It was back to the Vancouver Photo Workshops (VPW) this morning for day two of my Digital SLR Intensive Weekend Workshop.

After a rewarding day yesterday covering some technical and practical theory, followed by a photo walk through Vancouver, today was all about critiquing each others best shots from yesterday's session, followed by some time in and out of the studio working with different types of lighting.

The critiquing session was very informative and I have to say I got as much out of the conversations stemming from other people's best shots from yesterday, as I did from the banter surrounding my selection of 5 images.

The critiquing session ran into some broad discussions on software selection and usage surrounding applications such as Photoshop, Adobe Bridge, Light Room etc. I got plenty of great hints and tips out of this segment of the day and I left for the lunch break with plenty to think about.

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It was today's afternoon session, however, that I had been waiting for all weekend, and indeed signed up for this particular course for in the first place. We were all about experimenting with different types of lighting in both indoor and outdoor settings. For the first time in my life I got some hands on experience with monolights, Kino Flow shells, various reflectors, soft boxes, umbrellas and tungsten gels, all supported by the wonderful two models we had for the day, Aleksandra and Pooya.

The following images are a selection of the shots I took from the day. You'll notice that the lighting varies greatly in a number of the shots. That's pretty much due to the fact that we were constantly moving things around and changing things up to make sure that we were getting the fullest experience with the equipment while we could.

There's so many positive and helpful things I'm going to take away from this weekend's workshop. I dare say my bank account is going to take a major hit by the end of the year in one way or another, but here's hoping I can pick up some paid jobs with my new found skills and confidence to help cushion the blow.

A HUGE thanks to Syx Langemann for putting on such a great workshop. Cheers mate!

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