Lighting Iconography at Samys Los Angeles

DONT MISS TOTALY TUBULAR!: September 23rd also at Samy’s

Only 10 spots available.

Go behind the lens, lights, and mind of twenty-year rock and celebrity portrait photographer Jeremy Saffer and get a glimpse into the world of music, celebrity, and entertainment photography using Strobe lighting.

Students will get the unique opportunity to not only learn everything Jeremy has to teach about using strobe lighting in a variety of different set ups, but will also a chance to apply everything they’ve learned during hands on demos and photo shoots.

After having the chance to observe Jeremy’s approach to using strobes while working with a band, it will be your turn to create images. The workshop will conclude with Jeremy reviewing and giving feedback to each student of the work they have produced.



  • Intro to Jeremy
Introduction to strobes
  • Why strobes
  • Strobes vs led
  • Different types of strobes (battery vs pack vs self contained, etc)
Strobe mods
  • Show and review of different light mods and their effects
  • Boxes, umbrellas, parabolic, gels, grids, etc.
  • lighting examples using 1 strobe, 2 strobe, 3 strobe, 4 etc. etc.
  • Break down of lighting in images
  • BTS to final image walk throughs
  • Controlling your environment using lighting and camera settings
Studio build
  • Visual demo of turning classroom into a working studio with a full gear set up, and a break down of the gear/equipment
hands on
  • Strobe demo, passing around the strobes/sizing/controls
  • building the lights to set
Camera Prep
  • Going over what Cameras/Lenses/Gear will be used.
  • Prepping everyones camera to shoot strobe.
  • 30m lunch break
artist arrival
  • QnA moderated by Jeremy on the working relationship between photographers and subjects
  • The do’s and dont’s of photo shoots.
  • Students ask questions.
Photo Shoot: Jeremy
  • Live shoot with guest band/celeb
  • Set up and variation for a variety of strobe lighting set ups
  • Image review
Photo Shoot: Students
  • Students do live shoot with special guest band/celeb
  • Students try a variety of strobe lighting set ups
  • Image review and feedback
  • Feedback from guest band/artists to students/final QnA
  • Image review with students work being displayed
  • Wrap


Anyone with an interest in portrait photography and lighting will gain much from this program.  Music photographers looking to get into music portraiture. Any photographers who want the chance to photograph a band using professional lighting in a studio setting.


Having a basic understanding of photography, camera settings, and being familiar with your camera is important but students do not need any prior lighting experience.

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