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Highlights from Off Camera Flash Workshop

I feel so fortunate to have been able to participate in an off-camera flash workshop this week, sponsored by CPPA and taught by Bob Harrington from Focus in Close in Connecticut.  I am the vice-president of CPPA this year, so I was heavily involved in the planning of this event.  I am grateful to my awesome niece and two of her friends from high school for being willing to model for the workshop.  Honestly, we could not have hired better models from an agency!  Look at how gorgeous these girls are, plus the great wardrobes they brought along with them were just perfect.  They all had awesome attitudes and were really patient as the photographers tried the different lighting techniques we were learning.

It ended up being a bit rainy that day, so we didn’t get to do as much open outdoor shooting as I had hoped.  I think the biggest thing I leaned at this workshop is to think outside of the box.  The bulk of the images you see here were shot in a parking garage.  This is not a location I would normally consider shooting it, but I am stunned at the amazing results.  This location might not be the best idea for photographing small kids, but for high school seniors I think it’s absolutely perfect.

All of the images you see here were shot with either one or two speedlights (SB800’s in this case) on stands or somehow otherwise supported or balanced off the camera.

Thanks to Bob Harrington, my fellow photographers who participated in the workshop, and of course our fantastic models.  I enjoyed spending the day with all of you, and now I have a brand new set of creative tools to add to my lineup.

BonnieC - These look fantastic Jes! Great job 😀

kendra - These are awesome Jes! So fun and love the OCF!

Monica - Ohhhh…these are gorgeous Jes!! I wish you lived closer so you could help me figure out OCF!!

Kelly Mendoza - Awesome shots Jess and what gorgeous models!

Jessica - Gorgeous! I love the look of OCF wish I could attend a workshop on it.

tanja - very, very nice!!! Looks like you dealt fine with the rain obstacle!

Julia - Incredible. Stunning. You absolutely rocked this workshop!

Beth Ross - HOLY WOW!!! Those are AWESOME Jes!!!!! I love them all. I would love to take an OCF workshop.

Megan - Just gorgeous, Jes!

Tammy - Those are all wonderful! The OCF looks great — just the right enhancement to some of the more urban type shots and totally natural in the others. Very inspiring!

Meg Sexton - Gorgeous work! The lighting is fantastic. You rocked it!

Kristin Rachelle - Those are gorgeous Jes~!!!!!!!!!! You totally rocked it!

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