I know it’s been a couple of weeks since I got back from Norfolk VA and the “PSD Experience”- but it’s taken me a little time to catch up herre at the office as well as collect my thoughts!
First, let me explain a little about what the PSD Experience is:
PSD stands for Photograph, Share and Discover and that is exactly
what they intend to happen. The spirit of the event is to
provide photographers with an opportunity to learn in a way that they haven’t
before. To give them the chance to get out of large dark rooms listening to
speakers on stage and put them side by side with those same photographers in a
real life working environment.
This hands-on approach is now is being taken to a whole
new level and bringing in multiple elements. Recognizing that our industry is
growing and changing with the addition of technology, such as HD video included
in our cameras and amazing printers that allow photographers to become their own
lab, this event will now not only cover the fundamentals of photography, but
will also tap into the DSLR video world and printing.
The big draw for me was to see and learn how other photographers work with their clients- and see what the “top” name photographers are doing that I’m blissfully unaware of. ( Those of you that know me, realize that most of my photography is commercial based and usually events with business type people-or fine art for galleries and exhibition work- I don’t shoot seniors and very rarely shoot a family portrait….)
The other thing that drew me to PSD was the video experience- something I haven’t had a lot of opportunity to study or shoot before! I found a whole new way to tell the stories that are important to me as a photographic artist- as well as add value to my photographic offerings to clients.
So…when I wasn’t in “video class”- I was with a group shooting with Lou Freeman, one of only a handful of female Playboy photographers. I originally was going to be with a group shooting outside with Clay Blackmore, but his flight was delayed and wasn’t able to get there until the last day- which sort of worked out in my favor really……because I found myself learing more from Lou than I would have first thought. Her class wasn’t “fluff”- it was serious fashion- AND her interaction with the models taught me a great deal about understanding what it takes to put people at ease with themselves to give you their best when photographing them.-Even Models!
( My favorite line from Lou:” What you project is what they become.” – and ” Make sure their hands look soft- that will tell you a great deal if your model is relaxed or not- No white knuckles!”)
There were a few photographers that would show up late at Lou’s class to shoot because they heard the set would include some far out prop; like a ferrarri or some such item….and they wanted to get something cool for their portfolio- I can’t blame them….and some thoought that maybe it was all “over the top”- I think that they may have misunderstood her motives a bit.
Lou Freeman shoots a lot of fashion-strictly high end- For her look and style , and that’s what she was trying to show us how to do, Having the lighting, props and special effects are what it takes to pull of those “Scenes”.
Video-I don’t have any “clips” to show you what I did in the video portion of the clasess- but Martin ,Scott, Victor and Andre- who were the instructors and all around good guys- made me feel welcome in a disipline of media I hadn’t used before, and made sure I got to try out all sorts of cool expesive gear! LOL
I came away knowing how to be a better “visual Story Teller” from talking and learning with them, That insight was life changing….
So….to wrap it all up, The images I took- aren’t going in a portfolio to show clients-It wouldn’t be fair of me to claim them as my “own” since I didn’t really set up the lighting, or hire the models, or sign off on the wardrobe- the instructors did that- BUT I was able to interact with the models and get the expressions, poses and emotions I was looking for-That’s what I went to learn- how to become BETTER at my craft!
I will However, be sharing my favorites on my FB page.
Till next time; Cheers!