Saturday just gone I was teaching the last in the present series of my UK based Photography & Photoshop Workshops.
No fear though as there’s some BIG news coming soon about a new mini workshop series that I’m really excited about Plus I’ll be teaching abroad over the next few weeks as well; be sure to keep up to date and get the details and dates well in advance by subscribing to my Free Newsletter here [Link]
Today though I just want to post a little about last Saturday’s Workshop which was held at the Wokingham, UK Studio…
The workshop was split in two with the first half of the day concentrating on the Photography side but before we started we spent some time getting to know each other and then moved on to talking about how I approach a photo shoot. We talked about the importance of having a theme, how to source props, working with models who aren’t professional and lots more before moving onto my preferred camera settings and how I use lighting.
The lighting side of things is something I love to talk about; explaining why lights are put in certain positions and why certain modifiers are used as opposed to there just being a fixed way of doing things. Certainly when compositing, the position and hardness/softness of the light is very important as the light is being used to mimic the lighting in the scene the model will eventually be composited into; so this is definitely an area to spend time on and get right.
We had a great bunch of people come along, all of whom managed to get in lots of shooting time with the two models we had along for the first half of the day; Mehmet and Kerri. Huge thanks to them both for being such fun to work with and so incredibly patient
For the second half of the day we were working in Photoshop going through workflow and as well as going through the whole compositing process including extractions, colour manipulation and special effects, I also went through a few techniques I’d never shown before.
Also there for the day was Phil Blewett who came along for free having won the competition I held in conjunction with Practical Photoshop Magazine last month. Phil will be writing about the day in a future issue of the magazine so I’ve already wired some cash over to him in advance; only kidding…promise
Of course following the workshop it was then off to the local curry house for a bite to eat, something cold to drink and a good ole chin wag. For me the social side afterwards is incredibly important; I just hate it when workshops finish and everyone goes their separate ways. It’s during this social time that we can all unwind and get to know each other better plus I find folks will also ask questions they may not have wanted to ask in front of everyone else during the workshop.
Huge thanks from me to everyone that came along and made it such a fun day; also to my Buddy Dave Clayton who took some time out from modelling duties this time around…I really did have a blast!
Right, I’m off to go and give my thumbs a rest so have a great day and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow,