There are countless and rather obvious reasons why going through a really good photography workshop, in person or on your own, with a specific program, is going to be beneficial to your photography understanding and career. As the name suggests, you can get to work through and along with the instructor, and much of the benefit to these tutorial systems are the little things that aren’t the direct purpose of the tutorial.
If you were trying to learn Photoshop or Lightroom for instance (two programs you really need to be adept with today), aside from learning how to do something like frequency separation, the little movements in between teach you how the programs actually work, and how to navigate it. You’ll pick-up shortcuts, and see what’s in which menu, and little hacks here and there.
What I’m getting at is, you see all steps of the process, including seemingly unimportant minutiae, that’s in fact not unimportant at all because it shows you the building blocks. The video herein from German hailing production company, Dugly Habits, is one of a few really, really good examples of this, where they take you through using one room, and building 3 drastically different scenes with only lighting.
Created for the Dedolight International Competition 2015, the company was clearly going to be using and touting Dedolight products such as the Dedolight SPS5E Lighting Kit to accomplish all kinds of lighting. From simulating car headlights to moonlight, to candle flicker light, to morning sunlight, they do it. However, it’s probably not just what they accomplish that’s interesting, as much as it is you see the process of it in building block fashion; One light for the sunlight in the first window, then another for the second room for a sense of depth, then a small grid toward a subject’s face…and on and on. It’s brilliant.
I’m certain it’s going to give many a whole new appreciating of how a scene in a film or photo shoot is lit, and will give you a greater appreciation for the craft, as clearly it is more an art than science. Great teaching isn’t just about having great information to impart, but about finding a way to bring the information across that’s relatable and easy to see. Truly I cannot stress enough how important this is in photography because I see a lot of educators out there who clearly know their craft but don’t understand how to share it. I hope you find this as interesting as I did.
And if it is great lighting tutelage you seek, to be able to take available and studio lights to create what you see in your head, we have a host of great tutorials to do just that which you can find here. Also, I would be doing you a disservice in not recommending Lighting 101 and 201 and the Lightroom Workshop for becoming as good as it’s possible to be in Lightroom.