As you can see from our last post on traveling and packing the majority of our traveling burden can be blamed on our lighting equipment. What we choose to bring on any given trip depends on the goals outlined by the story and the shot list (on an editorial shoot) or the creative brief (on a commercial shoot).
The creative brief for this trip included outside sculpted portraits at night with gells and light painting, lit daytime action, product focused environmental lifestyle, and a variety of studio set ups. We’ll break these post down into 4 categories: On hill action, improvised studio, lifestyle, and creative (light painting etc.).
Unfortunately we can’t show any of the final imagery until Spyder’s 2012 product is launched.
One of the clients with whom we’ve enjoyed a long relationship had, on several occasions, indicated interest in setting up a beginning photography class in the Denver area for herself as well as some coworkers and friends.
This Sunday we reserved some class room space and made it happen.
The whole process was interesting, fun, and actually quite helpful. It has been over a decade since any of us took our last formal photography class and although we utilize the basic principles taught in photo 101 on an almost daily basis, they are rarely something we outwardly and consciously examine… certainly not in the depth and detail it takes to put together a curriculum and convey them to someone with little to no photographic background.
Creating the curriculum and visual presentation of the topics allowed us to reexamine on a base level what taking photos is all about.
We discussed everything from the construction and mechanics of an SLR vs. P&S, basics camera controls, details of aperture, shutter, and ISO, correctly exposing a photo, utilizing ambient light, composition, digital workflow, to considerations in buying equipment and software… etc. etc.
Everyone left with a better understanding of how to use the camera they already had, how to improve the photos they already shoot, and a renewed excitement and confidence in photography.
If anyone reading this has any interest in the presentation please say so in the comments and we can provide it as a PDF.