Day 1 Starting from scratch.
- Flash or Continuous light - advantages and disadvantages.
- How a studio flash works.
- Setting up a portrait with a single light.
- Changing the quality of the light with simple accessories.
- Placing the main light. Using a simple reflector.
- Using a flash meter and setting your camera.
- Adding a second light.
- Light control accessories.
- Hair/background lights.
- Getting more depth into your portraits.
- Balancing light sources with a flashmeter.
At each stage plenty of time will be allowed for taking your own photographs.
Day 2 The next step.
- Working in a group putting into practise the techniques from Day 1
- Softboxes - stunning portraits with a small softbox
- Beauty Lighting
- Mixing Flash and Daylight – High Speed Sync
- Lighting for full length. The white background, for children and contemporary portraiture.
- Camera viewpoint.
- Q & A Session
This course is supported by Broncolor lighting equipment, it is used throughout but all of the techniques are the same for other makes of lighting. You will need to bring with you a camera that can be set to manual (shutter speeds and apertures) with a standard Hot Shoe. Please Note: Digital compact cameras are generally not suitable for this course and many are unable to fire the flash units.
Tea/Coffee/Fruit Squash/Biscuits are supplied and available all day.
A Course Lighting Guide is available on a USB Memory Stick at £5.00 to cover the cost of the stick, or free by email.
What to bring
DSLR Camera (able to set manually)
Suitable portrait lens 85-135mm equivalent.
Pen and paper
Older Minolta/Sony camera users will require a standard hot shoe adapter.
Packed lunch or use local amenities
Pictures taken on the course are for personal use only and at no extra charge, however if you wish to use them for publicity and promotional reasons you will need to obtain a model release form. Model Release forms are available for a fee of £20 paid direct to the model on the day.
Image © Chris Burfoot
- Venue Information
Parking: You can park in the Red Lion Car Park which is found opposite the barn
- Cancellation policy
Please inform us as soon as possible if you are unable to attend a course as it is not possible to refund any cancellation or transfer to another workshop less than 14 days prior to course start date. The Society reserves the right to cancel a workshop 7 days prior to its start date - please check your hotel and travel cancellation policy as this may be affected.
If you are attending one of our workshops that involves a trip out, please ensure you bring all weather clothing and protection for your camera. Persons under the age of 16 are welcome to attend events but, to conform with UK law, must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or responsible adult.
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