Sunday, February 17, 2008

LUMU Florida Workshop

Today was Nick Haskin's Light It Up Meet Up (LUMU).

The event was held at Fort Cooper State Park in Inverness, FL - about 70 minutes drive time from North Tampa.  The park had a small event hall, a playground, trees, open areas, and a swampy pond.  Around 30 photographers and 5 models were in attendance.

The day began with a brief meeting, division into groups, and model shoots.  Each group started with 5 to 7 photographers, but the groups dissolved and photogs moved freely between locations and models throughout the day.  

Lunch was catered by Sonny's and was followed by instruction by Nick Haskin on his flash techniques, which are nearly identical to David Hobby's Strobist techniques.  

Having a Saturday Strobist workshop followed by Sunday LUMU was an excellent way for me to learn, retain, and practice small flash usage in outdoor environments.  

About 6 of the acquaintances I made at the Strobist workshop were in attendance at LUMU, in addition to my buddy Zekeshem Parsons.

Thanks to the talented and skillful Nick, his assistants, and the models for sharing their time & experience to make this event happen!

Here are a couple of shots from the event:




Saturday, February 16, 2008

Strobist Saturday in Orlando!

Today was a special day in Orlando!

David Hobby of Strobist ( ) conducted a one day workshop at the Embassy Suites on International Drive in Orlando.

I was lucky enough to sign up for the class before it sold out!

David started the day with a presentation in which he discussed methods, exposure, techniques, etc.  The second half of the day David demonstrated those techniques, using various "models" from the room (I was picked as a "rock star" model).  

Among the 40 student photographers in the class were a couple of special guests - Scott Kelby ( ) and Rafael Concepcion (RC).

Here are a couple of low-res candid shots taken  from my small Canon SD870IS:

David Hobby shooting RC with a single light setup while Scott Kelby looks on

David demonstrating his 2 light clamshell technique

Late in the afternoon, David demonstrated motion techniques - zooming, shaking, and panning during an exposure.  His zoom demonstration included a shoot of a "rock band"  - including yours truly!  Here is the shot:

For this image, David lit the background with a halogen work light.  Two snooted lights were camera left and camera right but behind the subjects.  One light in front of the subjects.

After the workshop, we hung out and drank free beer at the hotel's happy hour :)

I learned a lot and met a bunch of great folks today! 
Thanks, David, for the great workshop!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

The launch of !!

I'm very excited to announce the following:

Will Hawkins & Walter Rowe are proud to announce the launch of...

The Music Photography blog & forum of Will Hawkins & Walter Rowe,, officially launched this morning! 

This site will be replacing the 3,611 member "Concert Photography" Myspace group/forum
It will include:
- Tutorials
- News
- Blogs 
- Galleries
- Book Reviews
- Interviews

Additionally, we are pleased to announce that the 100 member merged into!

Thank you for making our Concert Photography group so successful!  We look forward to having you in our new community!

Please register on today!

This site is really going to house a great community and be a great resource for photographers of all types, although it is certainly targeted towards photographers on the music side of the biz.

Walter and I have been planning, researching, and working on this concept for months!   We're thrilled to see it launch!

Please come on by and check it out :)

- Will

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Tampa Photographer Meetup in Ybor!!

What a beautiful day this past Sunday turned out to be!  And no better timing for it ;)

Courtney Fries, a wonderfully talented (and photogenic!) Tampa area photographer, had posted a blog about getting a handful of photographers together for a shoot in Ybor on February 3rd.  The idea was that we would shoot each other - leaving with images for our portfolios, from both sides of the lens.  

Courtney had a suggested limit of 5 model/photogs (and the rest would just be photogs) as we weren't sure how the timelines would run.  I had responded too late to be an official 'model', but the way things worked out, I had the interesting opportunity of getting in front of the lens anyways!

In attendance, we had Courtney Fries, Nick Haskins, Zekeshem Parsons, Taka, Travis, Stephen, Erin, and a couple others! 9 photographers!

Here are some photos from Sunday:  (At the bottom you can find links for more photos from me as well as from 7 other photographers!)

The crew

Nick Haskins

Shem goofing off  (Through the Lensbaby)

Courtney, through the eye of a Lensbaby

Courtney through the 85mm f1.2 L


Erin Harvey


Shem at f1.2

More of my photos:  

Photos from other crew members: