Reflection on lighting, learning and laughter...

May 11, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
I recently had the pleasure of attending a workshop with Tony Corbell on lighting (www.tonycorbell.com). I reread his bio after the course, when I could fully appreciate the delight of being able to pick some useful morsels from the feast of knowledge he prepared for us. To give you an idea of how exciting he is, I took an excerpt from his website bio:
"Tony has been a photographer, an educator, and an author. His photographic works have been featured in publications throughout the world. While he has worked for some of the most discerning clients in the world, he is most proud of being acknowledged and included in more than twenty-five photographic books by other photographers. Tony has photographed three U.S. presidents, The Millennium Summit Meeting of World Leaders at the United Nations, sports celebrities, almost 800 brides and grooms, and a handful of NASA astronauts."

Over the course of 3 1/2 hours, he shared his experience and personal insights on lighting.  After a working conversation on key tips, pointers and techniques he wanted to highlight, we spend the bulk of the time "trying things out" together in a live studio setting.

 

As I've had a couple weeks to reflect on the many things I picked up from the workshop, I took a moment to thank Tony for his "game changing" workshop - at least it was game changing for me!  Since "vulnerability" is one of my focus areas for 2016, I wanted to journal this experience of sharpening my photographic skill and trade in the coming months and years.  This will give me something to look back and reflect upon:

Tony

Thank you for an informative evening. While I’ve shot nature and architectural photography for years, for the first time I’m trying to make a living (or partial living) off my craft. So, I’ve been trying to figure out what I don’t know but need to know, so I can take targeted workshops, online classes, etc. to supplement my “self trained” eye. It’s both scary and exciting. You were my first go at this - it was scary and intimidating to sign up for your workshop, and the first 5 minutes were nerve wracking because the voice in my head was saying either “You’re not good enough…” or “Who the hell do you think you are?” And right away, you put me at ease. While much of what you said about lighting was new to me, and some was way over my head, you shared your experience, tips and insights with such humility, clarity, and in enough depth that I could grasp some of it…probably more than I even realize now. But, I haven’t stopped talking about your workshop with friends and family - and am excited to start putting some of what I learned into experimenting.

Todd Fuqua


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