I was a bit nervous about going to the workshop. I was afraid I’d forget how to change the settings on my camera. I was afraid that I’d be to shy to direct the model. I was afraid in general really. I always get like that before I do something different and outside my comfort zone. On top of the nervous feeling I felt nauseous due the sickening flu and fever I’ve been barely managing to survive through for the past week… but as you can see it all turned out ok.
In case you didn’t see last week I posted about my excitement at attending The Nikon School “Fashion Photography” course taught by Christian Blanchard, an amazing young Australian talent. He was so calm, laid back and not to mention insightful. What I loved most was his complete transparency when answering questions. His answers weren’t scripted just honest, even when it came to talking about money.
The class was held at Hatch Studios in Alexandria, NSW. It had plenty of parking and located only 250mtrs from Green Square Station. It was the biggest studio I’d even been in and everything was so clean, white and organised. There were about 20 people in the class but I really feel like it should have been half that so we could get more one-on-one time with the beautiful model CJ and with Christian. The class ran on schedule and all the attendees were really nice and happy to chat about photography.
The course covered:
Classic Lighting Techniques
Morning Tea and Lunch were also provided.
CJ is a natural beauty from Perth and was so nice to me, she could tell I was nervous (the whole class and Christian was watching!) and chatted to me about silly things as I adjusted lights and thought about what I wanted to achieve.
My favourite image from the day.
Everyone else made her jump around, twirl, kick her legs up, mess about with her hair and pull sexy faces but I personally wasn’t feeling it and knew my (sickly) energy wouldn’t translate well to the camera if I made her doing things like that. I kept the posing simple and expressive. I’ve sure everyone thought I must have gotten the most boring images but I liked them.
The course was pretty balanced when it came to demos and practical exercises. You didn’t just sit there and listen to someone talk all day, there were plenty of chances to get up, try some of the techniques out and ask the other attendees and Christian for feedback and ideas. To me, learning hands on in this way felt more organic and that I got more out of it because I was having a good time… you know, despite dying inside from sinus pain and fever.
The capturing motion segment in the afternoon was fun. The girl up there jumping about was an attendee, so gorgeous! I’m really inspired to finally take the jump and work on a few collaborations opportunities I’ve been offered. It’s all baby steps but it’s totally exciting, when I can tell you more I will.
Can you see it in my eyes? I look like I’m dying but Christian was nice enough to enter my personal space for a bit of a hug and a photo. If you’re awesome like us and shoot with Nikon gear (or even if you don’t) you can attend the two remaining Fashion Photography courses in Brisbane, 2nd July and in Melbourne, 9th July. I found it inspirational, informative and happily recommend it.
I wasn’t paid for this post, I signed up and paid for the course a few months ago but I really wanted to share my experience. I know I have a number of photography enthusiasts like me reading and I want to push you all to go outside your comfort zone and sign up for courses you might think are out of your league… you might be surprised like I was!