Creativity on the Fly, Turning Bad Shooting Situations into Great Wedding Photos

Ryan Brenizer, photographer

Monday June 21, 2010     5:30PM - 7:30PM
Price: $35.00
Registration deadline for this Workshop is June 20, 2010

Event Description:

If commercial photographers are like scientists in a laboratory, then wedding photographers are like 'MacGyver' -- it's often not about what you can do, but what you can do in three minutes with everything working against you! Not every wedding is exquisitely lit by a million-dollar lighting designer, or that you're shooting with that perfect sunset background. This is a world of tight schedules, lighting and backgrounds out of your control, and subjects who are often afraid of being in front of a camera. Maybe you thought you'd get two hours in a park, and instead you get five minutes in a parking lot. Maybe that lens you were relying on got knocked down the stairs by a klutzy wedding guest. Learning to take great photos even when everything is working against you is the surest path to success as an event and wedding photographer.

Few photographers know that better than Ryan Brenizer. With a background in photojournalism, covering three U.S. presidents as well as Nobel Prize winners, and Muhammad Ali plus many other celebrity subjects, Ryan has become one of New York City's top working wedding photographers. He is shooting more than 60 weddings a year across a broad spectrum; from exquisitely planned destination weddings as far as Singapore, to weddings in backyards and gymnasiums, and he's learned tricks to deal with any kind of scenario. Sometimes, he's even invented new techniques, such as the "Brenizer method" for creating images with extremely shallow depth of field impossible with normal lenses.

This Workshop will teach you his special tricks for shooting in some of the toughest scenarios, including:

These lessons can be applied to any shooting situation where you find yourself up against forces against your control, from portrait photography to improving your own family photos. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to learn from this very popular photographer. Seating is limited; register now!


A good understanding of basic photography jargon, from f-stops to focal lengths, will help you get the most out of the presentation.


Ryan Brenizer

Ryan Brenizer is one of the most in-demand photographers in New York City, shooting over 60 weddings a year, as well as photographing some of the city's most prestigious events. As a photojournalist he has covered three U.S. Presidents, the Pope, numerous foreign leaders and celebrities, and his work has been published in the New York Times, Daily News and NY Post, Newsweek, PDN, Time Out New York, and many more. In addition, for four years, Ryan has served as a photographer and writer for Columbia University's Teachers College, with work ranging from documentary photography to academic symposiums.

He was selected to be the only non-campaign photographer with access to John McCain and Barack Obama at their last meeting before the 2008 election. In 2008, the Wedding Photojournalist Association named him one of the top 20 wedding photojournalists in the world.

Ryan is a recurring contributor to, and as an expert on a wide range of photographic techniques, he shares his tips and tricks with readers at, where they have made him their first independent columnist in any subject area.

His web address:


Price: $35.00
Schedule: Monday June 21, 2010     5:30PM - 7:30PM
Location: The Adorama Building, 42 West 18th Street 5th floor.




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