19th June 2018
Chetham’s Library, Manchester
Strictly limited to just 7 people
1st March 2016 // SOLD OUT
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6th May 2016 // SOLD OUT
20th September 2016 // SOLD OUT
25th October 2016 // SOLD OUT
21st March 2017 // SOLD OUT
16th May 2017 // SOLD OUT
20th September 2017 // SOLD OUT
7th February 2018 // SOLD OUT
7th March 2018 // SOLD OUT
19th March 2018 // SOLD OUT
22nd March 2018 // SOLD OUT
9th October 2018 // SOLD OUT
6th June 2018 // SOLD OUT
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16th October 2018 // SOLD OUT
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New wedding photography workshop date: 19th June 2018 – Chetham’s Library, Manchester city centre
A huge thank you to everyone who has attended my 12 sold out wedding photography workshops. Since holding my first solo workshop in March 2016, over 100 photographers have attended my workshops, all of which have sold out quickly and I have loved them. I get so much satisfaction from helping and teaching other photographers and giving them the knowledge and ideas to improve both the images they take and also their businesses as a whole.
I meet so many fantastic photographers on the workshops and the Facebook group which I set up for everyone who has been on my workshops has become a really great community. The group is full of photographers helping and supporting each, passing on referrals and making friendships at the same time. I am extremely proud of what the group has become.
My next wedding photography workshop for which places will be available is on the 19th June 2018 at Chetham’s Library in Manchester city centre. Details of how to book on will be sent exclusively to mailing list and places will be available on a first come first served basis. To book a place you must be on my mailing list (which you can join by completing the form at the top of this page).
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. I create an open and friendly environment where everyone feels comfortable asking questions. 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.
You can read all about my first two workshops here: https://www.neilredfern.com/blog/wedding-photography-workshops-lancashire/
“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 Clark
Natural light portraits and posing
I will demonstrate to you how I shoot in natural light – both indoors and outdoors – and how I communicate with my bride and grooms to bring out and capture real emotion. I will also teach you 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. They always prefer relaxed images. 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 utilising it to it’s best effect makes all the difference between a good and a bad photograph. As I will show you!
“I first came across Neil’s work whilst looking for inspiration for some nighttime photographs online. I was immediately blown away by his work and knew that I wanted to learn from him myself. After deciding to go on one of Neil’s ‘Creativity’ workshops I was extremely excited to learn some of his techniques as well as the processes he uses to achieve such remarkable imagery. He did not disappoint and was so enthusiastic about helping all of the attendees learn no matter what level of photography they were currently at. He got us to think outside of the box to be more creative and not to be scared to try new and different things. The whole day was jam-packed with an abundance of knowledge and was incredibly fast paced whilst allowing time to talk through each scenario we would be photographing. I would highly recommend Neil’s workshops to anybody who is wanting to take better photographs. Neil has rejuvenated my approach to photographing weddings and I cannot thank him enough, you are awesome my man!!”Martin Bell
“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
How to use 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.
Many photographers 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 cameras, lenses and lighting equipment which I use (speedlights, triggers and softboxes) and how with practice you can have everything set up and ready to shoot 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. 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
How to use video lights for wedding photography
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 as they are a continuos, light sourse meaning you can see in your camera exactly what you are getting with them. Again, for dark venues and winter weddings, video lights are brilliant to have in your camera bag and I will teach 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 wedding photographs
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. I love to get creative and will open up to possibilities to you so that you can start shooting in a way which you hadn’t thought of before.
Invitation to join private Facebook group
Everyone who signs up for one of my workshops 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 has become a fantastic community of like minded photographers who are all happy to help and support each other so that we all improve. Lots of referrals are posted in the group too.
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 has been the friendships which have been made on the courses so hopefully I’ll see most of you at bar afterwards!
“Neil you are a wizard in the world of photography, your eyes see what others don’t and your mind thinks outside the box. I have been on numerous workshops for different photography areas but yours is by far the best I have been on. I learnt things I would never even of considered or realised had I not of seen you in action. I think you should be really pleased with how well your workshops work and the community you have build because of them.”Stacey Leather
“Neil’s workshop was fantastic. The day was jam-packed with brilliant tips, tricks, advice and fun. Beautiful models, a gorgeous venue and top class hair and makeup. I could go on. Neil gave us many valuable insights into his business, including practical shooting and workflow suggestions that can be implemented immediately. The day was conducted with warmth and humility throughout, both from the Neil and from the attendees who threw themselves into the experience completely. I came away with new friends: inspired, enthused and ready to step up. Thanks Neil!”Jim Ross
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!
“I have admired Neil’s creative work for some time now and when I heard about his workshop, I was very keen to book. Another photographer I know who has been on a previous workshop of Neil’s said its a workshop not to be missed which immediately made it “sold” to me when the date came up! The course was incredibly inspiring. Neil is a great people person and did not make me feel inadequate and made me realise even the great photographers started somewhere years ago! I am not one to ask questions on workshops but I felt confident enough to ask away. I cannot wait to apply things that I have learnt on up and coming weddings. Thank you for running the workshop Neil, it has given me the push to strive more and become even more creative and think out side the box to make the ordinary the extraordinary! Cheers!!!”Charlotte Giddings