Melissa Rodwell and Tyler Mitchell will be hosting an intensive workshop on lighting and retouching, right in NYC where it’s all happening! On Saturday, October 12th, Melissa will teach her lighting techniques with an agency-signed model, at the beautiful Brooklyn Cyc Studios in DUMBO ( https://www.brooklyncyc.com/ ). We will be showing you how to get a lot out of a little, and going over some of the go-to setups that Melissa has used over the years. Photographers often over-complicate things, and in this workshop we will be focused on the details of using a light or modifier for its best qualities, rather than the ins and outs of every option. The knowledge and experience you will gain will allow you to get the most out of a limited budget or non-ideal location, and will inform your choices on which modifier families you prefer for your own style. On Sunday, October 13th, Tyler Mitchell, Melissa’s long time retoucher, will teach workflow and some of his key techniques to get the most out of your images. We will follow up the retouching portion of the workshop with portfolio reviews in the afternoon. It will be a great weekend full of learning opportunities to enhance your lighting skills and hone in on your retouching. PLUS you get one-on-one time with Melissa and your portfolio! 


Class details

Melissa Rodwell will showcase six to eight (time permitted) different lighting techniques and explain each set-up while shooting and showing students why she chose the particular modifiers for each set. Every detail matters when choosing lighting modifiers, including the distance and direction of the lights in proximity to the model. Students will also be shooting alongside Melissa and a team of working industry professionals including a professional model, a wardrobe stylist, and a hair stylist and makeup artist. Though the focus of the class is to master lighting techniques, the images can also be used for your portfolio. On Day Two, students will bring in their work from Saturday’s class to learn better retouching techniques taught by Melissa’s own retoucher Tyler Mitchell.  Hours are 10 AM to 5 PM!  


Are you frustrated in trying to take your photography to the next level?

  • Do you wonder how others achieve incredible and dyamic light in their photography?

  • Do you ever feel anxious to take on studio work because you've never worked with studio lighting?

  • Are you ready to start working with other professionals, but don't quite yet feel prepared?

  • Do you have a clear vision of how you want your photograph to look but can't get the lighting quite right?



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gain insider knowledge from a seasoned professional

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About Melissa Rodwell

Melissa has lived and worked all over the world, shooting for companies like Nike and NBC Television, to Ralph Lauren and Harper’s Bazaar. She has worked with hundreds of clients, brands, and celebrities since she began her career professionally in 1980. Her extensive knowledge and expertise in working with so many clients has given her incredible insight on working with both national and international audiences, as well as working professionally and efficiently with clients practicing varying cultural business norms. Working at the highest level in the industry and maintaining success for over three decades showcases Melissa’s ability to adapt and prosper in an ever-changing field.


Learn not only by observing, but by shooting as well

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Melissa’s workshop was without a doubt the most invaluable learning experience I have had in my career so far. Melissa’s knowledge and instruction on fashion lighting were second to none and Tyler’s retouching class was clear, precise and taught me how to retouch to a high-quality industry standard. I would recommend a workshop with Melissa and Tyler to anyone that wants to step up their game in fashion photography! I walked out of that workshop a new and improved photographer!
— Katy Winterflood
I can’t recommend this class enough. I received what I expected and some. Melissa is a patient, kind and a hilarious teacher. It was a small group so no one ever had to fight for Melissa’s attention to get their questions answered. We were taught 5 lighting setups, and every time a new one was set up we were shown the differences and explained what their different purposes were. I walked away with a better understanding of lighting, how to work with a model, and that going forward what I need to do to continue to make my work better and stronger. Melissa was also great at identifying everyone’s strength and how they could use that going forward in pursuit of their fashion photography goals.
— Katrina Britney Davis