The Greats of Rock and Roll!

Originally posted on March 5, 2012

I had one of those day that when the photo gods just smiled at me.

I had the honor of photographing  Chuck Berry, Leonard Cohen, Keith Richards, Elvis Costello, Paul Simon,  Salmon Rushdie, Peter Wolf, Shawn Colvin, Tom Perrotta, Bill Flanigan and Caroline Kennedy at John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, MA on February 26, 2012.  Chuck Berry and Leonard Cohen were  the first two recipients of PEN New England’s Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston.  I do have one of the best jobs in the world!




Rick Friedman Location Lighting Workshop 2012

Originally posted on January 16, 2012

The 1st Location Lighting workshop of 2012 was this past weekend at Unique Photo in Fiarfield, NJ.  Thank you to everyone who attended and thanks to Unique for hosting the event.  The below is our  group photo from this workshop.

The next Location Lighting Workshop is at my studio in Boston on February 11 & 12.  The workshop, “From Speedlights to Studio Strobes”  is a very hands-on class with a small number of attendees.  I teach both Nikon and Canon systems.  To sign up email me @



Upcoming Location Lighting Workshop

Originally posted on December 5, 2011

I’ll be in San Francisco and LA next week teaching Advanced Location Lighting Workshops at Calumet.  These workshops will offer a very hands-on approach to learning about how to better control your lighting.  The two requirements for attending a Rick Friedman Lighting Workshop are: 1.) You have to bring a camera, and 2.) You have to have fun!

To reserve your spot for SF on Dec 12 & 13, go to:

Reserve your spot for LA on Dec 16 & 17  at:

See you there!


Infrared Across America

Originally posted on September 25, 2011

Work In Progress “Infrared Across America”.  Photographs were shot while I was traveling on my Location Lighting Workshop Tour.

Images are created with a Nikon converted to infrared using a Lensbaby Composer Pro and a Super Wide Lens on PNY cards.  I am off to teach another  workshop at Calumet in Chicago and at Columbia College next week.

Location Lighting Workshop in Boston

Originally posted on September 16, 2011.

I just returned from a very successful workshop in VT sponsored by ASMP & PocketWizard.  Next Location Lighting Workshop is in Boston on September 19 &20, 2011.

Call today 617-510-5653 to reserve your spot!


Before & After

Originally posted on August 9, 2011

The client wanted us to create an image that gives the feel of working the over night shift.  The photograph was created at 11AM  in a print shop just outside Boston, using 3  Nikon Speedlights with Pocket Wizard Flex TT5s,  a Pocket Wizard  Mini  TT1 & AC3 , a 4th Nikon SB-900 was set on SU-4.  A Rosco blue gel was used to create the background color.  To control and direct the light I used Rosco Cinefoil, Tough Spun and 2 Rogue 3 in 1 Grids and a Rogue FlashBender.  The set up time was under 10 minutes. 


Want to learn how to create cool images with Speedlights?  Sigh up for one of my Location Lighting Workshops.    Next stop on the “Location Lighting Workshop Tour”  is at Calumet Philadelphia on August 22 &23.
Calumet Philadelphia
1400 S. Columbus Blvd. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147
To Register:
Location Lighting Workshop Schedule:
August 22th & 23rd
Calumet Philadelphia, PA
September 12th & 23th
Pocket Wizard Burlington, VT
September 19th & 20th
LensProtoGo Concord, MA - Call 877.578.4777 to register
September 30th & October 1st
Calumet Chicago, IL
October 8 & 9
Midwest Photo Exchange, Columbus Ohio – Call 614-216-1264 to register
October 26-29
PhotoPlus, NY
December 12 & 13
Calumet, San Francisco, CA
December 16 & 17
Calumet, Los Angeles, CA
Workshops coming soon to:
Glazers Camera, Seattle, WA Fall  2011
Calumet in Cambridge, MA   Fall 2011
Wahsington, DC
To register for workshops at Calumet,
and Click “Location Lighting Workshop with Rick Friedman”

Another image for Der Spiegel

Originally posted on July 29, 2011

Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman with his 5 year old daughter Asha campaigning at a backyard party on July 4th in New Hampshire.

The image was created using  a Nikon D-3, 17-35 f2.8 lens and a Nikon SB900 Speedlight  attached to a Pocket Wizard Flex TT5 and triggered with a Pocket Wizard  Mini  TT1 & AC3.



This week’s published work in Europe

Originally posted on July 26, 2011

This image of Dan Robertson, PhD. of Joule Unlimited  was published in the current issue Der Spiegel magazine
This image was created in a corner of the lab with walls using 3 Pocket Wizard Flex TT5s on Nikon Speedlights, a Pocket Wizard  Mini  TT1 & AC3 , Rosco blue and green gels, some Cinefoil, and 2 Rogue 3 in 1 Grids and a Rogue FlashBenders.
We created 4 different situations in 2 hours. 


Location Lighting Workshop tomorrow in NJ

Originally posted on July 22, 2011


I am teaching my Speedlight Location LIghting Workshop @ Unique Photo, Fairfield,NJ  Sat. July 23rd
Come learn how to produce interesting and creative lighting, that can be set up very quickly, using multiple Speedlights, Dynalites and light modifiers.  This hands on lighting workshop is for portrait,  corporate, wedding & event photographers, for photojournalists and serous amateurs.
The above photo of fellow instructor and friend Sean Duggan is from my last Location Lighting Workshop in San Francisco.  The image of Sean and a workshop attendee was created using Dynalite strobes and 2 Chimera Soft Boxes.

LA Location LIghting Workshop

Actress, model & student Marisa Quintanilla on the set at my Location Lighting Workshop at Calumet in LA.
The set, created by the students and myself using a Dynalite Roadmax MP800 pack, 3 Dynalite strobe heads, 1 with a Dynalite 30 degree grid spot and grid holder.  Light modifies include a Chimera Softbox, Rosco gels, Cinefoil , Tough Spun, a California Sunbounce Micro Mini, Calumet light stands and a Chimera Sunsratch window pattern and frame, which throws the pattern on the wall.
The next stop on the “Location Lighting Workshop Tour” is Calumet in San Francisco.


Dynalite’s homepage promotes CA Location Lighting Workshops

Originally posted on June 22, 2011

Visit the Dynalite homepage to see info on my Location Lighting Workshops.    There are a few spaces left for the LA & San Francisco workshops at Calumet.  Sigh up and join us.

LA  Calumet Workshop: June 24th & 25th

Registration Link:

San Francisco Calumet Workshop: June 27th & 28th

Registration Link: