Monday, January 19, 2009

Dobbs Ferry, Pt. 1

What a fun day. Lot's of great people, and I can't speak highly enough of Joe and his entire staff. They know how to take care of their guests. So I'm going to spend the next couple of weeks digesting the mass of information that Joe was trying to cram into everyone's heads. The related posts, including this one, will not necessarily be CLS/AWLS oriented, but instead focus on the lessons of lighting learned. Which of course can translated into speedlights.

The above image of Jasmine was early in the day. The focus was the quality of light. And while this particular shot was using multiple Elinchrom units the issue of light quality has to be addressed regardless of source. What modifiers are you using, and more importantly why? We started with one umbrella, and worked it using reflectors for fill. It works, and works well when you put thought into how you are using that umbrella.

You have to think about your subject. Would you want to light a big tough biker in this light? Why not? What would you do differently?

On that note, I may start an assignment series a bit (OK alot) like Strobist. They will be more like thinking assignments. I'm not going to give you a step A, B, C, etc. I want you to develop your own solution. So keep an eye out for these over the next few months.

So to wrap up a long day I want to say thanks to the models with whom we would have to shoot Joe all day, Joe, his staff, Adorama for not just helping out today but for helping photographers everywhere (including Joe's Ground Zero collection) , and last but not least Bogen and Mark for some seriously cool toys (Mark I want a 3-way bracket!)


Bill Bogle, Jr. said...

John, it was great meeting and shooting with you yesterday in Dobbs Ferry. While we did work with the Rangers most of the day, the speedlights in the cold basement showed off how much they could do. That green gelled speedlight worked better than the ranger.

I was great to play with all the toys, and have such great models (Thanks Jasmine, Katarina and Dawn), but the real plus was learning about the light, the approaches to a scene and background, the challenges, and the use of modifiers. If there was one thing I think that hit home the most, was the way Joe builds a shot, starting from simple known processes and adds or subtracts from there. It is much more direct and easy to follow than trying to jump into a huge light set up that is all wrong.

Glad to hear you made it back safely. It was a little dicey getting home. I signed up for your feed and will watch it.

Bill Bogle, Jr.

Jeff Edwards said...

I certainly enjoyed reading about your escapades with McNally. Thanks for posting your experience. Look forward to learning more.

Jeff Edwards