Natural light is beautiful. It can be harsh, soft, direct or reflected, dramatic, romantic, and more- but it cant be predicted. Overcast days are soft light no matter what. After the sun sets, natural light is gone. It’s scarce indoors, too. Electronic flash is available anytime: night or day. Indoors or out. It’s all a matter of learning how it works. This class will be about creating any kind of light- harsh, soft, dramatic, or romantic, at any time of day, even in a dark room, thanks to versatility of electronic flash. Professional photographer, Sigma Pro and Dynalite VIP Kevin Ames will begin by explaining how to recognize the qualities of light and understand how they are created, and how to use a light meter to get the correct exposure every time.
With that background covered, Ames will create harsh light in a live demo with a model. Using what he calls, “full disclosure lighting and exposure” he will project the photographs on the classroom’s screen along with the camera’s RAW readings which he will use to refine color, contrast, and exposure. He will explain controlling contrast with light, then how to soften the light for romantic effect. Background brightness is another consideration. Ames will share how to know exactly what value a background will have in a photograph before it is taken. He will demonstrate simple tools to correct color and refine exposure that work with flash or natural light, taking the guesswork out of setting these important controls.
This class is scheduled for Saturday Oct 26, 2013 from 8:45 AM to 11:45 AM in room SA1 of the Jacob Javitz Center. It is perfect for experienced natural light photographers who understand exposure and want to add the control and versatility of electronic flash to their tool kits. It is also a great introduction to studio and location lighting. Beginner to intermediate levels.