Photo Workshop

Small Group Photo Workshop:

Over the years we’ve helped many photographers go to the next level. We offer personalized “small group” and “one on one” custom courses for photographers and cinematographers who want to know more about the art and style of the professional photography industry. A lot has changed over the past 4 years in the use of DSLR’s.  Michael Allen teaches one on one to help guide new and experienced photographers to chart a course through the world of professional photography, cinematography, and business. Spend the day with Michael in his home studio, sit back and work closely in a candid setting, and learn more about your camera. The first part of the day we will review and discuss the technical components of your camera, and the differences in equipment, and we will review the art and style of photography. We will review smart business practices and the role of social media. For the next part of the day, we will work with a live model experimenting with light, composition and style. Then, we will spend the last part of the day reviewing Lightroom techniques to help you bring out the best in your photos. Michael will custom tailor the day to fit your photography business focus. Bring your laptop and a version of Adobe Lightroom  (LR trial versions available online if you do not have it) After the mid day shoot, we will head back to the studio and review and enhance images using LR workflow.

Cost: $250 ( includes Michael’s new flash workbook as a study guide, lunch and snacks – half day with one hour studio or location shoot with a model)


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Dynamic Cinematography Course

Want to learn more about indie film making and professional cinematography and indie filmmaking from Michael Allen and Dan Baker?  The two join forces to teach the art of DSLR filmmaking. Learn the basics of lighting, sound, camera operation, and editing. Michael and Dan have worked on the set for numerous film and video projects, including Dan’s latest indie film “Avarice” which is winning awards across the country inside indie film festivals. The two have worked on music video sets for Walmart Soundcheck – including Lauren Alaina and Los Temerarios and will share their experiences working with other professional crews. Michael’s expertise in digital camera operation and shooting will help demonstrate a beautiful cinematic style.  Work “one of one” with Michael and Dan as they teach and explore the world of professional film making, gear and professional work ethics on the set. You’ll get to actually see and use a room full of the latest filmmaking tools from cameras, tripods, dollies, booms, lenses, filters, scrims, lights, and more. Dan’s talent in producing  films, writing storyboards, hiring crew and scouting talent will help you see into the world of film making. Michael and Dan both teach insights into video editing, special effects, timing, foley, music and vimeo hosting. In this course we will set up a live interview shoot, teach you the art of prepping for a shoot, and shoot an actual interview trailer, then edit a film trailer. (bring your iPad as we will demonstrate several APPS that will help you create storyboards, scout location scenes, and build production schedules)

Cost: $500 (lunch and snacks – One day course and a live interview style behind the scenes shoot)


{Contact Michael by email to schedule a date for the personal course of your choice}




TELL ME MORE…….Watch this behind the scenes documentary film from Seaside’s workshop in Feb. 2011 and you will get to see the workshop

in action.

Here’s more about our photography workshops: This one was held in Seaside Florida, we offer workshops for photographers, companies, and business retreats.

Southern Bride Magazine Spring Fashion Shoot

Location: Seaside Florida

Date: 2 day workshop

Cost: /SOLD OUT/ $700 per person plus accomodations at reduced rates at Seaside Bed & Breakfast Style

For: Professional & Semi Photographers & Videographers. 10 Participant Maximum

Overview: Ever wanted a chance to be a part of a real fashion magazine photoshoot in a beautiful location with gorgeous models? You’ll get to be a part
of a live bridal fashion shoot, participate in a hands on shooting workshop, learn about professional flash photography & bounce lighting techniques
from seasoned professional photographers. You will be in teams of 10 photographers working alongside our pro photographers getting to learn proper lighting
setups, posing techniques, location setup, and advice on using your camera gear to get the best results. Get direction from the art director and editors from
Southern Bride Magazine on what they expect for creating magazine feature spreads. You’ll spend two days in fast paced settings, learning various techniques,
and get an inside look at a fashion shoot. You get to walk away with images for your own portfolio, and get a chance to have some of your images featured
in the magazine’s summer 2011 issue. You’ll also get to learn HD video techniques using the Canon 5d MarkII camera, as we shoot a behind the scenes
documentary of the photoshoot.

Requirements: Photographers should bring a laptop computer with Lightroom 3 Software (30 trial software available by Adobe) and their cameras. We will provide
flash systems and accessories. We will shoot in RAW format, so have at least 30 GB of free space alloted for your images. Macbook pro recommended, but PC’s welcome.
Also bring a card reader and backup external drive.

About our speakers & hosts:

MICHAEL ALLEN: Michael is a successful, creative photographer and film maker based in Memphis Tennessee, with 20 years production experience, and a very successful, award winning career, a lifelong learner who continually strives to think “out of the box” and offer the very best for his clients. A member of the WPPI and PPA, Michael is also an author, a speaker, and businessman. Michael’s work has been featured in publications & blogs across the globe. Michael uses Canon 5d Mark II HDDSLR cinema systems with Red Rock rails, micro dolly, steady tracker along with Panasonic HVX200A DVCPRO HD P2 Cameras. Michael has worked with Southern Bride for the past 3 years on their editorial shoots, as well as create some amazing short films of their shoots.

SHERRA MEYERS & LYNN WALKER are the publishers and editors of Southern Bride Magazine, one of the South’s most respected bridal publications.
They will be on hand to talk about editorial styling, and will help photographers understand what editors are looking for in editorial style photography. Together they run a successful magazine and marketing company based in Memphis Tn. They have traveled all over the world for their publications, and offer great insights into the magazine business. They have arranged the facilities, the fashions, and set stylists for the shoot. They have also worked with Michael on model selections through an agency based in Miami, Jacksonville & Pensacola Florida.

SPECIAL GUEST PHOTOGRAPHER/SPEAKER Joseph De Sciose specializes in shooting a wide range of editorial and commercial subjects including gardens, travel, personality profiles and human-interest features. He was a Senior Staff photographer at Southern Living Magazine from 2003 to 2008. In addition to being extensively published in Southern Living, Joe’s images have been seen worldwide in a variety of print and electronic media for editorial and advertising purposes. His photographs have also appeared in The New York Times Magazine and numerous Condé Nast, Hearst and Meredith magazines and books, as well as in print media for the New York Botanical Garden and The Brooklyn Botanic Garden. He has had recent stories published in American Profile Magazine and local Alabama magazines-Birmingham Home & Garden and Bmetro.

Special thanks to for their contribution to the workshop. I have used Lens Rentals many times in the past few years, having additional cameras, lenses, and other equipment is a great asset for any photography or production company.

Accomodations for the magazine and crew provided by Seaside. ( Thanks for the special guest rates for our attendees! )