Master Class – Water and Rain Sets | 7-24-10

Jun 22, 2010

NOTE: This class is completed, but if you’d like to be notified be notified of future classes, please contact Adam Chilson Photography.

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For the first time ever, Adam Chilson is opening his personal photography studio to a very select number of photographers. This instruction-oriented workshop is available to photographers that are looking to expand range of skills, in addition to adding memorable imagery to their portfolios. Adam will be sharing his unique approach to set building, lighting techniques, and methods for shooting water inside a studio environment. This exclusive class is not being offered anywhere else. Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity!

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Get one-on-one instruction from an award winning, published photographer, along with two experienced, professional models and a world-traveled makeup artist. Go step-by-step through the process of building a fully operational water set, with an emphasis on training photographers to replicate the same results in their own personal studio or shoot space. Come away with final images that are sure to stand out in any photographer’s portfolio.

This is NOT just another group shoot. Attendance will be restricted to a maximum of four photographers. No jostling for space or vying for the model’s attention. Everyone will be given personal time to focus their creative energy into capturing their own refined, polished imagery.

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Featuring – Sophie Nova

Sophie is a fetish and fine art nude model originally from England, currently living in Los Angeles and working as a full-time model. She regularly travels and has worked all over the US and the UK. In addition to her appearances in several ad campaigns, Sophie as been published in numerous international magazines. She continues to model for workshops, and enjoys working with photographers of all skill levels.

Be sure to review Sophie’s extensive modeling portfolio

Model MayhemdeviantART, and SophieNova.net

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Also Featuring – Nevaehlleh

Nev’s range and quiet professionalism have made her one of the most in-demand fine art nude models anywhere today. Her images are published in a multitude of magazines, advertisement, art journals, and galleries. Her diversity goes well beyond artistic nudes to cover fetish, horror, action, and any other genre one could possibly put her in. Nev brings something special to every photo shoot.

Browse some of Nev’s incredible imagery.

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Makeup, body paint, and SFX by Lisa Berczel of Battledress

Sponsored by top cosmetic manufacturers, this world-class makeup artist, stylist, designer, and body painter is bringing her magic to the set. Over the course of the day, she will transform Sophie into a mythical sea creature of beauty, allure, and destruction. Progress and behind-the-scenes shooting is encouraged throught the day.

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Topics Covered in the Comprehensive Master Workshop

Advanced Set Building

  • In one day, build a fully functional water set, rain rig, and reflection pool.
  • Hands-on instruction during the building process.
  • Running water lines to and from the set.
  • Temperature balance in rain and water. How NOT to freeze your models
  • “How-to” approach for the entire project, utilizing tools and materials readily available at any hardware store.

Electrical Rigging and Safety

  • Preparation ahead of time in making the studio accident proof.
  • Layout and design with lighting placement in mind.
  • Control of water and spill management.
  • Securing lights and other electrical devices around water.

Lighting & Shooting Techniques

  • Multiple approaches to lighting rain and water FX.
  • Light and shadow crafting in tight spaces.
  • Fine art artistic nudes in a reflection pool.
  • Lighting to get the most impact out of rain.
  • Conception to realization: Creation of surreal, fantasy imagery.

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Workshop Itinerary

10:00 am — Arrival and introductions at Adam Chilson’s studio.

10:30 – 11:30 am — Preparation of the shoot space, electrical rigging, safety protocols, and pre-construction planning.

11:30 am – 1:30 pm — Construction of the set. Running water lines in the studio, building the reflection pool, and setting up the rain rig for live water tests.

1:30 – 2:00 pm — Lunch break

2:00 – 3:00 pm — Lighting setup, staging, and test shooting with Nevaehlleh on set.

3:00 – 4:00 pm — Shooting fine art nudes with Nevaehlleh in the reflection pool.

4:00 – 5:00 pm — Dressing the set with thematic elements, dramatic lighting, and staging for the final shoot with Sophie Nova.

5:00 – 7:00 pm — Alternating shoot time for each individual photographer on the completed water set with Sophie Nova as a mythical siren.

Tuition: $1,000

No extra fee for model releases. Everything is covered in the tuition, including a signed model release from both models, set materials, makeup and special FX, and lunch.


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