A Day With David Tejada

As they say, all’s well that ends well, and last Friday saw the end of my saga with the Small Strobes Big Results workshop with David Tejada.

(In case you are wondering, I haven’t yet got my money back from the previous organizer, and there might still be an happy ending on that front, but I’m not holding my breath. Thanks to David’s generosity, I was able to attend the workshop, in the end, and that’s what counts, but if you want to read the sordid details, start from here.)

So, I don’t want to talk about past issues here, but just give my account of how the day went.

The workshop, which had 13 attendees of which only two were not local, started at 9AM with a brief introduction about David’s work, followed by the theory. David is an experienced teacher, and it shows in his style of presentation and in the confidence he inspires. Full marks on this part.

After lunch, we started shooting various lighting scenarios, using from one to three speedlights, various modifiers and gels. This, for me, was the most interesting and valuable part, as I don’t get to practice often. A few of us took turns modeling, while the others took pictures and tried to replicate what David had just shown us.

The plan was also to take some pictures outside, but bad weather prevented us from doing so and the day ended with a short talk on the business aspects of the profession and a group shot.

Group shot

All in all, the workshop was a great introduction to the world of small flash photography. If you are fairly inexperienced with it, and a Small Strobes Big Results workshop comes near you, my suggestion is that you should not miss it.

Personally, I feel I’m ready for the next step. Having read pretty much everything that David Hobby, Joe McNally, Neil van Niekerk, and others have written, or watched their videos, the theoretical part was just a recap for me. However, many people aren’t so knowledgeable with the basics, so making sure the basics are well settled is always in order.

I hear David might have plans for another European tour next year, so if he decides to offer a second grade, more advanced workshop, I will definitely attend.

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