Before you use the studio strobes–See the light first

Nikon D4, 85mm ƒ/1.8G, ISO 5000, ƒ/1.8, 1/250

Today was the first class of lighting I was teaching to the School of Photography at the University of Nations located in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. I asked one of the students to be my model.

Bethany is helping me as the model for the first assignment on Rembrandt lighting using just one light with a 10º grid on the Alienbees studio strobe.

The top photo here is the first photo I took showing what the fluorescent room light looked like before we used lights.

Nikon D4, 85mm ƒ/1.8G, ISO 12800, ƒ/1.8, 1/250

The first thing I did was turn all the lights off in the room except for the modeling light that is on the Alienbees with a 10º grid on it. Rather than jumping into shooting with the strobes I showed the class you can see what you are going to get with the strobes using the modeling light.

Here you can see the triangle on the cheek which is the classic Rembrandt lighting with a little twist of me not shooting her looking straight on but slightly behind her.

To see the rest of the assignment you can go to an older post that walks you through the Rembrandt light exercise. here is that link

You need to see what you are trying to create first before using flash.

Photography Workshop is the best way to learn photography

Fuji X-E2, XF 18-55mm, ISO 6400, ƒ/2.8, 1/60

I am really enjoying teaching here in Hawaii.  So you don’t feel sorry for me soaking up all the beaches and warm weather, we are inside much of the day in class. Here the students are working on their assignment for 1:3 lighting ratio.

If you want to see their assignment here it is in an earlier blog post.

You will need to come back next week where I hope to post some of their photos.

Fuji X-E2, XF 18-55mm, ISO 6400, ƒ/2.8, 1/140

No matter how much I told the students it wasn’t until they started shooting did they come to see if they really understood the concepts.

The cool thing is I don’t jump in and help them. I let them work in small groups and teach each other. You see when they teach something they just learned they are now synthesizing the information.

If you just listen to someone you are probably only getting about 5% of the content. If you read about it then 10%, but when you start practicing you are now in the Kinesthetic level of learning and the average recall of the content after 24 hours is 50% or better.

You see based on research you will retain what your learned when you have hands on learning and get to practice. You will retain 75% of the content.

For those students who helped their classmate understand a concept that they just grasped then they will recall 90% of that concept the following day.

Give me a call. I do personal one-on-one workshops or you can have me come and lead your camera club in a hands on workshop.