The delegates arrived early for this “Into The Light” workshop. The call time was 09.30 but by 08.45 the first eager photographers were getting the scale of our fabulous venue. You can’t fail to be amazed at the graceful setting of Kingscotte house near Tetbury. Tea and Coffee was served in the kitchen, complete with Aga and a log burner. Martin and I walked the grounds going over the plans we had made for the structure and psychology of the training we were about to give. This final prep is vital in order to deliver a first class experience to our deligates.
Sarah and Iskra were in make up with the very tallented Vicky Waghorn by 08.30 and I spent some time sorting outfits and styling the morning session. Sarah had some amazing dresses in her car and she gladly lent Iskra one sensational Herve Leger dress. I then set about pre rigging a couple of lights in the bedrooms. Kingscotte house is vast. I decided to shoot in just four bedrooms and the upstairs landing. By cutting down on the locations it’s easier to concentrate on the images. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by a venue and to leave a shoot feeling that more opportunities could have been taken. I prefer to accept that I’ll shoot in different areas at my next visit. Martin whose shots we see here worked outside in the grounds all day.
Martin encouraged the delegates without the flash trigger to shoot natural light images while they were waiting. It is important to slow down when shooting with big flash as each exposure represents a significat percentage of your flash battery power. Martin together with his 5 delegates all got the shots and a each delegate received a very significant amount of personal time from Martin himself.
The day was divided into four shooting sessions of aproximately an hour and a half each. Two groups of five delegates swaped tutor each quater. Martin and I then repeated each session once so that everyone got the chance to shot each setup. However, the light changes and the dynamics in the groups often lead to subtle changes in the shots. Martin and I teach with a reactive fluid system that covers a sylabus while making the most of the opportunities that present themselves. On day one the sun made a couple of brief apearances and we reacted to make best use of it while we could.
After lunch Martin switched from big flash to Speedlights triggered by the Pocket Wizard TTL system. He use Nikon and Canon Speedlights rigged in unison on a pair of Lovegrove Gemini brackets. For the next ‘Into The Light workshop’ Martin might be shooting with Elinchrom Ranger and Radio Popper trigered Speedlights. The kit used is far less important than the pictures made. The same images can be made using a variety of lighting systems once the fundamentals of light positioning and exposure are understood.
My part of this workshop was shot using continuous light and was more focussed on expression and intimacy in the portraits. My pictures will be blogged next.
These shots may seem in a random order and that is because Martin shot the same scenes four times in different light over the two workshop days.
In the afternoon Martin and his delegates just used Speedlights with the Lovegrove Gemini bracket and Pocket Wizards to produce punchy pictures one after another. Using the Gemini meant that Marting could rig the Nikon and Canon Speedlights right next to each other pointing in the same direction.
This is the work from one half of the workshop that is “Into The Light” with Martin Hill and Damien Lovegrove. My half will be posted next. Expect a few more pictures from me because shooting continuous light is far quicker than using big flash.
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