Our second shooting workshop under Chris Hanley’s ‘Cherish’ banner went without a hitch. When putting together a ‘Cherish The Dress’ style album it is wise to shoot detail and passion pictures alongside the full length dress pictures. Here is a very small selection of the pictures Chris and I shot on the day. The first 9 or so are mine and the last 9 or so are Chris’s.
The setting is the fabulous Hilton bar on floor 23. The lighting is all Speedlight mastery using infrared remote TTL control.
This is what you get without flash.
And here it is again with Speedlights on stands with Lovegrove brackets of course.
It’s all about application. The orientation and direction of the flashes are critical. The power of each unit is set using the ratio function and the exposure is determined using the aperture and flash compensation. It really is quite easy to grasp when you are shown exactly how to do it.
“Once you’ve done the workshop you feel liberated” said one delegate after the last ‘Cherish the Dress’ workshop.
This was one of the simplest shots to take on the day. The framing is everything.
I used a bit of dingle, dangled in front of the Speedlight to create the dappled light. A small aperture did the rest of the work in adding contrast and punch to the picture.
A little bit of fun and a lighter moment can put a smile on your face. I showed the delegates how to shoot and light a couple on a staircase. It's a skill that will transfer to just about any hotel or wedding venue. Prom dresses look good too and the Cherish brand is not exclusively directed at wedding dresses.
I was umming and ahhing about weather to bring out my friend Arri or not and I'm glad I did. My Arri is a 300w Fresnel lensed tungsten spotlight. It is a very simple bit of kit to use and makes the most wonderful pictures when you know what you are doing with the flood and spot controls.
Another Arri picture. We worked on manual exposure mode all day and I had the chance to use my favourite ISO 800, 1/60th second at f/4 settings.
A white wall and window make such a simple background to this image.
I love this style of close up. A simple one light shot that has advertising grade written all over it. The key light (my Arri) could have been a bit further to the right but this moment was created with a bit of interaction and I captured the look instantly.
Chris Hanley is a master of perspective and captured this naturally lit shot with the minimum of fuss.
There is so much opportunity in a corridor like this to shoot using natural light, by flash or with tungsten light. Chris's pictures like this one have a more gutsy look than mine. It's wonderful to see a photographic style emerge that will be instantly recogniseable as a Hanley within a year or two.
Work it girl. Chris used a combination of a long lens and a slow shutter speed to capture this sublime image.
Making gorgeous pictures like these is a privilege not a job. Chris makes light work of capturing the big picture.
High key or silhouette? the choice is yours when shooting into frosted glass.
Here's another of Chris Hanley's long exposure tracking shots. Between Chris and I we shot enough new techniques to keep all the delegates inspired for some time to come. Italy will be inspiration on yet another level.
An absolutely mad shot of a mad dress. How wonderful is that. Chris at his best is just a bit off the wall :)
Simple reveal pictures like these require imagination to 'see'. The Manchester skyline through the fine fabric curtain looks like an oil painting.
I just love this shot. It's a great one to finish this post on because it is beautifully simple and says so much. Another Chris Hanley masterpiece.
Our next Cherish the dress workshop is already full, however Chris has some places left on the workshop he is running solo at the Manchester Hilton on Tuesday 21st July.
Please comment on your experiences if you were a delegate or feel free to comment on the pictures.