This Speedlight Mastery workshop had all the hallmarks of a classic shoot. The day started with an evacuation of our meeting place as smoke billowed out of Costa Coffee. I strolled up on the dot of our meet time to be greeted by all the delegates plus fire crews. The delegates were keen and eager to start shooting. Natalia was there too with a smile and looking drop dead gorgeous. We retreated past the firemen with their big hoses to Cafe Gusto. (The best coffee shop in Bristol. A Gusto Flat White is sublime). After a kit check and a welcome drink we were shooting.
Pocket Wizards often present issues at the start of the day on workshops. Various camera bodies and firmware configurations in the PW units can occasionally cause conflicts. Once the settings have been ironed out during the first shot we are away for the rest of the day. We were three Canon 7Ds and a couple of 5D mk2’s.
It was the first time I’d met Natalia and we got off to a good start. Natalia is polite, kind, utterly professional and drop dead gorgeous. While my delegates were shooting the Speedlight set ups I switched my camera into Aperture Priority to shoot natural light at my newly beloved f/2.8. Switching between M and Av gives me instant control at up to five stops of exposure variation.
Shane carried my bags for the day and wrote up the event in his eloquent style here. Well worth a read if you are considering photography training of any kind.
Matt Pereira, one of the delegates wrote up his experience here. There are also some behind the scenes, secret revealing shots on that link too;)
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