26 Cities and 26 Top Pro Instructors: One Enlightening Photo Tour
An evening of live instruction, exclusive offers and awesome giveaways. Then watch highlights from all 26 events. Learn more»
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Each event offers an evening of hands-on photography training including interactive live lighting demos, camera operation, posing and more taught by a Top Pro Photographer and Westcott Lighting Expert. The tour also offers exclusive specials, prize giveaways and valuable networking that will help sharpen your skills and take your photography to the next level.

BONUS! Watch tour highlight videos from all 26 instructors online following the tour.

Events will be held weekdays from 5:00pm until 10:00pm, and on Sundays from 1:00pm to 6:00pm.


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Sun. 09/12/10 Rick Sammon » Newark NJ Teaneck Marriott @ Glenpointe » Tickets »
Feature: Digital Photographer Experience

In photography, it's all about light: See in the light, controlling the light and playing with the light. Rick Sammon is a master at all three. This two-hour session will be divided into two parts. In Part One, Rick will give a slide presentation on how to see the light (contrast, brightness, color and quality of light in a scene), how to control the light (with reflectors, diffusers and a flash) and how to play with the light (in the digital darkroom). Rick will illustrate his presentation with pictures from his world-wide travels and his many books and apps. He'll also share his philosophies for photographing people. In Part Two, Rick will give a live demo, along with lighting expert David Piazza, on how to turn a snapshot into a great shot using light modifiers and a flash.

Westcott Expert: Lighting Demonstrations

Great portraits begin with great lighting. Using real-world demonstrations, you’ll learn ways to ensure quality lighting for indoor and outdoor portraits. This session will cover popular lighting styles, correct light positioning, proper exposures and everything in between. Whether you’re working with studio strobes, constant lights or speedlites, you will learn techniques that will instantly improve your lighting skills both in the studio and on-location.
Mon. 09/13/10 Joey Quintero » New York NY Hyatt Regency Long Island » Tickets »
Feature: The Depths of Quality Light

High end strobes and fashion: Bring your camera for this hands on demo with high-end fashion photographer Joey Quintero. Using the latest in strobe lighting and a multitude of lighting accessories, Joey will begin by providing insightful explanation behind the technical application of strobe lighting and how increased camera quality is requiring less light with amazing results. From there, Joey will offer plenty of time for hands-on training walking groups step-by-step through a high-key fashion shoot and the do’s and don’ts of your results. Due to the hands on nature of this event, space is limited and available on a first-come, first serve basis.

Westcott Expert: Lighting Demonstrations

Great portraits begin with great lighting. Using real-world demonstrations, you’ll learn ways to ensure quality lighting for indoor and outdoor portraits. This session will cover popular lighting styles, correct light positioning, proper exposures and everything in between. Whether you’re working with studio strobes, constant lights or speedlites, you will learn techniques that will instantly improve your lighting skills both in the studio and on-location.
Tue. 09/14/10 Pete Wright » Portland OR Holiday Inn @ Portland Airport » Tickets »
Feature: The Art of Life - Maternity

Step up your maternity and infant images: Maternity and infant portraits have created a whole new market for photographers. It is a proven fact that these lifetime milestones are two of the most to be remembered and cherished. What better way to develop a client relationships than to start capturing these cherished memories from the very beginning? Join Pete as he walks you through the crucial steps his studio has taken to boost their maternity and infant clientele and then stick around for a live session where he will cover the basics of lighting that provide the foundation for each session to create "WOW" images.

Westcott Expert: Lighting Demonstrations

Great portraits begin with great lighting. Using real-world demonstrations, you’ll learn ways to ensure quality lighting for indoor and outdoor portraits. This session will cover popular lighting styles, correct light positioning, proper exposures and everything in between. Whether you’re working with studio strobes, constant lights or speedlites, you will learn techniques that will instantly improve your lighting skills both in the studio and on-location.
Wed. 09/15/10 Pete Wright » Seattle WA Embassy Suites Seattle North » Tickets »
Feature: The Art of Life - Maternity

Step up your maternity and infant images: Maternity and infant portraits have created a whole new market for photographers. It is a proven fact that these lifetime milestones are two of the most to be remembered and cherished. What better way to develop a client relationships than to start capturing these cherished memories from the very beginning? Join Pete as he walks you through the crucial steps his studio has taken to boost their maternity and infant clientele and then stick around for a live session where he will cover the basics of lighting that provide the foundation for each session to create "WOW" images.

Westcott Expert: Lighting Demonstrations

Great portraits begin with great lighting. Using real-world demonstrations, you’ll learn ways to ensure quality lighting for indoor and outdoor portraits. This session will cover popular lighting styles, correct light positioning, proper exposures and everything in between. Whether you’re working with studio strobes, constant lights or speedlites, you will learn techniques that will instantly improve your lighting skills both in the studio and on-location.
Sat. 09/18/10 Lightenupandshoot »
(Bonus Shootout)
Tampa FL Morean Arts Center Tickets »
Bonus Workshop: On Location Photo Shoot-Together

This 5-hour Photo Shoot-Together workshop will educate and inspire you to get out there and shoot! Michael & Andy will take you on-location and cover everything from utilizing your speedlights and reflectors to traveling with minimal gear for a perfect on-location shoot. This session is limited to only 100 participants, so don't miss out on this hands-on workshop.

Westcott Expert: Lighting Demonstrations

Great portraits begin with great lighting. Using real-world demonstrations, you’ll learn ways to ensure quality lighting for indoor and outdoor portraits. This session will cover popular lighting styles, correct light positioning, proper exposures and everything in between. Whether you’re working with studio strobes, constant lights or speedlites, you will learn techniques that will instantly improve your lighting skills both in the studio and on-location.
Sun. 09/19/10 Dave Cross » Tampa FL Wyndham Tampa Westshore » Tickets »
Feature: The Ease of Green Screen

Constant Lighting and Green Screen technology: Prepare yourself for some photography from the future to the present! You will learn how to light properly for Green Screen and then utilize Photoshop to extract subjects quickly and easily. Dave will even show you how to automate this process using the latest plug-in making batch processing a breeze. Transform your photography from traditional to extraordinary. Walk away confident with control over your photography.

Westcott Expert: Lighting Demonstrations

Great portraits begin with great lighting. Using real-world demonstrations, you’ll learn ways to ensure quality lighting for indoor and outdoor portraits. This session will cover popular lighting styles, correct light positioning, proper exposures and everything in between. Whether you’re working with studio strobes, constant lights or speedlites, you will learn techniques that will instantly improve your lighting skills both in the studio and on-location.
Mon. 09/20/10 Rick Ferro » Jacksonville FL Jacksonville Marriott » Tickets »
Feature: What You See Is What You Get

Portraits using Constant Lights: During this session, Rick will walk you through the passion behind his traditional imagery as well as how to capture the drama within. Obtain first-hand training on the intricacies of sculpting and painting with light to insure every detail is covered and expressed as it should be. Rick will delve into you the "what you see is what you get" mindset and unfold the excitement within a shoot so you can understand the meaning behind light to create gorgeous images.

Westcott Expert: Lighting Demonstrations

Great portraits begin with great lighting. Using real-world demonstrations, you’ll learn ways to ensure quality lighting for indoor and outdoor portraits. This session will cover popular lighting styles, correct light positioning, proper exposures and everything in between. Whether you’re working with studio strobes, constant lights or speedlites, you will learn techniques that will instantly improve your lighting skills both in the studio and on-location.
Tue. 09/21/10 Andrew Kornylak » Atlanta GA Atlanta Marriott Northwest » Tickets »
Feature: From Personal to Corporate

Editorial photography using Stillmotion: Andrew will discuss how to utilize the latest camera equipment to add revenue to a currently successful photography business. His unique twist on still photography and video is that he has combined the two to offer clients “Stillmotion.” Somewhere in between stop-motion animation and music videos, Kornylak captures a high-burst, rapid-sequence series of still images that he then edits together and combines with music and voiceover narration. It enhances and expands on what were already very powerful images. This complete and powerful presentation will cover how to make Stillmotion work for your business by incorporating the proper framework of lighting, editing, client relationships and social media.

Westcott Expert: Lighting Demonstrations

Great portraits begin with great lighting. Using real-world demonstrations, you’ll learn ways to ensure quality lighting for indoor and outdoor portraits. This session will cover popular lighting styles, correct light positioning, proper exposures and everything in between. Whether you’re working with studio strobes, constant lights or speedlites, you will learn techniques that will instantly improve your lighting skills both in the studio and on-location.
Wed. 09/22/10 Zach and Jody Gray » Nashville TN Dury's » Tickets »
Feature: Executing the Dream

Perfect lighting right out of the camera: This workshop is for the photographer who is ready to take their in-camera images to the next level. Learn how to shoot in any lighting situation and create light instead of looking for it. This event will focus on advanced off-camera lighting using basic wireless flash and studio strobes to create a unique look for your work. Zach and Jody will teach you how to get it right out of the camera the first time saving time and money by using post production to enhance images, not to fix them. As an added bonus, Zach and Jody will discuss how social media and proper marketing will give you the tools to grow your business and thrive regardless of the economy.

Westcott Expert: Lighting Demonstrations

Great portraits begin with great lighting. Using real-world demonstrations, you’ll learn ways to ensure quality lighting for indoor and outdoor portraits. This session will cover popular lighting styles, correct light positioning, proper exposures and everything in between. Whether you’re working with studio strobes, constant lights or speedlites, you will learn techniques that will instantly improve your lighting skills both in the studio and on-location.
Mon. 09/27/10 Eric Eggly » Columbus OH Embassy Suites Columbus Airport » Tickets »
Feature: Beyond the Box

Strobe Lighting and Client Relationships: Whether you’re working in a studio or not, Eric will show you how to go ‘Beyond the Box’ and use your softboxes in unconventional ways. He will also provide amazing tips on bettering your client relationships.

Westcott Expert: Lighting Demonstrations

Great portraits begin with great lighting. Using real-world demonstrations, you’ll learn ways to ensure quality lighting for indoor and outdoor portraits. This session will cover popular lighting styles, correct light positioning, proper exposures and everything in between. Whether you’re working with studio strobes, constant lights or speedlites, you will learn techniques that will instantly improve your lighting skills both in the studio and on-location.
Tue. 09/28/10 Jim Schmelzer » Toronto ON The Venetian Banquet Centre » Tickets »
Feature: Quality of Light

Mastering light for over 25 years: In this session, Master Craftsman Photographer James Schmelzer will explain the theory of studio lighting techniques through a live, easy-to-understand demonstration. He will walk you through an entire model shoot, discussing everything from wardrobe to posing and lighting. Lighting topics will include how to make light soft, determining the correct distance of your main light from your subject, light depth of field, producing specular highlights, and feathering light. In addition, he will show you how to obtain amazing results with just one simple light and a reflector, all the way to a full five-light studio setup. Be prepared for a visually educational experience as Jim unveils the true theory of light.

Westcott Expert: Lighting Demonstrations

Great portraits begin with great lighting. Using real-world demonstrations, you’ll learn ways to ensure quality lighting for indoor and outdoor portraits. This session will cover popular lighting styles, correct light positioning, proper exposures and everything in between. Whether you’re working with studio strobes, constant lights or speedlites, you will learn techniques that will instantly improve your lighting skills both in the studio and on-location.
Tue. 10/05/10 Bob Davis » Chicago IL Odeum Expo Center » Tickets »
Feature: Lights, Camera, CAPTURE!

Strobe lights and Off-Camera Flash: Discover how to become more proficient at using one on-camera flash while getting consistent exposure and amazing quality of light. Then, explore the endless possibilities with taking your flash off your camera and creating beautiful light anywhere without excuses. If you ever encounter problems using multiple off-camera flashes, fear no more! Bob will share his secrets so you too can shine in large formal group portraits and more.

Westcott Expert: Lighting Demonstrations

Great portraits begin with great lighting. Using real-world demonstrations, you’ll learn ways to ensure quality lighting for indoor and outdoor portraits. This session will cover popular lighting styles, correct light positioning, proper exposures and everything in between. Whether you’re working with studio strobes, constant lights or speedlites, you will learn techniques that will instantly improve your lighting skills both in the studio and on-location.
Wed. 10/06/10 Michael Green » St. Louis MO St. Charles Convention Center » Tickets »
Feature: From Inspiration to Creation

Creative Process: Unlike all our other workshops, this will be the most inspiring – picking at your brain and taking you to the next level as a photographer and creator. You will leave feeling inspired and determined to define yourself as an artist with a mission to bring your visions to reality.

Westcott Expert: Lighting Demonstrations

Great portraits begin with great lighting. Using real-world demonstrations, you’ll learn ways to ensure quality lighting for indoor and outdoor portraits. This session will cover popular lighting styles, correct light positioning, proper exposures and everything in between. Whether you’re working with studio strobes, constant lights or speedlites, you will learn techniques that will instantly improve your lighting skills both in the studio and on-location.
Thu. 10/07/10 Terry White » Detroit MI Detroit Marriott Southfield » Tickets »
Feature: Workflow to Delivery - Getting the Shot that Counts

Workflow to delivery: Terry White has not only proven to be an expert in Lightroom and Photoshop, he's also a lighting guru with a proven ability to paint light to create drama and emotion in all his images. This event will focus on all aspects of obtaining a great image. Terry will begin with a live photography session discussing posing and lighting techniques. Here he will show you first-hand the importance of lighting, regardless of your camera, by taking on the challenge of doing an entire shoot using only an iPhone. Next, Terry will take these images into both Lightroom and Photoshop while offering great techniques to enhance an already amazing image. From concept to completion, learn all the ins and outs to making the most of your gear and time!

Westcott Expert: Lighting Demonstrations

Great portraits begin with great lighting. Using real-world demonstrations, you’ll learn ways to ensure quality lighting for indoor and outdoor portraits. This session will cover popular lighting styles, correct light positioning, proper exposures and everything in between. Whether you’re working with studio strobes, constant lights or speedlites, you will learn techniques that will instantly improve your lighting skills both in the studio and on-location.
Tue. 10/12/10 Rod Evans » Minneapolis MN Sheraton Bloomington Hotel » Tickets »
Feature: The Complete Package

Inspired by the evolution of today's portrait photography market, Rod has been studying art, which enables him to create fresh and contemporary images at the forefront of the industry. Combined with excellent marketing strategies, this has set him apart from the competition. At this event, Rod will discuss everything from lighting to marketing yourself through social media. He will teach you how to incorporate lighting into your style to build intimacy while adding a more artistic feel to your work. Rod will finish the evening with a discussion on how to market yourself and your work through social media, which has proven to be interactive, inexpensive and effective! Rod will share how he quickly climbed the photography ladder and achieved instant success.

Westcott Expert: Lighting Demonstrations

Great portraits begin with great lighting. Using real-world demonstrations, you’ll learn ways to ensure quality lighting for indoor and outdoor portraits. This session will cover popular lighting styles, correct light positioning, proper exposures and everything in between. Whether you’re working with studio strobes, constant lights or speedlites, you will learn techniques that will instantly improve your lighting skills both in the studio and on-location.
Mon. 10/18/10 Rod Evans » San Francisco CA Embassy Suites Hotels » Tickets »
Feature: The Complete Package

Inspired by the evolution of today's portrait photography market, Rod has been studying art, which enables him to create fresh and contemporary images at the forefront of the industry. Combined with excellent marketing strategies, this has set him apart from the competition. At this event, Rod will discuss everything from lighting to marketing yourself through social media. He will teach you how to incorporate lighting into your style to build intimacy while adding a more artistic feel to your work. Rod will finish the evening with a discussion on how to market yourself and your work through social media, which has proven to be interactive, inexpensive and effective! Rod will share how he quickly climbed the photography ladder and achieved instant success.

Westcott Expert: Lighting Demonstrations

Great portraits begin with great lighting. Using real-world demonstrations, you’ll learn ways to ensure quality lighting for indoor and outdoor portraits. This session will cover popular lighting styles, correct light positioning, proper exposures and everything in between. Whether you’re working with studio strobes, constant lights or speedlites, you will learn techniques that will instantly improve your lighting skills both in the studio and on-location.
Tue. 10/19/10 Erin Manning » Burbank CA L.A. Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel » Tickets »
Feature: Photography for Beginners

Kick start your photography career! Are you ready to finally take the plunge into studio lighting? Erin has a unique craft of turning technical mumbo jumbo into every day terms to teach practical photography techniques including camera operation, lighting and posing. This event will truly be hands-on allowing groups of attendees to get up close and personal with today’s most affordable constant lighting kits and ask all those questions you were afraid you might never get the answers to. As an added bonus, Erin will discuss how to utilize constant lighting and green screen technology to take your images and creativity to the next level. Bring your camera for a relaxed evening of hands-on training. Due to the hands on nature of this event, space is limited and available on a first-come, first serve basis.

Westcott Expert: Lighting Demonstrations

Great portraits begin with great lighting. Using real-world demonstrations, you’ll learn ways to ensure quality lighting for indoor and outdoor portraits. This session will cover popular lighting styles, correct light positioning, proper exposures and everything in between. Whether you’re working with studio strobes, constant lights or speedlites, you will learn techniques that will instantly improve your lighting skills both in the studio and on-location.
Wed. 10/20/10 Hernan Rodriguez » Irvine CA Hyatt Regency Irvine » Tickets »
Feature: The Secrets of Creating Great Portrait Lighting

A story through images: Understanding the basics of photographic lighting isn’t extremely difficult, and it doesn't take long to learn. However, like martial arts, mastering those elements can take a lifetime - especially if you decide to discover all the answers on your own. Hernan’s talent for creating extraordinary images has made him the choice for many well-known subjects. With a background in illustration and degree in advertising, Hernan will show first-hand how he uses these elements along with proper lighting and posing to create images that tell a story and express emotion. He will discuss how he develops a relationship with his clients to transform their perception of themselves into reality.

Westcott Expert: Lighting Demonstrations

Great portraits begin with great lighting. Using real-world demonstrations, you’ll learn ways to ensure quality lighting for indoor and outdoor portraits. This session will cover popular lighting styles, correct light positioning, proper exposures and everything in between. Whether you’re working with studio strobes, constant lights or speedlites, you will learn techniques that will instantly improve your lighting skills both in the studio and on-location.
Thu. 10/21/10 Andrew Faulds » Phoenix AZ Tempe Mission Palms Hotel » Tickets »
Feature: The True Portrait Experience

Providing a memorable experience to your client is what will keep them coming back! Word of mouth marketing is truly the best marketing sometimes. In this training, you will gain knowledge on how to properly market your photography business and drive sales. Andrew will also show attendees how to utilize constant lights to create an expressionistic way of photographing with endless possibilities.

Westcott Expert: Lighting Demonstrations

Great portraits begin with great lighting. Using real-world demonstrations, you’ll learn ways to ensure quality lighting for indoor and outdoor portraits. This session will cover popular lighting styles, correct light positioning, proper exposures and everything in between. Whether you’re working with studio strobes, constant lights or speedlites, you will learn techniques that will instantly improve your lighting skills both in the studio and on-location.
Mon. 11/08/10 Doug Box/Randy Kerr » Houston TX Sheraton Brookhollow » Tickets »
Feature: Real World Strategies and Tips

Constant and Off-Camera Lights, Reflectors, Camera Controls and Top Ten Business Tips all under one roof! In a run and relaxed environment, professional photographers Doug Box and Randy Kerr team-up to teach you techniques both simple and beneficial to help you create beautiful portraits. They will give you answers for fusing sessions containing both video and still photography. If you like outdoor photography - you will love this seminar as well! Outdoor photographers will learn beautiful ways to control the light and excel in doing it! Tired of buying the wrong equipment? Can't always shoot during the 'sweet light' time? Can't find 'great light' outdoors? Hate that 'on-camera flash' look? Want to shoot in all types of outdoor environments - this is the workshop for you!

Westcott Expert: Lighting Demonstrations

Great portraits begin with great lighting. Using real-world demonstrations, you’ll learn ways to ensure quality lighting for indoor and outdoor portraits. This session will cover popular lighting styles, correct light positioning, proper exposures and everything in between. Whether you’re working with studio strobes, constant lights or speedlites, you will learn techniques that will instantly improve your lighting skills both in the studio and on-location.
Tue. 11/09/10 Jack Hollingsworth » Austin TX Holiday Inn Austin Midtown » Tickets »
Feature: Spiderlite TD5s for Naturally Modern Portraiture

Award-winning commercial and stock photographer Jack Hollingsworth will demonstrate how he uses Spiderlite TD5s to create natural, emotional, organic portraiture. Jack will share his trademark secrets for raising your game and making you a rock star photographer with your customers. In addition, Hollingsworth will also explain 20 social media tips for photographers to go from zero-to-hero. Learn his secrets on how he quickly become the one of the most influential photographers on Twitter.

Westcott Expert: Lighting Demonstrations

Great portraits begin with great lighting. Using real-world demonstrations, you’ll learn ways to ensure quality lighting for indoor and outdoor portraits. This session will cover popular lighting styles, correct light positioning, proper exposures and everything in between. Whether you’re working with studio strobes, constant lights or speedlites, you will learn techniques that will instantly improve your lighting skills both in the studio and on-location.
Wed. 11/10/10 Maria Bernal » Dallas TX Southfork Hotel » Tickets »
Feature: Take Some Risks: Bringing Fashion into Portraits

Maria Bernal comes with a twist to her workshop by incorporating fashion into wedding, portrait, senior and child photography. She will discuss how people want to feel beautiful like a model at some point in their life and how she brings that experience to life for her clients. Maria will prepare you for all the in’s and out’s of a shoot from start to finish and how to avoid the Top 10 photography mistakes. She will bring you into her world of creating lighting and posing to create inspiration. Finally, Maria will share valuable insight into Photoshop post-production techniques to help increase the effectiveness of your portfolio.

Westcott Expert: Lighting Demonstrations

Great portraits begin with great lighting. Using real-world demonstrations, you’ll learn ways to ensure quality lighting for indoor and outdoor portraits. This session will cover popular lighting styles, correct light positioning, proper exposures and everything in between. Whether you’re working with studio strobes, constant lights or speedlites, you will learn techniques that will instantly improve your lighting skills both in the studio and on-location.
Tue. 11/16/10 Clay Blackmore » Washington DC Crowne Plaza Tysons Corner-Mclean » Tickets »
Feature: Stretch the Boundaries of Your Imagination

No short cuts, no compromises, no disappointments! The Clay Blackmore event will be an unforgettable educational experience. In today's world of hurried imitation, it's refreshing to find a teacher who reflects long-ago traditions of meticulous artistry with today's contemporary styling. The hours you study with Clay will profoundly impact you for the rest of your photographic career. Through live demonstrations, he will encourage you to express your own feelings in your life and in your work. Watch live as Clay builds a series of images from concept to completion using the latest lighting and posing techniques.

Westcott Expert: Lighting Demonstrations

Great portraits begin with great lighting. Using real-world demonstrations, you’ll learn ways to ensure quality lighting for indoor and outdoor portraits. This session will cover popular lighting styles, correct light positioning, proper exposures and everything in between. Whether you’re working with studio strobes, constant lights or speedlites, you will learn techniques that will instantly improve your lighting skills both in the studio and on-location.
Wed. 11/17/10 Clay Blackmore » Boston MA EP Levine » Tickets »
Feature: Stretch the Boundaries of Your Imagination

No short cuts, no compromises, no disappointments! The Clay Blackmore event will be an unforgettable educational experience. In today's world of hurried imitation, it's refreshing to find a teacher who reflects long-ago traditions of meticulous artistry with today's contemporary styling. The hours you study with Clay will profoundly impact you for the rest of your photographic career. Through live demonstrations, he will encourage you to express your own feelings in your life and in your work. Watch live as Clay builds a series of images from concept to completion using the latest lighting and posing techniques.

Westcott Expert: Lighting Demonstrations

Great portraits begin with great lighting. Using real-world demonstrations, you’ll learn ways to ensure quality lighting for indoor and outdoor portraits. This session will cover popular lighting styles, correct light positioning, proper exposures and everything in between. Whether you’re working with studio strobes, constant lights or speedlites, you will learn techniques that will instantly improve your lighting skills both in the studio and on-location.

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