Announcing the 2nd Location Portraiture & Lighting Masterclass in Varanasi, India

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I am pleased to announce the second Location Portraiture and Lighting Masterclass in Varanasi, India. Well, ok it’s really the second time we’ve run the class, but the first time we’ve used this name. I am teaming up again with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Guru and Wizard of Light Piet Van den Eynde. We will be releasing full details in the days to come. But let me assure you this will be an amazing class! Piet and I have been working all winter hammering out the details to make this class one that will be both highly educational, exciting, challenging and memorable and I think we have succeeded. We will be covering techniques and skills that are often skipped over on other workshops of this price or length. We will be covering the broad topics of: Continue reading

Sit, Watch and Shoot

f/7.1, 1/40 sec, at 70mm, 100 ISO, on a Canon EOS 5D Mark II

f/2.8, 1/250 sec, at 75mm, 100 ISO, on a Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Today we had a great day. We did what we call a “dry run”. A dry run is where we run part or all of the tour we will be doing to see if there might be any issues with time or logistics. So, today David, Gavin, Ami Vitale and I ran the Nizamuddin section of the workshop. It was a great day and I felt like I found my “pace” so to speak. At least for this day. It was a real pleasure to shoot with Ami. She is a fun and talented photographer and she fit right in with the three of us, which is scary if you know David, Gavin and me. We are are a few cards short of a full deck.

As I said, we went to the Nizamuddin Dargah and spent two hours just sitting, watching and shooting anything that struck us as visually interesting or that spoke to us in some way. I was reminded again how important it is to slow down and not do the “hit and run” approach to street photography. Slow down, wait. The same spot might yield several images. Case in point; The green door of the mosque in Nizamuddin. The door opened up to a red wall and it was visually stunning even by it self. But wait long enough and someone is eventually going to come into frame. It is true, good things come to those that wait.

Gavin made a great point yesterday in his blog on how colorful India is. It really is amazing the splash of colors everywhere. These images go a long way to prove his point.

Tomorrow is officially the first day of the workshop. Everyone is here and we are excited to see what is in store for this next two weeks.

f/2.8, 1/50 sec, at 85mm, 100 ISO, on a Canon EOS 5D Mark II

f/2.8, 1/100 sec, at 125mm, 1000 ISO, on a Canon EOS 5D Mark II