Natural Light Journey |
It’s way too early on a Saturday morning in Belgrade, MT. I’ve got this, I tell myself! I am a member of Montana Professional Photographers Association and I will learn new techniques this weekend at my first photography workshop-a Natural Light Journey. When I finally pull into Helena, I start to get nervous. I have never attended a formal photography training. All of my skills are from practice and research. I am going to be in a room with a 25 or so professional photographers from around the state of Montana. Am I good enough to be in this room? What will they think of my work?
NATURAL LIGHT WITH CARL CAYLOR
The instructor for our workshop is Carl Caylor, a natural light photographer from Michigan. Carl is entertaining and down-to-earth, just what I need in an instructor. As soon as Carl starts speaking, I learn something new. I have always known that photography is all about lighting, but I never knew there are so many different types of light – natural, split, short, broad and Rembrandt light. I take many notes to help me understand which types of light will result in a specific mood on my subject. In addition to learning about lighting types, Carl reminded us that a photo should tell a story.
SANDERS BED & BREAKFAST
Seriously! I get to take photos and learn about lighting in a Victorian Bed & Breakfast! WOW! Of course, I am nervous because there are so many other photographers in the room. I observe all the other photographers working with the models and mentally take notes, lots of notes. One of the other photographers uses a reflector to show how slight movements play across the model’s skin. I stand in awe because it is so easy! I take a number photos and excitedly check the back of my camera. WOW! I took those!
CRITIQUE AND COMPETITION
Sunday morning, we turn in five photos for critique and one photo for the print competition. This group of photographers seems to be varied in skills and it seems like a safe place to learn. I am nervous to hear what the judges think of all of our print competition and critique photos. Carl critiques each photo that was submitted and provides valuable feedback on lighting and composition. When it comes to the print competition, I receive a 76 (Above Average)! WOW! I was hoping for a 50! A lot of the other photographers were at that same score so I was pretty excited!
What an incredible weekend! I learned so much and was so energized to conquer the photography world. Okay, maybe just the Gallatin Valley. I can’t wait to use my new knowledge to photograph families, seniors and weddings around Belgrade and Bozeman. So, now you know my story about my first photography workshop. I’d love to hear your thoughts about the photos from this session!