well we we have a wheelchair and we were lots folks were wondering for example my aunt actually has m s and has for a long time and so how did you photograph her both by herself and then in family shots okay great bring the wheelchair over here and let's just use it with our natural let's use it like here we'll choose the video the video like and um let's see maybe we'll just let's just hang and bring it over here let's just like do three one lighting three just remember remember what we said earlier today that if you cannot see it it doesn't exist that is always my motto regardless of what it is if you can't see it it doesn't exist so the first thing I would do is if I have somebody who and I want to keep that light a little bit more like yeah but yeah you got it you bring it down a bit um so the first thing I'm gonna photograph somebody by themselves in a wheelchair you don't need to show the whole wheelchair if you can photograph use a shallow depth of field come in tight on the fac...
e we can get some beautiful beautiful pictures of some of anyone without a lot of hustle let's bring it up close to here and how about uncle john let's put you in that wheelchair okay here you can go for the to oh there so okay so john by the way has one eye that is smaller than the other one which one of those eyes look at this look at his eyes right here and let's see which one works the best okay so first of all john I'm gonna have you just scoot your butt back just a little bit beautiful just like that and very good just about like that so let's just photograph him straight I want to see how our light is doing I might need to use that reflector on you but this will give us atleast on idea oh actually that looks pretty darn good right there let me come in tight on that ugly mug of yours right there okay so we can see his eyes that's his smaller his eye that's one it's bigger than the other now what I want you to do is I want somebody to turn that wheel chair this way turn it this way and then move it back in the same spot we need to move back to the same spot here you've got a hot nurse by the way I'll tell you right now back there okay beautiful love it right there john look at me this way okay excellent can I have you lean towards me just a little bit beautiful right there love it excellent right and there is very nice we'll see how that looks okay now does that I look smalling anymore does it look does it look pretty even it's starting to look more even isn't it now there I will tell you there are as many schools of thought that say photograph into the small eye as there are that's a photograph on the opposite side of the small on which side of the camper you on I don't know it depends on the person that you see that's what I say it depends on the person there are times for me like for you I would photograph on the same side as the small I but it is the craziest thing you would think that that would be an absolute fact you know that you photographed on one side only but I have to tell you I have in my experience found that there's people for whatever reason that when I photographed him on that same side that I look small and it didn't look bigger so I think it does matter about through the subject is so I would try and when I'm photographing anyone who's got who's I got a bigger eye and one that smaller shoot him on both sides it's doesn't take any more work okay now let's just stop here for a moment and one thing I want you to notice this did you see the wheelchair we wouldn't even know that he was in a wheelchair so I would probably do cases stayed right there for a second john listening your glasses off for a moment and all I'm gonna do is move my position now to the shadow side of your face turn your face this way a little bit and leaned towards me with your chin just to town turn your face a tad more this way and drop your chin a little bit yes now this is going to photograph him on the shadow side of the face to see what happens I actually like this angle on your face we'll see what happens yeah looks great huh so actually I find that this works really good so you know so it really does I mean you can really the trade office ing is where the light is on that other side so in this case I like the shadow side of his face I think the other way I was photographing into the broadside the face that's a good another dead thing that you want to think about things another thing to think about is whether you're photographing into the broad side of the face or not okay now let's photograph someone else with you john so let's have okay let's get one of our gals over here and you would look absolutely beautiful so let's try this what I think I'd like to have you do is bread that grab that little that little box right there and just put it right behind john on this side right here like right behind him good actually put it on this side q t I'm sorry darling and now what I'm gonna have you do is you're gonna lean over his shoulder I want you to come in really close to him but I want you to put your knee on that box it'll make it easier for you to get down I don't want her way lower than him let's see how this continue wrap your arm around your boyfriend's neck right there and drop your face real close to his like that love chin up a little bit and tilt your head that way I need you to come closer to me right here for more more more more beautiful I might have to move her to the other side why because she's got tio excellent okay so bring on this side right here and in fact this would probably work better for you you know what actually I think I might do this hang on a second ut I want your butt facing that direction bring this right here okay bring this knee right here up on the thing and now scoot back a litle because you're gonna lean into him I want you to stretch a little bit beautiful not just wrap your arms around him oh I like that better already oh that's great chin up a little bit darling gorgeous I'm here to tell you oh don't even move a muscle a little of that is just stinking hot shit up a little bit darling like who in turn your face towards him like we love it awesome take that hand on this side and just bring it right up to his face like that look I know you're taken so it's all right it's all good we won't show this to your wife or anything that's love now you two stay right there and let's start building we're going to add somebody else to this shot here I think this is your this is your mother and I we switch lenses so good something grab me my twenty four and you know it joining ben this knee on this side for me test come in real clothes right there beautiful but I want you and come towards me a little bit beautiful oh you know what let's see what this looks like almost can you get down on your knees right there in front right they're cute come in a little closer to your dad I want your shoulder go I want you behind his shoulder right there mohr back right there love it and now I want you to lean towards me just grab his arm right there with his with your arm and I just kind of lay your head right in their spring your head a little forward so I'm not blocking your late yeah there you go thank you e you want to drive right there love that keep your back real tall for me darling and turn your shoulders towards him a little bit beautiful and now with your stretch towards him a little bit love it let's see how that works yeah we got you all and stay right there let's continue to build this picture out ms ara coming really close and aura turn your feet this way you're just beautiful and what I want you to use ours with your chest now you're gonna lean right over them put your arms right behind your family and just get in nice and cozy right there drop your chin just a little bit missy gorgeous hang on one more time right here gorgeous are cut leaning toe are a moaner a little bit love it beautiful one more gorgeous guys we're doing good stay right there let's build it more let's get brooke monroe I know you poor girls your back is got me killing you my kids yeah unless you want to put you brooke um let's see brooke let me put you on around this way right here oh I need another box or let me have a chilly in that white chair or a stool or anything the black chair actually be better give me a little black chair black chairs are probably over by the green room for my daddy oh can you hold this open for you get me oh bambi could you also show us how you would have put someone in here that is elderly as well next will wilt er like two people that are hanging on going there okay um and let's see where I'm gonna go with this I think I'm gonna have someone let's say we want to put you brooke we're gonna add more people on both sides and we might have to move our light around a bit but we'll cross that bridge I may need one more chair um let's see I want to go okay brooke I want to use the black here cause I want arms hey brooke turn your feet this way and then I want you park your leg over the top of that chair right there and you're gonna lean into your baby sister right here there you go and can you hold hands right here girls see my goal is to create the energy up here I want to create the energy up here so that it doesn't look oh you know what hang on a second let me have a storm um you keep your arm right here by my hit roy your dad right here and not turn your body this way a little bit right there I like that better I want the energy to flow from up here their heads are a little bit closer heights my man moving you kitty but I don't know where I'm going yet come here daddy oh can I get you to come down on your knee right here and come in close to when you put your arm in the back of the chair right there by your father love turn your legs this way though I don't want to see your there that's better just like that in fact you know what can bring you hit your elbow up it just kind of leaning right here want to make it like that beautiful love it but not too don't get too posey on me okay okay good and you guys are going to be fine you're going to find I'm gonna move you cause your I want to make it take advantage of your height okay our ebola yeah this'll ever at the end of the day I'm like now you know what you think they were so impressive my ability to remember names justin if it's all in the bobsled to h e double toothpicks today okay so let's try this one to back this up just a little bit and let's see um are let me have you stand right there for me I might park you not arab yasmin stand right there let me see how that works and now park your booty on the edge of that seat right there I want to get you oh I like that turn this way a little bit gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous okay you guys are starting to feel I'm starting to feel the love okay I need some more bodies come on I need some more bodies I wanna bring rosen and yeah let's bring rosen and then we're gonna need to back up this light can I just get can we move it like right in front of our light here yeah I just need to move it back this way so we kind of flat light because we're getting to be a big group that's good let's try that we'll try that and see if that works for us okay spin it in a little more you got it second work yeah that'll work okay good and now let's put let's put you know what I want to put I'm going to move a couple of people vaksince we've got mother here come right here precious come right here come here darling we're going to have you stand right by your son right here and you know what you know actually standing for second let me have you stand for a second darling I think I'm gonna try to see how it looks you have you can you sit here would that be too uncomfortable for you I just want to make sure you don't have to stand more than you have to is that you uncomfortable for you okay well I won't make you stand and you go in I mean stand right now but that gives your place if you need to sit you can okay so here we go on nora I'm gonna um you're fine yes men come right here and park your booty like I had it before yeah let me see how that's working right here because you're gonna owe you know and this is great good good good mother this is physician meet your new granddaughter except right here and turn your feet towards your granddaughter right here darling oh I love it okay you guys are all more or less set where I want you to go come your precious have a seat right there and I'm gonna put you this time my darling you're going to sit by your your husband over here but but where I want you to be is your going to sit on your booty I want you kind of lean into the group right here with your shoulder lean towards me right here excellent very very nice okay now we're kind of feeling the love here don't you see it kids on dh now you get to be the sassy girl who's like you know hear back up just a little bit good and what I want you to do is you're going to turn your feet this way and I want you to throw this like across about the top of that chair and lean into your sister's right here love oh yeah like that that's feels good that feels really good to me I'm like it and you're gonna lean into daddy a little bit right there beautiful okay here you go brooke come around over here for a second let me see what I put you okay scooter pie let me see what it looks like to put you where I had you before yeah just on the box I want to keep it but you know what I think I might have you just put your knee there and you're gonna just kind of lean on your on your in your father right there like in it you're beautiful are but I want you here and lead with your chest this way brooke let me have you lean into your sister's right here loving it and then I need one more body kenna come here kitty come right there and you're gonna stand right there okay so basically what we've been able to do now this is may not be perfect from a lighting standpoint so give cut me some slack I need you in the middle kenna because why would I want her in the middle because I needed balance and have my little pyramid shapes now this is a little bit lopsided on this side I could probably be be better doing a more perfect job but you'll get the just turn your feet towards your granddaughter a little bit more honey keep going keep going and then mother wants you lean towards me mama rosa awesome so this will give you at least kind of an idea of where I might go let's see how this is looking when we need to have one more body okay come right here commute darling any one of you girls to find has a bit him you're going to sit right on the floor by dad's leg right there I want to sit on your booty but come close to your back up a whole bunch of other girls more keep going park your butt right there good job love it very very good and you don't bring your arm up on the wheelchair right there cause you're gonna hide it just kind of lean and dad I love it actually that works great okay kids let's see what we got here let's see how good you all look and whether you're well we're a little bit off I need just one of these tech guys to move the light back you guys were fine actually what I need to do is just you couldn't open up a little bit or that's what I'm going to get bumped up the power yeah just back it up a little bit let me see this might might have just done the trick yeah that gives me well you get the idea okay so any rate backup q t just a little bit darling a whole bunches much as you can back there because I want to just get you in line with the rest of the family okay all of you guys now what I need the real picture here back up some more keep going I'll tell you when to stop actually ok guys on a count of three I want you to all lean forward to dad and give him some love you ready kids one two three go really awesome george just mooned oh okay there you go so does that give you kind of an idea I mean first you could hardly see the wheelchair now so at least my goal is to minimize it as much as I can without trying to make you know he is in a wheelchair so I'm not trying to like you know make it's a shameful thing but some people are a little bit embarrassed about stuff like that and so I want to try to minimize that as much as I can
Bambi Cantrell has been photographing in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 25 years. Her passion for capturing the decisive moment and her subsequent creative style have made her a household name in the photographic industry.Among her many accomplishments,
I almost didn't bought this course due to low rating and what other reviewers were saying about her, but because it was on sale at incredibly low price that i decided to bite the bullet. And I am so glad I did.
First of, for those reviewer that find her offensive, because she talks loud or make some jokes to her models or her audience, i don't think that it is offensive at all and neither did her audience or everyone in the studio. As a matter of fact, they were enjoying it. And I did too, was laughing while watching them laugh and having a good time.
There was nothing wrong with the audio. I heard her just fine.
I found her class to be the best class ever because she only not answers questions by theory, she demonstrate them live with the participation of her audience and the creative live crew and that's what made her class very interesting and not boring.
She also uses real people and not models with perfect sizes or figures and it really helped me a lot because i have a challenge when it comes to posing plus sized people.
I love her sense of bluntness, humor and at the same time, all the wonderful nuggets of wisdom she shared to her audience. I had purchased tons of creative class about photography and to tell you honestly, i haven even watched the full content on some of these classes because i get sleepy and bored but with Bambi's class, i watched her class in just 2 days without even feeling bored.
I don't write reviews and in fact this is my first time to write a review here on creative live because i just feel the need to say that it's very unfair for her to be criticized liked that.
I love you Bambi, I love your personality, I love your style and the information you taught were very invaluable.
Melissa Baker Griffin
Loved the invaluable lessons! I can't wait to go through them all again. They are jam packed with valuable and tactical information that creatives on every level can take from. Her energy and personal style creates a great experience! I can only imagine how cool it would be to take a class from her in person! She is such a treat and so inspiring! I LOVE how enthusiastic Bambi is about the questions she receives and encourages phototgraphers to continue to grow, learn, and think out of the box. Thank you creative live! I feel like there should've been something like fire works at the end because she did outstanding!
I’ll be honest. Ms Cantrell moves very fast, but her experience, humor and confidence are infectious. I thought I would check out a lesson or two and ended up watching and listening to her entire program.
She is clear about her process and why it works so well. Her portraits are beautiful, whether individual or group situations.
I thoroughly enjoyed the presentations, and I am a landscape and pet photographer. But I feel like I learned a lot about seeing, and was reminded of approaches to running your own creative business that are valuable for anyone.
I have been very impressed by the professional instructors in every one of the CreativeLive courses I’ve watched or bought. It’s not every professional who can teach! I know. I am one who could not handle classroom situations.
So happy I was able to join in on these classes.
Thank you, Bambi, for all of your energy, and for sharing your knowledge with all of us. This was quite a ride!