My senior year of college I made the decision to change my career goal of being a graphic designer to a professional photographer. In 2005 the internet wasn't yet a great resource for learning about photography so I bought photography books. During my first year out of college I purchased Lighting and the Dramatic Portrait by Michael Grecco and he quickly became my favorite photographer.
My first year as a photographer was tough. I lived in a 2 bedroom apartment with 3 people. I allotted $2 for many of my meals. I worked part time at Ritz Camera for $7/hour. I probably made around $15,000 that first year but books like Michael's helped me work through it.
A few years later I was turned on to Strobist.com and I started learning lighting techniques online. Every once in a while David Hobby (the creator of the site) would feature Grecco's latest work and I ended up staying up to date with his career over the last 9 years.
2 years ago during an Fstoppers party in NYC I was tapped on the shoulder and Michael Grecco was standing there. It was a great experience meeting one of my photography idols that night.
Last year I was driving through California and I set up a lunch meeting with Michael. I had 2 propositions for Michael and I'm pleased to announce he agreed to both. I'm excited to say that this year we plan to film a full feature tutorial with Grecco similar to what we did with Peter Hurley and Mike Kelley. Michael also agreed to be a part of our first ever photography workshop in the Bahamas from May 28 - June 1.
Michael will be teaching 3 different classes over the course of the 5 day event:
Everything You always wanted to know about lighting (taught on both 5/28 and 5/31)
If you'd like more information you may want to check out Michael's latest video explaining each of his courses.
It's amazing that a photographer who inspired me to start my career in in this field will be teaching at our workshop. I will be managing this entire event but I'm going to do my best to sit in on at least a portion of each of Michael's classes. To learn more about the workshop head over to FstoppersWorkshops.com. I hope to be sitting next to you in one of Michael's classes.