On the 12th & 13th March 2011 I am holding an event in an exquisite London shooting location. Rather than a workshop, this is an all-day shooting experience with 5 models, 5 lighting arrangements, hair and make-up artists, costume designer(s), and all the props available in the bewilderingly enticing shooting location, MC Motors in East London. Read through this blog post for full information about the event, including prices, number of spaces, and a brief itinerary, all below.
We will shoot with five set-ups each configured around different lighting. One will use constant lighting, one will use flash, and another will use reflected light with ‘LitePanels’, all using brand spanking new, professional Photoflex lighting equipment. The fourth and fifth will be ‘roaming’ set-ups (with handheld reflectors, or anything else you might want to use) moving around the location to spontaneously shoot wherever, and however the shooter fancies, to ensure that everyone is keeping as active as possible.
MC Motors, part of Castle Gibson’s locations, is a high-budget venue used for shooting and filming. On my day-long shooting experience, everyone who joins up will have full reign of its two floors of props and quirks.
We are inviting 10 people to join up to be part of the day-long shoot. Unlike one of my regular workshops, the shooting experience does not have any presentation element at the beginning, nor any editing session. The whole day is devoted to shooting. You will arrive at 9am, when we begin with tea, coffee, croissants (I’ll even bring everyone chocolate brioches…) a meet and greet, and then a tour of the premises showing everyone the different lighting set-ups that we will have prepared. We aim to start shooting by 9.30am. The group will form into pairs, to photograph a model on each of the 5 set-ups, moving around to get a chance to work with each set-up and model, and getting to photograph multiple looks, with regular chances to have a break and review the shots.
We will have a break for lunch, during which the models can have a quick costume change (and a rest!) and you can think about what you want to achieve in the second half. Once everyone’s energy is kickstarted again, we will form into pairs and move round the other set-ups. We will emphasise the importance of each participant getting their chance to direct the model with poses and ideas of their own. The day will be carefully structured and planned: everyone will get roughly 2.5 hours of independent shooting, plus about 2 hours on top of that for shared shooting. The day will run until 4.30pm when we turn off the hot bulbs and get packed away to leave by 5pm!
This is a unique opportunity for people who are interested in getting hold of a fantastic location, models, creative team (make-up & hair styling), costumes, and professional/natural lighting to create diverse and gorgeous images (for both portfolio & commercial use).
Are you a professional photographer who wants more experience with shooting people? Or maybe you are an amateur portrait photographer who wants more opportunities to shoot with new models, locations & lighting? Maybe you are a student or emerging photographer who wants to fill up and diversify your portfolio? For what we are including in the price, it is an affordable way of potentially leaving at the end of the day with a whole portfolio of shots! It is also valuable networking opportunity in meeting lots of other creatives, including the other photographers.
The only criteria is that you have your own camera, are willing to experiment, and are comfortable with the idea of directing and shooting models all day (or at least in learning to do so).
There will be plenty of guidance from myself and Matt to use the lighting, chance to watch me at work, pick up on some techniques such as shooting images with motion, and other techniques as appropriate such as levitation/trick composites and HDR. It is important to note that this event is not focused on learning any one particular thing. However, there will be lots of techniques, guidance and hints flying around, for sure! The day will lean more toward fashion than ‘fine art’, but it is an informal, relaxed day where everyone is free to put together their own concepts for individual images.
Also afterwards, I will put together two movie tutorials/workflows showing how I have edited images taken on the day. This is just to feed your imagination and give guidance on Photoshop technique where necessary.
The cost of the day is £325 per person. Email email@example.com to join up, or if you have any questions! Please specify whether you would like to come to Sat 12th March or Sun 13th March.
Before payment we will also send you a PDF of terms (if you are travelling into the UK from another country for example, and your flight is cancelled or changed beyond your control, your money will not be lost and will be moved to another date, or refunded on request.) You will get a workshop pack emailed to you before the day, covering all the info you need.
Requirements & other bits
You need your camera (bring as many memory cards as you can!) and tripod, and feel free to bring along anything else equipment-wise, that you might like to try out. The day is much more personally-customisable than my regular workshops. A knowledge of Photoshop is not required, as we will only be shooting. You are free to bring your laptops however, if you wish to view or offload images during the day/lunch hour for example.
This is more a creating experience than a formal ‘learning’ experience. If you do wish to join up to a regular workshop and do not feel this is the right kind of opportunity for you, please hang fire for my next workshop which will be announced shortly!
There are 10 places available.
I’ll leave you with some more shots of the place to whet your appetite.
Also a big welcome & thanks to Photoflex, our new lighting sponsor!