Update: 15th Dec
I’ve just received some edits from Mark Rawden who also attended this tuition day, so I’ve added his images to this post too. I’ve dropped them at the begining of the gallery, the first 9 images belong to Mark.
I recently held a small group photography tuition day covering various aspects of studio lighting and I thought you’d like to see some of the images taken by some of the delegates on the session.
We enjoyed a full day working with different types of lighting, to understand the different effect a softbox has over a umbrella. All in all we went through constant lighting and studio flash, using a wide range of different modifiers and accessories on each type of light. We frequently reviewed our images so we could see the differences and effects each lighting modifier had, as well as how each of us had taken their shots, it’s surprising how much variety you get even having constants such as the same model and lighting setup.
Being a small group, in this case 3 photographers, allowed each delegate time and space to learn at their pace, as well as learning from each other. I often find delegates learn as much from each other on these sessions as they do from me – so it becomes the best of both worlds. I make the sessions friendly and relaxed so delegates are not embarrassed to ask questions or say ‘I don’t get that’.
I’ve posted a few of my shots from the day just to show some of what was happening in the background, plus an odd shot that I took using one of the setups. It’s worth noting the image captioned ‘Delegates in a dark studio’ was shot at ISO 6400, F2.8, 1/40s on my Nikon D3 in what was indeed a dark studio! There was no direct lights used in this shot apart from reflected light from the single 150w modeling light on our model, who was positioned behind me. It still amazes me how much detail and how little noise the Nikon brings into an image shot under these extreme conditions.
Thank you to my delegates, Mark Rawden, David Fidler and Mike Hardley, who were kind enough to let me post their images on my blog.
Anyway enough of my chat, let’s look at Mark, David and Mike’s images…