After a brief slide show, the
morning is devoted to creating the building blocks of sophisticated flash use, starting with one light, on the camera.
We investigate small light shaping tools, using soft boxes, fill boards, diffusers, found objects, someone wearing a white
T-shirt, etc. The emphasis is on fast moving, travelling light. After lunch, we launch into multi-flash setups and
advanced techniques. Colour, quality and direction of light are emphasised. Joe leads the day, shooting examples, but
there is a two-hour period where students break into teams, each with a model, and everyone creates their own
images. Joe rotates through each team offering helpful, annoying, constructive, philosophical, frivolous and generally
pithy commentary and tips. This is an accelerated exercise in on the fly solutions, similar to what photographers on a
paying job are asked to do. At the end of the shoot, each participant shows one image that represents success,
possible failure, or a problem of execution to everyone. While not a full blown critique, it does offer folks a chance to
see others' work and benefit from discussion of how the photograph was executed. Images are harvested for the
models, light fades on the set.