This week we released the longest photography tutorial Fstoppers has ever produced; Joey Wright - Swimwear Photography: Lighting, Posing, and Retouching. Our entire team headed down to the island of Curacao for 10 days to film a variety of photography lessons ranging from how to pose models, how to use scrims, reflectors, strobes, and how to create portfolio worthy images with minimal gear. During this incredible journey the behind the scenes cameras never stopped rolling, and each week we will be releasing a new episode of all our adventures. This is episode 1!
If you are not familiar with Joey Wright, he is a full time swimwear photographer based out of south Florida. His business consists of a variety work including shooting for swimwear designers, local model agencies, corporate calendars, and other swim and tanning related brands. Lee and I asked Joey to be a part of the 2nd Annual Fstoppers Workshops down in the Bahamas last year, and his class was one of the most well received courses at the entire event.
There are a lot of photographers who have made a living shooting swimwear but what I love about Joey's work is that it looks very natural. It is so natural looking in fact that I falsely assumed Joey simply shot with natural light 99% of the time. After watching Joey teach in the Bahamas and now throughout our 10 days in Curacao, it became apparent that Joey's work has a lot more lighting tricks than I would have thought by just looking at his photographs. I also learned that Joey is extremely meticulous when shooting and picks up on very subtle elements that most photographers like me would completely overlook. Here are a few of my favorite images from Joey's portfolio so you can get an idea of the type of images he is so well known for producing.
In Episode 1, the entire crew prepares for a long day of travel, Lee gets left behind in Charleston, and everyone checks into our rental house for the first time. You will also meet the entire team as we prepare for our first natural light photographic lesson on the beach. Make sure you stay tuned and subscribe to our Youtube Channel so you don't miss the next week's episode. If you purchase the full 20 hour tutorial, you can download all 7 episodes now.