In this one-on-one workshop with Mario Guzman, I explored 4 different lighting techniques:
- I used the sun as the hair light and the reflector as the main light
- I used the sun as the main light and the reflector as fill
- I used the omega reflector as our main light and the speed-light as the hair light
- I used the flash as the main light and the ambient light as fill.
For more on these techniques and other educational/useful tips, you may view my YouTube channel. Mastering these techniques requires repetition and proper application. That's right! Practice. If you don't intend to put in the hours it takes to enhance your technique and augment your skill-level, you may as well not invest any finances in attending workshops; without thorough investment and dedication, you will not gain any additional knowledge or get any better at your chosen craft. With the advent of smart-phones, and the smorgasbord of social media, it has become commonplace for some individuals to be easily convinced that they are photographers. So, what makes you a "professional photographer"? Better than the millions of "photographers" out there? It's certainly not the camera or all the gear you have or even knowing lighting. What gives you the edge and finesse, is your hours of work and mastery of all the techniques that encompass being brilliant at your craft.
While I am not a master photographer, I take pride in the earnest I apply to curate my craft and the work I put in. In these one-on-one workshops, it's my goal to inspire attendees, show them techniques that I have learned overtime, which have worked for me, and instruct them on posing techniques that will bring out the best in their subjects.
Thank you to Milica Guceva and Quionna Byrant for being our wonderful models for this workshop. I also want thank Thang Ryan Le for assisting me on this workshop. Big thank you to Wayne Myers for BTS video. Lastly, thank you Mario Guzman for attending, I hope you were able to walk away with some valuable information that you can apply on your future photo shoots.
Here's what Mario had to say about the One On One Workshop:
"Being in this workshop with Ernesto was a great experience. Ernesto took the time to teach skills like using sunlight to illuminate the hair using a reflector as the main light. As a beginner in portrait photography, I thought that sunlight is used as the main light. Seeing the results of the techniques that Ernesto taught me I realized how great it is to manipulate light. Also learned how to use the sun as the main light and reflector as fill light. Ernesto is a great photographer and teacher of photography. I participated in some workshops with him and it's always a great experience."
One last point, light is light, you can create great images with just a camera and any beautiful quality of light, so don't get caught up with expensive lighting equipment. In this workshop, you will notice I didn't use any expensive strobes; I used the sun, a reflector, and a single speed-light.
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