photography.  It will progress to shooting in modes other than automatic, and culminate with photographing Steampunk cosplay characters, under Robert’s supervision, in the setting of the locomotives and train cars at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum.  It is Robert’s ambitious goal to elevate the knowledge and skill of novice photographers to the point that they will be able to use a single off-camera flash to produce extraordinary portraiture in this 3-hour workshop and leave with some incredible images that they created.

The second of the two workshops will be a repeat of the advanced off-camera lighting workshop that was so popular last year and will run from 5-8pm (think sunset!).  In this advanced, 3-hour workshop, participants will attend a brief lecture of less than an hour followed by the “hands-on” portion in which they will put to work what they learned.  Under Robert’s supervision, participants will practice photographing the Steampunk characters with an off-camera flash.  This advanced lighting workshop will culminate in a photo shoot using 4-5 remotely triggered studio lights that will be powered by lithium battery packs.  Steampunk cosplay characters will pose on and around a colorful antique caboose with the setting sun in the background while participants rapidly adjust their camera settings and studio flashes as they “chase the light” at sunset.  Robert will instruct on how to turn an ordinary scene into a spectacular image with a cinematic look, using in camera techniques as well as his post processing steps in Photoshop.

Here is one of the cinematic style images that he produced at sunset during one of last year’s workshops at the Steampunk Festival.
This caboose has already been relocated for Robert and will serve as the backdrop for the steampunk subjects.  It will be the scene of the sunset photo shoot for this year’s advance off-camera lighting workshop.

Participants of the beginner workshop who feel ambitious, can also take the advanced lighting workshop.  Even though it will be quite a leap, there is much that can be learned from taking both courses. The Beginner Photography Workshop with Steampunk Characters and Old Trains runs from noon-3pm on April 21st and costs $75.

The Advanced Lighting Photography Workshop with Steampunk Characters runs from 5-8pm on April 21st and costs $95.  This advanced workshop is limited to only 12 participants so that Robert can ensure quality time working with the participants in the “hands-on” portion.

About Robert SullivanRobert Sullivan is an award-winning photographer who conducts local and destination workshops, instructing other photographers in several areas of photography including nature, landscape, and remote-triggered off camera flash photography.  He often travels up to 12 weeks per year to places such as New Zealand, Patagonia, British Columbia, and the Galapagos Islands.  His adventurous style of travel photography usually involves him staying in remote hostels or camping in his hammock-tent so as to enable him to be onsite during the best light to capture images of scenes that have not been photographed often, or to do so from unique perspectives that other photographers don’t see or won’t even attempt.  Rather than follow in the footsteps of those who photograph iconic landmarks, Robert looks for “the path less traveled” to discover unique scenes that, sometimes, even the locals don’t know about.
Many of Robert’s steampunk images can be viewed in his online portrait portfolioRobert’s website:
Here are some more images from last year's Steampunk photography workshops: 

Friday, April 6, 2018

The Gallery Club & Lemon Yellow Photography Exhibit with Simon Chaput, Stephan Göttlicher & Robin Hill April 11-14

You are cordially invited. 

The Exhibition: The Gallery Club, an Amsterdam-based photography platform, has teamed up with MiamiLemon Yellow to celebrate the work of Miami-based photographers Simon Chaput, Stephan Göttlicher and Robin Hill April 11—14 at the Alfred I. DuPont Building (entrance on 96 NE 2nd Ave). The event will also feature a dinner with gallery and artist talksabout the works as well as a selection of relevant graphic design works from the Lemon Yellow archives on display.

Opening night festivities begin around 6.30 p.m on April 11th
Closest Parking is here

On show will be 'Side by Side'  
The Glass Houses of Mies van der Rohe + Philip Johnson

Side by Side #1  30 x 40 Hannemehle rag satin paper. Edition #2/10  $4500

Side by Side #5 30 x 40 Hannemeuhle rag satin paper. Edition #2/10  $4500

Side by Side #3 30 x 40 Hannemeuhle rag satin paper. Edition #2/10  $4500

You can see the entire collection here

We hope to see you there!

305 785 6538

Friday, March 23, 2018

Think Tank Photo: You need the right camera bag to help tell your story. StoryTeller Shoulder Bags

As all visual storytellers know, a picture is worth a thousand words. And whether one is a pro or amateur photographer, you need the right camera bag to help tell your story. Think Tank Photo’s three new StoryTeller shoulder bags fit both DSLR and Mirrorless bodies and lenses, and feature a flip-top lid for quick access. The premium quality materials used to build the StoryTeller ensures photography gear stays protected while at an affordable price.
Storyteller shoulder bags come in three sizes. The StoryTeller 10 holds an ungripped DSLR or Mirrorless camera body, two to four standard telephoto lenses with hoods attached and reversed, and a 10” tablet. Examples include a D750 w/ 24‒70mm f/2.8 attached, 70‒200mm f/2.8, 85mm f/1.8, and an iPad.
The StoryTeller 8 holds an ungripped DSLR or Mirrorless camera body, three to four small telephotos or primes with hoods attached and reversed, and an 8” tablet. Examples include a D750 with a 18‒300mm f/3.5‒6.3 attached, 105mm macro, 85mm f/1.8, and an iPad Mini.
The StoryTeller 5 fits an ungripped DSLR or Mirrorless camera body, two to four standard telephoto lenses with hoods attached and reversed, and a 10” tablet. Examples include a D750 with 24‒70mm f/2.8 attached, 70‒200mm f/2.8, 85mm f/1.8, and an iPad.

  • Adjustable padded shoulder strap 
  • Secure closure for main compartment 
  • Two memory card pockets to separate empty and full cards
  • Zippered pocket for valuables 
  • Expandable front pocket fits additional gear 
  • Stretchable side pocket fits a water bottle 
  • Premium quality materials ensure durability 
  • High quality YKK RC zippers 
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included in front pocket
Exterior: All fabric exterior treated with a DWR coating while fabric underside is coated with PU for superior water resistance, YKK® RC zippers, 600D brushed polyester, 1680D ballistic polyester, rubberized laminate, Ultra-stretch mesh, nylon seatbelt webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread. 
Interior: removable closed-cell foam dividers, 200D polyester, PU backed nylex liner, 2x PU coated poly 70D 190T seam-sealed taffeta rain cover, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
StoryTeller 5
ID: 9.1” W x 7.3” H x 4.9” D (23 x 18.5 x 12.5 cm)
ED: 9.4” W x 7.9” H x 6.3” D (24 x 20 x 16 cm)
Weight: 1.0 lb. (0.5 kg) 
StoryTeller 8
ID: 11” W x 7.5” H x 4.9” D (28 x 19 x 12.5 cm)
ED: 11.8” W x 8.3” H x 6.3” D (30 x 21 x 16 cm)
Weight: 1.3 lbs. (0.6 kg) 
StoryTeller 10
ID: 11” W x 9.8” H x 4.9” D (28 x 25 x 12.5 cm)
ED: 12” W x 10.2” H x 6.3” D (30.5 x 26 x 16 cm)
Tablet pocket: 9.8” x 7.9” x 0.6” (25 x 20 x 1.5 cm)
Weight: 1.5 lbs. (0.7 kg)
Headquartered in Santa Rosa, California, Think Tank Photo is a group of designers and professional photographers focused on studying how photographers work and developing inventive new carrying solutions that meet their needs. They are dedicated to using only the highest quality materials and design principles, and employing materials that are environmentally benign.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

PHOTO EXHIBIT: J. Brian King at Coral Gables Museum February 2-4, 2018

 J. Brian King Photographs, One Man Show at the 
Coral Gables Museum
during Friday gallery night on 
February 2nd through the 4th, 2018

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

LEICA LOUNGE: with Josh Ritchie | Thurs, Jan. 4, 2018 | 7pm - 8:30pm in Coral Gables

Free Event

Join us in the Leica Lounge on Thursday, January 4, 2018 with portrait photographer Josh Ritchie. Josh will give a presentation about his work and his use of location lighting in his assignments. 
The Leica Lounge is a lecture series hosted by Leica Store Miami which features presentations by local photographers, editors, gallerists and educators. Held monthly, these free events are designed to create and inspire the local photography community through sharing images and exchanging ideas.
The Leica Lounge is kindly sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery. Participants will be able to sample some of their amazing craft beers during the event. Brooklyn Brewery is one of the largest craft breweries in the United States, producing a portfolio of traditional and experimental beers sure to impress any beer drinker.

About Josh:
A long time ago in a tiny Pennsylvania town Josh Ritchie first graced the world with his presence, well depending on who you ask (insert his wife’s eye roll here). After spending his childhood skinning his knees, building forts, and listening to punk rock he discovered the world of photography. At first he thought his love of sharks would make him the next Jaques Cousteau. Then he thought shooting still life was the way to go.

He quickly realized that meeting new people and seeing new places was where it was at. His new-found love lead him to newsrooms around the country photographing the human condition. One day, after months of convincing fiancee he knew what he was doing, Josh shook off his fears, quit his staff job and made the leap into freelance. He packed up his life, the woman who became his wife, and his pet lizard, and moved to Fort Lauderdale, FL. It was the best decision of his career. Now he works with top clients like Apple Inc, The New York Times Magazine, ESPN, and Target producing commercial portraiture as well as narratives that help move their brands forward. He also is member of the faculty at The Eddie Adams Workshop.
When he isn’t working he can be found thinking he is a rock while playing the ukulele, and waving his Terrible Towel as if his life depended on it. He also loves telling dad jokes much to the chagrin of his wife and two daughters.

Click here to see more of Josh's work.

Friday, November 24, 2017

PEAK DESIGN: Black Friday Up to 25% off thru Monday!

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