Last night we had a practical portrait evening, with Damon leading the session. There were three work stations set up with lighting. Ray, Andrew and Damon each manned one of these. We were focusing on simple ways to change the light and how to use more than one light on our models. Most of the stations had at least three lights and the use of reflectors showed us how we could soften the light on the model’s face. By moving the model forward making the background go out of focus, positioning the light in other areas we were able to see how this produced different shadows, lighting up the face and parts of the body. We were helped to set our cameras in Manual and played around with the balance of settings between the Speed, ISO and Depth of Field. At home most of us probably don’t have studio lights or expensive equipment, but the evening gave us ideas and know-how on achieving these results using articles from around the house and therefore being able to produce images without a lot of expense. As Damon said he hoped the evening had shown that we were able to make a photograph rather than take one.
A very big thank you should go to Damon, Ray and Andrew for giving up their time, bringing equipment, setting it all up and then helping members to achieve a goal from it all. Without their efforts to help members understand their cameras and work with the lights last night, we would not be gaining the experience, we so badly require. It was a sociable, fun evening. From my perspective I was able to take away ideas to have a go at home, even if I still refuse to have a tripod. Maybe one day Damon!