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This course took place in France in October 2013. There is video and images taken over the two days. We are looking to put on another course this year , maybe in France, maybe somewhere else

If you are interested please let us know! CLICK HERE to register your interest in an overnight course this year! or get intouch through the Fb training group..

DAY 1

Every year for the last three years we have taken BHP training to the beautiful Chateau Rigaud nr Bordeaux/ France. This year we decided to take the plane where as in previous years I have driven all the kit needed to take on a course like this ! needless to say we had quite a few bags! Everyone was picked up from the airport and taken to the Chateau where Champagne was waiting! Not too many courses do you get looked after like this. The rest of the day people spend relaxing by the pool or reading a book with a glass or two of the local vino. After a fabulous meal from the Chateau’s own chef everyone retired to their beautiful rooms to prepare them selves for the first days shooting.
Day one , after a fantastic breakfast with hand made croissants & coffee we started off looking at kit and walking around the location to scout out for the day ahead. We started off the shoot quite easy in the main lounge looking at daylight and then slowly introducing different lights to ad depth to the shots. Working with both male & female models we worked until lunch time. After lunch on the lawn we worked our way around different parts of the Chateau before heading off in the van to the next door vineyard and estate. Using different modifiers looking at balancing the light with the ambiance; everyone got ample time to shoot for themselves as well working with the models. Some amazing styling as always by Zan Atkinson & assisting by Ross Holkham.
After shooting until around 7pm we all headed off back to the chateau for a great meal and wine. Everyone sat around the long wooden table and were served by the chateau staff. We know how to look after our photographers!!
For more info on this years courses & loads of stuff to watch go to

http://brettharknessphotography.com/training

 

Here are some images from Day 1:

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRETT HARKNESS PHOTOGRAPHY TRAINING – France Oct 2013 – Day 1 from Brett Harkness on Vimeo.

Day 2

Day two started early as we wanted to get as much in as we could. After a gorgeous breakfast we headed off for the first time in the little town of Castillion. A bustling riverside french town. Zan had created an amazing look for the first shoot which we did in the streets near a local church. As the light was so beautiful we started off using the sunlight , working with black material and sun isn’t easy but the look we were going fro suited this perfectly. After shooting around the church we changed location to the nearby riverside and took the look a little more funky with a shot inside a phone box! The scratched glass made for a great screen to shoot through. With some CTO gels from behind gave the shot some nice warmth.
Ross & I headed off to a nearby sandwich shop to grab some goodies for lunch as we left the guys to carry on shooting. After lunch we headed off back in the van to the chateau for a change.
Taking the model into the nearby vineyard for a stunning shot against the sky. Moving into the chateau for a couple shot using both girls. This packed day continued as we stopped off at a dead sunflower field to do a quick shot with one of the girls using just using one light. Finishing off as the sun set near a hill top church was a stunning way to finish off our 2013 France trip. With Zan making the dress on the hilltop as we got the lights ready, each taking it in turns to shoot the model as the sun set, we even had church bells to strike us out!
An amazing course and a huge thank you to all involved to make it a success! Even a little cameo by our amazing little girl Makenzie.

Here are a few images from Day 2:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRETT HARKNESS PHOTOGRAPHY TRAINING – France Oct 2013 – Day 2 from Brett Harkness on Vimeo.

 

 

A huge thank you to everyone involved in this course including amongst other, Zan Atkinson for her amazing styling and hair/make-up , Ross Holkham for assisting, our wonderful models and providers of clothes and props for the two days.

 

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October this year saw us back at the wonderful Chateau Rigaud, outside of Bordeaux, France. A huge thank you to Rob Summer for filming and producing for us this wonderful short film from our training course.

Every year we make our pilgrimage to this wonderful retreat in southern France. This year we had back to back courses such was the demand for this trip. Working with 4 models over two days with wonderful styling from Zan Atkinson with a collection of clothing to even make VOGUE magazine jealous! As I said Rob Summers from Promo Films came with us on the firs course to produce this great fun film for us.
We spent two days working with different lighting from Elinchrom, shooting in the vineyards, in a local town in the streets and down by the river. We also shot in a production vineyard using the house of the owner as a wonderful castle like background, a beautiful chateau of fairytale proportions! To see IMAGES from this course please CLICK HERE.

I have also put in some BTS images for you to see a little of what went on during this great , fun course. Including  few images of our little baby, Makenzie! She very much enjoyed the course & learnt a lot!

Thank you to Lizzie from Panama who was on the course for these BTS images.

The clap of approval from baby Makenzie!

Mmmm, cake!! A huge thank you to Steve, the amazing Chef at Chateau Rigaud.

Kristie & our little baba!…

Paul. setting up for a group shot on the last night!

Look whats in my hand daddy!

One of the amazing looks from our stylist , Zan, shooting with Elinchrom strip box & Ranger RX speed AS.

Getting down with the Phase & Canon kit, inside the chateau.

One of our set ups inside.

 

Finding the light in a small town near the chateau.

 

 

Mmm, more cake!!

Zan, doing her thing!!

 

 

 

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  • Jabidul Islam (11.30.2012 | 10:41)

    Please can you let me know when you are planning for the next france trip, i will be really interested in joining.

    Jabidul

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So what seems like a lifetime ago now since our wonderful France course. I have finally got some time to post about the second day of shooting on our amazing time spent at the wonderful Chateau Rigaud.

Back at the beginning of October we spent a fantastic few days at this wonderful chateau outside of Bergerac/Bordeaux in France. We started the 2nd day having breakfast in the dining room of the chateau whilst our first model of the day , local model Laure Cizeron spent her time in make up and styling whilst we went through equipment with the photographers.

A big thank you to make up, Laura Cawte who did  a great job throughout the 2 days shooting with Kristie making sure all the models looked exactly as we wanted them to. A huge thank you also to The Flash Centre for the loaning of some wonderful equipment, very much appreciated and used! If you missed PART 1 & PART 2 please click on the day to view the story so far.

We started off with Laure outside just getting her used to use and more importantly us used to her!! She was great and gelled in with the group straight away. Using only a wall we looked at exposure, framing and interaction when language is a barrier.We then moved onto a few different backgrounds , a tree and also some of the vineyards that surround the chateau before heading back to the chateau. We got a couple of lights out , one as a back light and did a few shots before we ventured back.

 

 

A few shots from behind the scenes at the set ups up to this point. Thanks to Guy Levine & Ross Holkham for sending in some great BTS shots..

 

Paul wearing the models hat! Very fetching!!

 

 

 

We then moved inside for a quick coffee & cake! Before starting the second model for the day, Idoiaa. We had two very different but equally great looks going on this second day but because we had gone through a lot of information on day 1 we could concentrate on ironing out any problems people had with their shooting & flash and letting people shoot more.

Here is a little video from the first AM session:

Brett Harkness Training in France Day 2 am session from brett harkness on Vimeo.

Starting off inside we took Idoiia, into one of the darkest corners of the chateau! Looking at creating a more specific shot to match the surroundings. Teaching people how to match the exposure to the ambient surroundings without “killing it”.

 

 

A few shots from behind the scenes at this shot showing the equipment used:

We then went back inside using the window in the main dining room, starting off without any flash and again looking at exposure. We then set up one head on the right hand side of the Laure and looked at balancing and over riding the ambiance with it whilst Idoiia got changed for her next session.

Starting off in the Dining room we were looking to shoot against the light using a situation that could easily be replicated anywhere else! As long as you are not on the top floor!

 

A few pictures taken at this session…

 

We then headed into the dining room for a great rustic French lunch, chilling out with a few glasses of wine for good measure. A few us got the equipment ready for our next set up in the long room at the chateau.Using a mixture of daylight and our Elinchrom kit everyone got a mini session with Idoiia, un, deaux, trois!

 

 

A quick shot from BTS:

 

Here is a little video from this part of the session:

Brett Harkness Photography Training PM session from brett harkness on Vimeo.

By this time we had had an amazing three days at the chateau, shooting hundreds of images and passing on a lot of information. We had decided to go out on a bang and finish off shooting in a dead sunflower field using the huge Elinchrom Octabank, measuring 190cm across. This amazing light modifier is not for the faint hearted but we knew that the light quality that it would give out would be something very special and different so we couldn’t resist using it. After we managed to erect it we set up our last shot in the field…

The huge Octabank we used for our final image. Invented in 1982, their unique patented construction and design have won these large lightweight softboxes worldwide popularity. A lightweight die cast rigid central mounting for the flash head inside the unit which places the flash tube at the point of focus. The optical result is a light source, which is so even at the diffuser surface, that many famous photographers use the Octa as a single light source for portrait photography.

Me posing with my new best friend!!

 

Paul with a UFO landing on his head…!

 

The image produced with the single light source…

 

A little video clip showing our last set up..

Untitled from brett harkness on Vimeo.

Our last Group shot…

 

Wow, so what a few days we had this year in the amazing surrounding of Chateau Rigaud outside of Bordeaux. A huge thank you to everyone that made it down to the course. It is one to be remembered that’s for sure. A lot of information was passed on, a lot of questions asked, a lot of wine drunk! A lot of images taken, equipment used and a WHOLE lot of fun had! It was great for people to be able to spend some time together after the training, spending quality time with like minded people is something that not everyone gets the chance to do, it is a big part of our training courses that they are great social events also. We encourage all levels on our courses as we think that everyone can learn, whether full time pro’s or part time amateurs. So make 2012 a special year and book your training with BHP studios.

Here are some video testimonials from the photographers on the course…

The Last supper… Brett Harkness Training from brett harkness on Vimeo.

We are about to release some very exciting new dates for our courses for next year. So if these last few posts have inspired you and you want to take part in some great training next year then watch this space!

 

Read what people said about this course:

 

“un, dos, tres!! Fromage!!  Just got back from a wedding (nice sunset but not like France) to find this great email, can’t wait till the next adventure, the only problem you will have is that in the words of Joyce “nobody else can book unless one of us dies” lol.   Think we could make a book of quotes from the trip and the banter was nearly as good as the photography.”

Ross Holkham

“I just wanted to drop you both a quick note to say a huge thank you for the most fantastic few days in France…
I had the time of my life – so much fun with great friends, the most beautiful cool location, fantastic food, wine & great training as always…
Some very special memories & the image of man’s attempts to fly in a sunflower field with an octobox is one I’ll remember for quite some time!
Thanks again so much & I’ll get some photos over to you asap – see you very soon!”
Joyce

Sharon (11.07.2011 | 11:50)

Hello! I’ve really enjoyed watching all the clips !
I must do something with my hair next time! Ha. Thanks again for the best course EVER ! I learnt SO much and am enjoying putting it all into practise. Put me down for next year and i hope to see the same people again… It was great spending three days with everyone. Sharon x

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  • Paul mannion (11.25.2011 | 01:43)

    Well i'm going to booking on the next course learn't so much on this wonderful course great location models and inspiration from the Harknesses Thank you so much!!

  • Ross (11.25.2011 | 10:40)

    lol....I had forgot about the "hear no evil, speak no evil,see no evil" shot...classic. Great round up of a fantastic time mate, heres to the next adventure!!

  • Katherine Ashdown (12.01.2011 | 03:16)

    Yay! LOVE the last post such an awesome course brought it all back... cannot wait to do it again! Ross's. My video is SO embarassing!!

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