(Awards Night by Aled Davies)
Each year this event highlights for me just how fast time is passing. Its a milestone marker a bit like a child's birthday. It seems like it will be forever for the next convention to come around as we say goodbye but before we know it we're hugging everyone hello once again in the halls of the now very familiar Hilton Hotel on Edgeware Road in London. We've spent so much time there that place now feels like home for one week every January.
(My masterclass on Photoshop - I was quite pleased with the turnout)
For those in the Lighting Superclass I wanted to share a few of the images created during that session. In hindsight I wished I had asked someone to make notes of the noteworthy images so that I could show everyone the differences in the resulting images as we made changes to our setup. If I am invited back I intend to do just that next year. But I have what I have for now and hopefully that is enough.
(This was shot using a large Octobox with a reflector for a fill light from below)
(This was shot with the Bowens 21" Beauty disk with grid and sock attached. We also used a reflector from beneath to fill in the shadows under the chin.)
(Here we used black flags to block some of the spill light from our background lights so our subject had more defined edges creating separation between our subject and background)
(For this one we used 2 strip softboxes and a single small softbox)
This convention provided a fantastic and much needed kickstart to my year. I've come back armed with fresh enthusiasm and plenty of ideas I now need to implement. I've even come away with my ideas for next years talks. My proposals are being written as we speak even though they won't be required for several weeks still.
If you attended one of my classes and felt it was really worth your while, please pass on your thoughts to the Societies so that they know I'm worth having back. I'd really appreciate it.
I hope to see you all next year.