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Taking the mystery out of speedlights


For the first time, I am going to share with you how to create the most talked about cinematic headshot also known as LA Style Headshot. Besides the lighting technique aspect of the workshop, I will help you understand how much goes into crafting a compelling headshot with minimum gear. This workshop is not about showing you how to use the dials, bells and whistles on your camera and speedlites but rather hands-on to get you hitting the ground and clicking.

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The Workshop
This workshop is structured over 2 days because there is so much information and actual practical demonstrations. On Day 1 we will discuss how the rest of the workshop will run up to the photoshoot segment. On Day 2 which is not to be missed is where we will actually bring the images to life with the post processing, retouching and colour grading

All participants must be proficient with the use of their own cameras in both manual and aperture priority modes, exposure triangle and speedlites.

What is a cinematic headshot/portrait
Speedlite modes for cinematic headshot explained (High Speed Sync & Manual Mode)
Locations & Background
Camera & lens combination for maximum effect
Camera settings
Lighting Tools & modifiers
Q&A Preshoot
Wrap Up

You DSLR (Crop sensor or full frame)
Your portrait lenses
16GB memory card (two or three will be better just in case of failure)
2 x speedlites
2 x light modifiers (either an umbrella, softbox, octabox, stripbox)
3 light stands
1 x reflector and reflector holder
1 x chair (to sit on while on location)
Variation of neutral density filter (1x2stops,  1x3stops)
Notepad and a pen
Snacks & water (though sandwiches and light beverages will be provided )
Hat & sunscreen

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Day 1 Review
Image Selection
Photoshop Retouching Tools & Layer Adjustments
Raw Conversion
Colour Grading
High End Retouching
Wrap Up

Raw files  from Day 1
Desktop Computer or Laptop with Photoshop and Camera Raw installed
Wacom Tablet or any pointing device currently in use for your editing and retouching images
Notepad and a pen


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The cost of the workshop is $450 for both days. A 50% deposit is required to reserve and secure your spot. Please make your electronic fund transfer to the following bank account with your name as a reference and send an email receipt to for an invoice/receipt to be issued. The balance is to be paid 5 business days prior to the workshop.

Westpac Banking Corporation
ACCOUNT NAME: Bruno Kongawoin
BSB: 736-011

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Location, day and time

Lightbent Images & Photography
Grange Crescent, Gooseberry Hill

Day 1 Saturday 28th October, 2017
Arrive 10:00AM
Start 10:30AM
Finish 17:30PM

Day 2 Sunday 29th October, 2017
Arrive 10:00AM
Start 10:30AM
Finish 15:30PM

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There is ample parking space on the property. It is advised that you arrive 30 minutes before to set up your gear on Day 1 and your computer on Day 2.


During the shooting segment On Day 1, I will personally craft for each participant a new cinematic headshot so you get to see and absorb everything I am doing to help you consolidate your newly acquired knowledge and skills.

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Why you should attend this workshop

If you are looking to add more style, finesse and high end finishes to your work then this workshop is for you. This workshop is all about producing sophisticated looks with extremely soft light with a great level of contrast control with minimal gear. This is not a group shoot set up. There will be a lot of one on one shooting time for every participant with the model(s) using their own gear. Each participant will be able to produce a set of portfolio ready images. I will be in tow to assist and give tips and advice with each participant. I will walk you through the lighting and camera setups equipment to use and provide alternative list of equipment and tools to create the same look and more.

I am a photographer who loves playing with light and not a photography teacher. I love and enjoy sharing what I know with other photographers to take their game to another level.  There will be an opportunity for me to chat with each of you to get a grasp of your strengths to help set you for a great shoot with our model(s) on the day and going forward with your photography.

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Conditions: Walk-ins on the day will not be allowed participation to the workshops. All persons intending to participate must make all necessary payment prior to the workshop. Any cancellation within 48 hours prior to the day of the workshop will cause a forfeiture of the fee paid. Should a cancellation notice be given at least 72 hours prior to the workshop, the fee paid will be credited toward a future workshop or a special arrangement can be made to cover the full workshop in half of the time at time most convenient by both the instructor and the intended participant.

By participating to this workshop, Model(s) and participating Photographer(s) and styling team understand that they are responsible for any damage they may cause to another participant’s equipment or belongings. Lightbent Images & Photography nor the organiser will not be held responsible for damage or loss of equipment and belongings.

Should you require any further information, please call 0400 090 057 or email

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Bruno’s talent took the Headshot Crew and Down Under by storm by becoming our first Associate photographer there. His work speaks for itself and he stepped up to the plate showing off not only his talent, but his ability to encourage others with their own work earning him Mentor status here at Headshot Crew. I couldn’t be happier to have him along for the ride, his thirst for taking SHABANG’in shots is contagious and he sure has this crew catching the bug. 
Peter Hurley – New York – USA –

Bruno is a remarkable photographer, his talent is there for all to see, but it is his flexibility and range that sets him apart. He’s a master with strobes, but take away the strobes and you don’t take away the talent, the ability to see light can never be taken for granted, it’s a skill that serves you well as a photographer and when shooting natural light this ability to read and manipulate to give your client a great portrait is just to admire.
I am lucky to have got to know Bruno over the last few years, he has been a great influence on myself and a great mentor when needed, despite the fact that we live on opposite sides of the globe. Professional, a true gent and the way he works with individuals at making them feel at home is seen in every photo he delivers.
Andy Foster Professional Headshot and Portrait photographer Stockholm, Sweden

When you start working with Bruno, you are immediately taken back by his warmth and eagerness to help. But do not let his gentle demeanor fool you. Once you get into work mode with him, this guy is just out there. Be it during the shoot or even when he is retouching the images. Bruno has a knack of focus not just on the overall image but also on the details. He gets into the minutest details that make his images stand out. His strong understanding of the science behind light whether natural or artificial with absolute hands on experience give him the edge. I have had the pleasure of working with Bruno as Headshot Crew Mentor and Wingam. He has been extremely helpful and does not hesitate to share his own workflow. I have been able to expand my skill set thanks to Bruno. Those who know, do. Those who understand, teach. Thankfully Bruno is the kind who can do both. I highly recommend Bruno for his photography and teaching skills. You are in extremely capable and professional hands.
Rahul Mall, Calcutta, INDIA

Bruno is not only an outstanding photographer which is evident from his portfolio but also an excellent teacher. I got to know Bruno in Peter Hurley’s HeadshotCrew where he became my mentor. With his huge knowledge and experience he helped–and still helps–me to develop my skills and to grow as a photographer. In doing so, he made it possible for me to become one of Peter’s Associate Photographers in a very short time. What I particularly value about Bruno’s teaching is that he helps you to develop an eye for those tiny details which are easily overlooked but make all the difference between a good and a great portrait. And did I mention that he is a really nice guy too. 
Thomas Wieland,  Headshot- and Portrait Photographer, Munich, GERMANY

Bruno is the sort of fellow you come across once in a lifetime. He is a meticulous professional, with a heart of gold. I have watched Bruno work with his clients, listened to him coach those he mentors and have even been on the receiving end of some of his coaching. He is a skilled craftsman, tailoring his lighting, coaching his clients towards amazing expressions, and producing images of the highest quality. Even more impressive is his willingness to coach and mentor less experienced photographers.
Bruno is one of 23 mentors in the Headshot Crew, where he assists to continuously train over 12,000 photographers across the globe. He, unselfishly, contributes his knowledge while passing along a renewed sense of passion and interest, which is rivalled only by his gentle demeanor. I came to know Bruno through our mutual involvement in The Headshot Crew. I am honored to call Bruno a friend, and even more to wholeheartedly recommend him. Whether you are in need of a headshot, a portrait, or assistance in becoming a better photographer, give Bruno a call. You won’t regret it!

Richard Waine Lancaster, Philadelphia USA –

Despite being half way around the world, Bruno has been an invaluable photography mentor to me. I had taken several online and in person lighting classes, but it was with his help that I was able to finally identify what I was doing incorrectly and improve dramatically over a short period of time. He has a great spirit and is always willing to share what he knows. If you have the opportunity to take one of his workshops, don’t hesitate. It will be worth every penny.
Jennifer Ona Los Angeles, CA – USA –

A guy with great sense of humor, real teacher who can explain what is wrong and show how to shoot better. Makes you feel confident like a real pro. 
Semyon Lorberg New York – USA

I have been one of Bruno’s photography students for over 12 months now. During that time he has been the driving force for me to continually broaden my knowledge of lighting, posing and post production techniques.

Bruno’s easy going manner and excellent knowledge of all things photographic has provided me with a solid foundation on my photography journey.
I have no hesitation in recommending Bruno’s workshops to anyone looking to improve their photography skills.
Bob Maloney East Maitland, NSW AUSTRALIA

Bruno has been my mentor for almost two years. He not only convinced me of the value of joining Peter Hurley’s Headshot Crew, he then agreed to become my Wingman on the crew. His recognition and advancement to a crew “Mentor” was well deserved. With Bruno’s help, offering his knowledge, experience, time and patience, not only have my headshot skills increased dramatically, but my overall photography and post-processing skills have as well.
If you have the opportunity to learn from Bruno, jump at the chance.
Steven Gotz San Lorenzo, CA – USA