I wanted something to bring back home in order to critique. Thanks to Parish Kohanim I now know enough to now go to that next level. Bounce light, reflective light, fill light, natural light . . . it was all there for the taking, if you saw it. So, when you look at these photos, please remember I am showing you the good ones out of the hundreds that I took, knowing even these can be improved.
I was really pumped up for the last couple weeks knowing I was going to this workshop. My first deep dive into photography lighting, let alone the general experience. Another reason for being pumped up, I have not had a vacation in over 18 years, and this would be the first time I have flown for fun rather than for business. All that single adrenalin was blown away and replaced with some triple adrenalin once I stepped in Parish’s studio.
My purpose of this weekend was to learn about what I did not know - photography lighting. Most all of my photography up to this point has been non-flash, and using available lighting in a plain way. The problem was, I did not know enough to ask questions. Gets back to my quote, “I know all there is to know, because what I do not know does not exist.” Very true in this case, so I spent most of my time observing to understand cause-and-effect, the techniques Parish and Canon were giving us, and techniques being used by my fellow classmates. Now I feel I can ask questions. Okay, a bit late, however this gives me the basis to grow from, study, experiment, to replace my prior unknown and fear with learning.
Before I get to far ahead of myself, here are the people I want to give credit to, that greatly inspired me and for whom I will always be indebted to . . .
The photos I am going to show I arranged and took myself. They have not been edited. I do have to credit the people above for helping where I lacked knowledge. The purpose was to study lighting, not to make a good photograph. This next photo was the first, with Kimberly. After taking it, I thought it would be all downhill from there. I did not know if it would get any better than this. You can be the judge . . .
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Each model was great in their own way; moves, look, eyes, smile. Mary Margaret and Kimberly were great sports allowing all of us to photograph them. It was a craze at times, like a swarm of worker bees around the queen bee. When we were outside, I think the public either thought we were all nuts, or these ladies were very special. I prefer the latter as the thought.
At the back of the next photo was where we were. We decided to move street side . . . however we were shuffled off later by the Hotel we were in front of . . .
Sunday morning was spent looking at our photos and how we used the lighting. There were quite a few good photos. I felt a bit of the underdog.
Sitting at the airport Monday morning the emotions of the weekend hit. I was so pumped with passion for photography, from learning and doing photography with Parish and Canon. I wanted, needed, to ride that high again. I remembered when Parish spoke up at dinner about what he was thinking of at the time, which was how beautiful the lighting was hitting everyone. Such an opportunity for photographing the people around. That evening, after dinner, I began seeing lighting effects in every scene on television. It was all clicking now. I walked through the Atlanta airport, seeing lighting opportunities everywhere. It was all clicking now. I remembered Mary Margaret and Kimberly, being so gracious and accommodating, allowing us to put them into the lighting and posing them to capture "Our" photo. It was all clicking now. The heart felt joy, the passion, overcame me. I did not want to leave. But I had too. So I cut the feelings off so I could get onto the plane. Out of darkness the decision was made . . . photography is where I want to be (but I still had to get onto the plane, to Baltimore then to Gettysburg, then after another week, home.)
A special thanks to Perish. For me I saw and had a taste of his passion, his philosophy of life, which I do share and will always remember. Parish could be my story, the person who impacted my change, allowing me to “see”, study the unknown in my photography, to continue going forward without rules. Now, Parish did ask that we break the rules. For me, I do not know what the rules were. Perhaps this is a very good thing for me. So I do not intend to research the rules, listen to rules, obey the rules. I will be rule-less in my photography, though admittedly I am at the infant stage of it. Hmm, guess infants do not know the rules either. We create rules for them to protect them. I don’t need no stink’n protection! (Okay, getting a bit goofy here.)
The cool thing about the Canon Live Learning workshops is they bring equipment for you to experiment with. I did not partake this weekend because I still needed to learn my own equipment, before I could even think about using something else. Thank you Canon for bringing this opportunity to me.
For more information on Canon Live Learning, click here.
And, thank you again Perish. I will need to hire more of your service to help me improve.
For more information on Perish Kohanim, click here.