October 25, 2023
There is a particular niche to posing families and children and groups that not every photographer can handle under pressure with a time limit and an endless amount of people to photograph right in front of them waiting. The trick is to keep calm and start with the most simple of photographs, the portrait, and build from there.
We will then loosen up the formal portrait to a more fun laid back photo session. It is here where I will show how to get your subjects to blend into their environment, and fashionize their look on camera with dynamic lighting and stylistic posing. By flattering our subjects with attention to detail and sweet talking them into a relaxed state of mind, we can create the best images of our subjects and give them a finished product that satisfies your creative energy and the expectations on the client’s final image.
Meeting expectations should be the prime concern of every photographer, and this workshop will give you the confidence to set up your clients with a repertoire of poses to run through while working with all your subjects. Ultimately this workshop will give everyone that watches you work, the impression that you can handle any group with class and competence every professional photographer should possess.
An introduction to Flash Photography starts with the right gear.
There are many systems on the market for sale. Everyone of them can light a subject. The trick is to find the right set up for you. Different features are available on different flash systems. First, what flash modifiers fit the system and are available to use? How is the system fired off by the camera? Is it a portable system (size & weight)? And, how powerful the output of the flashes are.
Some features of a flash system are simple, like setting the power output and how many flashes can be controlled at once. Other important features are what quality of light they create and the distance that it is effective on the subject. This can be controlled by Flash Modifiers. These are products placed in front of the flashes to create effects such as softer or harder light, controlled patterns of light or even colors of light. All these variables will have an impact on what Flashes you buy for your projects and assignments.
Once we have mastered the ability to use our gear well in any situation, we can concentrate on our subjects. Posing people in their environments, directing multiple people into place and flattering them with style and fashionable poses with lighting that makes your subjects pop off the page. Creating good compositions with subjects like food and products for sale will come easily once these techniques are acquired.