First, thanks David for your response. Second, workshops are interesting, as the variety of photographers that attend come with various cameras, various experiences levels, and various thoughts on how the workshop needs to meet their needs.
I donít know of any workshop or any one book that can give you everything you need. In fact, one of the best photography schools in the world is Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, and they spend three years training their photographers. It would take volumes of books and many, many workshops to replace what they teach in three years.
In addition, there is no substitute for experience, so practice photography all the time, when you can, regardless if youíre photographing a bell pepper (think of Edward Weston, bell pepper #30) http://www.edward-weston.com/edward_..._natural_1.htm
or a model. Practice, practice, practice is just sound advice. Read all the books you can, but also, donít try and be like any photographer, just be yourself and apply what you like from other photographers and workshops to your style. Style develops over time, not overnight.
Now, on my workshops, I never treat anyone like a student, as weíre all students of photography until the day we die. Those that come to my workshops are treated like attendees, Iím just the mayor of the event. I start out with lecture, usually about two hours long, and I tailor that lecture based on putting out fundamentals and concepts that apply to the type of photography weíll be conducting after the lecture.
I do my best to keep lighting simple at first, as to be a great photographer you must understand light first and to understand light, you must learn to master one-light before you can add another light source into the scene. I teach many concepts, including physics laws that apply to photography and light, including the ďangle of incidence is equal to the angle of reflectionĒ and the ďInverse Square LawĒ and how it applies to the type of photography weíll be conducting and how you can use it for any photographic experience.
I do my best to be there with you during shooting, obviously when we have four sets going on at the same time, I cannot be at each set the same time, this is where my experienced attendees, many often regulars to my workshop, will assist you, though you can always find me and come to me and Iíll be happy to help you.
If you attend with an open mind, filled with passion for photography, I will passionately spread the gospel of photography and do my best to make you comfortable with what youíre trying to accomplish at the workshop and with your photography. I come with over 30-years experience as a published photographer with a photojournalism background and apply what Iíve experienced, whether it be photographing the Rwanda Refugee Crisis in Africa, the Fall of the Berlin Wall, Desert Storm, shooting for the NBA for four years, the Evan Williams Liquor advertisement with Playboy Playmate Monica Leigh in the current Sports Illustrated Swimwear, Playboy and Maxim, shooting a Playmate test or for Playboy Special Editions, shooting a cover for the Rangefinder photography magazine, etc., etc., along with my four-year degree in communication, I give you credentials something no other glamour workshop promoter can even come close to.
I provide legit model releases for you and the model. I go over the legalities of model releases as well as location releases and much, much more. While every workshop has its quirks, we strive to deliver so you can have some return on your investment. My philosophy is simple, if you can walk away from my workshop with at least one thing you can apply to your photography to help you, overtime it will pay off.
Iíve had attendees that have gone on to get their work published, including Playboy, Maxim and many other publications. While I canít guarantee everyone will get published, I can guarantee youíll make friends, network and gain something of value for your time and effort. Itís like a degree, itís a piece of paper and it only becomes valuable if you put it to work, you canít expect it to come to you.
Hopefully that helps, feel free to ask any questions at any time. If you email me at Rolando(at))rolandogomez.com with your phone number, Iíll be happy to call you an answer your questions as my fingers get tired between emails, PMís, working on new books, articles, blogs, etc. I hope that helps, all the best and thanks for being a part of the GG family and community, rg sends!
(featured in the current Sports Illustrated Swimwear
edition, Playboy Playmate Monica Leigh)