The VBPC Strobist Focus Group meets monthly every fourth Thursday from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. The group is still growing, as is the concept of strobism itself. Last night, although we lacked a formal instruction or lesson plan, we had a great time working with shoot-through umbrellas in various positions around the model and gels to achieve interesting lighting. Six of us showed for the meeting, each of us having slightly different off-camera flash setups, but all of us capable of achieving similar results. Skip Morrow and Chris Bautista were great instructors, showing those of us less-informed some key tricks. The last forty-five minutes of the meeting, we went downstairs to the lobby of the ECPI building to shoot using the plants as a nice setting and the ambiant lighting of the fountains for added interest.
Here's a shot I caught of Skip modeling with our setup as a flash popped.
If you're interested in learning more about VBPC Strobists, check out the Strobist Focus Group folder in the forum (the oldest posts will guide you to various sources for learning and equipment). You can see more images from this meeting in this forum post.
We hope to see greater attendance and interest in the Strobist Focus Group this year. Strobism (inexpensive, creative lighting using off-camera and other alternative lighting) is a new and exciting concept in photography that we each can afford and learn from.