For week ending 25-Feb-2012
I attended an off-camera flash workshop this weekend hosted by Derrick Story ( http://www.thedigitalstory.com). I've listened to his podcast, The Digital Story, for years now, and it was nice to meet the person behind the voice coming from the iPod/iPhone. He is as nice in person as he is in the podcast, not to mention very tall.
The workshop was well worth it and would recommend it to anyone. Derrick did a great job at teaching us the basics of off-camera lighting and showing us how to light objects and models. He also gave us advice on how to hire and interact with models, which was invaluable.
The workshop also exposed me to other photographers who had similar interests. I really believe spending time with others with the same interest can be very beneficial. I probably learned as much from those side discussions as I did from the workshop itself. Also, you got to see how the other photographers "see" their photos and how they interacted with the model.
The only drawback with spending that much time with Derrick and the other photographers is they tell and show you camera equipment that you are not aware of or you may want. It can be very expensive in the end. :-)
This is a picture of Ashley. Her Model Mayhem website is http://www.modelmayhem.com/1044970 . Ashley is a woman of many different looks. As one of the other photographers kept saying "there were three different women we shot today."
She was very easy to work with and knew how to pose with many different looks. We got to shoot her in different lighting situations (standard, clamshell and outdoor).
It was hard for me at first. I'm use to taking pictures of people with large cheesy smiles. Ashley gave us many looks: intense, far off dreamy, look through you, you're nothing to me, innocent, etc. She was just great to work with.
This is one my favorites of her. This session of the workshop had the lights in the standard set up (i.e. main, fill and reflector if you wanted). After getting those shots, I wanted to try something a little different.
I had one light at a very low setting with the umbrella closed a bit. I had the lens at f2.0 as I wanted to blur out the background. Ashley did the rest.