It’s always great to present Sekonic blog readers with new educational opportunities to improve their knowledge of photography. Here’s what you’ll find at lighting enthusiast Sandy Puc’s workshops.
In the morning, Sandy teaches a private natural light and flash class. This class is intended to provide personalized education to a handful of students. Sandy starts with how to properly white balance the camera using a target and continuous lighting. Once Sandy’s students have all properly white balanced their cameras, she then pulls in a model and teaches how to create depth and shape to the image by adding additional light sources.
Sandy then shoots one image with just the main light, showing the students how the light falls across the subject. She adds a reflector, then a background light, and finally, the rim light. The students take a shot of each step so they can go home and study the difference. Sandy uses the Westcott TD6 to teach this segment.
Sandy and the students then head outside into natural light conditions. She starts by handing out Sekonic L-478D light meters. She covers the basic operation and theory behind the use of a meter. The students learn how to find their exposure while moving around to change the scenarios. In the last hour of this class, Sandy throws a Canon 600EX-RT speed light into the mix. The purpose of this exercise is to show how to meter for a flash as one light source and the sun as the other.
In the evening we open up the shooting bays to all attendees. Each bay includes an instructor who will cover one specific topic relative to that bay. The students have the choice of four to five different equipment bays. We have two bays dedicated to Studio Strobe lighting. These bays are outfitted with Photogenic 1250’s and 625’s. There are a variety of Photogenic light modifiers to choose from. The strobe lights are triggered by PocketWizard radio triggers.
We have two bays dedicated to continuous lighting. These light bays are outfitted with Westcott TD-6’s and a variety of light modifies to choose from. The final bay is dedicated to Canon Speed Lights. This bay is outfitted with the Canon 600EX-RT’s and the ST-E3-RT Transmitters. There are a variety of Lastolite light modifiers available for the speed lights.
The night is finished up with an open Q&A segment. Each instructor is available in front of all the attendees to answer questions and share experiences from the night.
Dates for the upcoming shows, full course descriptions, and other information can be found here.