Environmental Lighting: The Basics

  • Instructors:
    Jamie Hayes

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    Shooting outdoors using natural light can be challenging—clouds, too much sun or a strong wind, and your moment is gone. In this class, PPA instructor Jamie Hayes gives you the fundamentals you need to successfully use natural light and make the most of your outdoor opportunities.

    Just like real estate, natural light is all about location. The class is actually filmed in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park, so you’ll get live demos as Jamie teaches you how to position and adjust your subjects so that faces are evenly lit, backgrounds are separated and you create the best effect…all while outside. And Jamie doesn’t stop there. You’ll also learn about the following:

    • Using camera presets and other white balance options to handle the outdoor variables.
    • Choosing the best reflectors for outdoors and positioning them correctly.
    • Metering the light in two different ways.
    • Using and managing off-camera flashes for the right amount of light outside.

    Are you ready to maximize your outdoor shots with great lighting? You will be when Jamie’s done! Watch today and learn how to master the outdoors.

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      • Jamie Hayes

        Jamie Hayes

        M.Photog.Cr., CPP, ABI, API

        It all began for Jamie at the age of 13.  He never imagined that saving S&H Green Stamps would lead him to purchase a Kodak 110 camera and this would define his life’s path forever.  That camera with its’ fancy new flash cube extender would lead him on an incredible journey into professional photography.  Jamie photographed his very first wedding at the age of 15.  He had to get a ride from a family member but did not want his bride to know, so he had his uncle park down the block and walked the remaining two blocks to the church.  Twenty five years, two former employers, hundreds of weddings and thousands of sessions later, Jamie and his business partner Mary Fisk-Taylor have created one of the most creative and lucrative home based studios in the Richmond, Virginia area.

        Jamie considers himself very lucky, most people consider him to be extremely talented.  He was blessed with a fine eye for detail, an imagination bigger than life and an ability to create images that have been named some of the best in the country.  His name is constantly at the top of the list for highly accomplished professional photographers but the real reward is the smiles and tears that he consistently brings to his client’s faces when he delivers their beautiful portraiture.  Jamie gives credit to all of the wonderful friends and mentors that have encouraged and taught him along the way.  He truly believes that becoming a member of PPA so many years ago was the beginning of his photography education and brought him to the point where he is today.  Jamie’s appreciation for the education led him to the PPA Business Instructor program back in 1999.  Ever since then Jamie and his business partner Mary have been lecturing across the country at many National and Regional conventions as well as week long schools.  

        Receiving his Craftsman degree in 1998 and his Masters’ in 1999 Jamie has enjoyed many awards for his work including the Kodak Grand Gallery Elite,  Kodak Gallery Awards,  Fuji Masterpiece Awards as well as many entries into the PPA Traveling Loan and General Collections, three time Virginia Photographer of the Year and numerous Best in Show awards.  In 2002 he received a perfect score of 100 at SEPPA regional competition and had all four entries, 2 wedding albums and 2 prints, one of which was only a few of the newly accepted team coverage wedding albums, accepted into the PPA Loan Collection.

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