When I was in Singapore at PopUp GPP a few months back I realized that it had been a while since I’d taught a workshop of my own. As I flew back to Taipei I started having ideas for one, and continued developing it over the following weeks and months. Knowing that I needed to test it out on some photographers first, I got in touch with a local photography group and offered them a free workshop in return for them providing the space and a model or two. They were excited about the chance so away we went. Last Sunday afternoon was the time and a local restaurant the place. A restaurant is not the most obvious place to hold a photography workshop but with a small group, and a manager who wanted to learn himself, it proved to be a good choice. Plus we got to eat lunch before we started.
The workshop doesn’t have a suitably catchy name yet (feel free to make suggestions) but other than that it went fairly well. A few small tweaks here and there that could be made but other than that, things went well. We covered the basics of light, and the group were perfect for it as none had any real experience with using anything other than ambient light. I mostly shot on black seamless, although we began with white to better display the way the shadows fall if we use on-camera flash. Due to the space constraints, we couldn’t really light the backdrop to make it white, so the choice was made to use black for most of it, mainly because I prefer it to the grey that an unlit white seamless would have become. Those same space limits meant that it was predominately head shots and upper body only that we demoed, there not being enough room for any full length portraits. Still I have no complaints at all about the venue, and the whole afternoon progressed very smoothly. There were two models on hand, although John, the man in the second photo, had another engagement and had to leave early. In the photos below, all up to the wine shot are the models who were there. The ones after that were some of the workshop attendees who jumped in front of the lens at the end of the session for a few quick shots to wrap things up.
If any groups or individuals are interested in the workshop, get in touch. It’s now ready for the world.