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Another Lighting Workshop

November 24, 2009

A couple of weekends ago, I was off to another lighting workshop. This one was courtesy of Don Giannatti. Somehow I stumbled across his Lighting Essentials blog about a year ago, and have been following along ever since. It was 2 full days of all out lighting, 8am to 5pm. Funny how the time flies by when you’re having fun. It was an intense weekend of learning. Don covered everything from studio lights and small flash, to umbrellas, bounce tools, light meters, beauty dishes, and working with models. I’m sure I’ve left something out. Don has been doing this stuff for a long time and has a vast amount of knowledge. He even ended the weekend with a session on ‘going pro’ if you were able to stick around. So Sunday didn’t end at 5pm, it was more like 8pm. Did I mention it was a long weekend? I learned a lot and am ready to start putting it to practice.

I have posted a few photos from that weekend. I will probably post some more once I have had a chance to sift through them all.


Getting Started With Studio Lighting

November 10, 2009

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of taking another course with Harry Nowell. It was a custom course, which was great because it gave Nathalie Madore and myself plenty of time to ask questions and try out different things. While it’s impossible to learn everything about lighting in a single day, Harry gave us a good base so that we would have the confidence to start shooting and building our comfort with studio lights.

The first part of the day covered a bunch of technical stuff including strobes, light meters and hot lights. The second part of the day had us setting up a couple of scenes to shoot photos of some models he had arranged to come in to the studio for us.

Though the time flew by too quickly, it was a fun day and I learned a lot. It was definitely a good start to kicking my fear of flash. Thanks Harry!

Sport Sessions Photo Challenge

October 10, 2009

This was one of the photo workshops I attended this summer that was led by local photographer Harry Nowell. It involved 3 nights of shooting and a follow up critique session. If you haven’t taken one of Harry’s courses, I highly recommend taking one if you’re looking for a photo course. He is a great teacher and his workshops are always fun. His workshops get a lot of positive feedback for good reason.

The workshop involved 2 nights of shooting a cycling race. Not only does Harry talk about photographic technique, but he also discusses the thought process that should be put into shooting an event. The final night of shooting was dedicated to photographing motion. We attached cameras to poles, carts and bikes. This is often referred to as point of view (POV) photography and it is a style I really enjoy. I hope to post pictures using these shooting techniques in the near future.

Below are a few shots from the cycling races.