Cherish The Dress™ ~ Part 1

Nov 4, 2009 | Flash, Location | 6 comments

This first shot by Chris uses natural light bounced back using a large Lastolite reflector.

This first shot by Chris uses natural window light bounced back using a large Lastolite reflector.

Here are the first set of Chris Hanley’s Cherish The Dress™ pictures taken on the recent Lovegrove workshops in Tuscany. Chris started his workshops with an introduction to the workings of the Cherish brand that makes the dress the star and not the victim. The aim of a Cherish shoot is to provide an album full of “WOW” images.

Chris used my Sachtler 300w tungsten spotlight

Chris used my Sachtler 300w tungsten spotlight for this shot and set his white balance of his Nikon D3 to tungsten.

This picture was shot into the window light and given +3 stops of exposure compensation. This technique is great for the "angel shot"

This picture was shot into the window light and given +3 stops of exposure compensation. This technique is great for the "angel shot"

This shot was taken with natural light on the spiral stairs up to the top of the tower.

This shot was taken with natural light on the spiral stairs up to the top of the tower.

Natural light. low key - 1 stop for dress detail

Chris used -1 stop of exposure compensation in this natural light shot to keep the detail in the dress.

Backlit with sunlight coming through the windows and key lit with reflected tungsten light.

Backlit with sunlight coming through the windows and key lit with reflected tungsten light.

Another simple natural light composition.

Another of Chris' natural light shots.

This shot was taken from an upstairs window down onto the terrace below.

This shot was taken from an upstairs window down onto the terrace below.

This is the same scene as the shot above but taken from the ground.

This is the same scene as the shot above but taken from the ground.

Chris used a 200mm lens to capture this

Chris used a 200mm lens to capture this classical sculpture like shot.

This shot was taken under the bridge that crosses the castle moat.

This shot was taken under the bridge that crosses the castle moat.

The keylight was provided by a Speedlight on a stand and the kick light was reflected sunlight.

The keylight was provided by a Speedlight on a stand and the kick light was reflected sunlight.

This shot showing the castle and the bridge over the pool

This shot of Valentina on the bridge over the pool in front of the castle used the sun as a kick light and a Lastolite reflector to bounce it back in to provide a key.

This shot of Chris' uses a large Lastolite reflector and the Tuscany sun.

This shot of Chris' uses a large Lastolite reflector and the Tuscany sun.

Chris used the same lighting as above

Chris used the same lighting as above

Chris used a reflector to bounce the last rays of sunlight

Chris used a reflector to bounce the last rays of the day's sunlight back onto Valentina

Chris' reflector was used to get most out of the setting sun.

Chris' reflector was used to get most out of the setting sun.

That big reflector of Chris' was working hard here too.

That big reflector of Chris' was working hard here too.

Well there you have part 1 of Chris Hanley’s Cherish The Dress™ shots from the Lovegrove creative workshops in Tuscany. Please feel free to comment on the pictures and I’m sure Chris will respond.

6 Comments

  1. damien

    Hi All,

    A lot of you are asking for two day events with Cherish on day 1 and a Marko Masterclass on day 2. This will happen in 2010. Dates will be added to the calendar shortly.

    As Chris says, please do register your interest with Blaise here. or by phoning on 01275 853204.

    Kindest regards,

    Damien.

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  2. Chris

    Thank you gentlemen for your kind words on my Cherish the Dress™ images. Its good people get to see our different styles. This what makes our Cherish workshops so popular. Not only do you come away with cards full of great images but I also give delegates plenty of background info on the concept of cherish and pointers on how to make it work for you on your own patch. email Blaise to register your interest for 2010 Cherish workshops.
    Thanks again
    Chris Hanley

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  3. Will Pateman Photography

    Love that spiral staircase shot, always love your punchy images..cant wait to come on one of your courses

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  4. Pete Williamson

    Interesting… I think maybe the size of the uploads don’t do the images justice as by nature they look very contrasty and the reduction in size for this post has increased this a little too much.. for me :)
    Its great though to have 2 quiet different styles posted.. I like the shot of the bride lying back on the stairs.. nice place between the more contrasty shots and the type of shots Damien posts.

    Awesome update as always… cheers

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  5. Roger Griffiths

    Another set of WOW images Damien, definitely need to get on the next ‘Cherish’ course. Just beautiful…

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  6. Derek mc auley

    Super shots chris A real wow factor alright

    nice to see a nikon shooter in Tuscany as well

    brilliant use of ambient light with reflectors

    Great work:-)

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