2017, February 25: The Small Studio

Shooting in a studio provides a special opportunity to control light for portraits and full-body photography and is something that can be set up in the home.

Learn what's involved to make a small studio and how to equip it with the right gear. Spend the morning with Professional Photographer Roy Sewall exploring his small studio that has helped him create some truly unique photographs of people.

Equipped with two Alien Bees monolights, softboxes, umbrellas and wireless remote control, participants will learn hands-on about studio equipment, placement of lights, and wireless control of the lights.

The class will briefly discuss the alternative of using speedlite/speedlight type flashes. After all the equipment has been explained, participants will take turns photographing and being the person photographed.

This class is limited to just 4 people so each will come away with a solid understanding on how they might put together a studio or use lights in a similar sized studio.

Recommended Equipment:
- A DSLR or mirrorless camera with a hotshoe and lenses in the range of 24mm to 150mm (35mm equivalent).
- Extra memory card and battery.

Class Limit:  4

What People Are Saying:

"I've taken a couple of lighting workshops but came away from them without really "getting it." Thanks to the way Roy clearly explains things, the small size of the group and being able to work with the equipment hands-on, I finally got it!"

"The class was very informative. Roy was great explaining the equipment needed for studio photography, their function and how to use the equipment including hands-on time. It was great getting to play with the lighting photographing each other."

Instructor: Roy Sewall

Roy Sewall spent most of his youth in India, Pakistan, Indonesia and the Philippines though his family’s State Department home was based in the Washington, D.C., area.

With a BS in Physics from Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland and a MS in Engineering Science from Penn State, Roy worked for several major technology corporations in the DC area for over 30 years.

His interest in photography evolved from extensive travel in six continents and in 2001 he started his transition to full-time photographer.

He always found the Washington area to be one of the most photogenic locations in the world and has published two photography books, Our Potomac, from Great Falls through Washington, D.C., in 2005 and Great Falls and Mather Gorge in 2009. These were inspired by his affection for hiking and bicycling along the river and the adjacent Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal.

His books led to numerous lecture and slide show engagements with local organizations and established him as one of the leading photographers of the Potomac River and C&O Canal.

In 2007 Roy became the first Chair of the Board of Directors for the C&O Canal Trust, a non-profit friends group for the National Park Service. He has done extensive photography work for river and C&O Canal-related government and non-profit organizations, as well as private and commercial clients.

In addition, he has been a guest on WETA’s TV program Great Views of Washington D.C., the lead photographer in the Best of D.C. 2009 publication, in feature articles in the D.C. and Virginia Where Guestbooks, the lead still photographer in The Nature Conservancy’s 2011 video The Potomac Gorge, a featured guest on Montgomery Community Media TV and is sought after in many well-known photo competitions for his judging skills.

Roy continually adds to his collection of large fine art prints. He has developed diverse bodies of work for exhibitions that include unusual foreign and domestic landscapes, old European architecture, historical re-enactment, and abstracts. But his foremost passion is his ongoing project called “People of the Woods” that conveys mystery, illusion, fantasy, and sensuality.

More about Roy can be found on his website, www.roysewallphotography.com

Roy enjoys working with novice and intermediate photographers helping them develop their eye and their skills.

He teaches the following classes for Capital Photography Center:

  • C&O Canal and Pennyfield Lockhouse Field Shoot
  • Take Your Photography To The Next Level
  • Small Studio
  • Body of Work
  • Lightroom, Photoshop And Your Editing Strategy
  • And more