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During the 10 day bootcamp for photography I took the interns on assignment.

We went to meet with my clients at abravanel hall where we’d be shooting 2 days the next week for headshots for the symphony.
We needed to find a great location for the pictures… and I like showing how to use different locations to their full potential.

So we brought along 2 models and here is one of them.

(Above) The use of the brick wall in the background with special care of how to make sure the railing doesn’t become a distraction. One from down low another having her go a story above us.

(above) This is the backdrop that we went with for the headshots of the symphony members. The gold walls in abravanel hall.

We also did some pictures outside for a bit.

We enlisted the help of Morgan for a location search workshop. Inside and out of Abravanel Hall.

We practiced finding and using a small area for taking pictures. Being able to talk about why some spots were better than others.

(Below) this was also part of a walk through for pictures I would take the next week for the Utah Symphony. We showed them the options they had for locations.

This post has been created and written by attendees of the 10 day JarvieDigital Bootcamp 2011 – (Interns for summer 2011)

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(Photos by Laurel Scott)


Bootcamp Day 5 and 6 – Flash Camp

We started out in the studio in the morning working with different lighting setups and equipment and light ratios. We mostly used softboxes, but we also used the beauty dish and reflectors. This was a good exercise in completely controlling the light – there was no external light to work with, so everything we did directly effective the outcome in its entirety.
We moved on to Alpine in the afternoon to start working with flash outdoors. This was challenging because the more types of equipment added in, the more something is likely to malfunction… so we had quite a few times when the flash didn’t go off… and so we got a lot of problem solving practice in.

(Photos by Laurel Scott)

I enjoyed using flash, even though it was often frustrating to get everything to work together. Moving the flash around to get the desired result is great. The talk we had the day before was informational, sure, but actually using the flashes is much more effective. The continued practice will be necessary, though, to fully implement what we learned on a regular basis.

The best part about flash camp: light painting in the middle of the night.

Update: When we were shooting the wedding two days later and I was using flash, I was so caught up in what we were doing that I didn’t remember all that we had done with flash. So, more practice and actively trying to think about and implement those techniques is important to becoming better.

(Photos by Laurel Scott)


(Photo by Britney Brent)


Flash is probably the best invention ever, aside from the lightbulb… which I guess is a part of it, but you get the idea. :)

I found that as we were working the in the studio learning about flash the pictures seemed so perfect right out of the camera. When oyu hace total control of the lighting and a steady and consistant theme to the shoot the whole process is much easier. From setting up, taking all the pictures you could imagine to editing, I felt like because of the consistancy the work flow went by so much quicker.

However, I’m not going to lie, I LOVE to use the natural light of the outside world that you just can’t get in a studio. Using the light outside along with flash sure does help the picture though. We spent two days working outside with the flash at all different times of the day. We started with the sun high, then shot at sunset, when it was dark, and then again in the morning at sun up. Because of the light being so different around the flash helped us still get good pictures. We were able to control better what what being seen and focused on in the picture. I LOVE using flash. I felt there was a lot let post editing when you use the flash which is soooo nice!

Flash: Learn it, love it, USE IT!

(Photos by Britney Brent)


(Photo by Angela Terry)


Flash Me

Each day gets more and more jam packed with information. Today we learned flash in studio and out.

In studio the one thing I want to talk about is getting the white background white. If you set your subject up in front of a white backdrop it is going to be gray. You must light your white backdrop and check your “highlights” option on your camera to make sure all areas are white. I didn’t realize how difficult it is to use a white background, but it is worth the time and effort gone into it.

Out of studio I learned how to get the clouds and sky looking real cool in the background. To do that you must manually set your exposure for the sky without the flash. Then when you take the picture of your client you can get an awesome picture with the flashes lighting them and the cool sky in the background.

(Photos by Angela Terry)


(Photo by Jeff Bushaw)



Studio and Alpine:

This morning we went to a studio to learn how lighting in a studio can differ from outdoors with speedlights and reflectors.

(Photos by Jeff Bushaw)

Some of the distinct advantages of using a studio are:

  • You can control the environment. Such as a specific amount of wind blowing in a models hair.
  • Based on your equipment, you can control the quality of light ie. soft or harsh, and the brightness level of your light.
  • You have control over your direction of light. So, it doesn’t matter what time of day it is.
  • Convenience. Your studio is not over a river and through the woods.
  • Your images can take on lighting that would not be available in the outdoors. This can also be a disadvantage (see below)

(Photos by Jeff Bushaw)

Disadvantages of a studio:

  • Unless you are very experienced at controlling your light, it will always look like it was artificially lit. There are exceptions to this but typically this is the case.
  • You are limited to your backgrounds based on what you have inside of your studio. Whereas the outdoors has enough backgrounds for more than a lifetime of photography.
  • You studio location might not be as convenient as your backyard or neighborhood park.
  • Studio ownership/rentals are not free. The majority of outdoor locations do not cost anything more than potentially the fuel to drive there.
  • In the studio we played around with different setups to show how changing various things affected the end result of photo.

Later that afternoon, we had the opportunity to drive to a beautiful home in Alpine, Ut. That had an absolutely spectacular back yard with tulips, trees, rivers, and rocks galore. Then, with the help of several models and married couples, we utilized our learned skills of speedlights, reflectors, diffusers, and other light modifiers to take photos that would hopefully amaze anyone who sees them. The wonderful thing about using such modifiers in the outdoors is that when used correctly, they can enhance the current scene without looking “fake”.

That night we continued the same thing but we changed locations to an open grassy field on the side of the mountain where the background was snowy peaks, and a beautiful color filled sunset.


This post has been created and written by attendees of the 10 day JarvieDigital Bootcamp 2011 – (Interns for summer 2011)
Each post that we will release in the coming days will be about what they learned on that day.

Photo of a girl with an umbrella in an orchard.

(Photos by Laurel Scott)


Day 3  – “Know when to hold them… know when to fold them.”

This morning we worked on practicing workflow – rejecting images that are blurry, timing each other, and helping each other learn. It is important to help each other because Scott doesn’t have all the time in the world (obviously), and if someone catches onto something faster than others, they can help everyone else learn and catch up.

The teaching experience is a very powerful one. Sometimes when teaching someone else, I end up learning more about what I’m teaching about in the process. To have to explain something to someone else means that I have to be able to put it into words that make sense… which is much harder than simply “knowing” something. Putting the knowledge into words helps reinforce it.

In the orchard:

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(Photos by Laurel Scott)

It was wet and rainy and my shoes got soaked through with cold water – and my pants were wet up to my knees – so that was not so fun, but the day itself was. We took photos of the girls from the Renaissance Hair Academy who had done all their own hair and makeup for our shoot. We took them out to an orchard and practiced assisting each other, using flash, using props, and working with the weather. It rained on and off during the day and it was chilly – so we had to be careful with the equipment and our models.

The most beneficial thing of the day was learning to work with lots of different kinds of people. Giving the models directions and interacting with them was great experience. Watching how they reacted to different approaches. Some responded well to humor, others to serious directions only, and some didn’t seem to respond to much at all, which just means that maybe I needed to try something else with them.

(Photos by Laurel Scott)


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(Photos by Britney Brent)


Don’t judge me, I’ll flash you if I want!

WOW! What a difference using a flash when taking portraits makes! I’ve been a “natural light” type of photographer. I loved that there were less shadows, and a really soft look to the pictures. But after looking at pictures from our photo shoot with 30 beautiful Renaissance Hair School students, I saw that using a flash can bring their true beauty to life in a picture.

(Photo by Britney Brent)

Our eyes are attracted to what is lightest in the picture: when you add a flash you help bring the onlooking eye toward what is important; their beautiful faces. When you add a flash the contrast in the picture becomes much higher and the crispness rises. Their eyes literally come to life more.

(Photos by Britney Brent)

I am in LOVE with using a flash now. LOVE IT!!!


(Photo by Angela Terry)


Posey Pose

  • Today was a super fun day! We were able to photograph the girls from the Renaissance Hair Academy in Provo, Utah in an orchard. They were bubbly and had lots of energy, which made it fun to photograph.
  • Today, in the orchard, I worked on assisting, lighting and working on flashes but I want to focus on what I learned about posing.
  • Working off the client’s energy and personality.
  • Letting them find a natural pose and making small adjustments. Having them look to the light, then away from the light.
  • Just moving the eyes to look at me but keeping their head in the same position.
  • Mixing up the natural poses.
  • Playing little games with them like, making a different pose every 3 seconds, having them switch from a serious look to a funny look and then back to a serious look then a funny look. It really loosens them up and makes it fun.

(Photos by Angela Terry)

  • When posing a group it is good just to give general directions. Most people have been photographed in a group and know the tall people go in the back and shorter in the front. Also if you tell the group to have the front row knee down, you will find out, by who kneels down, who will be willing to kneel on the front row. Again, you will want to just do minor adjustments, or then the people will just hold still and wait for you to pose them, which takes time to do. Pick your battles in posing.

(Photos by Angela Terry)

(Photos by Jeff Bushaw)


Today we did an awesome photoshoot with the Renaissance Hair Academy of Provo. Scott has arranged for a huge group of cosmetology students to get all dressed up, hair done by each other and ready for a photoshoot in the middle of an orchard.

The best part of this photoshoot aside from the learning is that these girls are all in wonderful bubbly moods and ready to have fun. We first start out with Scott teaching us some methods of getting group shots. He taught something that should be obvious but we as photographer will usually try to control, and this is the fact that these are adults and in general, adults know how to arrange themselves in order of height to get into a group for a photo. After the general grouping is established, we as the photographer can then make adjustments to fill in space. Scott showed us how if we as the photographer were to intervene too quickly, all of the adults will automatically stop forming and sit and wait for us to place each and every one of them. Scott then taught about lighting large groups with a sort of cross lighting. For example, an assistant or a light stand will be placed on the right side of the group and aimed towards the left side of the group to avoid super bright lighting on the side the light is on. This is then done from the other side as well to create… cross light.

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(Photos by Jeff Bushaw)

As we go through taking individual shots and small groups, we learned to have fun with our models in order to bring out their personalities. This will get us photos with a true look for each person vs. looking like they were “over posed.”

(Photos by Jeff Bushaw)

Planned a while back it’s finally happening… My 10 day photography workshop that will go until May 26th

A short Recap of some of the highlights

  • Day 1 – Intro Stuff and In the evening two of what I consider to be my most important presentations
    “Attractions and Distractions: Developing a language for photography” and essentially what we can call simply “Taking in focus pictures: Tips for more in focus pictures”
  • Day 2 – The highlight for this day is i’m focusing on workflow and assisting
  • Day 3 – The highlight is a long photoshoot with dozens of models in provo (a chance to practice their assisting skills)
  • Day 4 – Learning to really see and utilize locations – including a walk through of abravenel hall for photoshoots we’re doing the next week.
  • Also the intro presentation for Flash Camp that evening
  • Day 5 – Studio lighting then the start of flash camp which includes a lot of models
  • Day 6 – The finish of flash camp – (flash camp is about using flash at day then sunset and then twilight and then night… going to bed and then waking up to do it all over again in reverse)
  • Day 7 – A real wedding will be the highlight
  • Day 8 – An involved photoshoot for the symphony
  • Day 9 – A wedding centered day – with photoshoots and a wedding vendor dinner which is an amazing experience to learn more about the culture and expectations of being a wedding photographer
  • Day 10 – recap day includes a big photowalk at the end with lots of photography from the community at large

Other things we’re doing

Bootcamp is all day long and in all the other spots we’ll be at the computer learning how to work on pictures and learning all sorts of photography projects that I have lined up for the interns to work on this summer. Because we’re shooting so much simply going through pictures will take a lot of time… because it’s everyone’s pictures.

We’ll be focusing on them writing down and internalizing what they learned and sharing it here on the blog. (so stay tuned for that)

Options to the Public

  • You can come to the Presentations tomorrow
  • Flash Camp I will still take 2 more photographers
  • Wedding Vendor Dinner you can add yourself to the waiting list for if there are spots available after the wedding vendors book
  • Thursday the 26th anyone is free to come to our closing social a photowalk tentatively planned for the salt flats.
  • Model – I’ve found a lot of models to be part but if you also want to model for cash Or for pictures let me know.
  • Hey if you have a lot of money laying around and 10 totally free days there’s always bootcamp itself 😉 haha

Motto and Objectives

The main objective of this Bootcamp has always been to teach my summer full time interns all they’ll need to know to work all summer long on pictures and projects.
Secondarily to give them lots of amazing experiences to help them get much better at taking pictures. (this is actually going to be a big portion of the time we spend)

The Motto = Pick your battles (I will relate almost everything to this saying/mantra)


8 of the 12 people that came to JarvieU Flash Camp 2

Since it was warmer we were able to stay out until almost midnight with instruction. We very much enjoyed the full moon rising about an hour after sunset.

See many more pictures on the SmugMug gallery

(Above taken on tripod with interval timing so I could get back in the picture and take several shots in a row)


(Above: Some flashlight light paining behind subject done by Wade Heninger)

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The next day we focused on a more discrete flash lighting.


New Intern Will took the picture above with his D60 at f/10 – Mostly I just did lighting for people and explained what I was doing and why.


Picture by Janna – Lighting by yours truly (above and below)

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I do seem to fill up all my free days don’t I?

Well I’ve done it all over again… to your benefit.

2 Lightroom Classes next week. (Beginner and Intermediate)

A weekend photography workshop (Friday and Saturday – 2 day event for about 5-7 people)


“Editing at the Speed of LIGHT(room)”


Posted by scott at August 4, 2009

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Since today is the last day of JaG
I thought i’d write some notes for the competitors.

some tips and tricks to help stir things up today.

Here is the original post/information on the Jarvie Game

And here is the Facebook Event

(See how to get more points below)


The creation of the first annual Jarvie Game

Aka JaG  – “Jarvie’s Awesome Game”
View bottom for details on game

A chance to win super duper prizes

BACKGROUND (Yesterday)

I went on a photowalk yesterday.
I was around of a lot of awesome photographers, plenty of seasoned professionals.
But there were also a few photographers who were new to the game.
Some were brand new… having bought a new DSLR camera a week before and in one case the day before.

I have taught a lot of editing workshops recently.
Lightroom editing stuff: For beginners, intermediate and advanced.

But it’s been a while since I’ve taught actual photo skills and camera tech knowledge.
How to take better pictures stuff.
I did some yesterday and I remembered how fun it was.

You can ask Suzanne and Steph about it… we did an unorganized 2-3hr session back when I first met them.
I used to do it all the time for friends years ago when I wasn’t so busy.

I want to do it again. But I don’t want to charge and I want people to earn it.

THEREFORE >> Workshop

I think I want to do an all day kinda photo workshop thingy.
There are other winning options for those not needing or can’t make it to a workshop

If you would like to know more…
see the rest of the post to learn about the prizes and how to win