Last week FXA Perth photographers had the opportunity to attend a lighting workshop hosted at Camera Electronics featuring professional photographer Dan Avila. For those of you who don’t know who Dan Avila is, let me give you a brief summary. He is a Fujifilm GFX shooter based in Perth, Western Australia. He is photojournalist, writer and travel photographer. Dan shoots all around the world and works with a wide range of clients. Lighting is just one of his many expertise as a photographer.
In this studio lighting workshop, Dan demonstrated the basics of shooting portraiture using strobe and flash lighting. During the workshop he demonstrated the use of a octagon soft box, beauty dish and reflectors. He explained how to create soft and hard lighting through moving the lights closer or further away from the subject. He was fantastic at explaining how to achieve different “looks” based on how he poses or directs the model to pose.
As Dan was welding the Fujifilm GFX 100, we got to see the amazing quality and sharpness of the images coming out of that camera straight onto the big screen. It is truly an impressive piece of technology. After 1.5 hours of shooting and posing, Dan spent the last 30 minutes doing a few quick live edits of a couple of his images in Lightroom and Photoshop. Here are some highlights from the event (credit to Gus Potenza)
Below are some of Dan’s sample edits. The quality is just amazing.
You can find Dan’s final edits and original .RAF files here if you are interested. It’s well worth checking out!
Thank you Joel, Brenda and other staff from Camera Electronics who stayed behind. They were gracious hosts as always, making us feel welcomed and assisting Dan with the the equipment. Thank you Camera Electronics for being a supporter the Fuji X Aus group in Perth and collaborating on multiple events, the FXA team truly appreciates everything you do for our community.
A big thank you to Dan Avila for his time, enthusiasm and knowledge. He is one of the best photography teachers I’ve come across so far. I think I can safely speak on behalf of those who attended and say that we had all thoroughly enjoyed the workshop. Last but certainly not least, thank you to our ever enthusiastic FXA Perth Admin Gus for making the event happen and organising the food and drinks.