Modeling At The Great Swamp At Sunset

(If you enjoy these photos of Gina, you will be pleased to know she is the live model for my photography workshop happening next week at Salt Studios in Asbury Park, NJ on Saturday, January 30th. We start at 9:00am and will be discussing your goals as a photographer, my workflow (planning a shoot, composition, flash/natural/hybrid lighting) and then shooting with Gina for the second half of the day. Space is limited and There are 10 slots left. REGISTER TODAY!)

Today I give you a modeling shoot at a vast nature preserve. It’s almost unfair shooting at a place like this. It’s wide open wilderness and strange on top of it. There are eagles and hawks everywhere. Weird skeletal trees. On this particular day we were the only two souls in the preserve since it was both windy and freezing cold. But we bundled up and trekked around for an hour.

The first panoramic overlook provided us with a preview of what the rest of the shoot would look like. Warm golden sunlight. No light modifiers would be necessary. Just two Canon 6D bodies, Sigma 50mm f/1.4 and Canon 85mm f/1.8

Portraits of Gina Knox taken at The Great Swamp during sunset

Portraits of Gina Knox taken at The Great Swamp during sunset

Portraits of Gina Knox taken at The Great Swamp during sunset

Portraits of Gina Knox taken at The Great Swamp during sunset

Portraits of Gina Knox taken at The Great Swamp during sunset

Portraits of Gina Knox taken at The Great Swamp during sunset

Portraits of Gina Knox taken at The Great Swamp during sunset

Portraits of Gina Knox taken at The Great Swamp during sunset

Portraits of Gina Knox taken at The Great Swamp during sunset

That Werkshop

Big savings for my upcoming photography workshop. You SAVE $75.00 by signing up for That Werkshop. That’s $175 (Regular rate $250) for a full day event of demonstrations and questions/answers I get asked most frequently. Lunch and drinks are provided.

THAT WERKSHOP – A Day Of Learning Photography @ Salt Studios in Asbury Park, NJ from Chris Sztybel on Vimeo.

I am a photographer that has laughed at photography workshops. Usually I see photographers that are trying to make a living teaching photographs instead of taking photographs. NOT HERE, FRIENDS! For starters this is taught by me in between a schedule full of photo shoots. I am a real-life working photographer so you can ask me just about anything and I will have an answer.

If you are looking to pick up tips on inspiration, composition, lighting and lens choice then this is for you. Hell you might even be a person that has had a camera sitting in the back of your closet for years. Now is the time to break that sucker out and use it. The number of werkshop students in attendance will be limited to 15.

The individual students will be rolled into the presentation. You will send me your best work and we will discuss it. This is not me standing on a soapbox for the day. It has to be interactive so we all get the most out of it.


  • I will explain the types of work that I shoot which is primarily portraits and product photography.
  • Each student is asked to send 2 high-resolution photographs (non-watermarked) of their own work that they would like to discuss during the workshop.
  • We will work with a live model. Each student will be given time to shoot the model as they wish.
  • Lighting setups and client interaction will be discussed.
  • There will be two door prizes that will be drawn at random. Both are tools that I use for 99% of all my shoots.
  • Pizza and beverages will be provided for lunch.


Seats Remaining : 12 (of 15 total)
Date: Saturday, January 30, 2016
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm (30 minute lunch break)
Location: Salt Studios in Asbury Park, New Jersey

Newsletter Rate: $175 per person (Regular rate: $250 per person)


Full-Time High School or Full-Time College Student Rate: $50 per person (Regular rate: $250 per person)

Recently "stolen" from Lew as the rain started to come down.

MMA session with Kali Herman

Maria Tenorio

The beam of sunshine during fall 2014

The Wedding of Ceri Stromberg and Mark Langell

Ashley Nicole

A surf and turf family photo session with The Zushmas.

Blake Reiner infant photos


Photography workshop in warehouse

dunellen_models_warehouse_IMG_1624_2011_06_16-Edit.jpgThe five of us (Eric Gautier, Kelly Formus, Richard Flores, and Andrea Figueredo) got together in June 2011 for another photography workshop. This time it was in an abandoned warehouse. Vacant warehouse. We had two models named Aamira and Heather. Andrea handled makeup duties and did a fantastic job!

I try to keep my equipment bags as light as possible, so I once again shot with Canon Speedlites. Since I shoot in full manual mode, even with flashes, I have total control over each exposure. I can appreciate Canon’s E-TTL function, but I still prefer manually setting all of my equipment when I have the luxury of time.dunellen_models_warehouse_IMG_1863_2011_06_16.jpg

The warehouse was massive, so each of us could should wherever we wanted without getting  cramped. Toward the rear of the building stood a huge brick wall which turned out to be one of the best backgrounds.

We kept things moving throughout the night sharing each other’s setups and eventually it was time to break out my favorite piece of equipment; THE FOG MACHINE! I don’t like to overuse it, but it’s definitely great for adding a little extra something to a scene.dunellen_models_warehouse_IMG_1803_2011_06_16-Edit.jpg I will usually manipulate it a bit in post-processing, but having it there in the actual scene helps keep the effect grounded in reality.

Thanks to our fantastic and professional models Aamira Garba and Heather Dorian. Special thanks to Pablo for providing us with a motorcycle and modeling for a few shots.

To view more examples of product photography, please visit the gallery.