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It’s mid-afternoon on a sunny late summertime day and even though many of us being taught to not ever capture under these bright circumstances, there’s no operating the open shade in Cliff Mautner’s Lighting and expertise Bootcamp. Actually, relating to Cliff—an award-winning wedding ceremony professional photographer known as by American picture magazine among the top ten wedding photographers on earth additionally the person associated with the WPPI 2009 Grand Award for Photojournalism—there is no these types of thing as bad light. More to the point, perhaps, is that when shooting a marriage, you can’t choose your light so that you must learn to utilize it. Cliff not merely works with any light but really seeks aside harsh light and creates amazing pictures beneath the many challenging circumstances.

I had interviewed Cliff in 2007 for a profile piece and really was taken by their images, that have been strikingly different than other wedding ceremony pictures I had seen, and their apparent enthusiasm for just what he does.Theano Nikitas - © Theano Nikitas I’m not a wedding professional photographer, and most likely never ever will be, nevertheless the means Cliff makes use of both natural and synthetic light ended up being therefore impressive that I hopped within possiblity to participate in their workshop.

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Cliff started out as a photojournalist at the Philadelphia Inquirer with more than 6, 000 tasks to their credit and a remarkable listing of commercial consumers as well. After he left the paper, their freelance work and connection with shooting a couple of weddings for the next professional photographer eventually led him to his current job. In 1998, he formally opened Cliff Mautner Photography and has now skilled in wedding ceremony photography ever since, shooting more than 750 weddings.

The Bootcamp Experience

The workshop takes place throughout 2.5 days plus a meet-and-greet the evening ahead of the Bootcamp begins. Unfortuitously, I happened to ben’t capable attend 1st evening’s event but immediately felt welcome when I arrived these morning when I ended up being greeted by Cliff and came across one other attendees whom originated in over the U.S. and as far away once the U.K and south usa.

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Limited to no more than 15 students, the team had been interestingly diverse. There clearly was a variety of expert wedding photographers, advanced amateurs whom desired to go after marriage photography among others whom merely wished to improve or develop their particular photographic skills for portrait or just basic photography. Many decided, though, they wished to read about light and a few stumbled on the workshop especially to advance their use of off-camera flash. Throughout the 2.5 days, Cliff ensured that everyone, despite knowledge degree, understood even the most technical components of the topic in front of you and addressed all questions—from basic to advanced—with equal attention.

The workshop is intensive—days tend to be 12-plus hours very long. You’ll be exhausted but you’ll not be bored. Cliff is lively, appealing and clearly likes to show. And I’ve never ever attended a workshop, seminar or meeting that was therefore effortlessly yet flexibly operate and where in actuality the attendees were very well taken care of.

Theano Nikitas - © Theano NikitasEach day began between 8:30-9am with an amazingly delicious hot catered morning meal of freshly made coffee, pancakes (with hot syrup privately), eggs, bacon and bagels, fresh fruit alongside healthy options to organize us for the day. Juices, liquid, and soft drink were offered by the refrigerator always and beer and wine had been stocked for nights.

The Presentation

Mornings had been invested speaing frankly about photography. We had been addressed to a detailed presentation by Cliff, dealing with their work and exactly how he created his unique style. The presentation after that transitioned into guidance about how to develop our personal styles, followed closely by a “tech talk” area with tons of additional information that addressed the technical and creative facets of photography.

With the caveat that “what we discuss isn't the right way, it's [simply] my means, ” Cliff resolved important topics like exposure modes. He will capture aperture-priority when he’s getting around so they can get ready to take at a moement’s notice.Photo.net Editorial - © Esteban Nakano Shooting manually would take too-long to change both aperture and shutter speed. But, he emphasized, it is important to “choose a mode for your needs.” Having said that, he does shoot in manual publicity mode as soon as the lighting conditions are consistent.

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Cliff’s Gear

a dedicated Nikon shooter just who only turned to electronic in 2006 (thanks to the outcomes he realized using the Nikon D2x), Cliff’s equipment case for 2013 contains:

Being able to take at high ISOs with low noise is an actual extra using most recent Nikon cameras and Cliff does not have any difficulty pressing the ISO to 10, 000, if necessary.

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