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70 South Gallery – Lighting Workshop


Outdoors at noon against the stone walls of a church

The 70 South Gallery – Lighting and Model Photography workshop was a huge success.  Thanks to some great organization by “Adventures in Photography” (NJ, NY and New England) and the 70 South Gallery, Morristown, NJ.  The workshop was sold out and we were fortunate to have decent weather for some of the outdoor shoots.  I would like to thank the participants, the models and the organizers for all the hard work and support that made this so awesome.

Studio lights were Profoto and Arri, outdoor speed lights were Nissin and personal on and off camera flashes.  Lastolite reflectors and the Phottix Luna but dish were also incorporated in the various sessions.

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Martha’s Vineyard – Memorial Day Weekend Workshop

MVIn case you’ve missed it, Adventures in Photography (AIP) has organized a 5 day/4 night workshop on Martha’s Vineyard over the Memorial Day Weekend  where I will be instructing.

This is rare opportunity for photographers and their non-photographer partners to share some quality time together.

Photographers get to photograph the beauty and charm of this unique island community while their non-photographer partners explore the charming New England character of Martha’s Vineyard.

Adventures in Photography (AIP) has reserved all of the Ashley Inn’s 10 rooms from May 22nd until May 26th. We can accommodate 20 people based on double occupancy. The Ashley Inn is an upscale B&B and breakfast is included.

We still have a few rooms available but expect that they will sell out.

For a full description of this Adventure go CLICK HERE

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2015 First Quarter – One Day Workshops

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Wishing you and your families a Very Happy & Prosperous New Year

The One Day Workshops for the first quarter of 2015 have been posted.

They are listed on the One Day Workshop Page


You may go directly to the Registration Page to get details and register.

All one day workshops include a Pizza Lunch

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When Plagiarism Hits Home

During most of my 1 day workshops and seminars, I am often asked for a copy of my slides or a set of notes.  On occasion I have had attendees use their smart phones and iPads to capture images of each slide. On a few occasions, I have had someone discreetly record my entire presentation.  I have never said any thing. I have had one known occasion where what I presented was used by someone else as their own work.

I am always torn between whether to give a copy or not. This is a difficult situation. A lot of work goes into putting together a workshop, the research, the content, the hands-on, and even the notes.  For someone to take and use the very same for personal gain is unethical and this has come to light in a few recent cases.  Two well known photographers who were well respected in the photographic community were found plagiarizing and as a result have had to pull out from the next WPPI.

Now, a recent case has emerged where a photographer/videographer attended a workshop and subsequently used pretty much the same material, the same verbiage, the same examples and the same references to do his workshop on Creative Live.  This is like saying, not only did I steal but let me show the community what I stole.

More on this at

Theft in the photographic world is not new. Copyright infringement is not new.  What is so disturbing is that the very photographers who are trying to protect their own copyright have shown little regard or respect for a fellow photographer’s or a fellow artist’s work.

Frederick van Johnson discussed this on the most recent episode of This Week in Photography entitled Theft vs. Creative Inspiration – TWiP 341. Of significance are: what , when and how you should give credit if you use someone else’s work.

Can you as photographer condone this?

Your thoughts and comments would be most appreciated.  Use the comments section on this post so that all my all Facebook, Google, Twitter readers and other social media followers can read your posts.

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2014 – 1st Quarter One-Day Workshops

Here is the schedule for the first Quarter of  2014.  Please use this REGISTRATION link for details about each workshop and to register.


January 11 – Product Photography and Lighting Techniques

January 12 – Food Photography and Lighting Techniques

January 18 – Lighting for Portraiture

January 19 – Timelapse Photography, post processing and video assembly

January 25 – Macro Closeup

January 26 – The Digital Darkroom – a course that covers capture to process and enhancement to output to print and web media. A one day program for digital image making workflow

February 1 – Flower Photography, Textures, Blending and more

February 2 – Lightroom 5

February 8 – HDR – done right using Photoshop, Photomatics, NiK HDR Efex 2, Enfuse

February 9 – Macro Closeup

February 22 – Timelapse Photography, post processing and video assembly

February 23 – Photography Basics 1 day Class 

March 1 – Flash Photography

March 2 – Lightroom 5

If you have any questions or would like more information please call 617-759-0010 or email sv @ (please remove the spaces)


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Frederick Van Johnson of TWIP interviews me

So honored to have been interviewed by Frederick Van Johnson on Episode 339 of TWiP.  If you have not subscribed to TWiP you must – it is one of the best Podcasts for photographers bar none.

Click Here for a link to the podcast

TWiP is available from iTunes as well as

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Lighting Demo and Educational Program

I am truly honored and proud to have been selected to demonstrate and teach lighting for Manfrotto.  They represent Gitzo, Elinchrome, Lastolight, Gossen and more of the finest.

Join me for a day at Hunts Melrose or a  1/2 day in Hanover.

This is a great educational experience as well as an opportunity to check out some fantastic lighting gear.  Some of the finest manufacturers products featured in one location.

The event is free but you need to register.

Dealerday june 2013 MDD – Hunts Promotional Piece

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December 2012 – One Day Workshops

The One-Day workshops for December 2012 are now available.  Please reserve your spot early as these do fill up fast.

Click Here to be directed to the One Day Workshop Page and the reservation form.  Call 617.759.0010 if you have any questions.

The Saloon in Bodie

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A few comments that have come in from the Cape Cod Workshop

We had a wonderful group of great photographers on this 4 day workshop. The cold, damp, cloudy and rainy weather did not prevent us from having a good time, a learning experience and some interesting photography, albeit the “Light of Cape Cod” was missing.

I would like to thank each and every one who attended and to let you know how much your participation meant to me.

Most of the group - Image courtesy Kenneth Zirkel

The image above was captured at Highland Headlight AKA Cape Cod Light on the night of Super Moon – that is thick fog in the background.

A few images from Dave Uliss as a slide show:

Atwood Higgins House-Uliss.jpgBrewster Flats-Uliss.jpgChatham Pier-Uliss.jpgFort Hill-Uliss.jpgHighland Light-Uliss.jpgMarconi Beach-Uliss.jpgNauset Light Beach-Uliss.jpgRock Harbor-Uliss.jpgStage Harbor Light-Uliss.jpg


Here are some of the comments:

Shiv’s workshop was one of the best I’ve ever experienced. It was full throttle, non stop. The exercises(handouts); really helped me to stay focused and think about how to compose my images. I must say that I really began to see landscapes and subjects, with a new perspective. Most importantly, I captured images that I’m pleased with. I definitely will attend Shiv’s workshops, in the future. Your time and money will be well spent. Paul Ware
5/7/2012 4:11 PM

Yes, as I had started to share with you, on Sunday’s coffee break; I began to feel as though in a meditative state of mind. Point of Rocks, although not a favorite spot was rewarding just the same. Eventually, an image came together for me.
5/7/2012 4:11 PM

Yes, it covered far more than expected. Benefiting my growth as a photographer.
5/7/2012 4:11 PM

I would certainly recommend any of your workshops, to anyone. I was extremely pleased. Carole P. Kenny
5/7/2012 3:41 PM

It was most helpful, and more than expected, thank you.
5/7/2012 3:41 PM

Considering the weather I certainly admired your ability to have a meaningful lecture ready at all times. You had a seamless program, whatever the situation
5/7/2012 3:41 PM

even with the gray skies and rain, the workshop was worth every penny.
5/7/2012 11:18 AM

In spite of ridiculous weather conditions, Shiv was able to flexibly reorganize and regroup to make the most of a challenging situation. He is a great instructor and very approachable, responsive and encouraging.
5/7/2012 9:28 AM

Shiv has a way of presenting material in a very clear manner. He is inspiring to all levels of photographers and is very accessible and helpful in the field as well as in the classroom. Susan Fahlund
5/7/2012 9:24 AM

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Lighting Demystified – Date Change April 29 to April 28

The April 29 workshop will now be held on April 28th

There are two spots open for April 22nd  – Yesterdays workshop was sold out and was awesome.

Click Here for Details “Lighting Demystified Workshop

Here are some comments from the post workshop survey:

As an advanced amateur with limited lighting experience, this course gave me a good overview of lighting fundamentals and their application in a variety of challenging situations. In addition, this course will provide me with a good basis for future lighting exploration as I further my photography skill set. Thanks Shiv!

4/16/2012 9:14 AM

I learned a tremendous amount about lighting. Concepts were explained, misconceptions eliminated and techniques to succeed were taught. The best of all was how to do this without spending a ton of money on equipment!

4/15/2012 9:45 PM

The workshop was excellent, I am glad I was made aware of it from a fellow camera club member. I really liked Shiv’s teaching style, he got into the technical details of light and made sure everyone understood each concept before he moved on.

4/15/2012 9:06 PM

I just spent a day at Shiv Verma’s workshop on understanding Artificial Lighting. I came away from the workshop with a clearer understanding on the importance and the use of artificial lighting as well as the different types of lighting currently available. I highly recommend this program to the serious photographer interested in improving their skill set as well as gaining a better understanding on mastering light. Zig Cape Cod

4/15/2012 8:48 PM


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