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.