Shooting on a Workshop? Speak up, please!

October 5th, 2010 by Rick Sammon

Photographs © Rick Sammon

Juan Pons and I were recently acting as assistants on the sunset hula shoot at the Maui Photo Festival.

Great fun! Great dancers! Great light.

As usual, something interesting happened. After Juan and I set up the reflectors and diffusers to control the harsh light, I ask the crowd of maybe 40 photographers, “Can you guys see the difference in the light when using these accessories?”


I asked again. Silence again.

Although I sometimes find it frustrating that no one answers (because I know the photographers can see the big difference), I am also understanding of the situation – because I know it’s not uncommon for people in crowds to remain quite when someone asks a question. Folks in crowds expect others to speak up for them. That point is mentioned in the book, The Tipping Point – which I recommend.

Also, some people are shy about asking a “stupid” question. On a workshop my friends, there is no such thing as a stupid question. Everyone is there to learn! And that includes the instructors.

Anway, you’ll get the most out of a workshop if you speak up, ask questions, offer suggestions, share your pictures on site -  and stick like glue to the instructors. Keep in mind that the workshop leaders are good photographers and instructors – but they are usually not good mind readers.

Explore the light,




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One Response to “Shooting on a Workshop? Speak up, please!”

  1. Maxis Gamez says:

    I agree with you Rick. It’s all about the interaction…!

    Keep up the good work and thank you for sharing!

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