Greg Gorman Tokyo Portraiture Master Class


Dates: november 16-18, 2019

Length: 3 Days
Cost: $2850 (+8% Japanese Consumption Tax) per person

Tap into a wealth of knowledge from one of the world’s master portrait photographers, Greg Gorman, in the dynamic metropolis of Tokyo. This intensive, three-day workshop will take your photography to the next level. Find the most flattering angles of your subject and learn a variety of lighting techniques both in an indoor setting and outside. Learn how to give direction to your models and portraiture subjects to achieve superior results. Work together in editing and post-processing your images and receive critiques on your work. 

For decades, Greg Gorman ( has been entrusted by world-famous entertainers, stars and royalty to portray them at their best. Now, for the first time in Tokyo, seize the chance to learn from a maestro who has photographed the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Jordan, Grace Jones, Halle Berry, Andy Warhol and so on and so forth.

You will use the latest in LED lighting technology with Rotolight (TM) lightweight, sleek and portable lights, as well as top-notch reflectors and silks from California Sunbounce (TM).

First, observe Greg as he demonstrates with each model in a variety of set-ups. He will coach you on how to light, position and direct models after finding the strengths and weaknesses of their features. This will prove to be invaluable for you to win the confidence of your clients and portrait subjects.

Then you will shoot in small teams and receive plenty of one-on-one attention, as a total of four professional photographers will work with you to make the portfolio-worthy shots you want to take home.

Greg will look at your work each day and give you valuable feedback on shooting, lighting, editing and post-processing.

Each night we will feast as a group, enjoying some of Tokyo’s world-famous cuisine (included in the price) as we talk about life and photography and bond together.

What’s Included

  • Instructor Fees

  • Classroom/studio/location fees

  • Model Fees (voluntary tips not included)

  • Lighting Equipment by Rotolight

  • Reflectors by California Sunbounce

  • 3 basic lunches

  • 3 full dinners (alcohol extra)

  • Transportation to locations around Tokyo during class.

What’s Not Included

  • Hotel Package (Optional add-on)

  • Tips for models/assistants

  • Alcohol at meals

  • Transportation to/from your hotel to class, including international travel

  • Travel/Trip Insurance

Important Notice

Hotel/Accommodations are NOT included in the workshop price. Once classroom and shooting locations have been finalized by Greg and the team, we will offer hotel packages in convenient areas near the locations. Please stay tuned after you have signed up for information and pricing.

  • For this master class you should be familiar with operating your camera in manual modes, as well as shooting in RAW. You should be able to use the basic features of Lightroom, Photoshop or Capture One.

  • All participants in the Hagi/Matsue workshop qualify for this class.

  • Participants who sign up for the Hagi/Matsue workshop will receive 10% off the price of the Tokyo workshop.

There is a minimum enrollment requirement on 8 shooters for this workshop (and a maximum of 12) that is contingent on the Hagi/Matsue workshop. Nobechi Creative reserves the right to cancel the workshop due to low enrollment of for any other reason. In such cases, your deposit will be refunded in full. Nobechi Creative will not be held liable for airfares and other travel bookings you have made, so please enroll in trip cancellation insurance or wait to make your international flight arrangements until the workshop is green-lighted.

Secure your place in this exclusive workshop with a $500 deposit.

To request more information or to sign up, please contact Nobechi Creative Director, George Nobechi via email:


  • Instruction by one of the world’s greatest photographers, Greg Gorman

  • The dynamic metropolis of Tokyo

  • Small group sizes

  • A total of 4 instructors to help each team of 3 shooters

  • A variety of set-ups and shooting opportunities

  • Daily critiques

  • Group meals

  • Unique opportunity to learn from a master in Asia


Alternatively, participants have the option of paying by EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) or “Wire” via their banking institution. Participants paying by EFT will receive 2% off the total cost of the workshop. Participants will be responsible for payment of any bank wiring fees.

To pay by EFT, please submit your information via this form and wiring instructions will be sent to you via email.

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