Greenville SC Photography Classes at the Kroc Center, August 2013

Michael Lamb Photography is excited to announce a series of Digital SLR Photography Classes in Greenville. Just in time to get to know your camera better before the football season and autumn portraits, Michael is teaching 6 different classes.

Thursday Aug 22, 2013 – Basic DSLR. After a short review of the automatic “scene modes” of your camera, Michael will teach you how and why to get out of the green automatic modes and move towards manual. We will discuss lens choices and start taking control of our cameras through the use of Program modes and ISO.

Thursday Aug 29, 2013 – Sports Photography Workshop. School has just started and that means football season. This hands-on workshop will take place near sunset on the Kroc Center’s beautiful field. We will photograph athletes as the sun sets, learning to use manual controls, ISO and flash to stop motion, even in the dark. Though no indoor sports are taught during this workshops, the techniques learned can be used for indoor sports too!

Thursday Sept 5, 2013 – Advanced DSLR. This class is all about manual exposure. We will discuss aperture and shutter speeds and how, and when, to adjust them for proper exposure and creative effect. The last 30-45 minutes of the class will be hands on, putting to practice what was learned in the first hour.

Thursday Sept 12 and 19, 2013 – Canon & Nikon SLR In-Depth. Michael will help take the fear out of moving all those buttons, and dials, and even teach you navigate through your menus with ease. These classes are Canon & Nikon specific, and though there is no prerequisite, discussion of ISO, aperture and shutter speeds is very limited. The the Basic + Advanced SLR classes are recommended for those wanting to learn manual exposure.

Thursday Sept 26, 2013 – Digital Editing using Adobe Photoshop Elements. Michael will use Elements in a live demonstration. Working with layers is key to using Photoshop Elements well. We will start with layers and build upon it using the most commonly used tools. Learn to correct exposure and color, remove unwanted elements from a picture, merge two images and more. You are not required to own Photoshop Elements to take the class. Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 may be downloaded free, for 30 days, from Adobe before or after the class and is available locally for under $100.00.

Thursday Oct 3, 2013 – Portrait and Flash class. Michael will show you the tricks and tools he uses every day as a portrait photographer. Using a model, you will learn simple, effective shooting methods using flashes and reflectors. This is a very hands on class. Bring your cameras, lenses, flashes and other accessories.

If you have any questions about any classes, please contact Michael Lamb directly at 864-497-3093 or michael@michaellambphotography.com. We look forward to seeing you in class!

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Senior Model Spotlight – Loren – Woodruff High School

I had a great time with Loren and her mom, who made a great photographer’s assistant, at this session.  We used some areas around Hub-Bub in downtown Spartanburg and the grounds at Milliken to get a mix of urban and rural looks.  I love the way this session turned out.

Joni – a Broome High School senior portrait session

This session was all downtown Spartanburg.  Our average senior session is 90 minutes and we encourage our seniors to bring multiple outfits.  Joni is from Broome High School in Spartanburg and is one of our newest senior models.  We started the session at West Main Artist’s Co-op and continued through a couple of locations around parks and murals in downtown Spartanburg.  Want a great deal on your senior portrait session?  Email us about becoming a senior model.  Our models get a free session in exchange for promoting our senior portrait services via Facebook.  We may have an opening at your Greenville or Spartanburg high school.  We are still booking sessions for class of 2011 and havc begun shooting 2012 sessions.  Check out our Michael Lamb Photography Facebook page for examples of our senior model’s sessions.

Em – a Michael Lamb Photography senior portrait session

Em was our first senior from the SC Governor’s School for the Arts!  I love these “walk and shoot” sessions.  We started outside the Governors School, through Falls Park and into downtown Greenville.  Our senior models get a free session in exchange for promoting our senior portrait services to their school and friends.  Please contact us to learn more about becoming a Michael Lamb Photography senior model or scheduling a portrait session.  We have begun photographing class of 2012, but it’s not too late for 2011 seniors to have some unique portraits made.

Noah Guthrie, singer, songwriter, senior model

I am lucky enough to know Noah and his family from our chruch, in Spartanburg SC.  Noah is one of our newest senior models in the area.  I love the images and hope he can use them as his senior portraits and promotion images for his up-and-coming shows.  If you haven’t heard Noah’s music please check it out at http://www.youtube.com/user/only1noah.  Enjoy the pics!

Trash the prom dress.

The reactions I get when we use the term “trash the dress” are funny.  Most people have heard of these sessions.  Many of them have seen examples of the images on Facebook or a wedding photographer’s web site and think the images are really cool, but suggest they trash their own dress and they look at you like you’re crazy. 

These sessions should be called “you’re never going to use the dress again, so use the opportunity of owning such a cool gown to get some once-in-a-lifetime portraits”, though I realize it doesn’t have quite the same ring to it. 

I think the big idea is that these sessions don’t begin with the purpose of ruining anything beyond what a dry cleaner can make right, but allow us to take a gown into situations that we otherwise wouldn’t.  Obviously a photographer has to be very careful with a client’s wedding dress when doing a traditional bridal portrait before the ceremony, but the client and photographer can be much more relaxed with it if they are doing a “day after” session.

Trash the dress sessions for wedding dresses have been popular for years.  What about prom or other formal dresses? 

We had the opportunity to do a “trash the prom dress” session a year ago with one of our senior models.  Seniors, consider using your dress as part of your senior portrait session or even an additional session after your portraits.   Make your senior portraits unlike anything your school has ever seen.  We are currently looking for senior models from many high schools in the Spartanburg & Greenville areas.   Our senior models get an absolutely free session in exchange for promoting our senior portrait services.  Please visit our Facebook page to see our most recent senior sessions and shoot us a message or call us for full details on becoming a senior model.