What experience do you have with Speedlite / Flashgun Photography? One of our recent workshops looked into this very topic. The feedback we are still receiving is nothing short of fantastic. We would like to tell you about this Speedlite Photography Workshop in more detail.
We will start by setting the scene. We were due to meet at the Union Jack Club on this cold but sunny day, and what better way to start the day with a warm cup of coffee for everyone. All that remained was the route plan and the finishing touches to our model’s make-up.
We went to ‘The Leake Street’. If you do not know the area, this is near the Old Vic Tunnels in central London, which is adjacent to Lower Marsh Road close to Waterloo Station.
Interesting Fact – this is one of the few places in London that has been authorised for graffiti. This particular area could be described as ‘brimming with activity’. It is constantly being visited by many artists, all with similar intentions: graffiti art, photography, filming and even socialising. The tutor had the primary objective of showing the students how to make the most of their speedlite – flashguns.
The tutor Ion Paciu chose the theme for this Speedlite Photography Workshop as Street Fashion
These shooting sessions provided real hands-on practice; no time wasting, no theory, just the really enjoyable practical side – taking really good photographs.
Part way through the workshop, Ion presented the students with the tools and different lighting schemes using only a couple of speedlites – flashguns. The different lighting schemes included:
- Hard Light
- Soft Light
- Side Light
- Multiple lighting
Full credit goes to our model, Jasmine. She was very brave given the low temperature and the wind, which admittedly created a bit of trouble. The stands of the speedlites are quite thin and needless to say, these can become unstable on a windy day.
The feedback we received on this photography workshop highlighted how everyone enjoyed the high level of interaction. It was a real pleasure to see the excitement of everyone who took pictures, and our students were so engrossed in the studying of the light and the tools that we barely saved our beverages from reaching the same outside temperature.
While we cleaned our lenses and changed our batteries our model Jasmine delighted her with a warm cappuccino from the Scooter Cafe on Lower Marsh. You probably guessed right, we were guilty of not being able to resist a few shots of Jasmine whilst she enjoyed her delicious cappuccino.
We didn’t initially notice the growing crowd of spectators that were interested in our smoke effect photography; for those of you who do not already know, Ion always carries a few smoke grenades in his bag. Despite the growing crowd of spectators, we were too engrossed in the task at hand; taking the perfect photograph.
The time then arrived for Ion to take our group photograph, and as usual, everyone was thrilled with the day, the experience and the results. The workshop closed with everyone sharing thoughts and photographs from the shooting. It is rare, but always refreshing, to see a similar level of passion to ours for photography.
The day closed with everyone exchanging contact details and best wishes. Thanks again to Ion, the great students and our fantastic model, Jasmine.
What are your thoughts on our workshop? If you are interested, you can view a full list of our upcoming photography workshops on our website.
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