Learn Lighting From Master James Schmelzer
Hi folks, today I have a very special treat. The man who took me under his wing and taught me almost everything I know about lighting has come out with some new training material. The mans name is James Schmelzer, who I affectionately know as Jimmy. You see, Jim is a very special person, not only is he great at photography, he is great at being a human being. He is a super funny guy that I can never get enough of, and today I want to share with you what he shared with me, his new DVD.
If you really want to know how to light then you need to know what Jimmy knows. Jimmy has been in the photography game for almost Thirty years now. He is a Brooks Institute graduate, a master craftsman photographer and the owner and operator of one of the best studios in the world, called Elite Photographic. When Jimmy is not kicking ass in the studio or doing some huge wedding, he is often on the road helping others learn to light.
A week or so ago, I got a chance to catch up with my friend at WPPI where he was hard at work. You see Jim has a long-standing relationship with FJ Westcott and he travels to some of the biggest shows in the world to teach lighting. If you ever get a chance to visit a large photography trade show, find the Westcott booth and go meet Jim. I promise any time spent with this man will be time well spent.
So, here’s the deal, I was just hanging out at the booth when Jimmy reached into his bag and tossed me a DVD. All he said was, “check it out and tell me what you think”. So that is exactly what I am doing. Jimmy if you are reading this, the DVD is so great. Thanks for giving me the chance to learn from you, Again! Every time I watch you work, I learn something valuable and new. Jimmy I mean this when I say it, I value your friendship and want to publicly thank you for everything you have ever done for me. I am a better photographer and person because of you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Sorry for all the mushy stuff, but I have one last thing I want to say to my friend. Jimmy, I want you to know that everything you have ever taught me, I openly share with anyone who will listen. You are the reason I teach lighting to others and I hope that one day I can impact others in the same way you have impacted me.
So, on with the info about the DVD. Jimmy has taken all of the basics of lighting and laid them out in an easy to understand way at the beginning of the DVD (fundamentals and theory). Then he shows you how different light sources behave with the various modifiers. More so, he shows you how to control light and place it where it should be, while taking it away from anywhere it shouldn’t be. Also he shows how to create and control the quality of light. There is a huge difference in good exposure and good lighting. Many of people believe you need soft light to create beautiful images, this is simply not the case. Hard light can be extremely beautiful if you know how to shape it. Also during the DVD he lays out some very beautiful setups. I plan to steal (ahemm, I mean borrow) all of these setups and make them my own. The DVD is full of tips and tricks that will help you take full control over your lighting. All you have to do is practice until you master what he shows you.
You know, workshops are great places to learn. The problem with them is you aren’t always ready to learn all of the information begin presented. I say if you can learn one or two solid, “NEW” things at a workshop, things that you instantly use to better your photography, then you attended a good workshop (how’ed you like that run on sentence?). However, the great thing about a “Good” DVD is you can watch it over and over. You can master everything over time. You can absorb the information as your skill level allows you. We are human not robots, we need to have information drilled in to our brains, many, many times for complex things to sink in. Then when we understand, often times we don’t know how or when to actually apply the newly acquired knowledge. Understanding and execution are worlds apart, that’s why it’s so great to have the actual reference material to fall back on when you need it or when you are ready for it.
In closing, I hope all of the members here know by now, that I am an honest person who is always trying to help you be better photographers. Also that I never endorse a product that I don’t really like, and I never receive money for anything that I post on my blog. I hope you have noticed there are no banner ads, there are no affiliate links, no spam emails, ect.. I do all of this from my heart, because I want to, and I love to.
Now, I want to surprise my friend Jimmy by having tons of you call his studio and order his DVD for $50 bucks. Jimmy has given me so much, and it’s the least I can do. Two things will happen, one you will get a kick ass DVD with tons of incredible lighting information, secondly you will help me show Jimmy how much love I have for him. Please ask yourself which one of the two you have a problem with, I hope it’s neither.
So for the first time, I am asking you to buy something, and it’s now. Please Call Elite Photographic at 586-566-6204 and tell them that his buddy Tom from Vegas sent you. Tell whoever answers that you want to buy Jimmy’s new DVD called “Studio Photography Techniques Using Constant Lighting”. Thanks so much for taking time to visit mu blog today. I promise to not make it a habit of trying to get you to buy stuff, this DVD really a great piece of information from a great person. I hopw you all have an incredible day today. Sincerely, Thomas Shue