Assignment one completed.

We are slowly getting into the swing of things again over on the Fall 2011 class of the Finding The Light Workshop. The students are producing some fabulous work and giving one another wonderful encouragement and support. It’s a beautiful thing to see in the industry, because we could all use a pit crew hanging off our camera strap from time to time. Detra, Jenny and I are grateful to be a part of that kind of goodness.

The students have just finished up the first assignment – the dramatic black and white, along with the bonus side lighting assignment. These are the assignments that challenge the photographers the most in the workshop and the participants have been really working hard at honing and perfect their skills, based of the feedback given to each individual photographer. Often it takes several attempts but they just keep clicking away until they get it. Love that fighting spirit lol.  I am so happy to share a few images from our photographers showcasing light kissing their subjects in all the right places. Keep up the great work guys!








I never get sick of seeing assignment 1, not only is it a great moment when people conquer it, but also by week 8 sometimes there has been a striking transformation that has taken place. it is truly such a thrill to be at this point with the excitement of anticipation of what may lay ahead. I hope you will tag along for the ride and/or perhaps consider joining us on the next one – most likely around end of Jan/beg Feb 2012. perfect time for our Southern Hemisphere people to make us all jealous with your sunshine and beaches! .  Next assignment is shooting in full mid-day sun. My FAVOURITE – g


Great news, we have a fan page on facebook

We are so excited to announce the ‘Finding the Light Workshop’ facebook page, we love being able to keep in contact with past, present and future students. Come join the party by liking us, because let’s face it, we are adorable. Click the like button to the Right…             ————————————————————>

and because no post is complete without a photo (or two), here is some delicious light found by Jenn Reno of New Bern, NC in a recent senior session. You can view the entire session HERE.
Thanks so much Jenn for keeping in contact with us and sharing your stunning light finding ways! It was lovely to hear from you, you rocked it for sure!!
In her email Jenn said “I did your Light Workshop earlier this year and just had to share two recent shots from a senior session. They were done totally because of the skills I learned from the workshop. Could have never pulled these off before! All I did in editing these was add a florabella texture and that was it! :-)” That’s how we roll here at the Finding the Light Workshop.. we get the gorgeous stuff in camera!

Favourite images from Workshop 12 (part 2)

I am so excited to share another set of images from some of the students of the spring Finding the Light Workshop (Workshop 12) held online over the last few weeks. It is always a thrill to be able to watch the development of each photographer as they walk their journey in “finding the light”. We absolutely love being a part of this journey together and are truly excited to see where these roads might take them.

Dana Yannone

Toni Raper of Maeve Photography

Val Spring of  The Red Balloon Photography

Sherry Ferrante of Ferrante Photo

Penelope Carrington Wallace from Petite Shards

Michelle Eichelberger of michellediane com.

Melissa De Luna

Thanks everyone for your commitment,  patience, desire to learn/grow/challenge yourself and one another. Thank you for embracing the beauty in finding the light – may the “sunflare’ be with you. xoxo -gail

Check back on Wednesday for another installment of student work.

For the upcoming fall workshop (starting on either Sept 12th or 19th 2011 TBA), please check out THIS LINK for more information. Registration will open soon.

Favourite Images from Workshop 12 (part 1)

Another great workshop class just ended and many people are feeling the loss of the community built during the workshop. It’s so neat to see groups of students forming facebook groups so that they can continue their online support, learning and sharing. That’s how we roll here at The Light Workshop.

Detra, Jenny and I (Gail) are so grateful for each student and their willingness to learn, push themselves and keep on trying. Remarkable images full of  delicious light have been produced in the last 9 weeks.  All the best in your light finding journeys! And we can’t wait to meet the new students in September.

I asked students to share a favorite image they had taken during the workshop here is the first installment. xo Gail

Chris Henning 

Dawn Damori

Claire Bunn (alumni)

Christine Battad

Sarah Julis (alumni)

Thoughts from Spring 2011 class

There are only a couple of weeks left in the spring 2011 class and some amazing work is being created here on the Finding the Light workshop. I (Gail) thought it would be fun to hear from a few participants on the class and see what they have been coming up with. It is always such a thrill to see each photographer take what they are learning and apply it to their work and blossom beyond our wildest imaginations. Here is a taster of students ‘Finding the Light’.  Well done guys, it’s been a pleasure to watch you grow -g xoxo

Sunny Wright

“This class has helped rejuvenate my love and passion for photography. It has helped me to step out of my comfort zone, experiment and to see the light in a whole new way. I remember now, why I got in this business in the first place.”

Chris Henning

“I’m loving this class, the assignments are challenging, fun and it’s really pushing me to get out of my comfort zone of underexposing to find that light.  I never would have taken images of anyone in full sun before.  It’s such a nice feeling to feel confident of taking pictures in any lighting situation.  What I’m learning will really help me since I travel to different locations for my clients.  Now, I don’t have to stay in open shade for all of my sessions.  I also love all the support from everyone, it’s a wonderful feeling to get feedback from others, both postive and constructive.”

Steph Baliff

“I am now in my third session of “Finding the Light” and I am still learning! I look at photos that I did a month ago and think about things I never would have considered at that point. There are so many layers to this class and Detra is such an inspiration. I would highly recommend this class to anyone looking to push their creativity and photography to the next level!!! Highly!!”

Steph BailiffSteph Bailiff - natural light workshop
Steph Bailiff, natural light workshop

Toni Raper

“I truly feel confident taking pictures at any time during the day now and have learnt to ‘see the light’ in ways I just couldn’t before this workshop started.
Toni Raper Natural light workshop
“This workshop has been amazing. I was a little hesitant to take it since it is an online workshop and I learn much better when someone shows me something than when I just have to read about it. But all the videos and virtual classes have been so great in helping me to understand the concepts. I used to shoot only in open shade, but now I feel so much more confident shooting in different types of light and during different times of day. Detra does a wonderful job explaining exactly what to do to get best results in all types of light.”
Elise SLeeman, natural light workshop
 Maureen O’Shay
“I can’t say enough about this class! Detra has opened my eyes to the light and color around me and I really appreciate it so much more than I did before. I am able to capture memories in such an artful way now. Love this class!!” 

Amy Lucy of Amy Lucy Photography

“I realized early in my photography journey that images with beautiful and creative use of light are the ones that move me the most. So taking Detra’s class was a easy choice for me, and now I am joining again this spring as an alumni student. I can honestly say that I use the knowledge learned in Detra’s class on a daily basis. I use her techniques in every session I do for a client as well as when taking pictures of my own children playing in our yard. I see light differently now, I approach photography in a new way, and my editing skills have improved.

Beyond learning all about natural light and how to make it work to my advantage, there are numerous creative assignments that have pushed me to think about photography in clever and artistic ways. There is a lot amount of technical information, but there are also assignments that are creatively challenging. I am so thankful to Detra and her wonderful assistants Jenny and Gail for sharing such a wealth of knowledge and helping me grow as a photographer.”

Amy Lucy Photography, natural light photographer

 Amy Lucy - backlighting, natural light workshop

Amy Lucy Photography, natural light workshop
Amy Lucy Photography, natural light workshop

Dawn Damori
“When reading reviews about this workshop before signing up, more than once I read the words, “It transformed my photography.” I didn’t understand what that meant…until experiencing it for myself. It has transformed my photography!! Prior to this class, I always looked for the safety of open shade. I didn’t realize how much more dynamic my images could be simply by finding the right light. I now feel confident shooting in full sun and being able to find the right light in any situation to capture beautiful images. The assignments are challenging, yet fun. The forum has brought together an amazing group of gifted photographers who are willing to share openly and teach each other. Detra is readily available to give constructive feedback and answer questions. I can’t believe how many people come back and do this workshop again. Before I enrolled myself, the idea of participating in the same workshop twice seemed silly, but now I understand why…there is so much to learn about finding the light.”

Dawn DamoriDawn Damori - natural light workshop

Monika Eisenbart

“Since taking Detra’s workshop, I have learned to see light in completely different way. Possibilities are endless”.

Andrea Ferenchik

“I have really loved this workshop so far. I am seeing light everywhere, whether it is the signage in the Victoria’s Secret window (hmmm, that looks like my dramatic lighting assignment), to the blownout look I never realized how they achieved, to the way the light is shining in my kids eyes, I see it everywhere! I have learned not only different techniques to capture light but also how to position my subject in the most flattering way and what to look out for based on both the critique from Detra and the critique from others and of other’s assignments. I signed up when it came with an alumni spot and I can’t wait to take it again even though I am only 1/2way through the first time. I would highly, highly recommend the class. I am using it even in my “everyday” photos and capturing amazing pictures at swim meets, out at the lake, etc. I couldn’t be a more pleased customer.”

Valeria Spring

“I have no words to describe how thankful I am to Detra for teaching us all of these priceless techniques. I’m in love with light and this workshop is giving me all the tools to be able to shoot on any type of light at any time of the day. Love the inspiration I get in here so much as well and can’t wait to keep learning during the next few weeks.”

Workshop 2010

Thanks to everyone who signed up for the 2010 workshop ! I wanted to post earlier … busy Holidays! The workshop of 2010 will have updated assignments ,new videos, and a video for each assignment. So excited with all the new things! Wanted to offer a Holiday Special for a discount of $50.00 off …… This is great value considering this January 31st workshop will last 90 days !!! Payment can be made with the payment button and the 50.00 will be refunded or you can make payment via paypal to .
Stay tuned for more news !