Build your wedding photography skills and knowledge with a day of photography training at the picturesque Melville Castle near Edinburgh. The stunning wedding venue surrounded by acres of grounds and woodland offers amazing photographic locations inside and out.
Wedding Photography Training Course – 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.
Areas we intend to cover include….
On Camera Flash – 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.
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 the day you’ll be able to use our flashes and triggers, we have triggers for Canon, Nikon, Sony and Fuji, Olympus and Pentax..
Video Light – Using our video light enables us to create atmospheric low light images indoors and after dark outside as well. We’ll demonstrate and use the video light to create a number of interior photos as well as explaining how to use them correctly we’ll guide you through the pitfalls and mistakes many photographers make when using them – after the workshop this small piece of kit will be high on your shopping list.
Sunset – (weather dependent) – A short burst of colour that we have to maximise to create a set of amazing images on the wedding day. One of the shortest sessions of the day on a real wedding the sunset is an opportunity to quickly create a number of different but equally amazing images. Our quick and easy to use technique will help you master this crucial time.
Silhouettes – simply easy to create and 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.
Below : We’ll also show you our method of shoot through, adding another dimension to your images and creating wow with the most mundane of locations.
Night shoot including creating ‘The Brolley Shot.’ 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. Night time images always work in the wedding album and further increase sales as great products for your bride and groom’s wall. During this set up we’ll also look at creating the Brolley shot, probably the best tool in a photographers arsenal for creating wow shots on those wet rainy days.
Modifiers – I’ll talk about our choice of modifiers we use in creating our images including demonstrating how we use them day to day, these include grids, gels and diffusers from Magmod.
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 all 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.
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 gun. You’ll be able to use our flashes and triggers when we are shooting off camera flash. We have a range of Flashes and triggers for most makes of camera.
Getting here – Melville Castle is located south of Edinburgh city centre. The nearest airport is Edinburgh with Glasgow airport an hours drive away. The nearest train station is Edinburgh Waverley. The address for Melville Castle is Gilmerton Rd, Edinburgh, Lasswade EH18 1AP
Bad weather plan? – Melville Castle is located close to major roads and motroways and is easily reached by car. I do not envisage any issue with adverse weather affecting the workshoop. Just bring som warm clothes as we will be outside regardless of the weather.
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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