Terez Kočová in Tuscany

Sep 29, 2018 | Continuous Lighting, Flash, GFX, Location, Travel | 8 comments

Once a year I venture into the heart of Tuscany to lead a group of photographers on a creative workshop stimulated by fine cuisine, company and wine. The 2019 trip is booking now. We reside in our exclusive luxury villa and venture out by day to abandoned farmhouses, local beauty spots and secluded locations that I have discovered over the years. I scheduled in a photoshoot in Volterra too. It’s a wonderful medieval hilltop town and just 20 minutes drive from our villa. Here are 85 photographs that I took of Terez Kocova over the three day workshop and a further two days of recces that preceded it. The shots below are definitely NSFW.

01. The picture top left is the exterior of our first abandoned location. It nestles in a valley at the end of an overgrown track about 500m from a rough gravel road.

All these shots were taken using my Fujifilm GFX50s camera with either the GF 32-64mm f/4 zoom lens or the GF 110mm f/2 prime lens. I used a tripod for everything except the shots taken in town.

02. The gold dress is a recent purchase although I’ve hired it from designer Molly Mishi May on several occasions before.

All the abandoned locations were lit with ambient light with occasional help from a dual colour Lupo Superpanel powered by V mount battery. Working with continuous light ensured that we could all shoot together as a group. Moving around to capture the scene from different angles.

03. I love the dual colour Superpanel on location. Here I used it at 17% output.

My clients had various cameras; Nikon D850, Hasselblad H6D, Fujifilm GFX50s, Sony A7II, Canon 5D mk4 and Fujifilm XH1 (from memory). When shooting like this using continuous light on location it’s not about the camera. Even a smartphone would do a good job. It about seeing the light and creating it as required. Having said that, it’s always a pleasure to shoot with good kit.


I shot with Terez for the first time in Prague at the beginning of the year. Our pictures from Prague are here.

05. I decided to keep this shot brighter than the fabulous set I shot of Mischkah here last year.


06. Natural light.




08. The shot on the left is with natural light. The one on the right is lit with this Lupo Superpanel.


09. Both these shots were lit with natural light.




11. I used a Godox AD 600 to light this painterly shot of Terez in Tuscany.


12. The GF 110mm lens at f/2 is perfect for these shots.


13. Terez loves nudity and animals among other things. I don’t usually shoot this kind of ‘art nude’ image but it’s fun when the opportunity presents itself.








17. Natural light.


18. I used a Godox AD600 with a 21cm reflector to light this shot.






21. This was lit with a blend of natural light from a window and a Superpanel.


22. These shots were lit with the Superpanel using the windows in the room as motivation for the lighting direction.




24. I love working with high key ‘pencil sketch’ lighting.












30. We used a splash of flash from the AD200 to light these and the shots below.




32. Terez hanging out in Volterra.








36. Sunlight and flash from my AD600 was used for these shots. I used the Velvia film simulation and I think I’ll revert to my favourite Pro Negative S when I get round to printing these.






39. Sunlight


40. Pure Tuscan sunlight is fabulous.


41. I used a Godox AD600 and an AD200 to light this shot of Terez at our pool in the golden hour.




43. Lovely view


44. Five days of shooting and five nights of partying took it’s toll.

That it for this instalment. Next up I will share my portraits of my friend Michaela on the streets of Siena.

Join me next year for an adventure in paradise. The memories of the Tuscan colours, flavours, sounds and sights will stay with you forever. All the information for my 2019 workshop in Tuscany is here. Leave us a message here if you want us to provisionally hold you a place on next years trip.


  1. Alexis


    • Damien

      Thank you Alexis :)

  2. Rob Wheatman

    Inspiring set of images Damien, class as ever and masterful use of light.
    Time after time…

    • Damien

      Thank you Rob for the compliments. Italy helps with the light :)

      Kindest regards,


  3. Paul harrison

    Another wonderful set to inspire us, thanks Damien

    • Damien

      Thank you Paul for your continued support and encouragement :)



  4. Jay Mijares

    This was such a wonderful workshop! Thank you, Damien for sharing your knowledge with us! I learned a lot!

    • Damien

      Thank you Jay,

      I loved spending time with you in Tuscany. Everyone in our group was friendly, fun and respectful. A true pleasure.

      I hope to see you again on another workshop soon :)



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