Saturday, January 10, 2009

This Weekend: Attending Colorado Strobist Meetup


Shane, Kim and Branden shot at a Colorado Strobist Meetup

Tomorrow, I will be attending a Colorado Strobist meet-up. It's been a while since I've had the time to participate in one of these, and I've been looking forward to it. OpticPixelWarrior has arranged this great shoot in a new local salon called Voila. A dress designer will be letting us shoot her clothing line, while the salon plans to chip in with hair and makeup for the models in trade for photos. The studio in historic downtown Denver is housed in a cool brick building and has a great basement for interesting shots. Plus, the streets of the city should be great for shooting in as well if the weather cooperates.

Continuing my education in off-camera flash is a priority for me. While I have been learning more how to control my Alien Bees in my home studio, I still want to learn how to combine flash with ambient light on location shoots. Plus, I have the AB Vagabond battery pack but have never used it, and I've never taken my AB's outside of the comfort of my home studio.

These informal Strobist meet-ups are the perfect time for me to practice using my equipment without feeling pressure to have to satisfy anyone but myself and my own professional growth. My only hesitation is that this group is so large that it doesn't necessary lend itself to a good teaching environment. Having 35 or more photographers in the same space can be overwhelming and taxing. But my plan is to get there early and set up my equipment in a private station so I'm forced to use it!

Here is a link to my Flickr galleries showcasing photos taken during previous Colorado Strobist meetups.

8 comments:

tin said...

I really wanted to go to this and have been following the flicker discussion since the beginning. I'm just a little overwhelmed with how many people are supposed to be there. Plus I don't have any lighting equipment other than the 580 I just got. Maybe you can teach us what you learn on the 25th.

Sheba Wheeler said...

I totally understand. I have those same reservations. I asked Dizzle to go with me and I really just want someone to explain to me how to use my lights, battery pack and light meter.

tin said...

I think I talked myself into going today. I know there's a wealth of information in that group and I'm sure I'll pick up something new. Hopefully I'll see you guys there.

Sheba Wheeler said...

Nice! I am so glad you are coming. We can all support each other. I told Diz I was worried about looking stupid in front of so many people, but that is really the only way you can learn. It will be great to learn together plus you get get some great photos for your portfolio. I will see you there.

Dizzle said...

I am glad you both went and convinced me to go as well...had a great time. Am probably convinced that I need to look at AlienBees, but Mel showing us his photos on his iPhone has me convinced that I need to buy an iPod Touch to have photos on hand to show clients/potential clients without needing a laptop and internet.

Sheba Wheeler said...

You are the third person I've heard talk about how much you love your Iphone! I'm so glad not only that I went to the meetup but that you and Tin were both there! I can't believe how much I learned, how proud of myself I am, and how much better my photography will be now after just attending that one meetup. I can't wait to take my strobes out on location with me now that I know how to do it and keep the battery pack working as well.

tin said...

Just don't forget your power cord :)

Sheba Wheeler said...

LOL! Hey, you live and learn, right. You can bet I will never forget to bring it again! The first thing I did when I got home was search high and low for that dang thing. It was buried in the very back of all of my other equipment. I'm so glad someone brought extra equipment so he could bail me out!

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