The Digital Photo Guy

Clay Blackmore Workshop

by on Apr.26, 2012, under Articles, Lightroom, Monday Morning Tips, Photo Editing, Photoshop CS2/4

Amazing Workshop in Phoenix

Last Monday, I attended a workshop led by Clay Blackmore, a protégé and business partner of the late Monte Zucker, arguably one of the finest wedding photographers of the last 60 years. The class was “How to Photograph Everyone” and you can get more information HERE. If you have a scintilla of interest in making amazing photos of people, this class is worth every cent. For $199, we went from 9AM until 7:30PM with Clay pushing, pulling and driving us the entire time. We skipped lunch and breaks to fit in “one more pose.” The class was scheduled to end at 5:30 but Clay and his able assistant, Calvin Hayes, met us back at their hotel for a final session with an amazing model, Tuesday. Unfortunately, by then, my brain was fried and I was only able to make a few final images of Tuesday in her wedding gown. Here are some photos from the workshop.

I’m not usually into the edgy, urban look but Martha made everything fun. I loved working with her. Tommy and Rene were the perfect complements to Martha.

Martha & Rene   Martha & Rene   Martha & Tommy


Shaun is a striking redhead who is very polished and comfortable in front of the camera. In some ways, she came across as unapproachable but, like a true professional model, had a way of lighting up with a smile at just the right moments to put everyone at ease.

Shaun   Shaun (video overlay)   Shaun

Shaun   Shaun

Tuesday is not a professional model but you could have fooled me. By the time we got to her session, my brain was fried so this is the only good photo I made of her. I was afraid of burning out her gown with my flash but I knew her dark complexion called for more light. I cranked up the Canon 580EX to 1/2 power and hoped for the best. Yes, the flash is obvious but I like that her features as well as veil are detailed.


All the photos were processed in Lightroom 3 based on tips, techniques and thoughts learned from George Jardine. If you’re serious about photography, you should use Lightroom. If you’re using LR, you should take George’s workshop. On a few photos, I went out of LR to PS CS4 for some minor retouch work.


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