Monday March 4th 11.00 until 21.00 Lunch and refreshments included.
Almost three hours of night time photography, smoke and sparklers.
Build your wedding photography skills and knowledge with a day of photography training at the stunning and prestigous Hodsock Priory in north Nottinghamshire. The wedding venue is surrounded by acres of grounds, a lake and woodland offers amazing photographic locations inside and out.
Wedding Photography Training Course with advanced use of speedlights. During the day I will be teaching and demonstrating my wedding photography techniques and shooting as I would on a real wedding day. The equipment is the same as I use on a real wedding and all the advice is real world and works day in, day out to create stunning wow images regardless of location, weather and the many obstacles wedding photography throws at us. We will look at how we control the environment, the lighting and create the overall image whether we are using video light, flash on or off camera or simply daylight and take our images a step further with the use of multiple flashes, coloured gels, grids and other modifiers.
This is a busy full day of shooting with a minimal amount of formal classroom time but the day will be packed with advice including business, marketing, selling and of course creating those important images areas we intend to cover include….
Natural light and flash on the camera – We’ll start with on camera flash techniques and getting the most from your flashguns whilst they are still attached to the camera. I would estimate this accounts for somewhere in the region of 95% of my wedding photography and so getting this fundamental element right is key to a happy client, consistency in your images and easier editing. During this phase of the photography I’ll explain my thought processes for finding the correct lighting locations, how we prioritise our locations and mixing flash to the ambient in a natural and complimentary way.
Off Camera Flash – Taking the flash off the camera allows us to really push our creativity and produce those big, stunning photographs that will not only sell well in wedding albums and wall art but help you consistently create stunning images that will make you stand out from the competition. During the shooting I’ll discuss my ideas about composition for albums and how and why we shoot as we do.
All our flash images are taken with just speedlights, we don’t use any external lighting kit on a wedding day and will teach you to achieve the maximum potential from these little guns. During this section of the day we’ll also discuss and use multiple speedlights, talking through how we set the locations, power and ratios in a quick and easy method of work.
Off Camera Flash indoors – We’ll look at how we work with flash indoors to create our images, using gels, minimising shadows and unwanted hotspots to create images that will wow your clients yet can be set up very quickly and very easily.
Above – how we shoot in Mundane locations and using simple and effective tricks can create fast wow images that look amazing straight out of camera.
Smoke and Sparkler – We’ll demonstrate how we use smoke at our weddings to add drama and wow. Our smoke use is subtle, we want to add atmosphere not the typical tyre fire type of high volume smoke often seen around the internet. We’ll show you how we create this and the simple tools required. We’ll also use sparklers with our models to create a number of simple, yet effective, images. Which are album favourites, and firm sellers in our online sales.
The Veil – How to make the most of a long veil, simple techniques that work quickly and easily for when a bride has chosen a longer veil
Silhouettes – We’ll take a short break from flash techniques to discuss simple easy to create images with amazing results – we’ll show you how to create these simple images and talk through the requirements to create a great image exploring the lighting requirements, pose and composition of the final photograph.
Night shoot Once the light drops we are outdoors with our bride and grooms to create atmospheric images with the venue as our backdrop. During this session we’ll use video light and flash to create the final pages of the wedding album, we’ll also use grids and gels to give our images the extra wow factor. Night time images always work in the wedding album and further increase sales as great products for your bride and groom’s wall.
Training and portfolio days are designed to help build your knowledge and confidence with real world advice and training that can be easily replicated on a wedding day.
Who can book – This course will cater for skill levels from intermediate to advanced. A good working knowledge of your camera and settings are essential to maximise the learning opportunities of this day and an understanding of how to use Off Camera Flash is required. Because of the nature of this day and the amount of information available to attendees I will not accept bookings from anyone within a 20 mile radius of my Postcode ( WF10 5EW )
Equipment Required – Camera with lenses from wide angle to around 200mm would be of the most benefit. A tripod for the night shoot, Cable release and flash guns (2 ideally). You will also need a set of triggers to use with your flash. Waterproof clothing, (weddings don’t stop if the weather’s bad and we’ll aim to shoot outdoors during the day).
Getting here – Close to the A1 Hodsock Priory is easily reached by car. The nearest mainline train stations are Doncaster and Nottingham with regular trains to and from London. The nearest airports are Doncaster and East Midlands. Hodsock Priory post code is S81 0TY
Accommodation is available at Hodsock Priory for anyone wishing to stay over, please contact them directly to book
Conditions of booking: All monies paid are non-refundable. Images taken on the workshop maybe used for marketing purposes including website and print they cannot be used for qualifications or competition entries. Whilst we aim to cover the full itinerary for the day we cannot be held responsible if due to factors outside our control we are unable to complete any part of the days course.
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