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Studio Lighting Workshop, Sunday 16th October

Using a professional photography studio and working with a model for the first time can be both a daunting experience and a steep learning curve. Studios and models can usually be hired by the hour but doing this and ‘learning as you go’ can be an expensive and frustrating experience. This workshop is aimed at the photographer who wants to learn how to start shooting in a studio environment and working with a professional model. The workshop takes place in The Lincoln Photography Studio and is taught by me - Bruce Hargrave.


(Please note that the studio is on the first floor and accessed by an external staircase (20 steps). Unfortunately, this may make it unsuitable for some users.)


The subjects covered in this workshop include:

• Model and photographer safety – dos and don’ts.

• Establishing a rapport between model and photographer - and maintaining professional boundaries.

• Setting up the shooting space.

• Choosing outfits, props and complementary backdrops.

• Simple lighting set-ups with one and two studio lights.

• Using a light meter (flash meter) to set studio flashes – and alternative methods.

• White balance.

• Directing and posing a model.

• Shooting with a purpose – quality over quantity – and when to stop shooting.

• TFP vs Paid Shoots. Model release forms and managing expectations.


What does the workshop include?

• Full use of the studio, lighting, modifiers, backdrops and props.

• All day tuition from me.

• The hire of two experienced models.

• Loan of a flash trigger – if required. (Some sharing may be necessary, so bring your own if you have one).

• Tea, coffee and bottled water.


What should I bring?

• Camera(s), lens/lenses, memory cards, fully charged batteries.

• Godox trigger (if you have one, also available to borrow).

• Packed lunch.


What will I come away with?

• A better understanding of how to set up and manage your own studio shoot.

• Printed notes, lighting diagrams and ‘top tips’ for doing your own studio photoshoot.

• Images for your portfolio.

• A desire to have a go and organise your own studio photoshoot.

• Enthusiasm to learn more advanced techniques.


How much does it all cost?

The price for this first workshop – with full tuition – is £100 per photographer. Places are limited to a maximum of six photographers, so you will be in a small group and have plenty of time to learn the ropes, ask questions, practise, shoot and review your results. Pay in full to secure your place on this workshop.

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