One-2-One Training – Paul
It’s always nice to mix with other photographers, and they don’t come more interesting and unusual than Paul.
Paul rides a motorbike…around South America…. and blogs and photographs his story: (http://horcamoto.com). He has recently been spotted by various biking magazines who are using his words and, more importantly, his images.
Now Paul understands his camera, (an Olympus Stylus 1) and he is good at putting it through it’s paces – he just wanted to hone his skills and learn a couple of new techniques to really make his images stand out; and I geared my course around that, with the understanding that he is returning very soon to Peru to continue his story.
So we did some composition and “high-sun awareness” work combined with off-camera flash – techniques that he can use at speed on his own with limited gear. With all that in mind, we also did a little film production work – another growth area for him and his articles in the Americas.
We didn’t have any toothless, but striking, old Peruvians to photograph, but we did have Amalia – a brilliant and talented model from down the road in Salisbury. The techniques for photographing people remain the same – it’s just how you apply the light to achieve the appropriate effect. In bright lights we used 4 stops of ND each time.
Every image we took, even in the studio, was lit with just one flash and a light-bender (small portable modifier.)