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16.10.2017 | Pisa:
course £1350.00
3 places left
 

We are delighted to have secured this amazing Villa outside of Pisa for our Italian course this year! This is the first time we have visited Italy for our training and it promises to be one to remember! We have awesome Make up by Jo Leversuch & Hair by James Reid! With some amazing styling & unique pieces! 

We have already sold 3 places now on this course & its just gone out... if you want to ask how our previous courses have been just ask on my FB group & the photographers will tell you! The course needs atleast 6 places to be booked to go ahead so come one ... finish your year off in style and with a course that will change the way you see & light people forever!

 

This amazing 2 day, 3 night course will teach you...

  1. How to use flash off camera produce breathtaking images packed with emotion
  2. Creating images with flash that will take your skill level up up up
  3. We will have amazing stylists onboard with us to create 1 of a kind looks
  4. Working together as a creative team we will use Elinchrom lighting & various modifiers
  5. How to work on a set and create a look to match the environment - from concept to completion
  6. Create beautifully soft images with Brett's signature "film" quality look
  7. A bespoke course at the amazing Villa di Corliano outside of Pisa | Italy
  8. Spend time with other photographers, having dinner together and a few glasses of wine on this bespoke course

Photography course snapshot

We are overjoyed to have secured this amazing location of Villa di Corliano just 10 mins from the bustling town of Pisa . This is a 2 day shooting course with Brett. Mixing elegant lit images with beautiful styling, hair & make up!
It is a 3 day course with 2 days of shooting & one day of r&r. We don't want to put you to work as soon as you get off the plane so the first day ( afternoon by the time you arrive ) will be spent having wine/coffee and relaxing , we will get together for arrival drinks and then for dinner.
Giving you a few hours to get to to know the villa. You could also make the short trip into Pisa if you wanted as its only 20 mins away.
 
Over the two days we will be shooting in and around this amazing Villa utilising the decor, natural light and stunning position. We will also be shooting our models on location around the Villa, in the gardens and areas beyond. Using two models we will be shooting amazingly elegant & lit images over the two days of shooting. There will be plenty of time to chat to Brett about your business. Discuss your imagery over a glass of wine and relax with like minded people on this two day, three night course.
Do I need to know a lot about flash to do this course?
Some flash knowledge is handy but not 100% necessary - we will be using larger modifiers and large flash packs ( Elinchrom ) don't be scared buy this , they are just big speedlights! The skills taught on this course will give you the confidence to take your flash into any situation. Although shooting fashion based imagery here I use the same skill set in all of what I shoot from weddings to kids & commercial jobs. All in the amazing surroundings of  this beautiful Italian Villa. 
Equipment needed
  • Camera
  • Your favourite portrait lens and maybe one a little wider also
  • Indoor & Outdoor clothes, overnight clothes etc...
  • Empty cards & maybe a laptop - we may do a little photoshop one night!
  • Enthusiasm and a team ethic!
  • Lots of questions!
What kind of equipment will we be using?
We have some great suppliers onboard for this one! I will have some beautiful glass ND filters From LEE FILTERS on hand for us to use so that we all achieve the 'dreamy' 'film' look that I am looking for. We will also have another Pentax 645 z for anyone to have a go with - I am European Ambassador for this camera and it is simply amazing! We will have some great Manfrotto stands for us to use also. We will also be using Elinchrom Lighting - from The Flash Centre -  those of you that know me know that I use Elinchrom & nothing else! We will have Ranger Packs & maybe even a new ELB 1200 for us to play with! I will also have my various modifiers there so that we can shape the light around our models. We will also be using a fog machine where we can to ad a little atmosphere to the images.
Where we will be staying!
A few images of the fabulous Villa di Corliano
   
What do I need to bring?
The accommodation is full board. You will each enjoy the refineries of the villa in your own private room.  Bring some bug spray just incase! Breakfast, lunch & dinner is provided and a certain amount of alcohol! Extra alcohol can be purchased under your room number and paid for before you check out.Transport is also taken care of throughout your stay. You will need to bring your camera equipment, spare batteries, outdoor clothes.  
See below for some fabulous behind the scenes footage from our French courses....
 
How do I get there?
You will have to book your own flights to Pisa airport arriving no later than Monday afternoon. At the moment flights from Luton, Gatwick, Manchester &  Heathrow are available to Pisa departing October 16th. We need to make sure that everyone is flying into the same airport to make pick up easier.Once you have booked onto the course please book your flight asap. Before booking please call the studio and let us know the details so we can make sure everyone is arriving at the same airport. You may have to wait a while until everyone has arrived. There is also an early flight from Standstead Airport at the moment which will get you in for lunchtime which is what we are aiming for. If you need help in booking your flights get in touch with Kristie at the studio on 01706 340792
Images from our last fabulous French adventure..
           
Deposit & Refund Policy
Due to the increased price but still amazing value of such a course we allow photographers to pay a deposit of £500.00 to secure their place. The rest is payable in your own time up to 8 weeks before the event. In the event of cancellation of your place on the seminar please contact us by phone or email as soon as possible. The cost of the seminar is non refundable.  The exception to this is if we have prior notice and are able to put a cancellation place back online AND your place is resold. Once we have resold your place we will be able to refund all monies paid to date for the specific seminar. We will do our very best to find another delegate to take your place through our Members List, and Social Network. You may be able to use the monies paid as payment or part payment towards future courses if places are available.  

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30.10.2017 | Herts | Essex: 9.30
9.30-5.00 course £335 +vat
4 places left

Brett says..."  We are really excited to be bringing our wedding photography training to the fabulous Down Hall on the Essesx/Herts border. If you want to shoot at an amazing location, learning as much as you can about what makes us one of the most sought after wedding photographers in the uk,  great make up & styling and so much more then this is the course for you.  Weddings aren't easy at the best of times never mind in the winter - so join us on this first visit to this beautiful venue, it promises to be a day to remember..We pride ourselves on everything that we do at Brett Harkness Photography and our training courses are no exception. Apart from the obvious information being passed on we look to take care of all the details from dresses & outfits used to food and comfort. We will work you hard !! But our days are filled with fun, exceptional shooting and most importantly the chance to learn!"
 This course will teach you...
  • Spend a day with Brett looking at what makes him tick and work at the top end of the wedding market.
  • How to produce breathtaking images packed with emotion with little fuss.
  • Looking at timing, posing,documentary & getting the most from every opportunity in those winter months
  • We will be looking at using different backgrounds & natural light to get the most from your clients.
  • Looking at how we use flash creatively at our own weddings to get the "wow" images
  • Flash for first dance | cake | group shots | & so much more...
  • Look at how Brett Plans the shooting for his own weddings
  • Using speedlights | Einchrom ELB | Ranger & Calumet Genesis flashes
  • A great day to learn all you can about weddings with one of the Uk's top photographers.
  • Ltd to no more than 12 photographers
Photography course snapshot
This shooting & theory  day will take you through the steps to produce amazing imagery of your Bride & Groom on their wedding day and leave you with stunning images with particular emphasis on shooting in the winter months. This fantastic one day course will be full to the brim with great shooting opportunity. Using spaces inside and out we will look at how to create great images in the shortest of time and making the most of the daylight available & mix it up with flash also. The day will be split into the am & pm session. In the morning we will be looking at some of Brett's imagery and talking through the process of being the best you can be. In the afternoon we will be shooting in and around the location, looking to utilize shape, texture, posing, lighting and all round wedding shooting. Brett will teach you some of the tricks that makes him one of the UK’s most successful & sought after wedding photographers.
Down Hall

Images from previous wedding courses
     
   
Some more images to get your tastebuds going...
     

Equipment needed
  • Camera
  • Any lens near 50mm & Wide angle lens
  • Indoor & Outdoor clothes ( warm clothes!)
  • Empty cards
  • Enthusiasm
  • Lots of questions !
  • Pad & pen or laptop to take notes ( recording of the training is not allowed )

Who is this course aimed at?
Our courses are open to anyone that wants to improve their own photographic technique. Brett teaches in such a way that he makes it easy to understand. So if you are a hobbiest or an advanced pro then you will learn something from Brett Harkness. If you are just starting out shooting weddings or want to take your own weddings to another level then this is the day for you. We will be using daylight & flash and teaching in such a way that you will have ample time to ask questions and practice until it all makes sense!    
Watch a little behind the scenes video from our Oxford Eynsham Hall earlier in the year:
 
What photographers say about our courses
Rob Jones-  "Brett is GOD - What can I say about a Brett Harkness Course….. Sarah and I went on our first one 4 years ago and have been on many more since. The way he will teach you is so inspirational and really doesn’t matter what level you are at, as you will learn something new . We now feel that it doesn’t matter what the weather throws at us we are ready to produce fab images, in this country or destination weddings.
Stephen - " My mind was blown away with the information and have already started ordering new equipment to get practising!!! I had a fantastic day and thought it was extremely well organized. Brett you were very inspirational and the information I hope comes in very useful for my future weddings. Kristie thanks for your kind hospitality it was very much appreciated and holding the flash all afternoon. I got some great images and loved every minute. Thank you again and I will be n touch soon Brett for some one to one training but think the day of shooting sounds good. "
Ben Appleby Photography  - " I’d followed Brett’s work for a while and loved his lighting style. I decided that I needed to take my wedding work to the next level and knew that lighting and composition was the only way to do this, so naturally, I booked onto a course with Brett. His openness in how he teaches is truly refreshing and is always there to answer follow up questions, should there be any. After a day of being amazed, confused, corrected and inspired, I was fired up to take away what i’d learnt and implement it into my own wedding work. Since then I have been on a couple more of his courses and bought his DVD’s and my wedding work has gone from strength to strength. My prices have increased and bookings have gone through the roof and it’s all down to the things i’ve learnt from Brett and how i’ve implemented them into my own business model. I can’t thank you enough - You’ve truly inspired me to be a better photographer and continue to do so on a daily basis. "

WHERE & WHEN IS IT & HOW DO I BOOK A PLACE?
Don't miss the opportunity to shoot in and around this amazing venue. This is the first time we have secured a course at this stunning venue and we will have ample time to shoot the bride & groom in all manor of poses & different lighting techniques. The course is scheduled for October 30th - 2017! You can book a place at the bottom of this post by choosing to pay via paypal or credit/debit card or by calling the studio on 01706340792 or 0203 4685608..
CLICK HERE for information on how to get to Down Hall - its only 34 miles from Central London there is no excuse to join us if you are based in the South or anywhere for that matter!
Down Hall Country House Hotel Matching Road, Hatfield Heath, Essex CM22 7AS

CHECK OUT OUR AMAZING WEDDING DVD'S

If you can't wait for this course and want to see what we do at weddings now then CLICK HEREand go to our DVD shop to watch, download & purchase our two wonderful wedding DVD's. Don't miss out on this amazing resource & hive of information.

Cancellation Policy :

Please note we need 5 photographers for this course to go ahead. In the event of cancellation of your place on the seminar please contact us by phone or email as soon as possible. The exception to this is if we have enough prior notice and are able to put a cancellation place back online AND your place is resold. Once we have resold your place we will be able to refund all monies paid to date for the specific seminar. We will do our very best to find another delegate to take your place through our Members List, and Social Network. If the course does not go ahead due to numbers you will have the opportunity to carry the monies paid to another course or receive a full refund. 
 

with BRETT HARKNESS

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The fact is we as wedding photographers have to work with the light that is presented to us, why should you just have to rely on high ISO's & prime lenses. For sure they will get you so far but you don't want an album full of B&W images! This course is so much more than using flash, it will give you the techniques & ideas to take your Weddings to another place. Give your clients so much more than you ever thought. This one day course will not just cover flash but everything else inbetween!
LOCATION - We will be at the Lowry Theatre all day in Salford Keys. You can get there by tram from Manchester City centre.
WHEN? - December 4th - 2017 - 09.30am -5.30pm - Manchester - Lowry Theatre - Salford Keys - Manchester

This course will teach you...

  1. How to use daylight to your advantage
  2. How to produce breathtaking images packed with emotion
  3. Using flash on location utilising location, colour & posing
  4. Getting the most out of the short time you have at your wedding
  5. Using speedlights & Calumet Genesis Flash GF400 & small pop up soft boxes
  6. Looking at the business side of photography
  7. Using backgrounds that you never thought of before!
  8. A great day to learn all you can about using flash at weddings
  9. Coping with the ambience inside for couple shots..
  10. Shooting in the dark, first dance & cutting the cake, light them all with ease
  11. Limited to 12 photographers

Photography course snapshot

This one day course will look to teach you all you need to know to help you to take your wedding photography to another level of creativity! No longer should you be afraid of the dark or rain. No longer should you be stuck as to waht to shoot next or how to shoot creatively.  We will look at how to amongst other things, posing, couple shots with power!  Shooting the first dance, cake cutting, lighting group shots, speeches , using backgrounds for different effects.  We will also spend time looking at how to create the style that has become Brett’s signature imagery when working with his Bride & Grooms with flash. You will not only leave with some amazing images but also the knowledge to apply it to your own style at your own weddings. Working with OCF you have to be quick as often in the winter months we do not get too much time with the B&G and often no or little ambient light! Learn the techniques that will allow you not to be afraid of the dark, working with a B&G we will look at posing, using backgrounds that you might not have chosen before, using simple off and on camera techniques that will help you in you own weddings. A course not to be missed if you want to keep shooting throughout the winter months and give you clients the 'wow' factor images. Please note that due to the recycling times of some flash guns we may use Calumets Genesis Flash unit & elinchrom at certain times - as it gives faster recycling times and allows multiple people to shoot. We will however be using it on Speedlight equivalent power settings. The images that you will be shooting will be more than achievable with a humble speedlight but so that we can all shoot we may not use them all the time on the day.  

Equipment needed

  • Camera ( digital SLR )
  • 50mm ( or nearest too & Wide angle lens
  • Indoor & Outdoor clothes
  • Empty cards
  • Flash gun (if you have one)
  • Lots of questions!
  • ( we will provide Pocket Wizard triggers to use for the day)

Who is this course aimed at?

Our courses are open to anyone that wants to improve their own photographic technique. Brett teaches in such a way that he makes it easy to understand. So if you are a hobbiest or an advanced pro then you will learn something from Brett Harkness. You will only have to take a look around the site to see Brett's style or open any of 3 photography magazines this month to see articles from Brett. So if you haven't been on one of our training courses yet, take the plunge, you won't regret it! You only have to join us on our FB Training group and ask the photographers on there that have been on our courses for the full answer!

What photographers say about our courses

Rob Jones-  "Brett is GOD - What can I say about a Brett Harkness Course….. Sarah and I went on our first one 4 years ago and have been on many more since. The way he will teach you is so inspirational and really doesn’t matter what level you are at, as you will learn something new . We now feel that it doesn’t matter what the weather throws at us we are ready to produce fab images, in this country or destination weddings.
Stephen - " My mind was blown away with the information and have already started ordering new equipment to get practising!!! I had a fantastic day and thought it was extremely well organized. Brett you were very inspirational and the information I hope comes in very useful for my future weddings. Kristie thanks for your kind hospitality it was very much appreciated and holding the flash all afternoon. I got some great images and loved every minute. Thank you again and I will be n touch soon Brett for some one to one training but think the day of shooting sounds good. "
Ben Appleby Photography  - " I’d followed Brett’s work for a while and loved his lighting style. I decided that I needed to take my wedding work to the next level and knew that lighting and composition was the only way to do this, so naturally, I booked onto a course with Brett. His openness in how he teaches is truly refreshing and is always there to answer follow up questions, should there be any. After a day of being amazed, confused, corrected and inspired, I was fired up to take away what i’d learnt and implement it into my own wedding work. Since then I have been on a couple more of his courses and bought his DVD’s and my wedding work has gone from strength to strength. My prices have increased and bookings have gone through the roof and it’s all down to the things i’ve learnt from Brett and how i’ve implemented them into my own business model. I can’t thank you enough - You’ve truly inspired me to be a better photographer and continue to do so on a daily basis. "

Images from our previous courses:

     

 

 

Nearby Accommodation

If you are coming the night before there are numerous hotels within a stones throw of Salford keys. Many Holiday Inns. The best one and nearest is probably HERE  

CHECK OUT OUR AMAZING WEDDING DVD'S

If you can't wait for this course and want to see what we do at weddings now then CLICK HEREand go to our DVD shop to watch, download & purchase our two wonderful wedding DVD's. Don't miss out on this amazing resource & hive of information.

CANCELLATION POLICY :

Please note we need 5 photographers for this course to go ahead. In the event of cancellation of your place on the seminar please contact us by phone or email as soon as possible. The exception to this is if we have enough prior notice and are able to put a cancellation place back online AND your place is resold. Once we have resold your place we will be able to refund all monies paid to date for the specific seminar. We will do our very best to find another delegate to take your place through our Members List, and Social Network. If the course does not go ahead due to numbers you will have the opportunity to carry the monies paid to another course or receive a full refund. 

with BRETT HARKNESS

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Moving Forward

  • Peter Williams
    Just thought I would drop by and say how helpful I found your instructional DVD. I have my first wedding to do in a few weeks and your DVD has given me a great insight into how I should expect the day to go. I found it full of useful advice and I am sure I will watch it over and over again between now and the big day. So thank you for giving me a spoonful of your knowledge! Thanks again, Pete
  • ANDY FOUNTAIN - Hi Brett and Kristie , Thank you so much for the fantastic day you arranged for Rachael and myself on Monday.  It was one of the best training experiences I have had as a pro photographer and we came away feeling confident in knowing how to drive the business on.  On the way home Rachael said we would be booking a course with you guys on a yearly basis and for her to say this is a big turn around. I think she really saw the benefit in having days like this. Thank you so much again for a life changing tremendous day.”
  • STEVE ASHTON - Got our yesterday Brett, Just after returning from the darkest wedding I have ever shot. Despite being a bit sleepy to say the least we stayed up till 2am to watch the DVD..... super job you have done with it. I would say the best training dvd I have ever seen.... Put us down for a copy of the next one you do. Every wedding tog needs a copy of this!!! So nice to see some real quality post production as well.... congratulations to you both.”
  • Steve Mannell
    Hi Brett, your DVD is superb and worth every penny. I watched the whole thing including the extras and it's inspirational. I think I might have to watch it again to try and take in all the key points and tips! Keep up the good work. and I will see you on one of your London based courses in the near future.
  • MATTHEW STAINER - "Just a quick note to say thank you for a fun, relaxed, informative, inspiring and a well fed day of top notch training. You have a great set up and love your studio and I would love to think that in a few years I might be somewhere up to where you are right now”
  • JONATHAN FENTON - Brett & Kristy- watched your inspiring real wedding DVD last night and just wanted to say how beyond impressed I was- truly amazing and beautiful pictures! A great insight in to how you approach a wedding. Fantastic resource to keep referring back to! Any thoughts on a course on post production?? Must come back & do another course soo...n!”
 
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