Taught a lighting class

May 30, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

I taught my first lighting class in Bacolod City a few days ago. It was held and organized by the Negros Museum as part of their summer programs and activities. I was met with an enthusiastic bunch of photogs eager to learn about light. The group was composed of photogs with different levels.

For two days, we discussed about light. We went from on camera flash, taking it off from camera, using different lighting mods for different lighting qualities and effects. We gobo'd it, softboxed it, umbrella'd it and bounced. Some basics and some a little bit more advanced.


We balanced ambient and strobe. Talked about "lighting that's suppose to be there" and "lighting that looks cool". Shutter drags and camera drags. We talked about a lot of stuff.

We had the whole museum for us to shoot and the possibilities of finding a photograph is almost endless. They provided us with 2 wonderful models to photograph. It was fun, it was hard, it was hot (and humid) but it was all for learning about light.

In preparation for this class, I had to look back and remember my own teachers both in photography and in dance. Teachers that inspired me and other students to do better. This is not the first workshop I taught. I had, in my previous life as a dance professional, the opportunity to teach dance workshops for more than a couple of occasions. My personal opinion in teaching is, inspiring the students to use the knowledge you teach and share is as important as the actual knowledge you're teaching.

I can't call myself a teacher just yet. I am just happy to share some of what I know to this bunch and hopefully inspired them. Looking forward to a next class.


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