The Adventure that was Lightfreaks Workshop.
Welcome to Our blog. We will be documenting our experiences during our photography journey without so many words :)
Let’s get our first blog post off the blocks.
I had missed the first lightfreaks workshop partly due to my arrogance but mostly due to my ignorance on photography workshops. I couldn’t comprehend how someone can go to a workshop to learn a skill that I could google (#teamgoogleisyourfriend) and perfect it on my own. Now, a few months down the line, I have not only swallowed my words but I’m also a staunch supporter of workshops.
The workshop was on a Sunday morning which is perfect because Sundays are mostly bright and sunny right? Well, this day was chilly and grey but I got up early packed my equipment and made my way to the meet up. There were many photographers present who made for a pleasant but alarming sight because of my antisocial nature. An hour later we were off to Hell’s Gate. I had been there before but never to the gorges. This was bound to be fascinating. Photography jokes were cracked here and there and a few Selfies taken with the latest gadgets while admiring the sites as we drove along. After an hour on the road we arrived.
I had recently had an ACL reconstruction surgery and was extremely anxious about walking the path to the gorges which resembled a Rambo movie scene. I had a strategy though: I would walk behind Njeri (the only lady photographer to grace the workshop). Women tend to be more cautious than men. I knew I could trust her steps. After walking up and down the twined path and carefully maneuvering between rocks, we finally arrived at the spot muddy and a bit wet which did nothing to deter my eagerness .
First Osborne spoke. For someone with that much experience under his belt, he is very soft spoken.
Then the strobbing began. We got first look at the models and I must say Kevo Abbra the stylist did a great job. First up is Mzee Yusuf (Quite famous from Osborne’s Hasselblad Masters 2016 Submission entry). Osborne took us through his entire shooting process then it was our turn. Finally, what I had been waiting for. Osborne let us take charge of our own shoots. Talk about ‘hands on experience’. We directed the models on the poses we wanted, directed on how we wanted them lit and took our own shots as individual photographers. By the time we knew it the day was over. Lastly, we went through Osborne’s general workflow on images straight off the camera and called it a day.
The following pictures are my final Edits from the workshop. What do you think?