MIRANDA PENN TURIN: Directing & Lighting Models, Actors & Others 

©Miranda Penn Turin, 2020


Orientation Sunday, May 3rd, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Monday, May 4th – Wednesday, May 6th, 9:00am – 4:00pm.

Thursday, May 7th, 9:00am – 11:00am (Optional)

Do you wish you had more connection with your subjects? Wish you could motivate and inspire subjects to try anything, work hard and become your collaborators in the creative process?

Working with models, actors and other subjects, whether in studio or on location, requires planning and and compiling inspiration to successfully bring out poses and expressions that convey emotions in striking compositions. This makes the difference between normal, banal photographs and those we can’t forget.

Miranda Penn Turin, award winning photographer and director, will work with attendees in this workshop to bring out this unique and valuable skillset in each student. In this workshop she will discuss her process, storyboarding concepts and tools for inspiration that energize and involve her subjects in her compositions. She’ll share her many precise lighting techniques and how to decide exactly what is needed for each image. This, coupled with knowing how to confidently communicate with people, brings the extra depth to her work that has defined her career and keeps her in demand.

The goal of the workshop is for each attendee to walk away with photographs that they’ve always wanted to capture. Miranda will also discuss the transition to directing motion.

Attendees should be able to use their cameras in manual mode and have a thorough understanding of their camera’s functions.

Day One will consist of a discussion about lighting and communication with the subject, then a portfolio revue of each student. Students should come prepared with 5 of their own favorite images that they feel express their style or the direction they’d like to pursue, as well as a selection of favorite photographs shot by other photographers.

Day Two will be a shoot day – each student will have the chance to direct and photograph the models in various single-source lighting situations.

Day Three will also be a shoot day; each student will direct and photograph the models in various multiple light source situations, including mixing continuous light, daylight and strobe.

Day Four will be a review of each student’s best images made during the workshop.

Throughout the class, Miranda will be available to answer any and all questions the students have about the art and business of photography: Students are encouraged to ask away!

PRICE:  $2160

Includes daily registration for the full days of the class, models, workshop transportation if required and a boxed lunch for each full day of the workshop.

Photographers should bring their laptops and be conversant with their hardware and software in order to facilitate downloading and projecting their work for critiques in class. Digital projectors with standard DVI / VGA cables will be provided. If you require DVI connectors and / or adapters, please bring one to class.

All Workshop Participants are invited to the Canon/Freestyle Digital Print Center at Korakia on Thursday, May 7th from 11:00am to 6:00pm to have an image of their choice printed out on a Canon Pro 2000 printer, using custom profiles and on their choice of several inkjet papers. 



Miranda Penn Turin is a freelance photographer and director who has been specializing in portraiture, fashion and beauty for over thirty years. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts and splits her time between New York and LA – she shoots all over the world and is grateful to have the best crew on the planet.
She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in creative writing, but her passion for photography overrode her major. In her summer breaks she interned with Boston photographers and began assisting once she graduated. She still considers assisting the greatest photographic education she could possibly get and feels that this step is essential to truly hone one’s skill and knowhow. Her best advice for any young photographer is just that – assist, assist, assist.
Miranda’s intention when she shoots is to reveal the epic, whatever the subject. She still shoots film whenever she can, loves her 30-year old Nikon FE2 and her Calumet 4×5. She has, however, embraced the digital and loves the formidable reciprocity and range of this generation of cameras. Her clients include Coty, Max Factor, Sony, Universal, Bloomingdales, Fox, Warner Bros. Records, Converse, Conde Nast, the Four Seasons, Chase, MTV and many others.
She is currently working with Voices4Freedom, a humanitarian organization committed to abolishing human trafficking all over the world. Her images of the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu provide the cover art for The Book of Joy, which spent 37 weeks on the New York Times top fifteen bestseller list. A writer as well, she just completed her first novel.


Miranda Penn Turin