November 8th, 2012
Here are a set of pictures from my recent Urban Portraits workshop in Bristol. It was my last street workshop of the year and the first Urban Portraits workshop that I have run on a Sunday.
My kit list:
Fujifilm X-Pro 1 camera, 18mm, 35mm and 60mm lenses.
Canon 580 EX11 Speedlight attached to a Lastolite Jupiter stand using a Lovegrove flash bracket.
55cm Lastolite Ezybox Hotshoe with a tilt head bracket and a grid.
Ebay radio triggers (RF601)
Model: Chloe Jasmine Whichello
Styling: Chloe Jasmine Whichello
Make up: Chloe Jasmine Whichello
I taught 6 delegates my street shooting style and how I use a Speedlight creatively. The kit chosen for this kind of workshop is far less relevant than the way it is used. About half of the pictures here use added light from the Speedlight. The weather was very dull indeed and eventually the rain set in so I needed the Speedlight to add contrast and life to some of my pictures. Many look naturally lit even though I used a Speedlight and that subtlety is often the key to a successful set of pictures.
One of the strategies I employ in my urban picture design is to abstract the backgrounds so that we could be anywhere. I then use light and contrast to separate my subject from the background. Part of my training process is teaching delegates how to spot a picture opportunity.
I love working with the junctions in building materials. Being able to divide a picture into zones and playing with their proportions gives room for individual creative expression. Each of my delegates created different compositions with this set up. Once the light was rigged we got creative.
Post production: Lightroom 4.2, and a bit of Photoshop CS4 where needed. I then imported the TIFFs back into Lightroom to make a monochrome set for the blog by selecting ‘black and white’ and syncing my settings before exporting with my watermark.
My next Urban Portrait workshops are in Manchester and Bristol. If you have any requests for Sunday workshops or other training events do please drop Laura, my PA an email.
Please feel free to comment on these pictures.