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Review by Sonia Ahmad

29 Jun 2024 10:16 AM | Kathleen Kinser, CPP (Administrator)

Illuminate and Elevate: Lighting and Photoshop Mastery

A Workshop Experience Review by Sonia Ahmad

Attending a photography workshop led by Tony Chicas was an excellent experience that enhanced my understanding of the technical and creative aspects of photography when shooting on location. The workshop, divided into two comprehensive sessions, covered a wide array of topics, ranging from on-location lighting techniques to advanced post-processing skills.

The workshop kicked off with Tony Chicas providing an insightful introduction to lighting. He began with the basics, explaining the exposure triangle—aperture, shutter speed, and ISO—and how these elements work together to achieve the perfect exposure without relying on a light meter. This foundational knowledge is crucial for photographers seeking more control over their shots.

Tony also shared his preferred gear and demonstrated how to interpret the camera sensor and read the histogram on the camera's LCD screen. This session was beneficial as it bridged the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical application, allowing us to see firsthand how adjustments in camera settings can affect the final image.

One of the workshop's highlights was Tony's detailed explanation of creative lighting setups and strategies. He emphasized the importance of composition, especially when shooting on location. Tony provided valuable tips on improving composition by effectively utilizing available light and understanding its impact on the scene. He guided us on where to look for light, how to compose a shot with the light in mind, next adding supplemental light, and how these elements contribute to creating compelling photographs.

The second half of the workshop was a hands-on session where we could apply the techniques Tony had discussed. This interactive segment was invaluable as it allowed us to practice taking photographs with enthusiast models who volunteered their time. Tony reiterated the importance of carefully searching for great light and composing the scene. He also shared insights on selecting the right lens for different scenarios and the appropriate times to use reflectors to enhance lighting.


The workshop concluded with a session on post-processing using Photoshop. Tony demonstrated how a few minor adjustments could transform a good photograph into a great one. His step-by-step approach made the editing process accessible and easy to follow, even for those new to Photoshop.

Final Thoughts

Tony Chicas' workshop blended theory and practice, making it a perfect learning opportunity for photographers at all levels. His clear explanations, combined with practical demonstrations, provided a well-rounded understanding of photography's technical and creative sides. If you're a photographer who values efficiency and quality, Tony Chicas' workshop is an experience you shouldn't miss. Watch for his future sessions—they will be as informative and inspiring as this one.

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