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Photo Workshop: Night Portraiture, October 9th

Ameya Pawar photographed by Jim Newberry.

Ameya Pawar

Tuesday, October 9th, 7:00 to 9:30PM. Ping Tom Memorial Park (Chinatown)
Sign up below!

In this class I’ll demonstrate techniques for shooting portraits at dusk/night with off-camera portable flash (AKA Speedlights/Speedlites).

Flash units, remote triggers, and light modifiers (softboxes, umbrellas, etc as well as stands and other grip gear) will be supplied. Workshop attendees will need to bring a camera (preferably digital; point-and-shoot or SLR) with hot shoe and ability to manually set f-stop and shutter speed. The class is limited to 6 people.

Workshop will explore:

  • how to mix flash with ambient light
  • modifiers and their effects (snoot, grid, umbrella, softbox, surface bounce)
  • how to exploit and manage available light (streetlights, neon, headlights, etc)

The fee for this class is $30, cheap! Click pay now button below to reserve your place. Feel free to email with any questions. Above and below are examples of night photos I’ve shot using small flash units; these are the kinds of shots I’ll be teaching.



My Gold Mask. Photo by Jim Newberry.

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Dancing Man photographed by Jim Newberry.

Dancing Man

Lighting and Portrait Workshops: June 2nd


Two new workshops! You can view my portfolio here.

Jim Newberry Into to Lighting Workshop
Saturday, June 2nd, 2012  12PM – 2PM
Newberry Studio 2100 S. Marshall Blvd #704 Chicago, IL 60623 (map below)
$20 cheap! Sign up here.

In this hands on workshop I’ll give in-depth explanations and demonstrations of:

  • When not to light: how to recognize great available light and avoid ruining it
  • Speedlights: how to get great results with portable flash units used off-camera
  • Studio strobes: basics of pro strobes and light modifiers including Octabank, soft box, umbrella, beauty dish, and grid spot
  • DIY lighting: using hardware store and other inexpensive light sources to create unique, effective lighting

Class will split into pairs and photograph each other in the studio, using my equipment.

Prerequisite: you must bring a camera (preferably digital), either an SLR or a point and shoot that allows you to set f-stop and shutter speed manually (or if not full manual control, at least exposure compensation).



My studio is about 3 blocks from the CTA Pink Line California station.


Photo Workshop: Night Portraiture

Tuesday, May 29th, 7:00 to 9:30PM. Ping Tom Memorial Park (Chinatown)
Sign up here!

In this class I’ll demonstrate techniques for shooting portraits at dusk/night with off-camera portable flash (AKA Speedlights/Speedlites).

Flash units, remote triggers, and light modifiers (softboxes, umbrellas, etc as well as stands and other grip gear) will be supplied. Workshop attendees will need to bring a camera (preferably digital; point-and-shoot or SLR) with hot shoe and ability to manually set f-stop and shutter speed. The class is limited to 6 people.

Workshop will explore:

  • how to mix flash with ambient light
  • modifiers and their effects (snoot, grid, umbrella, softbox, surface bounce)
  • how to exploit and manage available light (streetlights, neon, headlights, etc)

The fee for this class is $25, cheap! Sign up now to guarantee placement. Feel free to email with any questions. Below are examples of night photos I’ve shot using small flash units; these are the kinds  of shots I’ll be teaching.

My Gold Mask. Photo by Jim Newberry.

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Ameya Pawar photographed by Jim Newberry.

Ameya Pawar

Dancing Man photographed by Jim Newberry.

Dancing Man

Available Light Photo Workshop: April 29th

Jim Newberry Available Light Portrait Workshop
Sunday, April 29th, 2012 2:30 – 5:30PM
Kimball Arts Center 1757 N Kimball Ave Chicago, IL 60647 (map below)
Sign up here. $20 (introductory discount course fee)

This workshop will explore the process of making compelling, creative portraits, with an emphasis on existing light portraiture (the portraits above were all shot with existing light only). Techniques discussed include:

  • how to find great light in everyday places (it’s often not where you would expect it)
  • how to take control of your camera’s exposure to bring out the best qualities of ambient light
  • how to enhance and control the light, using both household objects (paper, walls, tables, curtains) as well as photography tools (diffusers, reflectors, umbrellas, cuculoris’s, etc).
  • how to get past the “picture face” and awkwardness to capture natural, expressive portraits

The class will begin with a friendly critique: participants are asked to bring a few portraits they’ve shot, and we’ll talk about those as well as a few portraits of mine. Next I’ll demonstrate various tools and techniques for controlling light and exposure, as well as tips on how to interact with your subject.

For the second half, the class will split into pairs and take turns photographing each other in different areas of the space. Reflectors, diffusers, stands, etc will be available.

This workshop is open to everyone, regardless of previous photography experience.You’ll need to bring a camera (SLR or point-and-shoot), preferably digital. It doesn’t have to be a high end camera, but this class will be a lot more worthwhile if you bring one that will allow you to control exposure; either manually, or with aperture priority mode and exposure compensation. Email me if you have questions.

Space is limited, so get with it. You can see more of my photography here. More workshops coming soon!

Available Light Portrait Workshop: June 26th

Sign up here.

This workshop, held at my Chicago studio, will begin with a friendly critique; participants are asked to bring five portraits they’ve shot. Then I’ll show a selection of portraits I’ve taken using only available/existing light (like the two shots above), and discuss how I shot them. Next I’ll demonstrate various tools for controlling and augmenting available light. After that, we’ll explore the nooks and crannies of my studio and nearby locations, and I’ll give tips on finding great light (it’s not always where you think it is, and sometimes light that first seems lackluster can be made captivating via exposure; reflecting, blocking, and/or diffusing the light; and post-processing).

For the second half, the class will split into pairs and take turns photographing each other. Reflectors, diffusers, stands, etc will be available for use. I’ll spend time with each student as they shoot.

This workshop is open to everyone, regardless of previous photography experience. Sign up here. Space is limited, so get with it. You can see more of my work here.

Jim Newberry Available Light Portrait Workshop
$40 (introductory discount course fee).
Sunday, June 26th 2:00 – 5:00PM
2100 S Marshall Blvd Ste 704 Chicago, IL 60623 (free parking next to building; 2 blocks from California pink line CTA station. Map below.)


Camera and Lighting workshops on February 6th


I held my first photography workshop here at my studio a couple weeks ago (those are the fabulous students in the pic above), and it went really well, so I’m scheduling a couple more for February 6th (and most likely more to follow):

Sunday, February 6th, 2011 Photo Workshops with Jim Newberry

11:30AM-1:30PM: Camera Essentials (Register HERE)

  • How to set f-stops, shutter speeds, and ISO to control exposure, depth of field, and freezing or blurring of motion
  • White balance (wtf?)
  • Lenses: what to look for when buying lenses; how focal length affects your image; how to protect your glass; shooting close-up
  • RAW format: when and why to use it instead of JPG

Prerequisite: you must bring a digital camera, either a DSLR or a point and shoot that allows you to set f-stop and shutter speed manually.

2:00-4:00PM: Intro to Lighting (Register HERE)

  • Available light: where to find it and how to control and augment it
  • Speedlights: how to get great results with portable flash units (the kind that can connect to the top of your camera)
  • Studio strobes: basics of pro strobes and light modifiers including Octabank, soft box, umbrella, beauty dish, and grid spot
  • DIY lighting: using hardware store and other inexpensive light sources to create unique, effective lighting

Prerequisite: you must bring a digital camera, either a DSLR or a point and shoot that allows you to set f-stop and shutter speed manually. Also, your camera must be able to connect to a PC cord, either via a built-in PC socket, or a PC adapter that connects to your hot shoe. You should be able to find one of these adapters at Central Camera, the greatest camera store on Earth.

The introductory price for each class is a mere $40, or both for $60 (if you take them on the same day).  Register for Camera Essentials here and Lighting class here. Both classes will involve shooting in the studio and one-on-one help from me.

Sunday, February 6th, 2011
Camera Essentials (11:30-1:30) & Intro to Lighting classes (2:00-4:00)
Jim Newberry Photo Studio 312-485-1879
2100 S Marshall Blvd Ste 704 Chicago, IL 60623
(free parking next to building; close to California pink line stop)
email me with questions or for more info

Last call for tomorrow’s portrait workshop

There are a couple slots open for tomorrow’s portraiture crash course (Saturday, January 15th, noon-4 in Chicago). Only $20! More info here; register here. This is a portrait of Tuk, from the film (in progress) Black and Gold.

Portraiture crash course: January 15th


I’m teaching a photography portrait workshop on Saturday, January 15th, from 12-4. This is the first of what I hope will be many more photography classes. You can sign up here. The introductory price for the first workshop is a mere $20. Here’s what’s planned for the 15th:

Each student will bring 5 portraits they’ve shot, and we’ll have a friendly critique. Then a crash course, with introductions to:

  • lighting: studio lighting, available light, and hardware store lighting (flashlights, led lights, fluorescents, etc)
  • using your camera’s manual settings to control exposure and depth of field
  • interacting with your subject to make expressive, natural, captivating portraits
  • environmental portraiture

After the crash course,  students will shoot portraits in and around my studio. I’ll spend time with each student (answering questions, offering guidance) as they photograph. There will be an optional critique at the end of the class: anyone who wants to bring  a laptop and do a quick (15 minute) edit of the shots they make that day can have them critiqued.

This workshop is open to everyone, regardless of previous photography experience. There is one prerequisite though: you must bring a digital camera (DSLR or point and shoot) that allows you to set aperture and shutter speed manually. (Email me if you have questions about this.)

You can see my photographs here, and resume here.

Portrait workshop with Jim Newberry
Saturday, January 15th, noon to 4PM
2100 S Marshall Blvd Ste 704 Chicago, IL 60623 (free parking next to building; 2 blocks from California pink line CTA station)
$20 (introductory discount course fee)
Sign up here. Space is limited, so get with it.

Coming soon: one-on-one photo tutoring.