So I haven’t spent much time in the studio recently, and when I say recently I mean the last two years!
When I was teaching I was in the studio all the time, not only teaching but shooting as well. These days I dabble in the studio every so often. I shoot only the kind of work I want to (generally very dark and minimal) and more often than not my ‘studio’ is wherever I happen to be (love my portable lights).
When I received an email from Phlash Worx in Leamington to advertise their basic lighting courses, I initially paid it no notice. I know all of this stuff, I used to teach all of this stuff. But the more I thought about it the less of this ‘stuff’ I could actually remember. Don’t get me wrong, i’m sure I could figure it out in a crunch but why not take the pressure off myself and get a refresher.
So I spent a pleasant Sunday with Trev and Steph at Phlash Worx, the lovely Alex, our model for the day and 3 other keen photographers eager to learn.
Whilst I was more than comfortable with the session, it amazed me how much i’d actually forgotten. Some of it really silly stuff, some of it quite fundamental. You get into a routine of how you work and whilst that’s great when your’e doing a task regularly, some of the basic steps you skip through familiarity are necessary when you only perform a task infrequently.
Also it’s always good to see how someone else does it, even if that only shows that your’e doing it right yourself. I’ve always been a firm believer that you can learn always something new and as studio photography is as much about communication with the subject as it is about technical decisions, it was good to see Trev in action and see how he handles that situation.
An excellent day and highly recommended to learn something new or just to brush up on some skills long forgotten.