Monday, March 26, 2012

I close my eyes and take a deep breath before switching the car to sleep.  I quickly gather my things hop out of my little egg of a car and make my way up the driveway as I survey this house before me.  As I wait for the answer to the ring of the bell I think over all that has brought me here.

This past Friday I attended a workshop. My first workshop.  After getting encouraged at the Fix last month I came back and I reached out once again to some local photographers.  One very generous photographer offered to meet me for coffee, a few hours later he invited me to a workshop he was having on lighting.  A few weeks later and that's where I stood on the front stoop waiting.

The other photographers there were more than friendly which was a relief but not a full relief.  I was there to learn but where was I on the learning curve?  Everyone says there is no such thing as a "stupid"question but we all know there are questions that make you look stupid.  Slowly as he poured over the information and questions were asked I realized that most the photographers in the room where in the same place as me. Some had consulted with some sales reps as to what to purchase but none were comfortable and set, and why would they be when we are there to learn. Why attend a workshop if you already know the information? It would be a waste of the teachers time and your own.

The best part of the evening is when we took turns modeling and shooting getting hands on use of off camera flash and I actually got to use a Pocket Wizard!  They seemed so intimidating when people talk about them but they ARE (yes, the other photographers are not lying to you) easy to use!

Here are a few sample shots of some of the lovely ladies from our wonderful workshop!






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22 comments:

  1. I am so glad you had a wonderful time at the workshop! Way to step out of your comfort zone and reach for the stars!

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  2. Sounds like an interesting workshop. How cool you got to experience both sides of the lens as well.

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    1. It was great! And the best part was it what the photographer's first so we got a great price!

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  3. What a great opportunity and perhaps you have made some new friends along the way. That's really neat.

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  4. So awesome that it worked out like it did!

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  5. great shots! sounds like such a helpful workshop! I know so little about studio lighting I probably would benefit from something like that myself!

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    1. I think the best part was the actually do it... I don't do well with telling but I learn so much better just doing

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  6. Oh I would so love to attend a workshop like this! I don't know what a pocket wizard is, so guess I'm going to google. Nice shots!

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    1. It is a "gadget" that you hook to your off camera flash and then get another for your camera. And so when you click a picture it makes the of camera flash go off... I don't know if that was clear but it is really simple

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  7. HOW FUN! I would love to do this one day. I wouldn't know the first thing about what I need to set up a studio & then what to do with it all once I bought it. I really need a class like this.

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    1. Well, I don't plan on getting a studio yet and I'm a much bigger fan of natural light then flash but good to know it either way though!

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  8. Love those photos. You did a great job.

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  9. Good on you. You never know if you are a workshop kinda girl or not if you don't attend one. And so much fun to try out new equipment.

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    1. It was a blast to get my hands on a Pocket wizard!

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  10. Is it just me, or have I seen that last lovely lady on TV? She looks like like Heba from the Biggest Loser!

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  11. That’s so cool! I hear what you’re saying about the no stupid questions thing. I’m glad you were all on a similar page so that you could just relax and learn. Sounds like a lot of fun.

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