This coming Sunday, January 22, I host two Lightroom courses at my home studio. Small size, only a few students (4-5 max).
… and part 2: https://www.meetup.com/Brantford-Photography-School-Meetupome-join/events/236919051/
Who is this for?
For you, if:
- You have always wanted to use Lightroom effectively.
- You are not sure how to set it up: where to store the files? How?
- You are always losing files.
- Importing is a big gamble: you always end up with things more confused than before you started.
- You see question marks meaning “can’t find file”.
- You wish you . could make your own presets.
- You still use Photoshop for editing, but you wonder if it is doable in Lightroom.
- You, too, would like to edit your shoots in one fifth of the time it took you in Photoshop.
- You get the big picture but it’s the tips and tricks that elude you.
- You know a lot of functions, but you’re not sure when to use them.
- You want to learn an effective workflow
…and so on. Come join me; bring a camera and a laptop and, if you have it, an external drive, and I’ll set it all up for you. Lightroom is the way to manage your files, and to edit them and to use them: in one day, learn how.
Follow the links above, or contact me to reserve your spot. Only 4 students allowed, so hurry before it’s full .
Sign up now: there’s time and space to learn all about flash. A model and make-up artist will be supplied for the workshop I am teaching on January 28 in Toronto. In this workshop, from knowing “nothing”, you will learn creative flash in half a day.
Recent single flash shot. Studio settings; manual; off-camera; 1/8″ grid.
And this includes:
- Setting up your camera for flash.
- Why use flash when it’s bright outside?
- TTL or manual flash: Why go manual, and when?
- Speedlights or studio strobes?
- What are the limits to using speedlights?
- Modifiers: gels
- Modifiers: grids and snoots
- Modifiers: softboxes and umbrellas.
- “Magic recipes”: shortcuts for outdoors, indoors, and studio flash.
- Common mistakes – and avoiding them.
- Off-camera flash: How? Why?
- Using radio triggers (which ones?)
- Secrets of creative lighting – examples with model and make-up artist.
You will leave with a few great portfolio shots, but also with an understanding of, and “quick start” recipes for, handling each flash situation that you will come across.
This course is intended for everyone from beginner to pro. What you have in common is that you have an SLR camera, you know little about flash, and you want to learn all about it. Bring your camera! If you have a flash, bring it; if not, no worries: everything is supplied.
There are spots left but space is limited, so sign up now.
A quick update to my review of the Alpine Labs Pulse Camera Controller: several of my reported bugs have been fixed in the current version. The LED brightness, for example, now visibly varies when you use that function.
I shall report in more detail soon; for now, at least make sure that you upgrade your device if you bought one.
…theme Hippie Chick: tomorrow, some words about make-up artists, props, and themes. Now back to shooting.
“How do I get a blurry background?”, asks a student.
OK… so if you want a blurred background, as in a portrait:
- Focus accurately (using one focus point?) on what should be sharp. The eye of your subject, for example.
Then, use some combination of:
- Get close to your subject.
- Zoom in on your subject.
- Use a longer rather than wider lens.
- Use a lens with a large maximum aperture, i.e. a low minimum “f-number”. (Most prime lenses and most pro lenses are like this).
- Use a low f-number
- Use “portrait mode” (which uses… a low f-number!).
- Have a distant background
And that’s how you do that. As my students at Sheridan College are learning this semester.