I love seeing all the “ahas” when people do the their first week of Beginner Bootcamp! There is always so much enthusiasm and participation! I just love seeing the moments when the penny drops and things start to make sense.
I often see posts like this:
… in response to my email to keep going even if they feel overwhelmed or falling behind….
Hello Clare, just gotta say this email is THE BEST! I am feeling a bit overwhelmed with it all but I must say I revised Lesson 4 and did Lesson 5 today and am feeling much better about it! When I grabbed the camera today, I really did feel a bit more familiar with the settings, sorting out the metering and following your guidance. I am by no means totally comfortable yet with the new settings and techniques but I am giving it a good hard crack! The support you show your students is nothing short of amazing. Thank you!! Rachel, Victoria
Light is such an important topic, that we spend 5 days on light inside Beginner Bootcamp.
So I thought I would share some photos from an in-person workshop I held in Goulburn, where I showed the girls how to seek out the beautiful light to really start to take their images to the next level.
The beauty of know how to use the functions of your camera is that when it comes to the magical light, you can shoot INTO the light so the beautiful light is behind your subjects (as opposed to having the light behind you, which is often what people teach when it comes to photography!).
The key with photographing children is that we want even skin tones, as opposed to speckled light on the face, so if you need to move the child into a specific pose in order to achieve that, then go right ahead!
And most importantly, knowing where to position yourself relative to light is key in the outcome you achieve with your child portraits.
Love these don’t you?
That last shot is one of my favourites – such a big personality in that little girl and it shows! :)
We go through this entire shoot behind the scenes in my follow-on advanced course from Beginner Bootcamp, Perfecting Portraits. It forms one lesson as part of our module on Shooting on Location, where I break down whole shoots with kids based on different locations such as beaches, farms, parks and urban environments and show behind the scene set ups (there are different ways of approaching each).
Perfecting Portraits is an 8 week online course for those who are comfortable with using manual settings but really want to take their images to the next level, and go behind the scenes and see how it is done. If you feel like Beginner Bootcamp is too “beginner” for you, then click here for more info on what you learn in Perfecting Portraits.
Enjoy your week!