No Stranger to Strangers: The Creative Flashgun Photography Workshop – 1st April 2014

No Stranger to Strangers: The Creative Flashgun Photography Workshop

When a student recently attended one of our Speedlite photography workshops, he had to move through the streets of central London and think creatively on his feet. His tutor was Ion Paciu, one of London’s best street portrait and fashion photographers and a senior tutor at our school. Ion would not only teach him about flash, but how to illuminate the faces the strangers in the crowd.

It’s make-up on the move

It was a beautiful warm sunny day when our tutor Ion Paciu held one of his one to one Speedlite photography workshops with our student Nicolas, on the streets of central London. Nicolas had booked a lesson with our Photoion Photography School to learn the art of using Speedlite flashguns. He would now create a street fashion shoot using two such flash systems.

Choose the door

The workshop started near the Union Jack Club. Jasmin, the model for the day, added the finishing touches to her make up. Ever the professional she is one of our regular models skilled in how to work on the move.

Speedlite Photography workshop London Makeup

Speedlite Photography workshop London Makeup

The roads around the club offered the fashionable façades of old English flats with the multiple hues of rustic brick, a perfect background for the first images. With the equipment set up, our student Nicolas clicked away.

Speedlite Photography Workshop London, bricks wall

Speedlite Photography Workshop London, brick wall

With Ion’s guidance, Nicolas explored the shapes and colours around him. He painted with the light, mixing the natural ambient temperature with those of the flash. Different poses and themes rolled into one another, as ideas where formed and realised.

Speedlite Photography Workshop London, glow light

Speedlite Photography Workshop London, glow light