Flash Made Simple- New Orleans

Mark is primarily a wedding photographer based in Louisiana. While he has a passion for weddings, he also loves shooting several other genres of photography in order to stay fresh and inspired. He founded Kickstart My Art in order to help educate and inspire photographers around the world.

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Sunday- August 7th, New Orleans

Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flash-made-simple-new-orleans-tickets-26206076079    (15% discount code if you sign up by June 23rd,  enter the code “nola”)

Join Mark Eric for a full day of teaching and exercises to help you learn all about off camera flash.   We’ll meet up in an ideal venue to learn how to create beautiful images in low light situations.

What you’ll learn: The Three P’s of Flash

  • Placement-  where to best put your lights for portraits as well as events.
  • Power- what power settings you should use in different scenarios.
  • Projection- how to shape your light to fit your subject, and how to apply corrective and creative color so that you can own the shot.

Models will be on hand so you’ll have the opportunity to put everything you learn into practice.

Join Mark Eric and Brandon O’Neal for “Flash Made Simple”

Join Mark Eric and Brandon O’Neal for Flash Made Simple, an off camera flash workshop.   We just launched two dates in Louisiana.   One in Lafayette on February 19th.  The other is in Alexandria on March 19th.

Each workshop will consist of a full day of teaching and exercises to help you learn all about off camera flash.   We’ll meet up at Vermillionville, a cajun village in Lafayette on 2/19.  On 3/19 we’ll meet at  The Gem, an ecclectic loft studio in downtown Alexandria.  This is the perfect setting for us to demonstrate lots of portrait lighting techniques.
What you’ll learn: The Three P’s of Flash

  • Placement-  where to best put your lights for portraits as well as events.
  • Power- what power settings you should use in different scenarios.
  • Projection- how to shape your light to fit your subject, and how to apply corrective and creative color so that you can own the shot.

Models will be on hand so you’ll have the opportunity to put everything you learn into practice.   Click the images below to reserve your spot!

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Coming Soon, our new lighting course- Flash Made Simple!

The number one request we get is for a “lighting” course.  Photographers are anxious for help with everything from portrait lighting to wedding reception lighting.   We’ve heard you loud and clear, and we’re working on a brand new course now!   The good news is that we’ll be launching several classes in the coming months- each tailored to a specific area of lighting.  If you are interested in learning more about using your flash for portraits, weddings, and events-  this course is for you.

Flash Made Simple

Taken at 4:00 p.m. daylight using flash to kill the ambient lighting.

 

Sign up to receive announcements as we get closer to launching the upcoming classes. Early Birds will receive huge discounts on the classes and the course- so sign up now!

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Join Mark EricMelody Hood, and Ashley Sievert Makeup for a stylized day of play and learning at one of Louisiana’s newest venues, MoveSets!  

If you’d like to learn hands on lighting techniques that you can use in challenging environments, this is the workshop for you!  Mark will be teaching several different lighting techniques using an array of strobes, speedlights, and constant lights.  We’ll put this teaching into action by helping you to set up shots of stylized models around the many different areas MovieSets.   In addition to beautifully stylized movie themed models,  we’ll also have some models that you can practically include in your portolio (bride, groom, engagement couple).

We hate to even call this a workshop, because it is going to be so much fun-  the word work shouldn’t even be included.  Instead, join us for this amazing Playshop!

The cost is only $425.   Previous KMA workshop attendees and members of our Facebook Group will receive a $50 discount-  simply email mark@markeric.net for the code.

Sign up here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lights-cameras-action-tickets-13833467273 

Date: January 19, 2015
Time: 10:00 - 6:00 pm
Event: Lights, Cameras, Action workshop- closing out registration soon!
Topic: Lights, Cameras, Action
Sponsor: Mark Eric, Ashley Sievert Makeup, Melody Hood
Venue: Movie Sets
Location: 400 Garret Rd
Slidell, LA 70458
United States
Registration: Click here to register.

Don’t be that photographer…

*Who joins Facebook groups to only post “look at me” links and photos.  Instead, take time to participate and add value to the groups you join.   How can you add value?

  • Answer questions honestly
  • Ask questions that others may be afraid to ask
  • Offer help to those who are struggling
  • Offer compliments along with constructive criticism
  • Pay it forward by inviting new photographers along on a shoot so they can observe

 

Two Words That Should Be Eliminated From Photography

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Master and Fauxtographer,  two words that I believe should be eliminated from every photographer’s vocabulary for very different reasons.   One of these words has been in photography  for decades and in the arts for centuries.  The other was just created within the last five years.  Once of the words has been the pinnacle for photographers   through the ages, while the other refers to a title that no photographer wants to wear. These words are commonly used to identify photographers at opposing ends of the spectrum and they have both caused a schism in the photographic industry.

In one corner, we have the “Master”.  He has climbed the mountain of professionalism.  He has discovered and settled on his style, his technique, and his ideal client.   He has worked hard to get where he is, and he’s often convinced that his way is the right way.  In the other corner, we have what many in photography refer to as the “Fauxtographer”.  These aspiring photographers are usually ridiculed because they don’t understand lighting, their images aren’t exposed properly, and they are charging far too little money which causes the Masters to think they are being undercut.    One is perceived as all knowing, and one is perceived as totally clueless.

Let’s start with the word, “Fauxtographer”.   When this word was first introduced a few years ago, it was actually a pretty funny word.  It was used to identify photographers who shouldn’t be charging clients because it was very obvious that they had no clue how to operate a camera or lighting equipment.  Websites like “You Are Not a Photographer” would serve to identify these photographers and raise client awareness.   However, over time the word became more diluted.  It started being used more often when identifying all aspiring photographers (not just those who were wrongfully charging clients).   On forums, in Facebook groups, and on popular blogs, professionals were using the word, “Fauxtographer” to insult and demean aspiring photographers no matter if they had good intentions or not.   I’ve personally heard from many aspiring photographers who feel bullied and targeted by established photographers.  If photographers want the bar raised in the industry, they should be helping to educate, not tear down aspiring photographers.  The word has become offensive, and it needs to stop.

What about the word, “Master.”   How is that offensive?  Why does it also need to be eliminated?    To be clear, I don’t find this word offensive, I simply find it limiting.  This word also had good intentions in earlier years, but now it often elicets visions of old grumpy photographers who are judgmental, rude, and hidden behind their guild (another word that should really go away).  By definition, a “Master” has reached the pinnacle.  He can learn no more.  He has plateaued.  He “knows all”.   This is such a limiting term, I don’t understand why anyone would want to label themselves in this manner.   Shouldn’t we strive to grow in our craft daily?  Shouldn’t we aspire to greater heights and more knowledge?   Shouldn’t we  all be students, perhaps at different levels, but students none the less?

Obviously, these words aren’t going anywhere-  but I offer this challenge to readers of this blog.  In 2015, let’s all strive to be students and teachers.  No matter where you are in your progression as a photographer, there is still something to learn and there is very likely something that you can teach.  Strive to master becoming a student again, and fake it until you make it if you have to.   Come to think of it-  isn’t that what practicing is all about?

 

On this note, if you’d like to contribute an article to Kickstart My Art- please contact mark@markeric.net.   We are looking to inspire amateurs and professionals alike, we’d love to hear what you have to say.  We’re looking forward to a great 2015!

 

 

Come join us this Friday at Lucy’s Surf Bar for a casual meet up.   There is no agenda, and you don’t even have to bring a gift-  just some fun, food, and friends!

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Date: December 19, 2014
Time: 07:00-09:00 p.m.
Event: New Orleans Meet Up this Friday
Topic: Fun, Food, and Friends
Sponsor: Mark Eric
Venue: Lucy's Surf Bar
Location: 701 Tchoupitoulas Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
USA
Public: Public

Lights, Cameras, Action! New Orleans lighting workshop with some fun models!

Melody Hood is an extremely talented photographer from Tennessee

Melody Hood is an extremely talented photographer from Tennessee

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Mark Eric is a Louisiana based photographer who specializes in weddings

Join Mark EricMelody Hood, and Ashley Sievert Makeup for a stylized day of play and learning at one of Louisiana’s newest venues, MoveSets!

If you’d like to learn hands on lighting techniques that you can use in challenging environments, this is the workshop for you!  Mark will be teaching several different lighting techniques using an array of strobes, speedlights, and constant lights.  We’ll put this teaching into action by helping you to set up shots of stylized models around the many different areas MovieSets.   In addition to beautifully stylized movie themed models,  we’ll also have some models that you can practically include in your portolio (bride, groom, engagement couple).

We hate to even call this a workshop, because it is going to be so much fun-  the word work shouldn’t even be included.  Instead, join us for this amazing Playshop!

The cost is only $425.   Previous KMA workshop attendees will receive a $50 discount-  simply email mark@markeric.net for the code.

Sign up here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lights-cameras-action-tickets-13833467273

Orlando photographers, please join us July 16th for a Free PUG meet up!

Mark is primarily a wedding photographer based in Louisiana. While he has a passion for weddings, he also loves shooting several other genres of photography in order to stay fresh and inspired. He founded Kickstart My Art in order to help educate and inspire photographers around the world.

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