This past Sunday we ran a lighting workshop in Madison, NJ. The goal of the day was for people to better understand the power of light and how to better control it. The morning was dedicated to coming to grips with the flash unit you attach to the top of your camera. The best thing that one can do when using one these is to get the camera out of AUTO! This workshop discussed the many different ways in which one can configure camera and flash to get technically accurate and more pleasing flash images. Techniques discussed included bounce flash, directional flash, omni-directional flash, shoot-thru flash, and wireless flash setups. We then enjoyed lunch
The afternoon portion of the workshop allowed participants to put the morning’s lecture to practice with a hands-on photo shoot with a model we hired. Before the model shoot, we went over how to use studio strobe units, discussed their similarities and differences to electronic flash units, and discussed how to use a flash meter. Once all the techno-jumble stuff was out of the way, the next three hours were spent photographing a very sweet, very relaxed, and very experienced model named Bergelink.