Photographers on assignment have to travel light, move fast, and face the daunting task of shooting with an economy of intent and equipment. This lighting workshop, held in one of the most beautiful settings in Mexico, emphasizes simplicity of approach and getting the most from a simple, transportable kit of gear.
All week, we discuss effective techniques for lighting on the fly using simple, portable light shapers that can be set up quickly but yield impressive, sophisticated results. We discuss all manner of field techniques, from evaluating locations to knowing how to distill a scene to its simplest pictorial elements, as well as maximizing small flashes carried in your camera bag. We address issues concerning color of light and light quality—whether it's hard, overhead Mexican sunshine on the street, open shade, or shadows and moody interiors. We explore multiple flash techniques, using both TTL and manual modes. Throughout, we use strategies such as radio triggers, line of sight, high-speed sync, and using found objects as light shapers.
Every day we engage in lively critiques. We discuss topics such as economic survival, artistic direction, and keeping creativity alive. Being detached from the "real world" in idyllic San Miguel de Aliened offers enormous opportunities for experimentation and growth as a photographer, as well as the chance to practice and develop essential lighting skills.
Includes double accommodations for 6 nights (single supplement available for an additional $480), breakfast Monday through Saturday, lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Sunday & Friday, and applicable model/location/materials fees. General Information for Workshops in San Miguel
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San Miguel de Allende
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
Advanced Amateurs, Professionals
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Working knowledge of digital workflow and manual mode on your digital SLR camera
Please see the Portfolios section of General Information for guidelines on your submission of recent artificially lit portraits.
Working knowledge of your flash is helpful but not required.
Double accommodations at Hotel Posada de la Aldea included. Single supplement available for an additional fee.