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Grace and Movement by Aaron Key

24 August @ 9:30 AM 4:30 PM

Aaron is the Digital Imaging Product Specialist for Sony New Zealand.  He has worked as a commercial photographer for nearly two decades, specialising in fashion, beauty and portraiture. His imagery has been published in numerous local and international publications.

In this workshop you will learn how to create stunning images of dancers in a studio setting, with an emphasis on managing light. He will demonstrate how to use highlights and shadows to create form and emphasise areas of interest.

You will be given the opportunity to photograph the dancers at various times throughout the workshop.

Techniques covered:

  • Basic lighting principles
  • Camera settings
  • Lens selection
  • How to use strobes
  • How to use a various modifiers to shape light
  • How and when to shoot tethered
  • How to direct dancers effectively
  • Set safety and etiquette

We will start at 9:30am with an introduction to the day. Aaron will then take over and give a variety of demonstrations, each utilising a different lighting set up.

Lunch will be provided. We aim to finish by 4:30pm.

PSNZ would like to thank Sony for their sponsorship of this event.

What to bring:

  • Interchangeable lens camera (mirrorless or DSLR) with a sync port or hot shoe
  • Zoom or prime lenses (anything from 50mm to 200mm) 
  • Memory cards
  • Fully charged batteries
  • Water and snacks


    PSNZ Cancellation Policy

    Due to the nature of the PSNZ Workshop Series and that the workshops are generally for small groups and often over-subscribed, cancellations can have a significant financial and attendance effect on the workshop, as well as creating a lot of further administration work.

    Although we do everything possible to ensure our workshops proceed, sometimes there are things beyond our control.

    • PSNZ reserves the right to postpone or cancel a workshop due unforeseen circumstances e.g. covid level affects, facilitator illness, venue access issues, etc. In the event we do cancel a planned workshop, we will attempt to inform attendees as soon as possible and in most cases you will be given an alternative date to attend or provided with a full refund of the workshop costs.
    • If a workshop is postponed, the first right of refusal will be given to those who were already booked on that workshop for the rescheduled workshop.
    • Should a workshop fail to attract a required minimum number of attendees to make it viable to run, PSNZ reserves the right to cancel the workshop.
    • PSNZ will not accept responsibility for travel and accommodation costs incurred by attendees.
    • In the event that an attendee booked for the workshop does not turn up, no refund will be given.
    • If an attendee cancels between 30 – 15 days prior to the workshop, PSNZ will refund 50% of the workshop fee (less admin fee of $20).   If another person on the waiting list can their place, then the attendee will be refunded the total fee paid less the $20 admin fee.
    • No refund will be given if an attendee cancels within 14 days of the workshop date unless another person on the waiting list can take their place at short notice. A small administration fee of $20 will apply and be deducted from any refund.
    • PSNZ may give a full refund if there are exceptional circumstances involved in a person not being able to attend.
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