Workshop recap… a couple, both photographers, take a 2-on-1 light painting workshop.
Recently, Jim and Nancylee Mudd decided to take a two-on-one workshop to learn light painting. Teaching two students at once is a little more challenging than just one, but the Mudds were so easy to work with, and it turns out, so capable! The tuition for two students is less than that of a one-on-one, so if you have a friend (or husband / wife) who wants to do the workshop, you can save some money and attend together.
I love to see couples where each person has a different set of interests / strengths. In my own life, that is certainly the case. Vera is very detail oriented, has the memory of a 64 GB flash drive, and loves to clear things off of the “to do” list. I am the procrastinator, the creative type who puts things off, and I have a memory more like… uh… I’ve forgotten what it’s like.;-)
Nancylee was the computer-savvy half, coming to the workshop with a working knowledge of Photoshop, and Jim came to the workshop with no intention of using Photoshop at all! I was in a little bit of a quandary, as I’ve developed a wonderful workflow process that gives the light painting photographer a tremendous amount of control over the final image. That isn’t to infer a lot of Photoshop manipulation, but rather, speaks to how we mask in the light painted information from our captures, giving us a great degree of control over the final result.
I light painted images on film for 15 years, so I knew how to do everything in one capture, but I knew that the results are superior when we can light individual elements, concentrating on the best light for each element, then easily blending them together after the fact. I knew that Jim would be much better off if he were open to the idea of using Photoshop. He was ready and willing to do so, and took to the process quickly and well!
Here is Jim’s final image:
Photograph by Jim Mudd
Nancylee was very interested in learning to light shiny things, namely, glass. She chose some of my favorite glass props that I have here at the studio, and she did a beautiful job using nothing but a diffusion scrim and a small LED panel for those elements. Like so many aspects of light painting, things are simple when broken down, and learning to light a reflective object is no exception, but that said, Nancylee and Jim excelled!
This is Nancylee’s final image:
Photograph by Nancylee Mudd
Due to a couple of last minute cancellations, there are spots open for our next workshop! If you are spontaneous, and have nothing to do next weekend, join us and learn how powerful, trans-formative and beautiful light painting can be!