Two Workshops – Portraits: Natural & Flash, in Plymouth/Carver

with Bobbi Lane & Lee Varis

2022 Dates: TBD

Backyard Studio & Portraits on Location

– same workshop both days

All workshops now include a post-workshop Zoom critique & processing session

Join Bobbi Lane and Lee Varis for a fun and intensive photo workshop experience teaching you essential techniques for natural and flash lighting. Good lighting techniques, along with posing, tonalities, mood, expression, camera angles and backgrounds must harmonize to create a successful photographic portrait. We work with two different setups on both days. First up…

Backyard Studio

Saturday & Sunday, Dates: TBD

Natural & Flash Lighting

The Backyard Studio is a creative, easy, and affordable way to make natural light portraits without expensive lights or gear! This workshop shows you how to set up a canopy tent to create “garage door light” and then enhance with the addition of reflectors. This gives you the control and look of studio lighting but it’s all natural. By using reflectors for a main light and a hair or edge light, you can create beautiful professional looking portraits. And it’s all organic!

But that’s not all. When natural light is problematic, Bobbi and Lee show you how to use portable flash to supplement available light to bring out the best in your subject.

Bobbi and Lee take you step by step with instruction and demos. We meet in the morning for instruction and shoot with models in the afternoon. The location is Bobbi and Lee’s house in Carver, MA. We are surrounded by trees so you can have a natural background, or we can hang background material to make it just like a studio. Of course, we cover posing and directing, too.

Portraits on Location

Saturday & Sunday, Dates: TBD

Natural & Flash Lighting 

Portraits on location is all about finding backgrounds, and working with natural light and/or portable flash to tell a compelling story about your subject. Bobbi teaches you how to make flattering and dynamic portraits of any subject in any scene.  Learn how to use lighting, both natural and flash, to describe your subject from powerful and strong to soft and sweet.

Everyone has natural light available, but not necessarily the understanding of how to find and manipulate it with reflectors and diffusers to create the most pleasing or effective image. Bobbi works with window light, backlight, open shade and garage door lighting and explore how the qualities of each contribute to the feeling of the portrait.

Portable flash is a wonderful and sometimes intimidating tool and it will be explained step by step on how to choose the correct settings and modifiers. Bobbi demos using TTL and Manual settings and why, and gives easy instructions for making beautiful Fill Flash. A variety of lighting techniques will be covered with the emphasis on understanding the three main aspects of light: direction, quality and depth.

This is a great opportunity to improve your portraits to make more effective, flattering and interesting images!

Participants will be shooting with models around Carver, MA. They should be comfortable with shooting on manual mode and have a solid understanding of the foundations of photography. Please bring a flash if you have one and reflectors. We will supply additional reflectors and radio remotes for getting your flash off camera. We will also have a variety of flash modifiers for you to use.

We meet at our house in Carver. We use that as our base and have instruction in the morning and shooting in the afternoon.

Class size limited to six in order to practice health and safety rules. Please bring your mask for the indoor instruction.

Cost for a single day workshop is $250 —includes lunch and model fees! Discount applies if you enroll in both Sat. & Sun. workshops.

Limit of 6 participants each day! 

Cost also includes a Zoom meeting/critique one week after the workshop (date & time TBD)


Special Discount for both workshops = $450

view a gallery of portraits unplugged photos from past workshops

The dynamic duo of photo-education, Bobbi Lane & Lee Varis, bring two lifetimes of experience, along with enthusiasm and creative techniques to to their fun-filled workshops. Lee is a Photo illustrator and Photoshop Master. He’s shot movie posters in Hollywood, and is the author of  the best selling book Skin. Bobbi, the “Mistress of Light” is renowned for teaching natural and artificial lighting techniques for portraits. Photo Distrct News named Bobbi one of the top workshop instructors. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn from the masters

The cost for both workshops is $450 and includes location, lunch and model fees. Limit of 6 participants each day