Scenes from a Workshop

In late October, a gaggle of photographers descended upon midtown Manhattan to make mischief and bounce around all sorts of photographic techniques. It’s always a bit of a trick to recap a workshop without re-teaching it, and when so many of the images were created primarily to teach some sort of lesson, but here are some slices of two fantastic days. I taught everything from lots of talky-talk about the business of photography to advanced techniques like the Brenizer method, flash composites, freelensing, intricate light-shaping, dealing with lack of time, different environments — even how to do an entire portrait session while the clients have to stand in one spot! (I had to deal with that one on a rainy wedding day this year).

Thanks so much to all the fantastic photographers who came, to Valerie, who came from Oklahoma and also supplied the dapper male model Brandon, but beyond all else thank you to Wendy, who made the studio look fabulous, who supplied models and who even posed before the camera herself in all of her jumping glory — and mostly for putting up with so many of us crazy photographers for a weekend.

Along the way we broke onto my roof and found out “Hey, this is pretty cool!” So we’ve all learned valuable lessons.

Want to hear more? I’m speaking at B&H on Thursday. It’s apparently sold out (which is nuts because this is the first time I’ve even mentioned it on the blog!), but there is a wait list. More workshops to come in the late winter.

Workshop Preview: Head in the Clouds

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I had a fantastic time at the two-day workshop I hosted this weekend — I was really honored to have it sold out even though I announced it with less than a month’s notice. Even with that, people still came from all over North America. We spent a lot of time working on themes of using new techniques and expanding old ones to push yourself and keep your work fresh and exciting, so that it doesn’t feel like work at all. We started Day 2’s Shootshop with Brandon, and I wanted to show off that one of the purposes of a flash composite wasn’t just power, but the way that you can use it to shape light with a dramatic falloff. Somehow I managed to focus my Noct-Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 while staring directly into the sun.

Lens: Noct-Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 AIS
Camera: Nikon D3s