Wedding Photography Workshop ~ Dillington House

Oct 4, 2011 | Flash, Location, Wedding | 10 comments

1. One of Julie's pictures from yesterdays wedding photography workshop.

As the summer wedding season draws to a close we had just one last spell of fabulous weather for our shooting weddings workshop. These events are limited to just 4 delegates per tutor and with an overall group size of 8 delegates it is easy for everyone to get their shots without feeling hassled.

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We shot simple details, clean portraits and isolated our subjects from distracting backgrounds. Julie and I love to take control of the light and we shared our shooting secrets with the group throughout the day. Our venue was the fabulous Dillington House in Somerset with it’s contemporary and traditional architecture.

3. Sky was our groom for the day. It was our first shoot together and we will definitely be shooting together again soon.

4. I showed the delegates how to control the ambient light in bed rooms. We then took striking getting ready shots without the use of flash.

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We split the group into two sets of 4 photographers, Julie had one group with her shooting Satu, our bride and I had the other group with Sky. In the second shooting session the groups swapped over so that everyone got to photograph all the setups.

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9. Sky was partnered by Satu who flew in from Finland for the workshop.

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21. Julie made great use of the contemporary parts of Dillington House.

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28. I gave a quick tutorial on perspective, viewpoint and composition.

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31. I showed the delegates how I use the Elinchrom Ranger with a Lastolite Ezybox and everyone shot a few frames with this fabulous flash kit.

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33. Dappled sunlight is a challenge that rewarded us with a fun set of pictures.

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38. We went for a walk in the woods as the weather was fabulous.

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48. A shot from the top of our monopods was the next challenge that allows us to maintain the professional amateur divide.

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53. I love the bokeh that my 100mm Canon lens renders at f/2.8

54. Fun in the sun.

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Sky’s personal website can be seen here.

In the afternoon Julie discussed the psychology of the customer experience and the details of the wedding day logistics before I took the group out to capture some setting sun couple shots.

Our winter wedding workshop season starts on the 22nd November with our first ‘Lighting Winter Weddings‘ event at the fabulous Maunsel House in Somerset. Join Julie and I for a session of battery lights, Speedlights and Arris in one of the most striking wedding venues in the country.

Browse our range of upcoming photography training courses here.

10 Comments

  1. Jane Furey

    Absolutely beautiful…….

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  2. Andrew Cresswell

    Getting the best of natural light is skill that I think you are always developing. Your positioning for creative lighting is inspirational, I can see a few techniques here that I am going to practice right now. Love the Bridal Portraits against the burnt orange walls.

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    • damien

      Hi Andrew,

      Thank you for your compliments. Julie is the expert at work on the bridal portraits with the orange walls. She is the star of our wedding partnership. I am always learning about great light and how to find it. My picture taking is far simpler now but somehow more refined too.

      Kindest regards, Damien.

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  3. David Cooke

    The light in these photographs is stunning, very high key and very effective, absolutely wonderful work from both of you, you are a constant source of inspiration.

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    • damien

      Thanks David,
      Your compliments are welcome. On the wedding day itself it can be far more dificult to get great pictures. That’s where the experience come in.
      Kind regards,

      Damien.

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  4. Barney Walters

    As always, great control of light. Damien is the master of light! This is a great venue that I attended a workshop at towards the beginning of the year. Just looking now at perhaps booking another. hmm….

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    • damien

      Thanks Barney,

      We have a few interior workshops over the winter and we will be announcing the Spring workshops in late December. Your kind words are appreciated.

      Damien.

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  5. ayo-iShutter

    I learnt a lot at this training workshop. I have tested some of the techniques yesterday in the sun and it is a big transformation to my career in photography. I am looking forward to my first job this saturday.

    Thank you Damien & Julie Lovegrove for an awesome workshop, beautiful venue and I must say a great team of photographers at the workshop too. The models were great.

    It’s me, the SONY man…lol!!

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    • damien

      Hi Ayo, Thank you very much for your kind words. All my continuous light workshops will suit you too plus the studio lighting if you have a hot shoe adapter. I hope your weddings go well.
      Kindest regards,

      Damien.

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