Every once in a while, I get a truly humbling message from someone who i’ve known in a past life regarding my work. I recently had one such message from a person I admire very, very much. Shelly from WRAL TV, whom I know thru my past aspirations to be a video artist, contacted me about teaching a few Raleigh photo lessons at their studio. Now, obviously, I had the same questions that you probably have – why does a TV news station need photography classes? Well, as it turns out, they need good portrait shots of their on-air talent, stills from the field and just general photo work. There is a very large difference between lighting for television and lighting for photography, so this was a class I was really, really excited to teach having experience in both fields.
We had a small studio for our use and had 14 people in class – including WRAL executives and some of the best videographers in the business. Nervous, sure, excited? Absolutely! We opted to use their existing lighting for the portraits so it was a true pleasure, and a little surreal presenting to such an accredited and talented audience showing the physics and nature of their own gear. The class had many of the same elements as my normal photography 101 course, but for this course we really focused on lighting, angles and shadowing. I can honestly say this was a true high point for my photography career and I am truly honored to be consulting with them for future projects!
As always, here are a few choice photos from that class!