January 28, 2013 by Brian Lewis

Workshops are important for our professional education and photographic skill development. I attended the last workshop by Jeffrey Totaro in February 2012 and I am booked again to attend the next workshop on 19-23 February 2013 in West Palm Beach. The workshops are small, the last one was 8 persons maximum and the facility at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre is really well equipped – each attendee is provided with a desktop computer. Downstairs there is a well-equipped Camera Pro Shop and there are tons of fine restaurants close to the facility.

The workshop methodology involves a series of classroom lectures, photographic demonstrations at various locations followed by post-production classroom sessions. Locations included exteriors of a civic center, a Greek temple, a dusk shot and interiors of a restaurant, church, museum, board room and a convention center.

It was really interesting and an eye-opener to see Totaro’s architectural lighting technique demonstrated for the interior shots. Lighting for digital photography is quite different than traditional tungsten lights and film photography that requires an organized post-production workflow. Totaro also shared aspects of the business of architectural photography and at the end of the workshop the group had participated in some really good architectural images. I had the honor of sharing a meal with him so I certainly got personal attention so I am going back for more.