New Photography Classes & Workshops in 2015!

I don’t do New Years resolutions, but if I did this year’s would be to use my blog more. We’ll see how that goes.

The good news for this year is that I have added to my photography class list!  Also we are doing more hands-on classes, which people seem to like, and have added some classes for up-and-coming pros!

Most, if not all, of our 101-Basic Digital Photography Classes are free at Spartanburg and Greenville county public libraries.  And we are looking to move into Hendersonville and Asheville NC in the spring.

Check out this list of our current classes and, if you’re interested, sign up for one at http://www.michaellambworkshops.com.  The new 2015 classes have a * attached to them.  I hope to see you in class!

101 – Digital Photography Fundamentals

102 – DSLR Fundamentals

103 – DSLR Advanced Techniques

104 – Your Canon Camera

105 – Your Nikon Camera

106 – Your Sony Camera

107 – Basic Photoshop Elements

108 – Photographic Composition*

109 – The Right Photo Gear*

110 – iPhoneography I

111 – iPhoneography II*

201 – Flash Fundamentals Hands-on

202 – Off-Camera Flash Hands-on*

203 – HDR Photography

204 – Image Organization & Management*

208 – Posing Fundamentals*

301 – Outdoor Portraiture Hands-on Workshop

302 – Photoshop for Portraits

303 – Sports & Action Photography Workshop

304 – Window Lit Portaits*

305 – Night Landscapes Workshops*

307 – The Wedding Photography Business for New Professionals*

306 – The Business of Portrait Photography*

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.