I love attending workshops and advocate continuing education in any field of one’s interest. When I directed preschool programs, continuing education was important for me and for my staff in order to provide the best care possible for children. I also believe continuing education is important for photographers as well. There is always something new and exciting to learn especially with ever-changing technology.
This past weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to attend two workshops led by Ashley Blake, an Arizona photographer, held at Tempe Camera. The focus of both workshops was strobe lighting, and participants were able to try out Sigma lenses. The morning workshop covered strobes while photographing outdoors. I tried out the 135mm f/1.8 lens and was very impressed with it. However, since I already own a 70-200, I wasn’t inclined to buy it, but would highly recommend it. On the other hand, I am considering buying the Profoto B10 strobe kit. Well, I need to save up for it first!
Photographing children in the studio using both strobes and continuous lighting was covered in the afternoon workshop. Ashley provided some great information for working with children; promoting sessions that are fun for them and at the same time are successful for the photographer. The 6 year old girl and 8 year old boy both did an awesome job modeling, and I’m very pleased with the images I was able to obtain.
The staff at Tempe Camera has been wonderful every time I have visited, and Guy was especially helpful a few weeks ago when I was looking for photographic paper. While in the store he also showed me some settings in my printer I wasn’t aware of that were very helpful. And, he told me about upcoming workshops including Ashley’s. At the workshop he took the time to answer questions and help people with their cameras and settings.
Networking and meeting other photographers is another great reason to participate in continuing education. I enjoyed getting to know some other attendees and finally meet Lisa, who I met online about 6 months ago! Hopefully we’ll go out on some hikes and not wait another 6 months to meet up. In the vein of promoting continuing education, I highly recommend the photography camps for women organized by the Firefly Institute. I know there are still some openings available for this year’s camp being held in October.
And lastly, I just started this website in the past week, so am still working on creating content and getting my work uploaded. More of my work can be seen at Beach House Adventures.