*PPA = Professional Photographers of America
"Small lights, Big results"
That was the name of a PPA one-day event held by Jamie and Jason Turner of Turner Photography. I was intrigued because the Turner's use (relatively) inexpensive speed lights for the images they create. Since I'm not thrilled by the idea of spending $3000-$4000 for the big name light systems, I wanted to investigate other options.
Natural Light Studio
If you've been in my studio, you've seen the very large window that serves as my light source for portraits. I love the look achieved with natural light. However, sometimes an image requires a little boost of light. That's when the off-camera flash comes in handy.
If you're shooting outdoors during bright daylight hours the use of off-camera speed lights can be helpful. The use of the light can override the effects of the sunlight. The three images above were taken between the hours of 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. The speed lights helped decrease harsh shadows across Sam's face.
PPA Super 1 Day Events
Super 1 Day Events are sponsored by Professional Photographers of America (PPA) twice a year. What makes the event "super" is that PPA Members across the country offer training for 1 day during a specified week. It's like a massive "teach-in" where members share their knowledge about anything related to having a photography business.
I was pleased with the quality of teaching and the learning experiences. "Small lights, Big Results" was definitely worth my time.
Continuing education in our chosen art/photography genres is so important. Education is how we improve our skills, become better business people and improve our professional and civic communities.
Do you have preferences about what you learn for your creative business? Tell us about what seems to give you the biggest bang for your buck.