Lighting Exercise in Beroun
This time, instead of in Beroun, our lighting workshop was in a legitimate studio apartment. Not a small living space- this was a combination apartment and lighting studio. Whoever rented this place to us for the day is extremely stylish and hip. Aside from having a full blown lighting studio in your pad, there was an upper loft with designer chairs, a surround sound stereo system with CDs encircled by rocks and twigs and wild decorations, there were decals on the doors, a cube espresso machine, and even a perfect view of David Cerny’s Meet Factory.
This lighting seminar was up to us; we (the photo kids) had to bring ideas, concepts, and lighting examples for Honza, our instructor, to guide us with. We had a model, a makeup artist, and a wardrobe. We brought photograph examples from David LaChapelle to Cecil Beaton. This was a full day of shooting, about 8 hours of learning and assisting with lights and cameras. If I have learned one thing about lighting, it would be that the only way to get better is to be constantly doing it. There is no way to learn it just from a lecture or textbook. Only hands on experience can help. This workshop was definitely an informative one. We did subtle portraits in front of the windows, (behind the scenes: in the pictures you can see our model looking down) we had our model sit on a rugged couch and then got silly with the shot- Bobi put her feet behind the couch so it looked eerie from the front (see dyptich photo). We even practiced lighting with smoke and a shoot with pizza.
Overall it was an extremely tiring day, but we all had fun and learned a lot.