Wedding Photography Workshops6th May 2016 // SOLD OUT
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6th May 2016
LocationHoghton Tower, Lancashire
PlacesStrictly limited to just 10 people
Summer wedding photography workshop – 6th May 2016
Following the success of the two wedding photography workshops which I held at the beginning of March 2016, I have now finalised details of my next workshop which will be held on 6th May 2016
The workshop will very much be focussed on shooting, posing and creativity. From all the workshops I have run in the past I know the areas which are most useful to cover and I will make sure that we go over all of these so that you get the most possible out of the day. As with all my workshops, the day will be very relaxed and as well as demonstrating to you how I shoot, I also want the day to be very hands on, so everyone will get the chance to take their own shots as well. This is very important as I have always find that it is easier to learn through practice rather than having somebody just talking to you.
“Phenominal Photographer! Wonderful workshop! Vibrant & versatile venue! I learnt more in one day with Neil that I would have done on a 2 year BA (Hons) course & even had an epiphany moment with my manual flash!! Now not many people can say they’ve given me one of those!! I cannot thank or recommend Neil enough! Certainly some of the best time & money I’ve ever spent”Karen Hartley
Natural light portraits and loose posing
I will demonstrate to you how I shoot in natural light – both indoors and outdoors – and how I communicate with my couples to bring out various emotions. I will also demonstrate how I pose without posing. The couples who book me to photograph their wedding don’t want to be overly posed and I don’t want to overly pose them but I do give them some suggestions so that we get the most out of the light without anything being forced. Utilising the natural light and knowing how to use it to it’s best effect makes all the difference between a good and a bad photograph – as I will show you!
“I learnt so much, and it was awesome to see what makes you tick to get those shots. its these experiences in life that you never forget. so thank you from the bottom of my heart. Truly epic Neil! x”Wing Kay Chan
Off camera flash
On all the workshops which I have run in the past, the area that most people want help with is off camera flash. It’s a biggie! For a photographer with limited experience, or someone who has actively tried to avoid using flash in the past, the idea of taking the flash off the camera can be quite daunting and they assume that it is difficult but I can assure you that it’s not! You will quickly gain confidence in how to use off camera flash to create cool and creative effects which bride and grooms love. I will talk you through the particular equipment which I use (speedlights, triggers and softboxes) and how with practice you can have everything set up in literally a few minutes.
Even if you don’t intend to use off camera flash very much, it is still always useful to know how to use it just in case. High ISO is great but there are certain scenarios at weddings where I don’t think I could get by without using flash. This doesn’t always include portraits either, off camera flash can be a huge help with other parts of the wedding day too such as the speeches and first dance. For winter weddings especially, having the ability to use off camera flash is almost essential and once you have confidence in using it, a whole new world of creative possibilities will open up. You’ll never need to be afraid of a dark wedding venue again!
“Learning new skills is important to me and learning from someone whose work I look at and love is even better. Neil is at the top of his game and made everything easy to understand and gave me new confidence with off camera flash. Not only did i get to learn some awesome techniques and skills I got to meet some great photographers and build a network of people wanting to help each other get better and progress and support each other. Well worth getting on one of these workshops!”Nik Bryant
I will also show you the video lights which I use and how they can be used to create some really cool portraits. Whilst not as powerful as speedlights, video lights are great asthey are continuos, meaning you can see exactly what you are getting with them. Again, for dark venues and winter weddings, video lights are brilliant to have in your bag and I will show you how to use them quickly so you don’t have to be scared once the sun goes down
Special tips and tricks for awesome creative effects
One of the things I most enjoy showing people on my wedding photography workshops is some simple tricks which you can use to instantly take your portraits from good to awesome. Some of these I do using some of the more ‘unusual’ things in my camera bag (don’t be scared!) whilst a couple of others can be done by things which you can find around you at any wedding venue.
Invitation to join private Facebook group
Everyone who signs up for one of my workshops, or has done in the past, will be invited to join a private Facebook group. This is a place where you can ask myself and everyone else questions and generally get to know each other before and after the workshops. The group is already becoming a fantastic community of like minded photographers who are all happy to help and support each other so that we all improve, as well as sharing referrals and passing work to each other.
Finally, a couple of well earned drinks!
As with all the other wedding photography workshops I have run in the past, after the workshop, I will be inviting everyone to the pub afterwards where we can all unwind and talk about the day and socialise together. This is key to my philosophy as I believe that wedding photographers should be see each other as friends, not competitors. This is a chance to get to know each other better. One the things I have been most proud about with the Redfern and Crawley workshops has been the friendships which have been made on the courses so hopefully I’ll see most of you at bar afterwards!
How to book
To book your place on the workshop, please complete the mailing list form at the top of the page and I will email you a link to a private page where you can book your place!