Flashback Friday: Sandy Puc' Hands-on Photography Workshop

 

I’m really excited about this post today. It’s regarding my first ever Photography workshop that I attended in Washington D.C. I’ve wanted to share my thoughts about my experiences at the workshop for quite some time now but I didn’t have the platform to do so. Now that I have started my blog, it’s finally the perfect opportunity to share, even if it happened last year. About 5 months ago, September 19, 2013 to be exact, I had the opportunity to attend the Sandy Puc’ Workshop in Washington D.C. It was such an amazing experience. I was nervous, excited, scared, intimidated, and extremely anxious all at the same time. I didn’t know what to expect.

I’m usually an outgoing person, but when trying out new experiences I sometimes clam up and get really quiet. So this was new to me. I was finally going to be around fellow photography lovers who could share in the excitement of learning something new, trying new techniques, and geeking out over the images we were able to produce as a result of the great Photographers who were so willing to help us. When I walked in the ballroom I was greeted with smiles and I immediately felt at ease. All of my fears and anxieties went away. I was still a bit shy, but at least I wasn’t scared anymore. After a short introduction of the format by Sandy Puc’, attendees were able to break off into small groups with the instructor of their choice to learn each prospective topic.  The schedule allotted for about 4 hours of teaching time with a not including the dinner break in between. From what I remember there were 4 or 5 classes going on simultaneously in different areas of the venue each hour. So you had to choose wisely. Topics included learning different lighting techniques, business techniques, posing, etc. Needless to say I couldn’t be in 4 places at once so I had to choose. My first class I chose to do some natural light portraits with Photographer Courtney Dailey.

We went outside where she provided helpful tips and insight on how to work with the surroundings you have and make a beautiful portrait. We were outside in the parking lot standing in a patch of grass with a bush in the background. Out of this set up, I was able to take one of my favorite images.

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You wouldn’t be able to tell that we were on the side of a parking lot. Courtney was extremely helpful. She really took the time to answer all of our questions and genuinely wanted to help. Seeing her Photograph in action was really inspiring. I left there knowing that I could do it too. I can make great images. I was so grateful for all of her help.

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The second class I chose was with Melanie Anderson of Anderson Photographs. Her class was all about the Ring Light. Something I never heard of before. But of course I’m a newbie so there are lots of photography tools that I’ve never heard of. Here’s the set up.

 

This is Melanie showing us how to use the ring light. You put the subject in front of the ring light and take the picture. 

This is Melanie showing us how to use the ring light. You put the subject in front of the ring light and take the picture. 

These are some of the pictures I took using the ring light. 

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This was an extreme sports inspired setup.

This was an extreme sports inspired setup.

That produced this.

That produced this.

An alternate view of the ring light set up. 

An alternate view of the ring light set up. 

The result. 

The result. 

Melanie is amazing at what she does. She explained everything very well and she made sure to answer all of our questions. The ring light was fun and I really liked the effects that it produced.

Lastly, for the final hour of the workshop I chose to work with Courtney again. By taking Melanie’s class, I was really intrigued about learning more lighting techniques. Courtney was teaching about High Key lighting and the set up was using a parabolic umbrella. I pretty much fell in love with the parabolic umbrella. I hope to get one in the future, and use it in studio.

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Overall I learned so much from the workshop and I was glad that I took a chance and did something I had never done before. I hope to attend this workshop again in the future because I’ve learned so much since then and I am continually learning more each day. I can’t wait to attend more workshops and learn from such amazing photographers who are so willing to help share their tips and tricks. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and be open to learning something new. Step out of your comfort zone. Throw yourself into a new environment, and try something that will put you one step closer to your dream! 

Remember that "life begins at the end of your comfort zone" -Neale Walsh

Happy Friday,

Leandra