The word "photography" comes from Greek roots meaning "drawing with light.” All successful photographers understand the language of light, and that to master the use of man-made light you must first comprehend light from the sun.
Santa Fe is graced with the most stunning natural light imaginable, and during week one of this two-week workshop, you discover how to wrap this beautiful light around your subjects. Photographer and educator Michael Karsh guides you through the process of seeing natural light—its quality, quantity, and direction—so it can be used to set the mood for your images. Daily assignments take you to interesting locations in and around Santa Fe to use natural light to make portraits of models and local characters. Once you are comfortable using sunlight, we move on to artificial lighting. From a single light bulb to an on-camera flash to multiple studio strobes, you learn to use the gear of lighting: exposure meters, slaves, grip equipment, and light-shaping tools and modifiers. You then work on several portrait assignments, putting into practice your newly minted skills.
During the second week, you are challenged by more complicated strobe light set-ups: using models in the studio and on location to refine your lighting skills, learning to make creative decisions quickly, and exploring post-processing techniques with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. As you build confidence in your use of strobe lighting gear, the creative process kicks in, and developing a personal style becomes second nature.
The possibilities for combining natural and artificial lighting sources are limitless, and perfecting them is critical to the success of your images. This two-week program provides you with the technical skills, the confidence, and the inspiration to take your photographs to places you have only dreamed of.