Friday evening was filled with questions, answers, and more questions. I met with a local photographer to talk about the different aspects of studio photography. I wanted to find out more about what it takes to run a studio and do portraiture. We talked about photoshop and how it is essential to produce good photographs. In the age of film everyone used a darkroom to produce their pictures and now photoshop becomes that digital darkroom. Anyone got $500 I can use to get photoshop? However, I do think that it will be a great addition and tool to my photography but I am not sure I want to make that jump just yet.
We also covered what their typical studio session looks like. It is amazing the difference between a studio session with a professional and a studio session in Target or JCP. At the commercial studios there can be professionals but they are stifled because they can't move the camera or they only have 15 minutes to get "that shot". In a home studio or somewhere else there is the ability to spend more time with the client and make sure they are happy with the end product.
Saturday I also had the chance to be part of a professional photography shoot. (woops no trip to the mountains) It was in a private setting and I was able to see a relaxed model who enjoyed working with this photographer. It was ended up being quite a long session because the model needed to get ready at the shoot. I am told that is usually the case but maybe not quite 2.5 hours.
It was a wonderful learning experience but there is also a lot to buy. I would need to get at least photoshop to edit my images and learn it. I would also need to get some lights and backdrops to convert my garage into a studio. We will see how it goes.
I will be adding something to my list from this experience!