Reflecting on After Dark, Dallas, Texas. {Bend Oregon Portrait Photographer}

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.

Using 2 speedlights

window light

single video light

studio lighting

natural light

natural light and reflector

natural light and reflector

natural light and reflector

natural light and a diffusor

natural light

natural light

studio lighting

2 speedlights

2 speedlights

2 speedlights

window light

window light

window light

natural light

 

 

Check out this video from  After Dark Dallas

 

 

  • Ashley - March 6, 2012 - 9:58 pm

    Hi Jill,

    This is Laney’s mom (again!). I have been checking out the after dark FB page to see if Laney has any pics…saw the link to your blog. Wanted to let you know that I just adore them all!!! love how you captured her eyes, they are one of my favorite features! you are a very talented photographer! would you mind if i shared the photos on my family blog? i will share the link to your blog with them? love the pics and want to show family and friends! my blog is http://www.adamashleyjones.blogspot.com

    thanks Jill!ReplyCancel

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