Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Lost Arts of Photography - Clay Blackmore Delights the Professional Photographers of Massachusetts

Photographer Clay Blackmore at Professional Photographers of MA 4.4.10-9654
Remember those huge dumps of snow they got in D.C. this winter?  Well, Clay Blackmore, one of the world's most well-known, down to earth and passionate photographers, tromped through it sock-footed and on his belly and butt to get the images he felt compelled to create for his wedding client in these physically challenging but visually rich conditions.

Clay came to Boston yesterday to present his program "How to Photograph Everyone" for the  Professional Photographers of Massachusetts (PPAM) April seminar.  Clay has studied posing and lighting for decades and has reached a level of mastery that most of us only dream of.  What he demonstrated were what I consider to be the lost arts of posing and lighting.  With so many wedding photographers out there who can make mediocre to excellent candid shots on the weekend, it was wonderful to see such a strong showing by PPAM members who committed the day to learning more about these classic photography arts.  Moving a light by a nose makes an enormous difference in the quality of a portrait. 

And the Winner Is...
Everyone who attended yesterday was a winner, including me, who won a raffle to attend Clay's 4-day Spring Seminar later this month.  Earlier, during lunch, I mentioned life coaching for photographers and Clay invited me to introduce myself as a coach at the workshop and perhaps contribute a splash of coaching to the group.  Can't wait for the joy and discovery of it all!  Who wants to go with me?  There are still a few spots left.

Clay Blackmore is a Canon Explorer of Light and a member of the elite Cameracraftsmen group.  His love for photography is evident in every image he creates, and I've attended one of  lectures international audiences

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