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Why not join us this year for some super training! From our bespoke 1-1 to 4-1 sessions around the country we also have numerous fantastic training 1 day courses. We have also just released a fabulous 3 day training exrtravaganza in France in oct this year.

We have had a wonderful start to the year here at Brett Harkness studios. Not only has our own shooting been going well but we are gearing up for a great year of weddings and training. Our training courses have started with a bang and already we have had three courses from the studio and 4  - 1-1 private sessions with different photography businesses teaching them everything from business structure to shooting, flash, daylight, album design, photoshop and so much more. Our courses are very relaxed and the way that I teach makes it easy for everyone to understand. You will have ample time to shoot, our maximum number of delegates on any course is 10. If you are looking for something a little more bespoke to your own business needs then why not bring me to you! You can of course come to the studio outside of Manchester or for a little extra I can come to you! We can cater the day to look at your own business needs as well as factor in shooting. A perfect bespoke day molded to your needs. To see prices PLEASE CLICK HERE.

To see more info of our great courses out now on the training course page please click HERE, including FRANCE!

Here are a few images from recent courses & 1-1 sessions here at BHP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The last day of March brought us to our Wedding/Speedlight course 30 mins outside of Manchester. Starting off in Bury in the morning discussing some imagery & the business side of our wedding process. We then headed off to a new venue for us, The Dunkenhalgh near Blackburn.

After lunch on arrival we started to shoot working our way around the venue inside and moving outside to shoot in some of the grounds. Using mainly 580 EX II speedlights and on occasion the Calumet Genesis GF400 flash unit. Looking at creating eye catching images of the B&G inside and out. Using different focal lengths for effect and looking at using very low power speedlights at close quarters to the subject.Looking at how to light a first dance, shooting against the daylight, using surfaces for reflection & so much more..

We have some great courses coming up soon so why not join us this yer for some amazing training & a day you wont forget!

A huge thank you to Zan Atkinson for her styling & make-up, Models Zac & Janine from Nemesis Agency in Manchester. Dresses from Novak Exclusive Bridal Lounge.

Here are a few images from the day:

 

 

 

A tiny alcove made a great background for the couple. Just a speedlight on 8th power with an Ezy box

 

Shot with the couple standing behind a fire escape door.

 

Shooting the Groom against a tree! Using a 24-70mm on the left, Genesis on 1/4 power.

Right shot- 50mm lens with 580 EX II speedlight on 128th power.

 

Dancing on 1/4 sec at f11

 

Main light is Genesis on 1/4 power & two star  ( 580 flashes) lights both on 8th power.

 

 

Single naked speedlight on full power to make the day go to night!

 

 

 

 

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  • Konrad (04.01.2014 | 09:08)

    Awesome images!!!!

  • Tom Needham (04.06.2014 | 11:54)

    What a fantastic day of learning and explanation from Brett and his team. My entire attitude to flash and flash techniques has been overturned by this workshop. Unreservedly recommended, no matter how experienced you are.

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This March saw us shooting at the wonderful Arley Hall in Nantwich in Cheshire for our two – 1 day wedding courses. Starting off with coffee & pastries I spent the morning session going through our business in detail. Looking at workflow, brochures, wedding fairs, client contact, sales and so much more. Giving us enough time to work with the Bride & Groom in the main bridal bedroom looking at natural light and getting the most out of the quick session after the bride has got ready.

Keeping things simple early on in the wedding is best!

After a fantastic lunch we headed off outside to numerous different location over the two days. Working in the grounds of Arley and also the little church that sits on the grounds. Looking at using simple flash, balancing it with the ambiance , over riding the ambiance mastering the technique of using Off Camera Flash. Using flash at Fashion or advertising shoots is a lot different when you have more time. With our weddings time with the B&G is premium and we have to work fast so we concentrate on techniques that you can execute very quickly when under pressure.

The  2 days were great fun and everyone had time with the B&G to shoot but most of all to ask questions all day on different aspects of their own business and method of shooting. The point of our courses for me is to teach people a method, to inspire people to push there own businesses & photography into different places. To create a style that is themselves and unique to them. This is what we all crave for and our desire to push our own photography into different places should be the driving force behind any successful photographic business. If you want to see what other photographers got up to on the day then check out the two links below!

http://www.warrenbutlerphotography.co.uk/brett-harkness-all-about-weddings/

http://www.jdaviesphotography.co.uk/latest-news/arley-hall-wedding-training-brett-harkness/

We also due to demand ,have another wonderful day planned at the stunning Arley Hall. So why not join us for  a day that just may change the way you look at the wedding world forever! CLICK HERE for more information..

A huge thank you to :

Location: Arley Hall

Styling & Hair/Make up – Zan Atkinson

Dresses: Novakks Exclusive Bridal Wear

Models: Nemesis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few images from behind the scenes.. Thanks to James Davies for these.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Martin Makowski Photography (11.30.2015 | 05:22)

    Great photos Brett. I love the shot of the groom on top of the ladder. Awesome work.

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Our year has got off to an amazing start here at Brett Harkness Photography. With our new house & studio move in October last year we are looking forward to the future with excitement! In November last year we were asked by my Facebook Training Group page to put on a Speedlight course which we duly obliged. So in November last year we put it out there and in less than 24 hours it sold out! We ended up doing three courses before Christmas and have done two courses post Christmas looking at using speedlights in the wedding environment

Starting off at our new abode in Bury looking at some imagery and talking about the technique behind the usage of off camera flash. We then moved onto a local church for some practice and getting used to the technique before moving into Manchester & The Lowry Theatre for lunch. After coffee and lunch we used various backgrounds in and around the Lowry looking at the use of different powers of lights. Using speedlights and Calumet’s Genesis Speedlights on ( speedlight outputs) we had ample time to work with the models in different situations. Looking at posing, backgrounds, using flash with ambiance and over riding the ambiance to get more drama out of the situation. Moving inside we looked at using flashes inside , working with white balance and ‘cleaning up’ images. Lighting the cake cutting and first dance were also on the agenda,working with simple one light set ups to get the most out of the situation.

There was ample time for each photographer to shoot for themselves also. I also look to test the photographers as much as i can throughout the day to make sure that the information being told is getting through and then any questions they have can be answered straight away.

We start off the day with normal speedlights and then due to the fact that there are 10 photographers on this course so that everyone can shoot we are also using Calumets – Genesis GF400 speedlight which has its own battery pack and allows us to shoot faster. What we do so that every shot can be achieved with a speedlight is to make sure that we are shooting on speedlight powers so that the effect can be matched easily with normal speedlights.

Thank you to Zan Atkinson for her wonderful styling, Nemesis models for providing great girls & guys for us, Novak Bridal for some amazing dresses.

 

Don’t just take my word for it! If you want to see what some of the photographers that have been on the flash courses say about the day then click on the links below. Also to see the images that they are shooting on the course….

Rob Grimes:Its the best investment that anyone interested in learning OCF techniques can make to themselves.. Don’t think, just Book!!

http://www.robgrimesphotography.co.uk/brett-harkness-speed-light-course-manchester/

http://www.gloucesterweddingphotographer.com/category/dans-blog/

http://www.tonyfanningphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/12/10/winter-flash-training-with-brett-harkness-in-manchester/

 

Jonathan Addie: “Although I’ve not been on any recent ones, I took one of Brett’s flash courses a few years ago and it was a revelation. I learned more in one day than I ever thought possible! Better to spend the money learning the kit you have than to spend it on new kit. All question were answered with nothing held back. It takes time to absorb and practise all that he teaches but the rewards are worth it. It helped me grow my business and learn my craft. ultimately it gave my work a unique look that stood out from the crown and enabled me to go full time doing what I love.”

 

 

Here are some of my shots from various recent flash courses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have a new date for this wonderful course – PLEASE CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE TRAINING COURSE PAGE TO CHECK IT OUT & BOOK….

 

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  • Matt Selby (12.15.2014 | 07:23)

    This was my 1st time on a BHP course.. loved every minute of it. Hopefully get on another in 2015.

    If you're looking to expand your flash knowledge this is to course to enrol on!

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Last month saw us visit the zoo for a days documentary photography. This tough day was a test for everyone with only 50mm lenses being allowed as our weapon of choice! Normally you would visit a zoo with a big zoom to get great shots of the animals but not today!

The point of today’s courses was to teach the photographers how to shoot documentary of the animals with only a short focal length lens.Looking at how to see, how to frame, how to use leading lines to take the viewer into the shot. About using extreme framing to draw the eye in and using techniques that allow you to document every day events with a style and look that can become your own. Using amongst other things exposure as a weapon when photographing scenes of very different & extreme exposures. I use all of these techniques in my every day shooting allowing me to use primes in all kind of situations.

Here are a few images from the days course. Our new Autumn courses are coming out on the website this week!

 

 

 

 

 

Looking how to fill a frame with important elements in order to take the viewers eye to the subject.

Using color and timing as an important element to the composition.

 

 

 

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Yesterday was an early start with a 7am train journey to London for our first ever documentary course in London. A huge thank you to Dot, Debbie, Helen, Guy & Chris for joining us on this day. Documentary photography is without a doubt one of the hardest genres of photography to master & to teach.

A lot of the moments are over so quickly that it is hard to share that moment but you can teach techniques to make an image once you see that moment. For me documentary photography by its definition is to document the happening of something. To stop someone in the street and take their picture is not documentary , it is environmental portraiture. A different thing altogether. I did make each photographer approach someone and try and get a portrait so there was a little of that also but most of the day was about looking at the ordinary , looking at a situation and making an image from it. Everyone was armed with a 50mm lens so we were all looking at the same thing. It was not the aim of the day to photograph all that is London particularly but to use the streets to make imagery from it. A lot of the imagery have people in them, some don’t and it is all about looking at something in a different way and I hope that’s what we did throughout the day.

Making pictures not taking pictures, a huge difference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A quick group shot before the heavens opened!!

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Kathryn Widdowson (04.04.2012 | 06:35)

    Expect the unexpected with this set of work. Love the humour and the observations. Fave shot has to be the taxi driver/athlete!

  • Debbie Raines (04.04.2012 | 09:01)

    Having been lucky enough to share yesterday with Brett . I must say it was THE most fantastic day. Not just to see him at work, but because he is the most inspiring, knowledgeable, generous and all round top bloke who really takes the time to make sure you get something from it as well. I can also say that Brett's images looked liked that on the back of camera!! I will post mine in a couple of weeks after I've edited them!! ;o)

  • Max Fauchard (04.04.2012 | 09:02)

    How I love to take photos in London. Those are amazing. They literally talk. Thanks for sharing. :)

  • Kim (04.04.2012 | 09:17)

    What a fantastic set of images.

  • simon (04.04.2012 | 11:41)

    Sterling!!!! What else can I say? A true master as always!!!

  • Dot (04.07.2012 | 06:32)

    What an extraordinary day with Brett !!!

    Brett was able to see, compose and shoot with amazing resuts every time and happy to share and talk about his vision and images

    I think everyone learnt a lot on the day

    Thanks you so much Brett and thanks to all the great people on the course who made it a fun day too

    Happy Easter to Mum, Dad and baby !!!

  • Helen Perry (04.18.2012 | 01:44)

    Hi, I would love to have done this course in London. Please do another, soon :-) I think improving your documentary work on the streets will help improve your documentary in everything you do.

    Debbie said the photos looked as above straight out of camera. So I am wondering, do you shoot in jpeg? I shoot in RAW and find my images are quite flat and need to be processed to give them punch. Am I right in thinking that even if you alter the saturation, contrast etc settings in camera, if you shoot RAW, it is uneffected? Are those settings just for jpegs?
    Thank you in advance, Helen.

  • Becky Male (01.28.2013 | 10:01)

    Love these - would love to know if you run another course like this.

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A quick post from my shoot last night. Influenced by Joey L and his street portraits this is the first time I have taken my lights onto the streets. We set up a piece of a grey paper backdrop in front of a friends garage and waited to see who turned up! It was great fun just looking to capture some real life portraits on Halloween night!

I used my Elinchrom Ranger RX speed pack with a 70cm softbox with a soft honeycombe grid. The grid cut down most of if not all of the modelling light so I had to put in a naked light on the B channel so as to help me focus. The shots were taken on 200 ISO , 160th sec @f16.

I have a few more things that I am working on at the moment apart from our “work” photography so watch this space for some more cool imagery over the next few months. A big thanks to Craig & Anna for letting me use their drive way for the shoot and for everyone that turned up for being such great sports.

 

 

 

 

 

IMAGE SHOWING THE SET UP. YOU DON’T NEED MUCH TO MAKE THINGS WORK!

 

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  • Melissa Beattie (10.31.2011 | 06:54)

    This is why I love Halloween. It is so under rated in the UK! Plus I hope to meet Joey L in March - awesome photographer.

  • Chris Thornton (11.01.2011 | 11:27)

    Cool! Love it. If i tried that with the kids where I lived though they'd beat me up and steal my lights.....and my sweets! Ha Great concept Brett Harkness. Very good.

  • Henry Aarvold (11.01.2011 | 11:29)

    Holy crap! Grey background paper portraits. Not sure you'd have entertained that idea 6 years ago! How times have changed eh? damn fine work too.

  • Peter Williams (11.01.2011 | 11:30)

    Brilliant! :) Great work!

  • Graham Fletcher-Hill (11.24.2011 | 08:37)

    Fab idea and I love it, feels very spontaneous. I get loads of work shooting the images for Farmaggedon this time of year, an ever growing industry to be involved with and great fun too :-) Cheers for always inspiring.

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We have just finished a great day roaming the streets of Blackpool on our second documentary course. We handled all the elements that Blackpool had to throw at us!

Our documentary courses are for 4 photographers only which mean we get plenty of time to chat on a 1-1 basis. Working with only our 50mm lenses we walked down the promenade looking for whatever we could find.

Using a 50mm lens is not for the faint hearted as with things and people so far away it forces you to think more about what you are photographing. Making you look around each corner of the frame and deciding whether to include or not.

It isn’t easy, especially if you are used to using a zoom lens all the time but it does make you stop and think and look to make an image , not just take a photograph. Documentary shooting is a large part of what I do on all of my shoots; weddings, commercial , lifestyle and having the ability to create an image out of something very simple or to see something in a crowd or a busy street is another string to your bow.

A big thanks to Guy, Tony, Mike & Karl for joining me on a great day.

We do have some places left on our last courses of 2011 , so don’t miss out. Take a look at the COURSES PAGE for a full list of the courses left. You can also pay through the site or via the studio by calling Kris on 01706 340792.

Here are some of the images from the day. If you get chance, leave a message or if you have a question you can leave one on the message board on the right hand side.


 

 

A couple of shots of us all in action & a little video from our documentary day out.

Watch out behind you!

 

Getting down with Blackpool’s donkeys…

Patience is key when waiting for the right moment to shoot..
A few little snippets from the day shot by Guy..

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  • Guy Levine (10.04.2011 | 01:02)

    Another great day Brett. Training was first class and really happy with the results. Cant wait for the next one!

  • Mike (10.04.2011 | 01:39)

    Brilliant set of pictures! Well done guys.......

  • Guy Levine (10.04.2011 | 03:10)

    Todays course was amazing Brett. You simply taught us how to take fantastic shots, but not with all the technical stuff, with the important stuff like how to see the picture, where to place elements, a little bit on what setting to use, and how to tell the story. I would highly reccomend this day to anyone.

  • Mike Finnerty (10.04.2011 | 06:32)

    Fantastic day Brett and the training was excellent. My eyes are now looking at everyday things in a totally new perspective. Thanks again !!!

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