Nikon Creative Lighting Workshop

A great time was had by all the participants of the Nikon Creative Lighting Workshop Saturday evening.

Paul Van Allen, a Nikon USA National Training Specialist brought his tips, tricks and props to Camera West in Walnut Creek. 40 participants got a hands on opportunity using Nikon’s versatile wireless flash capabilities to shoot in very creative ways, water drops, strawberries, gum balls, flowers and even a cheese grater.

A workshop participant back lights a flower with a Westcott Softbox
Paul Van Allen goes over the flash control available in camera
Paul shows his two light setup for shooting strawberries in a fish tank
Camera West’s Robert Specter drops strawberries for the participants to shoot
Everyone went home with a better understanding of wireless flash photography and some great images

The 2011 Leica Hall of Fame Award

Steve McCurry, a member of Magnum Photos and frequent contributor to National Geographic is the recipient of the 2011 Leica Hall of Fame award.

Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, chairman of the supervisory board of Leica Camera AG, explains why Steve McCurry was chosen as the first awardee of the Leica Hall Fame Award : “More than almost anyone else, Steve McCurry has recorded the terrible consequences of war and persecution and has thus had decisive influence on our perception of world affairs for decades. For his work, he deserves our thanks and recognition.”

Most will remember this image by McCurry that graced the cover of National Geographic.

Check out more of his work in this video produced by Leica.