Photowalking Utah,  Studio Lighting Event
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This past Saturday I again had the honor of hosting the Studio Lighting event for Photowalking Utah. Much like the inaugural event last year, this was an indoor photowalk consisting of multiple studio lighting setups for the participating photographers to demo. The idea of an indoor photowalk was hatched last year as a way of doing a winter event without having to brave the unpredictable weather of Northern Utah.

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For this year’s outing, we had seven different ‘studios’ for the photographers to shoot in. In planning the setups, I worked with the volunteer ‘studio hosts’ to have a variety of styles for the photographers to shoot. This worked rather well. The setup themes were: Speedlight, Natural Light, Stock, Bridal Portrait, Fashion, Group Posing and Dramatic.

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Each of the setups featured models for the participants to photograph. I have to say that our models went above-and-beyond for the three hours of the event to make sure that the photographers were able to capture the images they sought.

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The ‘studio host’ was available at each setup to assist the shooter with exposure, syncing, model direction and anything else they needed assistance with. Not only did these hosts bring all their own lighting equipment, but they had to essentially work the entire time. It is volunteers like this that make Photowalking Utah a success. This year’s hosts were: Dale Welcome, Scott Smith, Ann Torrence, David Terry, Mike Calanan, Mark Abercrombie, Kim Guanzon and Ed Paz (who manned my setup).

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By the end, over 120 photographers had participated in the event. I’m thoroughly impressed with the samples I’m seeing coming into the Photowalking Utah Flickr Group. It is really interesting to see the variety of results created using the same models/lights.

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It’s been an exhausting few days for me between teaching last Thursday’s Mini-Clinic and hosting Saturday’s Photowalk. But I’ve got to say it has also been extremely rewarding. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported this month’s events.

Big Thanks to:


Gateway Community Church – Location sponsor
Pictureline – Door Prize sponsor
Pixels – Door Prize sponsor
Kenneth Linge – Grand Prize sponsor

…and the models: Andrew, Alyssa, Kylee, Ron, Elisabeth, Mady, Brittanie, Sarah, Emily and Laarni