01. I lit Katie Green with a pair of Speedlights. The direction and motivation of the lighting is so very important when creating natural looking shots.
Here are a selection of my pictures from day one of this lavish two day workshop. I’ve added some lighting and style notes for good measure too.
02. Shot 01 is a portrait and this is a fashion shot. The dress is the star here.
Model: Katie Green
Make up: Sophie Page
Location: Pipewell Hall
Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro1, 18mm, 35mm and 60mm lenses
Lighting kit: Canon and Nikon Speedlights, RF 601 triggers from Ebay, Lovegrove Gemini bracket with umbrellas, Lastolite Ezybox with grid.
03. Figure in interior shots like this tell the viewer more about the location and I use these at weddings. One Speedlight was enough to make this shot look real. Balancing interior and exterior lighting levels is subjective and is driven by personal style. This shot was taken in the library at Pipewell Hall.
04. Lit with a single modified Speedlight. The balance of flash and ambient and the control of contrast is important to show the sheen in fabrics as well as the detail.
05. Lit with a single barefaced Speedlight.
06. I love mixing light sources and I showed the delegates just how far the exposure can be taken. If the exposure was held back for the highlights the shot would look flat and uninteresting.
07. Sheen, life and vitality.
08. Lit with a single barefaced Speedlight.
09. Lighting as above.
10. Using Speedlights for interior portraits opens up opportunities that can’t be realised with larger flash heads.
11. Lit with a pair of Speedlights with simple modifiers.
12. Lighting as above but I added a diffusion filter to the front of my 60mm lens.
13. Lit with a single modified Speedlight.
15. We captured the last rays of daylight for these natural light contra jour portraits.
16. By 16:30hs it was dark and on both days we switched to tungsten continuous lighting. I used a Lowel id light and an Arri 300 for this shot.
17. Lighting as above.
18. This is the classic Lovegrove Hollywood siren lighting look.
I’ll be back at Pipewell Hall in February to recreate these and more shots for my Interior Speedlight Portraits workshop. These pictures make up the set we shot on day one of the two day workshop. The Passion Photography Experience workshops that I run are characterised by new friendships and creative fusion. We discuss life and art over dinner and generally have fun from the moment we meet to the moment we part. Our next Passion workshop is in Fuerteventura in March. We are now taking deposits to secure places in the sun.
Please feel free to comment on these pictures or your experience on this workshop.