• Have you ever captured a shot where your sky was overexposed, causing you to lose the detail in clouds you were hoping to grab?
• Ever shot a gorgeous sunset only to get home and find it a bit lackluster?
• Have you wanted to shoot a waterfall with cascading motion, but felt you couldn't because of the intensity of the sunlight beaming down on it that day?
• Have you desired to expose full sun and shaded areas in the same exposure but ended up over exposing one, or under exposing the other?
Filtration is a very easy and immediate hands-on tool to landing dramatic and well exposed images. We'll discuss basic gradient and full length filtration choices, while I show examples of before and after samples, so that the concepts are very easily to grasp. Then for those more experienced photographers who join us, we'll talk about the idea of mixing multiple filters to "manipulate" a situation so that you are able to "create" the look and ambiance you are looking for; these techniques are so simple the less experienced photographers will have no problem picking up these same skills and concepts during the workshop- (an example of this might be shooting motion in a brook or waterfall in bright sunlight). I'll also show a few examples of how to balance light in shots with filtration where the light is many stops difference apart from one another such as shooting the shady side of a mountain while capturing the sunrise in the same frame eliminating lengthy post production fixes in programs such as Photoshop or HDR. Shooting with filters enables you to put a signature on the look on your photography, and often create images that will set you apart from point & shoot and smartphone captures that do not have the flexibility you have in your fingertips shooting with a DSLR!
about the speaker:
Rachel Brockey has spent the last 20+ years shooting as a professional architectural and interior design photographer and has been published in magazines such as Architectural Digest, Living, and Sunset Magazine; her clientele include Los Angeles International Airport, Starwood Resorts, Hilton, Marriott, Sheraton, Flemings, and PF Changs. Rachel is the owner and founder of Vantage Point Global, a photographic documentation firm focused on as-built visual documentation of architectural construction projects where she utilizes photography to help enhance verifiable quality control and collaboration during building process. To quench her passion for destination travel, in 2013 Rachel began hosting travel meet-ups based around photography where shooting regularly begins just before sunrise and commences about 20 minutes after sundown. She's looking forward to sharing some of her lessons learned and secrets behind "not missing those all important" shots in the field.