Continuing to learn

August 20, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Hello everyone!

Although the weather here in Michigan hasn't really felt much like summer (it's been unusually cool) I hope everyone has had a great summer!  I really don’t know where the time as gone, I can’t believe it’s almost September and the fall schedules will be in effect: school resuming, football, bowling leagues and quilting classes.  It’s been way to long since I posted a blog (over a year), so I will be mixing in topics that are from the past as well as what’s current as I post (in hopes of doing better at posting).  I must admit I wouldn't make it at being a journalist or author.

Well on with my blog topic: continue learning photography.  Today’s blog post is looking back on one of the ways that I continue educating myself in the world of photography.  Last fall I attended two of a three part workshop: Sandy Puc’ Hands-On Workshop, the first portion I attended was a symposium where the attendees were able to decide on the topics of what Sandy would teach/talk to us about.  We were encouraged to ask questions at any time during the symposium.  It was very relaxed and informative.  The second part was shooting in natural light, which I didn’t end up attending.  The third part that I did attend was where there were four other professional photography instructors along with Sandy that we could work with during the evening using our own camera equipment. The evening was broken up into three sessions, each of the photographers taught a different technique during each session.  The attendees were encourage to go with who ever they wanted for each session and could switch midstream if they wanted.

I ended up going with the same photographer, Damon Tucci (an Orlando wedding photographer) for each session, the first session he taught “looking for good natural light” as we walked around in the area of Crowne Plaza in downtown Detroit (where the workshop was held).  The second session he taught how he uses a video light adding to the ambient light.  The third session was with studio lighting.  The other instructors were Travis Gadsby (photographer and owner of Silverlake Photo Accessories), Brian DeMint (fashion/beauty photographer), Kevin Focht (commercial photographer), and the workshop organizer Sandy Puc (master photographer).  I attended this same workshop of Sandy’s last year, which I worked with Travis Gadsby (he is the only returning instructor) for one of the sessions, which was where the model was in the pool.  Travis did that same session this year along with one that included fire, but unfortunately with my not bringing a tripod I decided not to do the fire session since in involved a long exposure (slow shutter speed) to capture the image.  Brian DeMint does some really wild, imaginative, artistic work, which I don’t really see my doing, although I do like some of his work.  The fourth was Kevin Focht who did some very similar sessions as Damon, but each photographer has a different style of working.  Over all it was a great experience.  There were some amazing models that the photographers got to pick to work with, Nikki Martell, Monica Luisa, Jacob Pacek, Lexie Janda and Brittney Jackson (I didn’t get to work with Brittney but got a couple behind the scenes of her).  It’s a different experience working with models instead of my younger grandchildren.  It’s amazing when your subject actually does what you ask.  Lol  

Thank you for stopping by my blog.  Have a great day!

~Bonnie Fiser

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