Monday, May 19, 2008

Ben's Finish

We finished Ben Willmore's Fine Art Nudes class Friday afternoon. Overall, it was an excellent week with time devoted to shooting outdoors, shooting in the studio, and working Photoshop in the digital darkroom to optimize the images.

Thursday was another studio session and it saw all of the students expanding their knowledge and understanding of the Profoto lighting system. In addition, the class rapidly gained confidence interactin with and posing/directing the models to get the ideal shots. A little experience made a huge difference.

Most of Friday was dedicated to Photoshop and printing. Ben, as a Photoshop Hall of Famer, did not disappoint. The balance of the day saw the Canon ipf 5100s printing most of the week's work. Whether color or dramatic black and white the machines performed and the class left with some beautiful finished prints.

After the class, we boogied up to Midnight Cellars in Paso Robles for the annual May Winefest. As you know Hal works as the assistant winemaker for Midnight and had some entertaining to do for the visitors. Festival was great, although a bit on the hot side. Temperatures hovered around 100 for both days. A little warm, but easily remedied by returning to Los Osos. In fact, when I left Paso it was 95 and twenty minutes later a cool 65 greeted me at home. So if you need to beat the spring and summer heat, Los Osos is a great place to do it.

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