When a photographer decides that they are tired of having to over-edit their images to get the “look” they want and are REALLY tired of how much time they spend in editing, that is when they are open to finding a new way to do things. Do you ever feel that way? Maybe you love editing the few shots that are your favorites, but then when you look at the daunting task of editing your entire shoot, you feel a bit overwhelmed. All the while your kids are asking you to play with them (or, you wait until they go to bed and then get to work), and then you start wondering if this is really worth the effort.
What you really want is the below. Images you are proud of, that are finished and ready to send off to your client, and you want it to be easier! Well, it can happen and the real key is finding the natural light and using it really well. When we do that, the images almost edit themselves and your business starts to get a lot more fun! Here is a re-cap of some of the images I shot while teaching our Natural Light Workshop last weekend!
We started off the day teaching how to find that amazing natural light and where to look for it, and then had an amazing lunch right at our home with our 20 students. We had a great time getting to know each other, hearing about people’s struggles and joys in their businesses, and made some great new friends.
All of our students that attended got a copy of our IN-CAMERA Natural Light DVD and also our entire keynote slide-deck from the first-half of the day. Our goal is to have them leaving with every tool they need to go out and create amazing images that they love!
Now it was time to get out on-location and shoot some awesome shots in tons of different lighting conditions and show how we create great images no matter what hand we are dealt.
We walked straight into this alley for the first set-up and once I saw that sun bouncing off the brick wall to the left, I knew it would kick some nice light back into the little bushes and small trees and we could use those as some nice backgrounds. Even though there was not a lot of space, there was great light, and we ALWAYS shoot where the great light is. The following images were shot just behind where my (butt) is in the below picture. :)
Once I shot a few images, then I showed the students right on the back of my camera what I was getting once I used our Natural Light Photography System that we go through each time we shoot to get killer results that require very little editing.
Now we had the students go through the process of using all the tools and techniques we had taught them that morning, and they started getting some AMAZING images!
In the below iPhone image, you can see that we lost our good light bouncing off the walls, so we showed the students how to get great light even when it is coming straight down on top of their heads. We moved up this staircase and then shot down at them so our cameras could get a good angle on the good light that was there, but not able to be seen from standing down on the walkway.
For this image, I shot through the grated staircase to add this texture over the image and make it look more etherial.
We then had some nice light pop through the other side, so we had our couple walk in that direction for a few action shots.
Next up we wanted to shoot in some really harsh sun, so we found a tough spot with hard, direct light and used the Westcott Parabolic Umbrella to diffuse the it. What we demonstrated here, was how to get a low-key shot (where the background is very dark) and you do that by putting your light source (in this case the umbrella), really close to your subject. When light is in close, it falls off, or gets dark, very fast and that can help darken the background like you will see in the final image.
We then headed out to a great location to get some sunset shots! The sun was not down just yet, so we set up this fun shot by diffusing the sun, and then bouncing a little hard light back into the background of our subjects. The background trees stayed in the sun to create a hi-key image (where our subject is the darkest part of the shot) and it turned out really cool!
Here I just moved in close to get a portrait shot of just the bride sitting on the white couch. The Westcott Parabolic Umbrella was used here as well and it is one stunning diffuser!
Now the sun finally started to set, and used that golden-hour light to create some warm back-lit images of our couple.
This image is a panorama of 5 images stitched together to create a HUGE shot that is close to 80-100 mega-pixels in size!
For this last set of shots, I opted to exposure for the sky which had the warm glow instead of exposing for their skin tones. This helps to create an environmental shot where our subject blends in and it makes very romantic looking.
All of our students gave us 9.5 to 10 out of 10 reviews and we all had a blast at this first workshop we have done in over 2 years!
If you are interested in attending a workshop at our home in TN, we are potentially planning one more weekend of them in the spring, and if you want to be there, then sign up for our email list at the top of the blog or click HERE. This workshop sold out in less than 24 hours, so when they go live, do not hesitate as seats go fast!
A BIG thanks to all of our amazing students and we are so grateful to know you and have spent this time with you. We will see you all in the private IN-CAMERA Facebook group!!