Featured Bryan Peterson Workshop - Las Vegas

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by ThomD, Mar 19, 2017.

  1. ThomD

    ThomD Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 1, 2013
    SF Bay Area
    We went to Vegas so that I could take part in the workshop and we could visit with my parents.

    The workshop was great. Each day was a full day of shooting from early (6am) to late (8pm). Saturday had a mid-day break, but Sunday was only broken up by a leisurely lunch. Although the web site said there would be 8 participants, we had about 16 people. I don’t think that had a negative impact on the workshop because it felt like everyone was getting as much (or as little) personal attention from Bryan as they wanted. Sometimes everyone wanted to be in basically the same spot, so it only took us one round of shooting to realize that sometimes we would have to shoot in waves. Since everyone was a photographer, everyone was attentive to staying out of others’ shots and happy to relocate if needed.

    As you might expect, there were a range of abilities in the photographers. It felt like most people were intermediate to experienced shooters, with a couple of people who needed a bit more attention. I was hoping that we would get to share images, but there just wasn’t time for that. Beyond just transporting us to various locations around the city and Valley of Fire, Bryan talked about technical topics, e.g. shutter speed, depth of field, etc. and artistic aspects like seeing and techniques for specific images.

    Bryan has published a couple of books and done a series of YouTube videos for Adorama – 156 and counting! Some of what we shot I had seen in his videos or read about in one of his books. I suspect that everything we did at the workshop is covered in those resources, but it was fun to get out and shoot in an interesting place with some hands-on guidance. Bryan even arranged for a model, which was a nice change for me since I don’t usually shoot models.

    I came out of this with about 50 images that I’m keeping. This is a much higher count than I usually share, but there was a larger diversity of images that I usually get in a weekend. I mean, how many dragonfly images can you post at one time? A couple of the images are behind the scene shots of group to give a sense of the event.



    The full gallery is here:
    Las Vegas 2017 - Tandemhearts
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  2. LilSebastian

    LilSebastian Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    Feb 28, 2017
    Pasadena, CA
    I like the Paris reflected in a polarizing filter on you site.
  3. ThomD

    ThomD Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 1, 2013
    SF Bay Area
    Thanks. That was a spur of the moment thing. We were heading for lunch and somebody commented on reflections, so Bryan decided to have a contest. Best reflection of the Paris Hotel's Eiffel tower, with 20 minutes to work on it. Bryan bought the winner's lunch. The winner went across the street and used some water from the Bellagio to get their shot.

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  4. P Hopper

    P Hopper Mu-43 Regular

    May 26, 2015
    The 1st cactus shot speaks to me!
  5. ThomD

    ThomD Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 1, 2013
    SF Bay Area
    Thanks. This was also my fist chance to use my Sigma 150mm macro. I'm going to have a lot of fun with that lens.

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