When it comes to learning about lighting, I'm a big believer in dipping outside my genre. This approach found me watching Tim Wallace's fantastic tutorial "The Art of Close-Up Automotive Photography" [you'd be surprised at how much of this is completely relevant to shooting other shiny objects. :)] Okay so that I can definitely justify. Automotive Photography Tutorials stay in.
Anything to do with small flash has a really good chance of staying on the list. In this case it comes down accessibility of info [i.e. how easy to watch or read].
Food photography is another area I really want to learn more about, and is something that I can really use; so food photography is in.
HDR on the other hand, is out. There are some really beautiful HDR images being created out there, but personally it's just not for me. With a finite amount of time and an ever growing list of resources to tempt me, I have to make the cut.
Lightroom is also out. I'm a big fan of Photoshop and still have so much to learn. I know Lightroom is an excellent program but just isn't for me.
Even though I've now slashed my lists by a third, there is still a lot I want to get through and quite frankly I've been a little slack about it. So here is my list of things I want read/watch this year.
Perhaps it is a tad ambitious but it is by no means set in stone. There will definitely be additions and perhaps even a few items will drop off. But I wanted to put it out there as a motivational kick.
What are you doing for self-education this year? :)
- Exposure for Outdoor Photography - Michael Frye
- Food Photography - Nicole S. Young
- Hollywood Lighting from the Silent Era to Film Noir - Patrick Keating
- Lighting Interiors - Scott Hargis
- Lighting Notebook - Kevin Kubotas
- Making Light 2 - Peter Van Den Eynde
- Nik Software Captured - Tony L. Corbell, Joshua A. Haftel
- Sketching the Light - Joe McNally
- Speedliter's Handbook - Syl Arena
- Architectural Photography - Richard Riley
- Creative Lighting for Photographers - Joe McNally
- Crushing the Composition - Scott Kelby
- Edgy Photography - Calvin Hollywood
- Food Photography Part 2 - Joe Glyda
- Freeze Motion Photography - Frank Doorhof
- Light Shaping Tools 1 & 2 - Joe McNally
- Mastering multiple exposures using advanced flash techniques - Joe McNally
- Multiple Flash - Syl Arena
- One Light Lighting - Richard Riley
- Photographing with one light - Joe McNally
- Professional Techniques for Composite Photography Part 2 - Joel Grimes
- Why Fake it when you can create it - Frank Doorhof