Just back from the last Interiors Lighting workshop, in Phoenix, AZ. Specifically, it was in the middle of nowhere Surprise, Arizona, about 30 minutes away.
17 photographers, two townhouses, about 50 lightstands and speedlights, assorted umbrellas, reflectors, and diffusers, and more Pocket Wizards/Cybersyncs/Wein Peanuts than you can shake a stick at!
We spent the morning doing a quick lecture followed by a demo shoot – Thomas Grubba and I walked through a living room shot step by step, with images showing up on the laptop as I made them. At each step we stopped and discussed the process, evaluated the photo, tweaked something, and shot again.
With that over, we split into two groups, one of which went with Thomas to another house, while the other stayed with me. People who were already comfortable with lighting worked on complex, multi-room shots downstairs, and those who were lighting interiors for the first time worked on bedrooms upstairs.
And me? I ran my legs off hustling up and down the stairs to check on everyone’s progress. And the progress was good – there were some killer images made!
After lunch and a quick debriefing session, we went back at it. People who worked with Thomas in the morning were with me in the afernoon, and vice-versa. Towards the end of the day we demo’d another, more complicated shot, and then wrapped things up with an hour-long open discussion/ Q&A session.
Followed by beers and Mexican food for those who still hadn’t gotten enough.
This was my fifth workshop, and I think I’m getting the hang of this. It’s incredibly fun to meet other photographers and spend a day shooting with them, and I’ve learned something new every trip out. People are approaching this whole genre from so many varying perspectives.
Some are just beginning to explore off-camera flash for the first time. Others are looking for ways to scale down from Hensels and Profoto equipment for their interiors. Putting them all in a room together, and shooting, makes for a very rich soup indeed.
The show goes to Raleigh next, followed by Denver, Bowie MD, and finally Houston. Register here, or just read more about it.