Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Pictage U: Something New

San Diego, California
I have a ton of photos to share from Pictage U's first workshop: Boudoir & Lighting.

I love learning techniques I can use every day. I adored Kitty Maer's Photoshop class. There's so much that can be done with PS - Kitty keeps it simple but good - that's my kind of PS. And I was happy when Kitty mentioned she can spend 20 minutes working on one photo - because as most of you know I take my time when working on images to make sure they're perfect. Quality trumps speed in my book.

I also love learning techniques that I might never use. Outdoors I use mostly available light and some flash. Lan and Vu Bui taught an outdoors lighting class using two different lighting set-ups. The idea behind the first set-up was to overpower the sun using Profotos. You can see two of the lights in this shot.

And here's what the result looks like. I didn't have a lens hood on resulting in some sun spots. The background is intentionally under-exposed but Lauren the model is lit perfectly by the Profotos.

The second lighting set-up consisted of two Canon 580EXes - which are the flashes I use. Thank you to Simon from Pictage for indulging me and posing with his serious look.

Stay tuned for more!


  1. Nicely done and well posted! Thanks for sharing!
    I particularly like the image of Simon...but then again I am a sucker for accents :-) ...Kidding Simon !! :-)