Last week I flew east to Dallas, Texas for a jammed packed 3 day hands on event called After Dark. Over 200 photographers gathered to learn from mentors and each other. It is a time to get creative, take advantage of the talent around you and try new things till the early hours of the morning.
One of my goals was to become familiar with studio lighting to see if this could be an area to venture into. Being an on- location natural light photographer I have had little experience in a studio. There is something special about calling the outdoors your studio. It is permanently lit by the best possible light source and has endless back drops to choose from.
While at After Dark I made sure I took advantage of using the studio lighting set ups, video lighting and speedlights. I listened, asked questions and by the time 3 days were up I had a much better sense of what means of lighting resonates the most with me. I felt limited while using studio lighting and being in a closed space had a smothering feel. When I step outdoors into the sunlight I feel an excitement and come to life with my camera. Getting my clients to do the same makes it all the more exciting. I want to become more at one with the light that comes through my camera and I do plan to bring in some occasional additional lighting using my speedlights ( flash) .
It was a pleasure to attend After Dark and I highly recommend it to other photographers who what a fun learning experience.
Below are some of the photos I created while working with several mentors who generously shared their knowledge and talent.
Check out this video from After Dark Dallas