Clay Blackmore - Rockville, MD

Speaker:  Sunday, April 8th

Program Description: Pose, Light, Love!

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Clay Blackmore is one of the most influential and sought-after photographers in the world, with a clientele that includes celebrities the likes of Larry King, Forest Whitaker, Jenna Elfman, and Maria Sharapova and Washington D.C.’s best familes.
A protégé of the legendary Monte Zucker, Clay is a legend in his own right. Clay meticulously developed his photographic, teaching, and business skills during this 25-year association with Monte, first as an assistant, then as a co-educator and business partner.
In addition to his mastery of lighting and classic portraiture, Clay is at the forefront of HD-DSLR cinema, pushing the limits of the latest innovations in filmmaking to create timeless pieces of cinematic storytelling.
His world-class studio in Rockville, Md., supports a team of passionate photographers and filmmakers working with the newest technologies in the field. Collaborating with companies such as Canon, Tiffen, and Westcott, Clay has been among the first to test and evaluate new products for photography and HD-DSLR cinematography. He is a distinguished Canon Explorer of Light and a member of the elite Cameracraftsmen of America.
Clay’s passion for photography is only rivaled by his passion for education. Clay lectures around the world, and his nationwide tours include “How to Photograph Everyone” (2012), “Photo-Fusion Revolution” (2010), and “Capture & Creativity” with Jane Conner Ziser (2008).
In addition, Clay is passionate about helping at-risk kids. He volunteers with the Leadership Empowerment & Action Program (LEAP), teaching photography to middle-school children in Montgomery County, Maryland, who are adopted or in foster care. Clay believes that the best way to teach is by example. “Confidence comes from success, and success comes from practice,” he says.


Program Description:  Pose, Light, Love

Fun and engaging, Blackmore has developed a new program for those who wish to learn how to create great portraits of everyone.

Consistent results are at the heart of this new program with an emphasis on posing, lighting, composition. and expression. Working outdoors or in the studio, Blackmore will show you how to harness the light and create beautiful images of men, women, children, families, brides, individuals, couples and groups.

Confidence is key, explains Blackmore. I can help anyone gain a better understanding of what people like and don’t like in their portraits. We concentrate on a few simple thoughts each time we get behind our camera. By committing these techniques to memory, by training our hands to find the shot, we free our hearts to capture the moment.

DSLR Video techniques will be discussed in full detail. See how clay has turned his wedding business into a full service studio that has elevated videography to cinematography.

Blackmore is one of the most passionate photographers working in the country today. One of Canon’s Explorers of Light and a member of the elite Cameracraftsmen group, every image he creates reveals a master photographer committed to his art. A mentor, and veteran instructor, his lectures have been embraced worldwide.



Twitter: @claynco


Program Level: Intermediate