first he said "look for the light".
and that's what i've been doing. it's helped. a LOT! not that i didn't know where to look or what to look for in the past, but i ran on instinct rather than science. it's the science that makes the doing repeatable. and in this industry, consistency pays off.
then he said "bring your own".
flash can be my friend! i'm telling you, this man can teach! the concept of flash for some reason in the most complicated and intimidating lesson amongst my peers (unless you're matt). after the lesson, i think i got it down! well ... i thought i did anyway. i figured out (at a wedding) that i needed to really practice the crap out of this and have it become second nature. i second shot with joe photo and becker recently. those guys were sooooo generous to let me tag along at this amazing wedding in malibu. good thing i was only the 3rd string tag along, they showed me what i forgot to do. i forgot the first lesson. look for the light. just coz i brought light didn't mean that i should "hide" the existing light. i need to make it all work harmoniously. practicing, trial and error and perseverance will get me there. and so i keep on.
here's the experiment shots at the scott robert workshop. btw... i found it easier for me to learn the lessons on my own with a group of friends rather than work under a time pressure with the models. this was one of those lessons i really had to think about. so ... you'll notice that i only have 1 model photo. not because there weren't any models there. i just opted out of using them.