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The third and final workshop day brings a close to an experience I’ve been wanting to provide for quite some time. The goal was to raise the bar of photographer-run workshops in my area and I can safely say that I accomplished exactly what I set out to do. Rather than give the perspective of one professional, I brought my colleagues (and competition) in an effort to show the full range of thought without regard for industry secrets. Rather than an event where everyone shoots without direction, an environment was provided where the attendees could finally have one on one instruction with high-level professionals. Rather than a few hours to cram in whatever could be crammed, we had three days of seriously powerful learning. I know it wasn’t easy for my students. I know many lost sleep over their assignments. Yet I also know that the next time they pick up a camera, or stand in front of one, everything will be different…and that makes me so happy I can’t even describe it.

Nick Bolton by David Bickley Photography

Today’s image comes from the same breakout session I mentioned for yesterday’s image. Often times people underestimate the power and versatility of a single light. Too many times photographers come to me talking about how many strobes are best to use in a situation. The same thing came up when I first told my students that they could only use one strobe for the whole weekend. People balked, then struggled, and then started to understand. This shot is another single strobe image, and the point was to show how we could use that one strobe to make three light sources. My stance is this: if a photographer can’t make one light look like 5, they aren’t ready to use 2 of them.

Anyway, it was a great time. I’m not sure when yet, but there will definitely be another one in the future. We’ve barely opened the bag o’ tricks.

Thank you to everyone that came, mentors and students both. I’m stupid proud of all of you.

See you tomorrow,