Among the many sessions we attended at the DWF Convention this month, one of our favorites was the Dynamic Location Lighting seminar taught by Cliff Mautner. For those of you unfamiliar with his work, Cliff has been a professional photographer for over 25 years, has photographed over 750 weddings, and is known as being able to create amazing images regardless of the lighting conditions.
He has been named one of the world’s top photographers, and prides himself on being able to produce photographs that are technically strong and has no need to edit them afterward to produce a beautiful product. We had the pleasure of learning from him, up close and personally…if you notice, we’re so excited about being small town Ottawa wedding photographers on stage with a big city photographer of his caliber, I’m staring at Cliff with a big goofy grin on my face!
Cliff’s seminar was 5 hours in length and focused on how to capture the best images in the difficult conditions wedding photographers are faced with most often–dark, dramatic, moody, romantic reception venues that look gorgeous to the guests but can make it hard to truly highlight the best of the evening’s celebration. We got to play the bride and groom, complete with convention ID badges, but the knowledge we gained was invaluable!
Some of the takeaway messages of the seminar were key:
-how to turn bad light into good light
-gaining a better understanding of light quality vs light quantity
-using light to create texture, dimension, and mood
-being able to see three dimensionally to improve composition
We are truly excited and inspired to use the skills that Cliff taught at the seminar for our upcoming wedding commissions, and can’t wait to see the images we’ll create!
A big thumbs up to our buddy Aaron of Aaron Spicer Photography in Virginia for taking these photos while we were at the seminar!