Notes from WPPI – Session with Doug Gordon

Because we’re all learning together I want you to check out the photographer’s website, look at their images (like them or not – I think it’s important to decide what you like and what you don’t in order to find your own style!), and then read the notes I took from the workshop.

*Remember my notes are taken from my perspective and not word for word what the speaker said…I just wanted to put that disclaimer in there!

Here’s the link to Doug’s site!

His main message was a challenge to be different!

But here’s extra points:

1. Walk into every situation and identify your main light source. Where is the light coming from, bouncing off of and landing?

2. Always shoot from the dark to the light and set your camera to aperture 2.8 for a softer look. Then try putting your subject in the dark and challenge yourself with different lighting.

Posing (*This may be hard to visualize but I thought It would be worth a try!)

In most cases your clients are not expecting to look “just as they are” they want to look better…like the models in magazines they see every day! Here’s some tricks:

1. The Tuck – when positioning a couple, tuck her back shoulder under his back arm.

2. The Roll – Good posture goes a long way! Teach your subject to roll the front shoulders back.

3. The Lean – Have both the bride and groom lean forward (hips back) giving a slender perspective.

He said a ton more but these were the only notes I took from that session!

Katie - March 25, 2008 - 5:32 pm

Hi Noemi-
I just wanted to say thank you for posting these notes….it’s obviously not something you have to do…and since I wasn’t able to go this year (hopefully next year)…I sure appreciate it 🙂

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