Sometimes, I think I see light in the same way David Parker does …
And sometimes, I think I need to sleep more.
(Thanks to Jim Richardson on Twitter for the link.)
Last year, David Hobby and Joe McNally hopped on a big bus and spent 42 days wandering around America teaching folks how to use their flashes better. Now, you can buy it on DVD or a download you can play everywhere.
Is this the greatest thing you could ever get as a holiday gift? Well, no. For me, that would be a Leica M9 with a 35 mm Summilux … But that’d cost about $12,000. So this? Even at $100 is a really cheap gift.
From the site:
Join an all-star faculty on October 15, 2011 for an exciting day of presentations. Best of all, you don’t have to leave home to participate.
Available On Line if you’re busy the 15th, all presentations are video taped and will be available for review, whenever you chose.
Learn from the video examples of award-winning professionals as they demonstrate their storytelling process.
Go-to-tricks revealed for writing under the gun, shooting natural sound stories, reporting solo and shooting your own standups, and lighting under pressure.
Runs all day and is being done in conjunction with the Poynter Institute. Put on your most comfortable slippers and drag that laptop to the couch – $65 gets you access to some brilliant storytellers. That’s is you’re not a member – NPPAers get in for $55, student member admission is just $30.
Well, this entire lighting set-up is mainly to showcase … a sneaker.
Okay, it’s a soccer cleat. On the foot of one of the greatest players of our time. But … still, that’s a lot of effort for a dirty shoe, right?
My advanced class will be diving into lighting this week … not sure we’ll go this far, but who knows. If we can budget a trip to Paris to get a background shot of a stadium, I may try this …
(Thanks to David Hobby over at The Strobist for the lede on this.)
If I had more time with my kids, we might spend some of it on tones, color, contrast and how light and shadow affect all of those. Or maybe if I was a better teacher I’d find a way to fit it in. Along with color theory, lots of color theory …
Because then I could totally justify having them build something like this:
If you click over to the YouTube page and then on the Show More button for an explanation. It’s pretty cool.
Welcome to Monday …
(Thanks to the Strobist for the lede.)
I’ve never used this phrase, but William Neill has an entry talking about his favorite type of light … which is the same as mine.
A new phase to drag into the classroom.
Cool little video from SLRlounge on building a cheap lighting kit for studio use.
(Thanks to Lawton Howell for the lede.)
David Hobby, more commonly known as The Strobist, has launched a summer photo project/contest. You’ll get five assignments over the course of the summer, to be posted to a Flickr group. Each will need to be limited to two speedlights to keep the costs reasonable.
The first assignment came out this morning and it’s designed to get photographers out of their comfort zones. Students should pay attention and maybe try this, particularly those heading into the Advanced Photojournalism course this fall.
I usually reserve the big flash talks for the fall Advanced Photojournalism class, but we had questions in all of the classes over the last few weeks, so we decided to play a bit during class. Part of this was initiated by conversations about the Flash Bus stop in Atlanta a few weeks ago, part of it came out of frustration with trying to master flash on their own.
There are only a few people who will say they love flash – I’m one of them. Working nights for so long I usually didn’t have a choice and I became an expert at available darkness photography. I blew a lot of exposures, got a lot of surprises and learned a lot in those dark 283 and Wein slave days. But kids these days, they have it so easy …
I promised them some resources, so here they are:
To start, download In A Flash – a short PDF tutorial I built a couple of years ago for my students. It’ll walk you through the very basics of lighting for portraits.
Once your familiar with that, head over to David Hobby’s site, Strobist.com, and start working your way through his Lighting 101 lessons. Take on one every few days and you’ll be much more comfortable with lighting and have a lot of knowledge.
Then, to melt your mind, head to your favorite bookstore and grab a copy of Joe McNally’s Hot Shoe Diaries. The things he does with flash will melt your mind faster than we used to melt the emulsion off of black and white prints with 283s on full power. (Don’t ask, I don’t know why we did it, we just did.)
Photos after the break, just for fun …
Stanley Leary has become a great resource and friend to my program at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. I have him come in every year to talk about business practices, something he does extremely well.
He’s also started doing some video blogging, and the most recent one fits nicely with the next assignment for my intro students … a simple, elegant explanation of available light.