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Finding the Light Workshop with Detra

For the last 8 weeks, I have been busy as a bee, shooting and editing photos for critique as part of the Finding the Light workshop. It has been an amazing experience and along the way, I have learned to work confidently with natural light at any time of day and been re-inspired to shoot portraits. I have gone back to basics, experimented with my camera settings and learned how to shoot with appropriate exposure so my photos look right straight out of the camera. I’ve also come to appreciate the precision that spot metering on my new camera allows, as well as rediscovering the joy of my Canon 85mm f/1.8 lens – it’s no L series, but it’s not bad :)

I’ve also learned about perserverance and dedication. There were certainly times when I had uni tests or assignments due, stress levels were skyrocketing, and I couldn’t face the thought of having to find time to do the assignments but somehow, I found a way to complete every single one (except I just have one more to go…). Another thing that made life interesting was trying to find people to be in my photos every week! Thank you to my models <3

Below, I’ve put in below a selection of the assignments I’ve turned in over the course:

Park bench portrait

Infront of the trees portrait

Bike accident portrait

Soft yellowy light portrait

White out portrait

Laundry smiles

Hot summers day portrait

Peaceful hammock reading portrait

Sunset wandering portrait

Light and airy

Flying in the sky portrait


Thank you so much Detra for teaching me so much about working with natural light. I’ve learned so much also from the posts and comments from Detra, Gail, Jenny B and the rest of the girls on the forum. I definitely felt like the Finding The Light forum was a safe environment to give and receive constructive criticism and feedback which has ultimately improved my work.

I look forward to participating again in the next Finding the Light workshop as Alumni. It was a significant investment of time and a modest investment of money, however I got so much out of trying to read and understand the materials provided, participating on the forum, experimenting with the camera and making my own notes; it was well worth it!!

– Sabrina :)

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  • April 18, 2012 - 11:38 pm

    Mei @ Libertine Eats - Wow Sab all the of these photos look great. But photos number 3, 9, 10, 11 are amaziiing! Well done on the perseverance, I hope uni is going well for you. :)

  • April 18, 2012 - 11:44 pm

    Sab - Thanks Mei! It’s always interesting to know which ones people like better :) Uni’s going ok, it’s impossible to keep up with the mountain of work we’re supposed to do so I’ve found a middle ground whereby I can do enough study to get by but not too much so I can stay sane ;) Although I’m suitably busy that I still haven’t posted those pictures from China…

  • April 25, 2012 - 5:02 am

    Gail Pomare - aww what a sweet post. It’s been an amazing ride and look forward to having you as an alumni! good luck with uni too!

  • April 25, 2012 - 7:00 pm

    Sab - Thanks for dropping by Gail :) I’ll see you on the new forum on May 7th, looking forward to it!

  • April 27, 2012 - 2:21 am

    Sabrina - It was great being in the workshop with you, Sabrina!!! Well-spoken here!

  • April 28, 2012 - 3:03 am

    Brandy - This are so wonderful! I’m taking the spring workshop and I’m so excited. Seeing these images makes me anticipate it even more :-)

  • April 28, 2012 - 1:40 pm

    Sab - I’ll see you there Brandy :) It’s definitely worth getting excited about!

  • April 28, 2012 - 1:43 pm

    Sab - You too, Sabrina! :D Loved seeing adorable photos of your boys week after week! I’ll see you in the Spring workshop :)

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