Photographer Rick Friedman Brings Lighting Workshops to California


Rick-FriedmanI just returned from another trip and took close to 4,000 shots on my trusty Canon 7D. The longer I’ve been shooting, the more I can appreciate the complexity and value of lighting. A photographer star in this area is Boston-based Rick Friedman, who regularly holds workshops around the world.

Rick has a number of upcoming workshops where you can learn a ‘hands-on’ way to control your lighting. His events are highly interactive and designed for portrait photographers, photojournalists, corporate and event photographers, wedding photographers, and serious amateurs who want to take their knowledge of illumination and light to the next level.

His workshop begins with ways to create wonderful light using a single speedlite and continues to add a 2nd and 3rd speedlite and progress to using studio strobes. Rick teaches using both Nikon and Canon and brings different lights for participants to test out so attendees can determine what will work best for their ‘style’ of shooting.

The man doesn’t go without a number of accolades attached to his name, from published work in Time, Newsweek, U.S. News, The New York Times, USA Today, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Stern and Discover Magazines to producing over 75 book and magazine covers. The books Hillary Clinton, Infra Structures, and The Gourmet Prescription are a few of his projects and he has won awards from the American Society of Media Photographers, the National Press Photographers Association, and the Boston Press Photographers Association.

A couple of my favorite shots which show off his lighting skills really well:



You have to admire the kinds of gigs he gets and who he gets to shoot. A regular gig since the eighties, he has photographed every presidential candidate from Jimmy Carter to Barack Obama and is currently covering the 2012 presidential campaign. And, his archives contain one of the largest private collections of portraits of professors, scientists and doctors.

Hillary and obama

He recently completed a 10 city “Location Lighting workshop Tour” of England, Ireland and Wales and is now is doing the U.S. circuit. His 2012 Workshop Schedule that covers 10 cities coast-to-coast is below: (excludes the ones that have already passed). Click on the links to register and/or for more information.

  • May 25th & 26th at Calumet in New York
  • June 1st & 2nd at Calumet in San Francisco
  • June 4th & 5th at Calumet in LA
  • June 8th & 9th at Calumet in San Diego
  • June 23 - Boston, MA Creating with your DSLR
  • September 22nd & 23rd at Calumet in Cambridge, MA