Last week I popped over to Venice for a recce shoot with fashion model, Hellana Mardasian and my co-tutor Radmila Kerl from Munich. The recce was to establish the locations, accommodation, and restaurants that we want to use for a foundation level workshop in street fashion that we are running in October this year. The shoot was fun, really simple and generally involved working a couple of streets away from the hordes of tourists that patrol the main thoroughfares at this time of the year.
All these pictures were shot with the Fujifilm GFX100 either handheld, on a monopod or on a tripod. There are four full resolution photographs linked to from the pictures below. So much has been written about this camera that I don’t want to repeat so please feel free to ask me anything you want to in the comments section below. I answer every comment and I say it as it is. I’m no fanboy and I’m not paid by Fujifilm. Enjoy…The GFX100 camera firmware wasn’t final and my lenses didn’t have the necessary firmware upgrade to enable phase detect autofocus. The picture detail is outstanding and the lenses that I used were more than up to the task of resolving the extra detail the 100 gives over my 50s. These shots were taken using the GF 32-64mm f/4 and the GF 110mm f/2 lenses.
Although our workshop this October is at a foundation level we will work up to shooting with one off-camera flash to create stylish fashionable pictures. I’ll be explaining exactly how best to work with flash in a clear and logical way. No questions will be too trivial and we will keep the learning fun. Work hard, play hard is the signature of my workshops and over three days/ four nights in Venice we will have an amazing time. There is nothing better than meeting new friends, sharing great times together and enjoying the process of self-development.
By 10 am in October the sun will be reaching the streets between the buildings. If we get sun that is. I don’t mind whatever weather we get on our workshop. Having shot over 400 weddings in the UK I’m very geared up to creating striking pictures in all conditions. We might be lucky and get autumn mist :)
Even in June, it’s easy to avoid the tourists. Just by walking away from the main thoroughfare for a couple of minutes we were in quiet areas with just a few locals for company. The tour groups from the cruise liners miss out on the real Venice. They say that the best way to explore Venice is to get lost and I wholeheartedly agree.
We will make the best use of the available light on the workshop and we will make our own sunlight where necessary.
Our workshop will mix portraiture with other genres like long exposure, architecture, cityscapes and night photography.
Join Radmila and me on this journey of discovery. We are hoping that Hellana will be modelling for us and a special guest model too. We will be working in two groups of 6 photographers at most times and swapping the groups every 30 minutes or so. That enables everyone to shoot everything and benefit from both of our teachings. To learn more, get in contact here. The workshop will go live on Lovegrove Adventures soon and will probably sell out fast.
Ask me about the Fujifilm GFX100, how I got on with it and what I think of it in the comments section below :)