Portrait lighting demonstrations have added a new layer to our workshops the past couple of years. This one was done in Issogne Castle, in Val d’Aosta. It’s up in northwest Italy not far from the border with France.

Luigi Barbano arranged for two models from a Milan modeling agency, and each workshop member had a chance to photograph one of them in the castle.

It’s super difficult to get permission to photograph in Issogne Castle. Big thanks to Luigi, our guest instructor from Cuneo, Italy for negotiating this arrangement.

Drake showed us why he’s been a successful people photographer for 30 years, creating these images as he talked about the qualities and direction of portrait lighting.

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