I have an awkward confession to make. I used to be a. . . Strobophobic. I had a fear of using off camera lighting on location. I really don’t know why I felt this way–it was totally irrational. I have used lights in my studio for years. But I was plagued by doubts and fears. To flash or not to flash? Am I being too “flashy”. . . or not “flashy” enough? At times I felt there should maybe be a 12 Step Program for this:) I am now a recovering Strobophobic.
Anyway, as a professional Portrait Photographer, I decided last year that this silly fear was kind of ridiculous and kind of holding me back. So I signed up for a class at MARS with Scott Robert Lim. He helped me overcome my fear of off camera lighting on location. He helped simplify it and made it fun. This year I took a class with Stephanie and Peter Zettl at NEIPP to further explore my options and to work on some refinements. Below are some things I have been working on both in and out of the classroom.
I have to say that available light is still my favorite way to work, but I really love that now I have more options when it comes to my portrait photography on location. Thank you to everyone who made it possible to start to overcome my strobophobia. I still have a ways to go.
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