Like many conferences, Photoshop World actually gets underway a day before its official opening with pre-conference classes – “pre-cons” for short – that drill down into single, specific topics in photography or software processing for anywhere from 4 to 8 hours.
On Tuesday, I took a pre-con on wedding photography (with a particular focus on composition and lighting) from the highly renowned photographer David Ziser.
The class began within the Mandalay Bay conference center, where Photoshop World is being held. David went over some of the key concepts that we’d be exploring in greater detail as the day went on, and then, the whole class (about 50 people) spilled out into the hallway so that David could show us setting up portraits of the “bride” and “groom.” I didn’t have my flash with me for this class (and, of course, I couldn’t have used the flash setup and light modifiers David was using, anyway), so all of these inside pictures are using available light, with ISO’s between 1600 and 6400.
As luck (or misfortune) would have it, the site of our first photo shoot (above) became a busy corridor for other PSW pre-con attendees, as other sessions – led by photographers Moose Peterson and Joe McNally – departed the conference spaces to go shoot outdoors. As a large group led by Joe McNally walked by, Joe jokingly broke up David’s shoot, ironically asking “is this the way to Shark Reef (Mandalay Bay’s aquarium)?”
The whole class then boarded a coach bus, field-trip style, and drove across Las Vegas Boulevard to Holy Redeemer Church. Inside the church, David worked with different lighting setups, poses, and lenses…
We then headed out into the 100-degree-plus (but dry!) Las Vegas heat; David used a combination of shade, backlighting, reflectors, and diffusers to show different techniques. A few shots I snagged from the sidelines:
For some of the official photos taken on Tuesday’s wedding class, check out David Ziser’s Digital ProTalk blog.