Following on from this post here are the 40 images by my co tutor Chris Hanley. Chris and I did battle at the beginning of the week teaching on the final Cherish The Dress workshop to be held in Manchester. The stage was the fabulous Hilton building on Deansgate. Here is a selection of 40 of Chris Hanley’s shots from the day.
Words and pictures – Chris Hanley
A favourite Chris Hanley shoot location at the Manchester Hilton.
1. a classic cloud 23 shot which works fabulously when there is bright diffuse cloud cover. An elegant pose for a classy cocktail dress
2. With album sales in mind, shooting creative alternatives is a good idea.
3. An even tighter crop with a warm monochrome action courtesy of my friend and prophoto columnist Alan Bremner
4. resting the lens on the bar top allows great reflective patterns and colours. These angles clients never see and are always suprised and delighted at the viewing
5. Natasha was fantastic at changing her pose. I cropped this with just a hint of cocktail glasses creeping into the frame to add to the album story about cloud 23.
8. I showed delegates how to maximise reflections by careful placement of the lens.
11. Another classic Cherish shot. I usually shoot this in front of a large frosted window, but Damien was going to use that area so we created an alternative Cloud 23 window shot shooting 3 stops over.
12. My final image with Natasha in Cloud 23. A siren of an image using the plush velvet curtains and one window. This image reminds me of Kim Basinger in LA confidential.
14. (14-16) I demonstrated the lupo 1200 with a soft box attached. Placing the light source intimately close to lisa and shawn produces gorgeous light which folds around them and falls away very quickly.
17. (17-19) I demonstrated how to create great effects with colour shift. Setting the white balance in 17 and 18 to 3030K and using a 300w Arri lamp gives this classic blue daylight. A shift to 8000K produces hues of rich amber.
23. (23-26) Back to the lupo and softbox, this time demonstrating how to create images which really show off a beautiful Timeless bride wedding gown.
27. (27-35) Back with Natasha and my oh my what a dress. She looked awesome in it. Whilst my buddy Mr Lovegrove was having a leisurely breakfast, we were with the models discussing the days workshop. We purposely hid this dress from Lovegrove :) These are simple natural light shots except number 30 which we used the lowel ID and a white balance of 3030K
37. (37-40) This is one of my favourite places to shoot at Hilton, and 3 yrs ago this is where we created our iconic cherish the dress™ image with Charlotte Brooks. It was Natasha's turn today. We used a lowel ID light to lift her beautiful raven hair off the dark background.
41. (41-43) More signature Hanley shots. Hotel downlighters and how to use them creatively.
46. (47-47) I'd been meaning to try this shot for a while and it was Damien reminding me, I included it. The wider shot is with a the fantastic 14-24mm nikkor and the tighter shot the 24 -70 at 70mm. The circle is a viewing hole looking down from level 2 to level 1 in the business centre. The lighting is a 300w arri. I asked Lisa and shawn to imagine they were on a picnic rug. Clients love images that accentuate the dress.
50. (50-53) I've used these windows many times, but almost always from a side angle. Shooting straight into the light and keeping the white balance blue I created some alternative dress images.
54. (56-58) Tasha finishes the day with 3 powerful portraits. Simple natural light with an interesting but uncluttered backdrop.
Thats it, its a rap. The final Cherish the Dress™ workshop at the Manchester Hilton. Personally I’ll still be shooting there with our clients, but myself and Damien would love to take Cherish on the road around the country.
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