Thanks so much for the class. I learned so much from everyone. Thank you for sharing your knowledge in shaping light and working with models on location. The polaroids were a great way to show how to use the light with modification. Some simple things that were so helpful for me were to expose for the model’s skin and not the background, overexpose slightly to smooth the skin and bring that subtle pop to the face, and, most importantly to simply see the light on people’s faces. Working in my studio, with plain white or black backgrounds, I give all my attention to the way the light plays across my model, but when I’m on location, I tend to fall in love with the background and give most of my attention to placing the model compositionally. It was so nice to be reminded that most of my attention should be on the model. I struggled with that all weekend, but at least my attention kept coming back to the model. The models were very helpful in their feedback to me about how I interacted with them. And I learned so much from the other photographers, Michael and Bart were particularly helpful in pointing out lighting and background. I loved the fast pace and the variety of models and environments. I would love to take this class again.
May 10, 2012