What a summer it has been. Wait, it’s FALL???!! As I sat here working on high school senior orders whilst editing a fashion shoot, I realized that I haven’t posted to my education site for a long time. Bad Michael! So here’s a quickie until I can get some more time to rustle up an instructional or two.
I recently had the pleasure and honoring of teaching at the prestigious Georgia School of Professional Photography. GA School has a 47 year history of providing in-depth, hands-on instruction in a small group setting. It’s one of the best ways to learn new skills or to finely hone your craft as a professional photographer.
My class was “Shoot to Thrill…Today’s Seniors” and it focused on all aspects of creating and running a successful senior portrait program. From lighting and posing, to packaging and pricing, to marketing and sales, I covered it all. And of course, I busted out the speedlights for demonstrating both studio and on-location lighting. All of my studio lighting traveled with me in a Pelican 1510 case — small enough to fit under an airplane seat, and tough enough to be checked (yikes!) as well. My kit consisted of 5 Godox/Neewer 850 speedlights, a Godox AD360 super speedlight, 2 Canon 600EX-RTs, and one Canon 580EXII. Below are a handful of images from class, most captured with speedlights, with a mix of manual and eTTL. Plus, there are a couple of natural light shots tossed in as well…can you spot them? By the way, these images are all unretouched and straight out of Lightroom. Get it right in camera, then simple post processing in Lightroom can make your images really rock. Enhance…don’t fix. Okay, enough of the soapbox lecture.
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