2014 in pictures

Hello Photoion students and photography fans. 2014 is over! Already! Let’s take a look back over what’s been amazing about this year!

It only seems like last week that we were writing out our reflective for 2013. This year has been another 12 months of great achievements; things that we want to share with all of you.

So, what has made 2014 so magical?

Since February, we have been running a monthly feature called ‘Student of the Month’. Every month we pick one of our students and showcase the best of their work. It’s been a great way to recognise the immense talent that our students have.

photo is taken by Rachel Ennis, student of the month for June 2014

Photo is taken by Rachel Ennis, the student of the month for June 2014

Photo is taken by Asli Yilmaz, the student of the month for August 2014

Photo is taken by Asli Yilmaz, the student of the month for August 2014

photo is taken by Clive Seymour, the student of the month for December 2014

Photo is taken by Clive Seymour, the student of the month for December 2014

Photo is taken by Rose Atkinson, student of the month for September 2014

Photo is taken by Rose Atkinson, student of the month for September 2014

In March, we published our first Photoion Awards book (Photoion Awards 2013). This book celebrated the very best photos captured by our students and winners during 2013.
This was a fantastic opportunity to both highlight the great work of our students, but also give back to our community in the form of beautiful imagery.

'A lioness on the rolling plains of the Masai Mara, Kenya' by Craig Brady, first place winner of the Photoion Photography Awards 2013

‘A lioness on the rolling plains of the Masai Mara, Kenya’ by Craig Brady, first place winner of the Photoion Photography Awards 2013

Koh-Tao by Paul Blake from the book 'Photoion Photography Awards 2013'

Koh-Tao by Paul Blake from the book ‘Photoion Photography Awards 2013’

In April, we ran an experimental Masterclass. In it, we proved that the same results can be achieved using Speedlites, as can be by using far more expensive studio lights. This helped many photographers ease the burden on their wallets when buying new equipment.

Behind the scenes of the

Behind the scenes of the experimental masterclass – studio lights vs speedlites

From the Masterclass - Studio lights vs Speedlites

From the Masterclass – Studio lights vs Speedlites

From the Masterclass - Studio lights vs Speedlites

From the Masterclass – Studio lights vs Speedlites

Group photo from the masterclass - Studio Lights vs Speedlites

Group photo from the masterclass – Studio Lights vs Speedlites

Continuing with this theme of giving back to our community; In July we ran our first Free Portfolio Review. This event was a massive success and gave us the chance to see, and critique, many fantastic images.
Events like this are such a great way to meet people and hear interesting new stories.

The best from the Free Portfolio review event, photo by Tim Corry

The best from the Free Portfolio review event, photo by Tim Corry

The best from the Free Portfolio Review event, photo by Tim Corry

The best from the Free Portfolio Review event, photo by Tim Corry

The best from the Free Portfolio Review event, photo by Matt Arnold

The best from the Free Portfolio Review event, photo by Matt Arnold

August saw the launch of a brand new workshop; our Art Nude course. This course gave students a chance to learn one of the most powerful, and intimate forms of photography, and it was a huge success.

Photo is taken on our Art nude photography workshop

Photo is taken on our Art nude photography workshop

Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes

We continued the trend of firsts in October when we ran a Fashion workshop in the Vaults in London. The Vaults is such a unique and interesting location, and the Workshop proved so popular that we are running it again, more here.

Photo is taken on our Fashion photography workshop

Photo is taken on our Fashion photography workshop

From the Fashion Photography workshop, October 2014

From the Fashion Photography workshop, October 2014

Also in October, Ion Paciu, founder and tutor at Photoion, opened and conducted his exhibition, ‘Revisiting Romania: Portraits from London.’ This close up look at the lives of Romanians living and working in the Capital will be on display until March 2015, so be sure to take a look if you’re near the Horniman Museum.

Lana Dumitru by Ion Paciu from the exhibition 'Revisiting Romania: Portraits from London'

Lana Dumitru by Ion Paciu from the exhibition ‘Revisiting Romania: Portraits from London’

Cristi Comsa & Family by Ion Paciu, from the exhibition 'Revisting Romania: Portraita from London'

Cristi Comsa & Family by Ion Paciu, from the exhibition ‘Revisting Romania: Portraits from London’

Dan Stoica by Ion Paciu from the exhibition 'Revisiting Romania: Portraits from London'

Dan Stoica by Ion Paciu from the exhibition ‘Revisiting Romania: Portraits from London’

As you can see, we’ve had a fantastic year, with the chance to work with so many great people.

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Behind the scenes from one of our Studio Lighting photography workshops in 2014, preparation

Behind the scenes from one of our Studio Lighting photography workshops in 2014

Behind the scenes from one of our Studio Lighting photography workshops in 2014

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Group photo: make up artist Fanny, model Helen and our student Nicolas

As we move into 2015, we’d like to make a resolution with you, to help you take better photos in the new year:

Take more photographs! If you follow us on Facebook, you’ll know about our Photo of the Day, where each and every day we post a fantastic new photo. We encourage you all to start doing the same; take a picture each and every day. You’ll be surprised at just how much you can improve just by doing this every day.
Be sure to tag us in your photos so that we can see them too!

Now go, make 2015 yours, make 2015 your best year yet!

Don’t forget to stay in touch, share your moments with us on Facebook and Twitter. And we’ll see you in 2015!

About the Author:

We are the Photoion Photography School, and we love everything to do with Photography. We are always reading about the latest techniques, equipment, and accessories. We endeavour to share what we are passionate about with you. Enthusiasm is contagious; and we would love for our readers to be as enthusiastic about Photography as we are. We are constantly teaching, shooting, and posting great images and stories so stay tuned!

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