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Monday, April 2, 2012

Weather seems to always be a little gremlim of mine. The Draksneberg workshops are often made all that more interesting by the vagaries of mountain weather. Ah, but so too can the weather wreak havic on the seemingly benign outdoor photography with flash workshop that was held this last weekend in Durban. In the end it wasn't really outdoor, but rather a mixture of under a veranda and indoor to escape the buckets of water that descended from the heavens in a seemingly unending stream. So it is with photography shoots, which in itself was a valuable lesson for the photographers attending the shoot.
Originally we had intended on shooting in Durban's beautiful botanical gardens, but obviously the weather put paid to that. Enter the magbificent generosity and hospitality of two of our models, Pippa and Bevan who opend up their wonderful historical iron and tin home in Durban. A group of damp photographers descended on their veranda armed with wet light stands and a plethora of light-modifiers. 

To say that the photographers performed well would be an understatement. We set up various lighting setups and looks for our four models Natascha, Linda, Pippa and Bevan, which all the photographers had a chance to experiment with. What I loved though was the way in which each photographer was able to make a particular lighting setup their own. 

Time flies when you are having fun supposedly. It flies even faster when you are working with fantastic models and far too many lighting scenarios (note to self...may be I should be less enthusiastic on the number of setups for the next workshop....nah).

Herewith are some of the images by the workshop attendees as well as some of the setups as they were being shot. Equipment used was fairly simple with no more than three hot shoe strobes being used in any of the setups. The object was to learn how to create big light with small strobes (apologies to McNally), which the photographers handled with aplomb.

With that now behind us, the next flash workshop will be 'one flash wonder' workshop - dates to be provided soon.

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