For those photographers who want to see some of the sample images created at Texas School, here’s the first part.
Once a year I speak at this big event for photographers called Texas School. It’s at the end of April and photographers from all over the US and abroad fly in to train and learn for an entire week. It’s always one of my favorite events, and part of my teaching style is to give photographers personal challenges using custom lighting while shooting models to see how they do.
To make the event possible, I’m sponsored by my wonderful lab WHCC, and all my gear, lighting, and equipment is provided by my good friends at ArlingtonCamera.
And while I’m teaching and demoing or showing various methods and procedures, I often need to photograph the models myself for a few minutes. I then use those images during the next part of the class (digital workflow with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom) to show how to quickly and cleanly retouch and create artistic effects.
Starting with a portable studio setup and this gal in her red dress. I really like these three images individually, but also think that together they would make a great trio design too. The deep blue background really makes her eyes and dress pop.
This next young lady was a twin, and I did some images of both sisters individually and some together. But here are two of her alone, shooting with a high school senior style.
And here are these two twin sisters together, showing how much they look alike.
We had some fun with this next model, including doing some creative artwork on the backgrounds.
This next lady with the pretty eyes is a professional dancer as you may be able to tell from her natural posing. And she is also the sister of a model I photographed the year before. I thought her dress and colors were very pretty and turned out really nice on this deep blue background.
And finally for this model, we walked around the hotel to find locations and backdrops that would be interesting, lighting her with mobile equipment. Putting her against this green vegetation really made her red hair and dress stand out.
And we closed with some of her sitting on the hotel bar, mixing artificial light with room light to both make her stand out while also getting these bar lights to glow.
There’s a lot more I could show from this event, especially images that I shot on the run on location with some cool vehicles. I’ll pull some favorites and post some of them soon. But in the meantime, if you’re a photographer and would like to get more training on lighting and photography, check out the training right here on my site where I not only have online training videos, but a schedule where you can come to a live workshop.
And until next time, America.