This weekend I taught my first class at the Rochester Brainery - my first in the big series of classes I'm teaching there for the rest of the year. This one was the Natural Light Photography class, where it focused specifically on finding, capturing, and controlling natural light. The class actually sold out, so I was really happy to teach to a full house.
Showing how moving around a subject can create drastically different shapes in light & shadow.
Using a tough subject (super dark with high highlights) to show how we can use tools to reduce glare and add/subtract light. The first photo is just with a black card, the second is with a black card & a diffuser, and the third is with a black card on both sides with a diffuser.
Showing a student (on their own setup!) how changing the shape of the subject can change the light, and how the light can change the shape of the object.
Showing how light can add and enhance natural texture.
Playing with direct light & exposure.
Using additional lights to supplement the available light.
Testing out the lighting on another student's setup, before we messed with the composition a little more.
I was really happy with the outcome of the class, but I'm still learning how to address everyone's needs in a really efficient way. Smaller classes might help with individual instruction, but I do feel like I got to answer a lot of peoples' questions. I really want to try small workshops at my house, especially when we finish the kitchen and dining room, but I'm not sure how many people would actually want to do it!
I've added more class dates on my Events page, if you're looking to learn about photography be sure to grab a ticket (and/or let me know if you'd be into small workshops with more individual attention!) :)