Light is language, and it has all the qualities of the written or spoken word: tone, color, emotion, inflection, and mood. It can be direct and harsh, or rounded and soft. The kind of light a photographer uses on location is intrinsic to the story he or she is telling, and we rarely have the opportunity to narrate our portraits while someone views them. They have to stand on their own and speak for themselves.
Join Joe McNally for five accelerated days of location and studio portraiture, exploring techniques to be articulate with light and tell good stories. To use light well, the photographer has to assess the location, match the light with the subject, work within time constraints, confidently wield their equipment, and, when needed, simplify confusing or difficult scenarios quickly so that they can define and execute an effective portrait. Employing both small flash and large strobes, we spend the week pursuing the use of light on location, examining light quality as well as light-shaping tools and gels.
Throughout the workshop, participants engage in lively and direct daily critiques. We also share a special meal to discuss business practices and survival issues facing photographers.
You come away from our time together a more complete and confident photographer, consistently able to achieve reproducible results in all kinds of light, locales, and conditions.