The Prince of Cheap Lets Out A Wild Workshop!

THE PRINCE OF CHEAP IS BACK!!!


Above image by Marjorie White

Yes… this is me… yes its a wig… and yes.. it happened at my workshop!

Sorry for being away so long but I had to recuperate from that wild workshop! I’m talking about Monster Lighting Tactics II! The short rundown you ask? Try this: 4 Models, 2 Staff, 16 Students, 10 Strobes, 1 WIND MACHINE (generically called a Home Depot fan), 2 Innovatronix Tronix Explorer Power packs, 45 lens’, 2 Aliens, a vintage 70’s style king and queen, 12 umbrellas, tons of Ebay stuff, 25 light stands, faulty wireless triggers, and a workshop leader in a Wedding Dress with a Tuxedo top with a Rick James wig! After the first 15 minutes of the workshop – participants were hooked! Okay people… it sounds funny, I know… but think of it… you come back from lunch during a grueling workshop and this is what you see. I doubt you’d fall asleep either! From the onset I wanted to show people studio lighting in action! I went immediately into an impromptu shoot… no fore thought no pre-planning. Just setup and go… all on the cheap. Topics I went over… soft boxes, umbrellas, gels, how to get solid black backgrounds, how to beat 12 O’clock Devil Light, diffusion, outdoor flash and tons more! Though the workshop was 5 hours I could’ve went another 5hrs!

Here are some images created by some of the workshop participants…

Are they MONSTERS of Light or WHAT!!!!


Above image by Marjorie White


Above image by Marjorie White


Above image by Marjorie White


Above image by Marjorie White


Above image by Richard Bianchini


Above image by Richard Bianchini


Above Image by Eric Chen


Above Image by Eric Chen


Above Image by Anthony Lujan


Above Image by Anthony Lujan


Above Image by Anthony Lujan


Above Image by Anthony Lujan

Above image by BP’s Photographic Impressions


Above image by BP’s Photographic Impressions


Above image by BP’s Photographic Impressions

Above image by Lou Balicki
Above image by Lou Balicki
Above image by Lou Balicki
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And the winner of my farthest traveled award goes to…. Marven Green… coming all the way from ARIZONA! (IT WAS GREAT TO HAVE YOU IN MAN!)
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Workshop images and highlights from the Prince of Cheaps Sony Alpha A700!
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Impromptu Speed Session! (7 Minutes – 2 Lights & 1 reflector – 1 slow non working smoke machine!)
Rimlighting
1 Light Setup (So what I cheated and used a gel to tone the background!
Dramatic Cross Lighting (2 Lights)
Our Creature Feature
Outdoors with Flash
Natural Light
The Monsters of Monster Lighting Tactics II
Glamour Light with Fluorescent Light!
40x40inch Britek Fluorescent Light Beauty Shot
Cross Lighting Technique with 2 Strip Lights & a Fan (After workshop fun)
After Workshop Fun

Gang Shooting!

Natural Light Retro Fashion

More Gang Shooting!

Messing up the streets of Long Beach, CA Gang Shooting!

Special Thanks to:
Our wonderful Makeup Artist/Hair Stylist Monica Johnson… You can check out more of her work at http://www.modelmayhem.com/stylediva1 Light source listeners… you’d better hire this woman quick! Shes talented and shes going places! Check out her port and see for yourself!
Kevin Shannon need I say more? This is one of the Baddest Male Models on the face of the planet! You’d better book him for your next advertising campaign or portfolio upgrade…he’s starred in a movie, TV and damn – he even comes loaded with his own ideas for shoots!! This dude has faces and an attitude to
matc… did I forget to mention that he also trains models! How useful is that! Check out his port at http://www.modelmayhem.com/kevindshawn
Jeanine Cordera… Soon to be found on the web as “Jeanine Cordera – Model for Hire” in her own web series as she looks for work to become famous as a model! Ladies and gents… book her at her dirt cheap rates before she gets discovered! :) Thanks Miss Cordera – for lending your face to out torture!! Check out her portfolio at http://www.modelmayhem.com/jeaninecordera

New Models Jason Soaris and Tiffany Michelle… Congratulations on a successful modeling day with me… also your first with me!

SUPER SPECIAL THANKS TO BILL AND Shirley @ Smash Photo Lab in Long Beach CA! You Lightsource Listeners in Southern California had better jump all over this studio… $100 for 2 hours!!! I THOUGHT I WAS INSANE!! Call now before he gets smart and raises prices… especially with those 5ft and 7ft Photoflex octaboxes, strip boxes and other photo equipment goodies in there! 310-807-5752

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Insane workshop-maybe so… But look some of the participants said!
When asked what was your main objective for coming to the workshop – Anthony Lujan said, “To learn from the best!”
When asked what would you say about your experience at the workshop – Rich Porter said, “Workshop was great! Learned so much in a short time!”
Margie White said, “I definitely had fun. Was able to see actual lighting setups . Enjoyed shooting the models (who were great). Got some ideas of equipment to use.”
Klo Kong Eng said, “It was well worth the money! Recommended to all beginners!
Marven Green said, “There was great information about studio lighting, devil light and cheap equipment!”

Tom Lee said, “It was great! However I wouldn’t mind paying a tad more for a smaller group size! I also
liked the amount of information conveyed especially without a lot of jargon! I think he’s knowledgeable, funny, and able to explain concepts without a lot of jargon.”

Courtney Powell said, “Excellent! Good job David! I came to learn lighting from someone who know it!”

Lou Balicki said, “The Best “NO BULLSHIT” class I’ve ever taken!”

Congratulations to all you guys and girls! Your all certified Monsters of Light and it was fun sharing what I know with you guys and hope you pass the word… Monster Lighting Tactics III is coming!

The Prince of Cheap!!!
Image by BP’s Photographic Impressions
Its me The Prince of Cheap! Wardrobe: Wedding Dress, Tuxedo Top, Ric James Wig, Belt round the Neck and Camera in hand… as someone at the workshop said…”Dennis Rodman would be proud!”
:)
Stay tuned! Monster Lighting Tactics III is coming soon to Long Beach CA…AGAIN!!

David Griffin

About David Griffin

The Prince of Cheap I am a "Jesus Freak" and a DIY photography junkie! I'm also the *second* cheapest man alive... but only 'cause my Dad is the first!

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