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I took a 2-hour video class by Matt and Julie Walker of when I was at last month, and I was inspired to learn more about lighting. I feel like I understand my camera and natural light, but I could still use some improvement and I have absolutely no experience with lighting equipment. I’m working with , to help take my inspiration and ‘Bing it to Life,’ so I’m going to take a photography class to learn more.
Sometimes I can pull off a good shot, like the one below from the day I took August’s last monthly photo, but it’s hit or miss, and I’d like a little more understanding and control of the outcome.
and came up with a bunch to check out. I visited each site and read Yelp reviews, narrowing it down to a couple of top contenders. I could see a few of my friends’ Facebook posts in the search results too, mentioning photography classes they’d taken, but I also .
I’ve heard good things about , which was recommended, and I think I might join. A sample issue of their new magazine, , randomly arrived a few weeks ago and I liked it a lot. In fact, I cashed out all of my credit card rewards points to get a because I noticed so many of the shots I loved were using it. I am looking for an actual class here in Chicago to go to though. A couple of people recommended — one that I was already considering — so that helped me make my choice.
Now I’m just trying to figure out which class will be most beneficial. I want to learn more about lighting, and there are specific classes for and . I think I might want to start with though, which includes “detailed review of light; a deeper understanding of exposure and white balance use and techniques; introduction to flash modifiers including flash lab and an introduction to portrait lighting.” It might be good to increase my overall photo skills before moving on to specifics, right?
Whichever class I take, I’m sure I’m going to learn a lot. They’re each three hours long, for seven weeks, and there are homework assignments to be done that will be critiqued. I’m looking forward to it.