Giving back to the photography community
Studio 3 Images recently hosted two PPA Super 1 Day photography workshops. Super 1 Day workshops, as the name implies, are one day photography workshops. They are organized and coordinated by PPA (Professional Photographers of America) and all proceeds go to PPA Charities, the philanthropic arm of PPA. These workshops are an opportunity for photographers of all levels (from first time with a camera to the seasoned professional) to learn, re-learn or maybe just get reacquainted with long-forgotten skill or technique.
Studio 3 Images enjoys supporting the local photographic community. From networking opportunities at monthly AzPPA (Arizona Professional Photographer Association) meetings to hosting workshops, we are pleased to help share our photography knowledge, with the intent of fostering and growing a spirit of community amongst local photographers.
Heidi and Dave presented their 'Lighting 101' where they delved into the aspects of studio lighting and how to apply it to portrait lighting. Lighting is one of the key (and not always so obvious) techniques that can elevate a photographer's images from 'average' to 'award winning'. Often intimidating to those that may be unfamiliar with it, lighting (and studio lighting) is generally quite simple in concept. These simple concepts can then be applied with varying levels of complexity; from simple single light setups to utterly, bordering on ridiculous, complex schemes. To help overcome fear, intimidation or just a simple unfamiliarity with lighting, Heidi and Dave provided a hands-on class where the attendees were able to practice the information that was presented. All of this was done in a relaxed, non-initimaditing atmosphere that allowed those attending to get the most out of their day.
The following weekend, Heidi and Andrew presented another Super 1 Day; Photograph award winning images in your everyday work. By offering tips and tricks on how to simplify different techniques that allow you to free your brain from worrying about posing and lighting - you can then enjoy getting creative with your clients. Now you can take it to the next step; going from 'safe' images to award winning images. Not only did Heidi and Andrew present and discuss these techniques - they put them into practice for the whole class to get involved and let loose with their creativity. We don't think too many people would have thought about using mud, a fog machine and colored gels on a Sunday morning in a photography studio.
Here, Heidi and Andrew are starting to get a little more creative, adding some additional elements to their image (in this case, with the use of a fog machine that's usually only seen outside photography studios around Halloween).
If you're interested in attending a Super 1 Day workshop, PPA offers them twice a year, covering just about every aspect of photography and running a successful photography business. The next series of PPA Super 1 Days will be this fall. Look them up and check them out. There's a good chance you'll not only learn something, you might develop a lasting relationship with a photographer in your area.
A behind the scenes (BTS) image from Heidi and Andrew's Super 1 Day workshop, demonstrating how to incorporate colored gels and dynamic posing to craft something more than an ordinary image.
Here's an example of what can be achieved when your mind is allowed to be creative. Heidi and Andrew incorporated colored gels and dynamic posing in this image - crafting something more than your everyday 'picture'.