Asheville portrait workshop a success despite wet weather

Rob Miracle demonstrates how to use a scrim.

Rob Miracle demonstrates how to use a scrim.

When you plan to have an workshop on outdoor portraits you hope Mother Nature cooperates.  Well it wasn’t to be in Asheville Saturday as heavy grey clouds and light showers filled the skies during the session.

With a backup plan in hand, the workshop started out indoors at the clubhouse of Biltmore Lakes.  With the Biltmore Lake as a picturesque backdrop and a last minute model to sit for the workshop, the students learned about the different types of lights used in portraits and how that worked with available light.

The session then went on to take about the quality of light and how the light size controls shadow hardness and then how to modify light using reflectors, scrims and flags.


The photographers took turns photographing the model while the other students used the modifiers to alter the lighting.  It was a good opportunity for the students to learn how to direct a model as well.

A break in the clouds allowed the class to move outdoors.  Once outdoors, demonstrations of scrims and flags commenced and the students spent more time.  Of course the mostly overcast skies produced near perfect outdoor portrait conditions.  Finally the class moved back indoors to cover using camera strobes to do creative lighting using shoot through umbrellas and multiple light setups.

“Rob is an excellent teacher. Everything was easily understood and he answered all our questions. The feedback he gave on what we were doing helped us realize, not only what we were not getting but how to correct it. ” said Lori Hancock, one of the students.

The students all left with new knowledge to help improve their photography.

This session will be repeated in Raleigh on Saturday, November 14th.  There are spots still available. Register now!

We have also added an additional session for the “Introduction to Digital Photography” on Saturday, November 7 at 2pm.  You can also register for that session as well.

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