You’d probably ask me, who’s Tim Meyer. OK – he’s the Chair of the Portrait Division at Brooks Institute in California.
He was in Germany for Photokina, the worlds biggest trade fair in photography stuff. He’s publishing house invited him to Cologne to be at the booth for some time.
Another author from the same publishing house arranged this workshop at the day before Photokina starts and I was lucky enough to get a seat.
The workshop was held at technical college in Duesseldorf. 12 regular university students of media design and 9 people from outside the university took part in the workshop.
Tim came with his wife, also a photographer and his assistant and model in some cases.
First he showed some slides to explain and demonstrate different lightning techniques and how they take effect. After that he demonstrated some techniques live.
In my opinion he’s a very talented teacher. He didn’t hold a speech. He held a dialog with the auditory. He constantly asked questions to force us to use our brains for finding answers on our own before he showed and explained the solution.
There was also a very interesting discussion between some of the students and some of the experienced outsiders about basic knowledge i.e. Anselm Adams Zone model and other basics techniques students formerly needed to learn but nowadays, because of the digital photography, don’t learn anymore. As a result we – Tim Meyer, his wife, the professor and many of the outsiders – found, that the today students are missing important basic knowledge, when not learning it on their own.
I’d like to say thank you to Tim and Andrea for holding the workshop.