Before I start the review let me just say workshops and training are different for each person. You get out of them what you put into them. That being said please use your own judgment on how the content best fits your needs.
Vegas Vision Studio Lighting Workshops. I first saw the promotion for this on a stock photography site in the forum. I sent several questions to owner Bobby Deal and then check out his website http://vegasvisionstudios.com or on meetup.com. The studio is a 6000 square foot commercial studio located in, as the name suggests Las Vegas Nevada.
They have 3 main photography studios an array of lighting and modifiers. Photographers can shoot Hi-Key, Low-Key and also use the daylight studio as the situation calls. There are lounges and makeup rooms for models. Make up artists are provided for workshops or can be arranged for other projects. Members of the meetup group can rent the studio setup with lights for $50 per hour.
I took 2 workshops over a weekend. The first workshop was a non-instructional stock shoot out. There were 3 models with multiple clothing changes. Like I mentioned earlier makeup was provide by the staff MUA. Even though it was non-instructional Bobby did assist when asked. There was one person that bought his DSLR the day before the workshop. Bobby spent quite a bit of time giving basic instructions and posing tips to make the experience good for a new photographer.
The models for the day were great. We kept them going the full day. Each going from studio to studio always going us great shots. I was able to get 400+ stock images and a few fashion type images. All in all a full day of shooting. I liked this type of shoot for stock because I was able to work with different models, try new things and could do some small group shots.
Day 2 was a bit different. We met at the studio but the workshop took place in Nelson Nevada. A very interesting place to say the least. In fact the main picture in this article is of Bobby Deal taking a shot of Kity Kobain (model) while being assisted by other workshop participants. This workshop featured 6 models both male and female. It was more of a fashion themed workshop again non-instructional.
Even though it was non-instructional we worked in teams and Bobby again assisted us as needed. If you are a studio shooter this defiantly got you out in natural light. Back to nature so to speak. What a great location, so much to take in I think I could have spent several days there and still found new things to shoot. Just when we thought we had seen it all Bobby loaded us up took us about a half mile down the road. There we shot in old gold mines. I also have some images from that shoot on my creative lighting article.
The second day shoot was just incredible for me. I like trying new things and getting out of the studio, not having as much control was an eye opener. The fun does not stop with the workshops. After we finished and wrapped up the night life was great as well. You know it is Vegas so there is a lot to do and no shortage of great dining places!
I would highly recommend VVS Workshops. The cost is very reasonable, the studio is setup well and the people are fantastic. They offer a variety of workshops so check the meetup site often. I’m not going to rate my review because I think each workshop or training is what you make of it. Even though it works for me only you can say if it works for you. I really don’t think you can go wrong here.
Hope you enjoyed, thanks for reading!!