Daily Critique / Image Review: 1-17-17

Daily Critique / Image Review: 1-17-17

This is an ongoing feature of Lighting Essentials, a Place for Photographers.

We will be looking at images on a consistent basis. The images will all be work from my 8 Week Workshops or Project 52 Pros. These critiques will be short, but very informative and full of lighting, composition, and professional tips to help you become a better photography.

Note: we are focused on commercial and editorial photography, not consumer work.

Our Photographers.

ANNE STEPHENSON

DUCK UNITAS

KURT MOORE

MELISSA VAUGHN

For more information on upcoming classes, check the workshops tab above.

Daily Critique / Review

Daily Critique / Review

This is an ongoing feature of Lighting Essentials, a Place for Photographers.

We will be looking at images on a consistent basis. The images will all be work from my 8 Week Workshops or Project 52 Pros. These critiques will be short, but very informative and full of lighting, composition, and professional tips to help you become a better photography.

Note: we are focused on commercial and editorial photography, not consumer work.

“Lighthouse: Maine; A Photoshop Twist

“Lighthouse: Maine; A Photoshop Twist

Lighthouse: Maine Coast at Sunset

A Lightroom / Photoshop Video

I recently rediscovered this image from a shoot I did in Maine a few years ago. I really wanted this image to work, but after trying it several times it just didn’t have the snap I wanted.

A few days ago, I was revisiting that shoot for a client and found the image. It suddenly dawned on me what I had not been able to do before. I needed a focal spot of light in that otherwise dreary flat ambient.

By deciding to play up the lighthouse and give it a sense of lighting itself, the shot came alive. Some of my P52 folks wanted to know how I did it, so I prepared this video. I hope you enjoy it.

I am not a Photoshop guru.

The shot as it was made. Super flat light, yet I just knew there was an image hiding in that capture. I just wanted it to reveal itself to me and one day – it did.

Processed in Lightroom and Photoshop. This is what the image needed all along; a focal point for those leading lines and something to bounce the lovely soft sunset light.

VIDEO BELOW

Announcing Lighting Essentials V4

Announcing Lighting Essentials V4

INTRODUCING LIGHTING ESSENTIALS V4

LIGHTING AND MORE FOR SERIOUS PHOTOGRAPHERS

Here we start the new year with a bang… a big bang.

Lighting Essentials has always been a quiet site for a select group of serious photographers and that will not change. However, I have decided on some new content ideas for the upcoming year.


MY LIGHTING WORKSHOP

A couple of years ago I traveled around the country giving lighting workshops to photographers on long weekend sessions. It was rated as one of the best 13 workshops in the world by the readers of Photo District News, and I had a blast doing it. Meeting wonderful people and doing photography for full days at a time was a very exciting time.

I am putting the workshop online. One assignment per week.

The assignments mix learning and creativity and all of the work is based on my “Subject Centric Lighting” approach to working with lighting. Students can start and stop at any time, and there is no charge for this class.

Although one assignment per week will be added, there will be lots of peripheral information added.

The goal is for the photographer to be able to understand how light works, and what light to use to produce the look they want to achieve.

This is NOT a ‘put the light here and shoot’ workshop, although there are some technical points that should be followed. This is a comprehensive approach to lighting that will give any photographer a solid base / intermediate knowledge of lighting.

Class starts on January 2, 2017. And again, it is free.


COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY IMAGE CRITIQUES

This will be an ongoing part of Lighting Essentials. It is a critique and lighting discussion of some of the best shots from my Project 52 Pro group. We will deep dive into how the images were made with lighting diagrams and BTS shots to explain how they were done. This will be an incredible experience for any photographer who is thinking about going pro in the commercial world.

We will most likely not be discussing a single wedding, senior, baby, maternity session for the entire year. That is consumer photography and it is not what I know. I only teach the stuff I know and don’t go near the stuff I don’t know. Besides, at last count there were slightly more than a million places to learn about wedding photography. But not here.


A LOOK INTO GOING PRO: I CALL IT “THE GRIND”

I plan on kicking ass, taking names and doing it again in this area. Look, if you want to go pro, it is really goddam hard and it is necessary to dig deep and find ways to get stuff done.

This will be a mix of assignments, research, and business acumen. This is for a select group of course, and you will do the selecting yourself. There is also no charge for this.

My CreativeLIVE Table Top Class to be rebroadcast!

My CreativeLIVE Table Top Class to be rebroadcast!

What does this mean to you?

It means you can watch it free, no charge, toll exempt, dinero not necessary!

Consider it a Holiday Gift from the great folks at CreativeLIVE and your host here at LE.

From the CL class page:

Basic Product Photography.

Don Giannatti returns for a special workshop on tabletop product photography. Don starts with an introduction to tabletop lighting – tools, scrims, DIY gear – and how to organize your shoot around a tabletop to bring everyone up to speed. Then Don will teach you the basic concepts of Tabletop Product Photography. Finally Don will ramp up to more advanced topics adding extras such as kicker lights, snoots, and grids that can bring your work up a notch.
Here’s the link. And make sure you get the handouts… they are pretty cool. 🙂