Recap of February Light Painting Workshop

For those of you who receive the monthly newsletter, this will be a bit of a repeat, so apologies in advance…

It’s been a few weeks since our February Light Painting Workshop, but we’ve finally gotten around to putting together a recap  of what turned out to be a fun and successful weekend!

Unfortunately, one of our attendees was called away suddenly and could not finish the workshop.

Additionally, we’ll be officially announcing the April 2011 Light Painting Workshop in the next few days.

As a side note, a recurring theme that comes up in many workshops is that the weekend is intended for learning how to make great images, but the goal is not to make great images during the workshop.  I try to emphasize that when the goal is to make a “masterpiece”, one’s focus changes, and learning can take a backseat. When learning is the focus, students experiment with different surfaces, lighting techniques and subject matter. And my aim is to empower the student to be able to make great images after the workshop is over…”teach a man to fish”…

Back to the recent class:

I’m always amazed at the enthusiasm people have in creating a challenge for their first experience in light painting, and this workshop was no exception!

Lauren took an unusual approach in looking straight down at a composition that we normally would look at from eye level. She placed feathers in a small vessel, and arranged them in a vertical shape, much like a flower arrangement.  When seen from above, however, it completely changed into an interesting and very graphic look at the subject.

Photo by Lauren Jorgensen

Rich brought his own props and set up this tabletop composition. The surface quality that he reveals on the corn, garlic, shallot, and corn husks are just “silky”. His treatment of the background, with its great texture, brought out by the raking light, is really well done.

Photo by Rich Yura

Julian created a very ambitious still life, with the challenge of various kinds of surfaces… glass with liquid, chrome-like metal, etc.  His composition was also difficult due to the tightness and close proximity of the objects, making it a little difficult to physically get the light in where he wanted it.  Although challenging, the finished result is quite beautiful.

Photo by Julian Kornacki

Here is the photo I set up and lit as a demo at the beginning of the workshop:

Photo by Harold Ross

Roman and I both thoroughly enjoyed this workshop, and we are looking forward to the next one!

~ by Harold Ross on March 15, 2011.

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