I'm so excited to be offering one on one mentoring sessions as part of our wholistic approach to teaching film photography! Sometimes a workshop or online videos just aren't enough, and the one on one time can help break through barriers and move to the next level. Workshop attendee Heather Anderson joined me in Seattle recently to work on her film skills and take things to the next level with shooting in less than perfect light. She lives in Southern California, so she rarely has to deal with anything but great light, but knowing how to shoot in any light is still important as she transitions quickly to film in her client work and sometimes has tricky lighting situations after dark. We spent 2 days in 2 very different locations talking about all kinds of lighting situations and using limited gear on the fly in Mt. Rainier forest. I firmly believe that you won't learn anything if you stay in your comfort zone, so you won't find yourself shooting a boring styled shoot in perfect lighting with me. My mentoring sessions are less about styled shoots and more about actually learning how to shoot film in a beautiful and personal way. You can do a styled shoot any time, what you can't always do is slow down and think through each step of the way out loud.
The forest was an extremely challenging lighting situation, perfect for learning how to solve difficult lighting problems with very little gear. I'll share my photos in this post and Heather's at a later date. We shot all 120 film and used a flash bounced off a small reflector, all handheld by the person who wasn't shooting, and the Promaster VL800D that was a game changer for me. We used Portra 400 and Fuji 400h. I kept it simple with one model so we could focus more on technique than anything else.
For our shoot with an adorable real couple, we used mostly natural light and brought out the LED and reflector when needed.
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