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Donna (Hi-Key)

Originally uploaded by bmthomas

I took a Beauty and Glamour workshop from Horizon Workshops up in Chesapeake City, Maryland. Steve Gottlieb is the driving force behind Horizon Workshops. The workshop was taught by Joe Edelman.

First of all this was a Beauty and Glamour workshop not a nude workshop. There is a difference.

The workshop started Friday night with a slide show and lecture and the opportunity to meet the other students. On Saturday we were supposed to have two models, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Unfortunately one didn’t show up in the afternoon. Luckily Donna agreed to stay all day.

We did a number of sets and outfits. We started with Donna wearing jeans and a sweater, then a yellow bikini, a white bikini, and finally lingerie. We did hi-key and low-key. We tried out one, two, and three light setups. We did portraits and three quarter body shots.

Saturday night we all went out for a late dinner and some socializing. We were joined by another class.

Sunday we had another model, Sarah. We did some natural light shorts of Sarah both by a window indoors and in the shade outdoors. We also did studio lighting shots of Sarah.

Donna and Sarah were very different models. Donna was curvaceous, blond, and tan. Sarah was not tan or curvaceous. She was very tall and lean and gorgeous long flowing hair.

Joe finished off Sunday by showing us the post processing he does to images. He was a wiz at Photoshop. He used liquify to make many small changes to thighs, waste, etc., smoothed skin, highlighted eyes, teeth, and lips, and he even straightened Donna’s belly button piercing.

Joe was a lot of fun. His attention to detail bordered on fanatic. He was also a little hyper. Combine the two and we had a lot of fun. Although very good at Photoshop, he very much pushed us to get the shot in camera. His business is model portfolios with model business counseling.

Chesapeake City is only a one and a half hour drive north. There are a few B&B’s in Chesapeake City and hotels nearby in Elkton.

All in all the workshop was a lot of fun and I would definitely take another one.

Published in the Bowie-Crofton Camera Club newsletter
"THE VIEWFINDER" May 2009

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