The first time I heard someone utter the words, “Photography is all about the light”, I kind of just stood there, blank faced, confused. Not quite certain. Really, the light? What about the camera, the lens, the location, what or who’s being photographed? I had a LOT to learn.
Luckily, I’m ok with that. Learning, that is.
Over the years, I think I’ve started to define my style. So from shoot to shoot, you should be able to see consistency in my work. That consistency, is my style. When I’m photographing people, I’m happiest just before sunset. I like natural reflectors – Ground that’s tan or light in tone for example. I love to shoot into the sun – Not everyone wants that, but that’s ok. If you follow my work and like my style, you’ll like it too.
For the most part, I don’t like using flash. Of course, if I need to, I do. That goes without saying, but generally, if I can, I use only natural light. That’s where I’m happy.
Naturally, once the sun sets, lighting options are limited, and it’s because of that, I have done flash and lighting workshops before. At wedding receptions, I have 2 Off Camera Flashes on the dance floor, as well as a flash on my camera – Workshops and tutorials to date have made sure I’m equipped and understand how to best utilise my equipment for those situations.
Now cue Kobus Tollig. I’ve been following Kobus’s work for a long time and what’s always struck me is the way he mixes his use of Flash and natural light. There are other photographers that do that, but (and it’s only my opinion) very few of them, get it to look natural.
Kobus however, has managed to make photographs taken with flash, look as though it’s been shot with natural light, and well, that makes me pay attention. When he announced that he’d be running another round of workshops this year, it was a no-brainer to sign up.
That workshop took place on Saturday. During the first part of the day we covered the basic principles of light and he used studio lighting to show us practical examples – We then took turns to photograph the very talented Bia using different lighting setups before covering some more groundwork.
After lunch, we focused on the theory of off camera flash and then armed with our flashes and stands, we made our way outdoors for more shooting. There is just always an awesome energy when you get to work around other photographers.
If you’re interested in learning more about lighting and using your flash off camera, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Kobus’s workshop. Seriously, he is a great guy and really good, patient teacher.
These are some of the shots I managed to capture during the course of the day – I just want to add that I generally do get involved during a shoot and help whoever I’m photographing get comfortable and help them out with posing etc, none of that was necessary here – Bia just did her thing, we positioned our flashes and then moved around and she posed and changed things up continously.
She looks cool & calm hey…. Which is impressive since this is what she was actually dealing with.