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Advanced Photo Workshop: Natural Light

Natural Light Workshop from the Photographer-Artist series – by Sheila White Guevin

Establishing a strong foundation in light will forever change your photography. With “good” light, any camera, any person can create beautiful, memorable photographs.

Photographers, especially those who identify as artists, go beyond the perfect lighting conditions. We embrace the good light, the bad light, the bright light, the harsh light, evening light, and even dim light. What do we know that the average photographer doesn’t? We know that the secret to incredible photographs is in seeing the light and utilizing it to create interesting photographs.

In this workshop, we will explore open shade, back lighting, hazy backlight, dramatic sun-flares, rim light, heavily shadowed light, full sun, overcast sun, available artificial light and more.

All light is not equal, but all light can be your secret to creating interesting images. This workshop in natural light will push you creatively, as well as give you new tools, by increasing your technical knowledge and confidence. These tools will help you let go of any fears you have about controlling light. How exciting will it be to get the images you visualize in your head — into your camera?

Bonus sections with this series:
1) How light affects lens choice.
2) Distortion with a prism glass.
3) Feedback on your workshop photographs.

10am – Noon: On location at the ArtFarm Studios
Lunch break: My plan is to eat at a downtown location. You are welcome to join me at lunch to chat or you can take this time for yourself, to recharge.
1pm – 2:30: Photo walk with the instructor for hands-on work. We will discover how many light opportunities exist within a few city blocks and you will experiment with bright sunlight, open shade and shadows to create your own workshop photographs.

Note: Students should have a general working knowledge of their camera. It is best if students can shoot in manual, but at minimum — must know how to change basic ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed in Aperture Mode or Manual Mode. Students should have access to their camera instruction manuals at all times.