Wednesday, April 6, 2011

IN-CAMERA Workshop Day 1 - Shooting & Post

Voice over intercom:  Are you here for the in camera workshops?
Me:  I am!
Voice over intercom: Great, I'll buzz you in.

A huge butterfly started going crazy in my stomach. I was about to meet Zach and Jody Gray. Like f'real, shake Zach's hand and hug Jody meet them. Not only that, but I'd be spending the next three days in their home for the IN-CAMERA Workshops. AwwYeah!!

The Gray's believe in running a business that serves their life and marriage instead of having a business that runs them. A big part of this includes how they shoot and their streamlined workflow after the shoot. We learned their process of getting exposure, color (setting custom white balance) and composition right in the camera and then went outside to practice. It was about 3pm and the sun was blazing. Zach and Jody taught us to look for open shade and how to create it using a diffuser. They also demonstrated some fill techniques using a reflector.

Let me say that I was so blown away by the results of setting custom WB that I went and bought an expodisc as soon as I could the next morning. This was my moment in the workshop where I thought, 'how have I been shooting without knowing this... I mean, really WHAT have I been doing!?' This alone was worth the trip for me but I got so much more.

Obviously it didn't hurt that we had two gorgeous models, but I am very pleased with the results. Especially since there is very little post processing on these images. (I shoot RAW so there is a pop of luminance that I was able to batch process instead of touching every single image one at a time. HUGE time saver!)

Part of the group. It was so much fun to be out shooting/chatting with other photographers!

Once our natural sunlight dipped below the horizon we went back inside and Zach showed us his post processing workflow. Dude is a culling animal!! I took good notes for John to study :)

If you are thinking about going to a Gray Photography IN-CAMERA Workshop, stop thinking and DO IT! You will not regret it.

A wrap up of Day 2 and 3 coming soon...


  1. So glad you came!! It was so fab to meet you!! Xoxo. Love the images!!-J

  2. beautiful! great to meet you :)

  3. This is great! And my feelings are the same. I don't even know how I was doing anything before this workshop. They rock!! Awesome shots! Great meeting you. Best wishes and definitely let me and Jen know if you ever want to come to B'ham.

  4. Love it! Um, what am I doing in that picture, exactly? ;)

  5. Great was so nice to meet you. :)