Themed Portrait Workshops

We started in May 2013 running themed workshops. These are all about photographing people, but not your regular portraits. We give you new opportunities to photograph styles and genres not readily accessible. Within these unique themed portrait workshops, we provide the studio environment, the models and some expertise. You just turn up, take the pictures and enjoy exploring the imagery. All workshops present a different theme and provide a particular style to capture.

To make it easier and more flexible we'll hold these workshops at different locations around the country, so hopefully there will always be one near you. Typically they'll run from a Friday evening to Sunday afternoon and are fully inclusive of food, accommodation, 2 full days shooting and advice and instruction.

Numbers will be kept to a maximum of 8 people. There will normally be 2 studio setups, at least 2 models and at times there will be a makeup artist and a stylist as well. Participants will work in pairs; there'll be plenty of time to discuss, plan, shoot and review. The models will be available on the Friday and Saturday evenings to allow you to get better aquainted, look at portfolios and to discuss the shoots.

If you are a group of like minded photographers or a club and would like a specific theme in a specific location this can be arranged. Just contact us.

You'll find dates, details and prices in the calender below.

 

 

Themed Portrait Workshops 2014

We've not yet finalised our diary for this year. Check back soon for some exciting Photographic Workshops coming in 2014

 

What Skills Do I Need?

For all of these workshops you must know how to use your camera. It's up to you whether you shoot in manual, shutter priority, aperture priority or auto. The whole point of these workshops is for you to explore the imagery our themes provide; how you capture those images is entirely up to you. We will of course provide help, guidance, recommendations, tips and advice. Any experience you have will be of use to you and if you have attended any of our 1 day courses these workshops will be the perfect chance to put those skills to good use. The most important thing you can bring with you is enthusiasm.

 

What Equipment do I Need?

You'll need a camera of course, any make or model will do. A digital SLR is the best tool however you can of course use compacts, bridge cameras or 35mm film. Bring a spare camera or body if you have one. Most of our portraits are taken at a focal length of 50-100mm so bring a lens or lenses to cover this range and a little more, anything up to 200mm would be more than enough. You'll also need memory cards, spare camera battery+charger and the usual bits and bobs that fill ALL our camera bags. It is defintely worth bringing a flash and batteries.

 

How Do These Themed Workshops Run?

We do like to make the most of the time so we always meet up on the first evening. This allows us to get to know each other, go through what we have planned for the time together and ensure that everyone has what they need and are prepared. The remainder of the days are all shooting days. We'll provide refreshments and lunch but we don't necessarily stop for lunch; we encourage people to do as they please, keep shooting if it's working for you or stop and grab a coffee or a sandwich as and when you need. Everyone will get plenty of time to plan their shoot, discuss ideas with the models and to take pictures. Following is a sample itinerary for one of our 2 day workshops, 3 and 4 days workshops have additional shooting days in the middle.

Here is a LINK to a sample guide for one of our Themed Workshops.

 

 

Friday
18:00 - 21:00 Arrive at hotel.
21:00 - 21:15 Introductions.
21:15 - 21:30 Run through of the weekend.
 
Saturday
09:00 - 09:30 Planning session with models.
09:30 - 10:00 Group planning - Models final preparations for shoot.
10:00 - 13:00 Shooting.
13:00 - 13:30 Lunch Served.
14:00 - 17:00 Shooting.
17:00 - 18:00 Review of the day.
20:00 - 21:00 Dinner.
 
Sunday
09:00 - 09:30 Planning session with models
09:30 - 10:00 Group planning - Models final preparations for shoot
10:00 - 13:00 Shooting.
13:00 - 13:30 Lunch Served.
14:00 - 17:00 Shooting.
17:00 - 18:00 Review of the day.
18:00 - 19:00 Finish up and depart.

 

What Can I Get Out Of It?

You'll leave with a collection of images that will take you weeks to process and organise! Not to mention the hours of boredom you can inflict on your nearest and dearest. But on a more serious note; you'll have built up expertise and confidence. The next time you have a portrait shoot you'll go into it that much more prepared. 

 

 

 

 

Improve your Portraits Workshops

These workshops and courses are aimed squarely at improving your portrait photography skills. There'll be experienced portrait photographers available the whole time to offer their advice and expertise.

The workshops and courses we offer vary from single days to whole weekends. They can be combined to provide you with a full set of skills for portrait photography in all situations and conditions. We cover how to use the simplest of equipment found in most camera bags, ambient light inside and outside, off camera flash techniques and studio lighting for high and low key lighting setups.

As with our Themed Workshops these Improve your Portrait workshops and courses are fully inclusive; you make just one payment and we do the rest! We always use professional models in these workshops. However we do encourage you to photograph each other! In our experience it's a critical part of portrait photography that the photographer knows what their subjects are going through. It's not compulsory but definitely recommended.

You'll find dates, details and prices in the calender below.

 

 

Improve Your Portraits 2013

May 18th - Studio Portraits - Studio - 1 Day - 1 Place remaining.......................................Price £95

May 30th - Outdoor Portraits -Studio - 1 Day - 2 Places remaining....................................Price £95

June 1st - Natural Light - Studio - 1 Day - Closed...............................................................Price £95

June 9th - One Light - Studio - 1 Day - Closed....................................................................Price £95

June 25th - Strobe Portraits - Studio - 1 Day - Closed........................................................Price £95

 

What Skills you need.

Basically the same as for our Themed Workshops; you must know how to use your camera. It's up to you whether you shoot in manual, shutter priority, aperture priority or auto. These 1 Day workshops will provide you with some basic skills in the following subjects: Studio Portraits, Outdoor Portraits, Natural Light, One Light and Strobe Portraits. These workshops are not aimed at beginners as we assume you have a basic knowledge of your camera, exposure etc.. They are about how to take great portraits in 5 different ways. As with all our courses and workshops the most important thing you can bring with you is enthusiasm. If you are looking for courses to help you get going within photography you will find them HERE.

 

What Equipment do I Need?

You'll need a camera of course, any make or model will do. A digital SLR is the best tool however you can of course use compacts, bridge cameras or 35mm film. Bring a spare camera or body if you have one. Most of our portraits are taken at a focal length of 50-100mm so bring a lens or lenses to cover this range and a little more, anything up to 200mm would be more than enough. You'll also need memory cards, spare camera battery+charger and the usual bits and bobs that fill ALL our camera bags. It is definitely worth bringing a flash and batteries.

 

How Do These 1 Day Workshops Run?

We do like to make the most of the time so we do tend to run to a tight schedule. We start early and run for the whole day. We'll provide refreshments and lunch but we don't necessarily stop for lunch; we encourage people to do as they please, keep shooting if it's working for you or stop and grab a coffee or a sandwich as and when you need. Everyone will get plenty of time to take pictures and to practice their skills. We use models for these workshops but most of the time we encourage everyone to get in front of the camera. How can you empathise with a reluctant, nervous model if you've not been in the same situation? Sound scary? It is!

Here is a LINK to a sample guide for one of these Workshops.

Here is a typical running order for a 1 Day workshop.

 

1 Day workshop
09:00 - 09:30 Overview of the day and planning.
09:30 - 10:00 Section 1 Theory.
10:00 - 13:00 Shooting.
13:00 - 13:30 Lunch Served.
13:30 - 14:00 Section 2 Theory.
14:00 - 17:00 Shooting.
17:00 - 18:00 Image Review.

 

What Can I Get Out Of It?

All these 1 Day workshops will give you a good grounding in the subject both in theory and in practice. You should also have a good collection of interesting images.