PhotographyTraining courses

We have just released a new set of great courses for Winter | Spring 2015.If you want us to put on a course in the far reaches of the UK or beyond then please get in touch with us via the website or through our FB Training page to let us know. Last year we visited Newcastle, Leeds, Birmingham & Essex for bespoke group training!

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22.01.2015 | Manchester:
09.30-17.00 course £285.00+vat
4 places left
The fact is we as wedding photographers have to keep shooting throughout the winter, 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  Winter Weddings to another place. Give your clients so much more than you ever thought. Taking place from the Studio outside of Manchester and then on to a nearby location.
LOCATION - We will start off at Seedfield House in the morning which is in Bury, you can get the metro from Manchester to Bury. Our House/Studio is then 5 mins away. After starting there we will head out to  a location nearby. You can then get the metro back into Manchester or drive back from the studio.

This course will teach you...

  1. How to use flash , on & off camera & looking at daylight also
  2. How to produce breathtaking images packed with emotion
  3. Using flash on location utilizing location, color & 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. Lighting a room to group shots indoors
  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 ambiance inside for couple shots..
  10. Shooting in the dark, first dance & cutting the cake, light them all with ease
  11. Limited to 10 photographers

Photography course snapshot

This one day course will look to teach you all you need to know about using your flash at weddings. No longer should you be afraid of the dark or rain. We will look at how to amongst other things, shoot the first dance, cake cutting, lighting group shots, interiors, speeches. 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 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 )
  • Zoom & Wide angle lens
  • Indoor & Outdoor clothes
  • Empty cards
  • Flash gun (if you have one) We do have some Canon flashes available.
  • 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

David Long- "I just wanted to say a big thank you for yesterday, I had a thoroughly enjoyable day and learnt a lot.I'm not quite a workshop junkie but do love learning and have attended a fair few! I do have to say that this is probably the best session that I have been to. What shone through was the quality and attention to detail throughout the day from the venue, to the models to the quality of information/instruction and the opportunity to learn and shoot - you both did a fantastic job!"
Barry McCullock- "Brett. Just a massive thanks to you and Kristie for making today's shooting the most truly eye opening experience in every sense. The models were superb and helped make it massive learning curve in such a short time and done in the best of atmospheres. Invaluable."
Stephen - " My mind was blown away with the information and have already started ordering new equipment to get practicing!!! 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. "

Images from our previous Speedlight course:

 

Nearby Accommodation

If you are coming the night before there are numerous hotels within a stones throw of the studio, Premier Inn - Bury - Only 5 mins away
Hollingworth Lake B&B ( only 20 mins away) Please note that these are recommendations only. Feel free to find your own accommodation elsewhere.

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17.03.2015 | Cheshire:
09.30-17.00 course £325.00+vat
10 places left
    Brett says..."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. Join us on this one of  a kind day , 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. Looking at timing, posing,documentary & getting the most from every opportunity. 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 Look at how Brett Plans the shooting for his own weddings A great day to learn all you can about weddings with one of the Uk's top photographers. Using speedlights, 'half way house 'lights ( Calumet- Genesis flash ) & Elinchrom packs Ltd to 8-10 photographers

Photography course snapshot

This one day course set at the stunning Arley Hall.This shooting 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. 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. Afternoon we will be shooting in and around the Hall, looking to utilize the beautiful hall in all it's glory. Brett will teach you some of the tricks that makes him one of the UK’s most successful wedding photographers.

Equipment needed

  • Camera ( digital SLR )
  • Zoom & Wide angle lens
  • Indoor & Outdoor clothes
  • Empty cards
  • Flash gun ( if you have one )
  • Lots of questions !
 

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!
What photographers say about our courses
David Long- "I just wanted to say a big thank you for yesterday, I had a thoroughly enjoyable day and learnt a lot.I'm not quite a workshop junkie but do love learning and have attended a fair few! I do have to say that this is probably the best session that I have been to. What shone through was the quality and attention to detail throughout the day from the venue, to the models to the quality of information/instruction and the opportunity to learn and shoot - you both did a fantastic job!"
Barry McCullock- "Brett. Just a massive thanks to you and Kristie for making todays shooting the most truly eye opening experience in every sense. The models were superb and helped make it massive learning curve in such a short time and done in the best of atmospheres. Invaluable."
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. "

Nearby Accommodation & where is Arley Hall

There are numerous hotels within a stones throw of Arley Hall . Arley Hall is situated approx 3 miles off jnct 19 off the M6 motorway. Please CLICK HERE FOR A MAP. Travel Lodge rooms from £36.00 / Please CLICK HERE for more options of nearby accommodation. Please note that these are recommendations only. Feel free to find your own accommodation elsewhere.

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 HERE and 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.    

with BRETT HARKNESS

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28.04.2015 | Wentworth:
09.30-17.00 course £425 +vat
8 places left
Due to the amazing success & experience of our last Fashion Flash course we are very excited to announce this second Fashion day at the most amazing location. Wentworth Woodhouse. Wentworth Woodhouse, the largest privately-owned house in Europe, is finally awaking from its slumber. Two houses of totally different architectural styles built by The First Marquess of Rockingham between 1725 & 1750, the west front of the house in the baroque style & the east front in the later palladian style.   Brett says..." Due to the amazing success of our location based courses last year & due to popular demand we have secured a date for 2015 at this amazing  location and it is ours for the day!! If you want to shoot some great models in an amazing location, great make up & styling and so much more then this is the course for you. Join us on this 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 amazing 1 day course will teach you...
  1. How to use flash & location studio lights , off camera
  2. How to produce breathtaking images packed with emotion utilizing natural light
  3. Using flash on location utilizing location, color & posing
  4. High fashion based imagery in a one of a kind location
  5. Working with different flashes & learning how to do this for yourself!
  6. Using  Elinchrom & other lights, working with models
  7. Using daylight
  8. Spend time with other photographers, having lunch together, chat and share experiences
  9. Limited to 8 photographers
Photography course snapshot
We are overjoyed to have secured this amazing location at  This is a 1 day shooting course with Brett . Shooting Fashion imagery. Using 2 models we will be shooting a mixture of beautiful fashion imagery with funky clothes & very cool styling. Discuss your imagery over lunch with like minded people on this  lighting/fashion extravaganza. Please be at the venue no later than 9.30 am for a prompt start. This is an amazing chance to spend the day with one of the most up and coming fashion studios in the UK today. Learn some amazing techniques , work with different modifiers and lights to get different looks. if you haven't dabbled in fashion before or if you are a seasoned pro there will be something for you on this course. Lunch is provided as are refreshments throughout the day. If you would like to see some of Brett's recent FASHION IMAGERY then click HERE. If you have any questions then either ask me through our FB Group page or direct from HERE. Please note there are  toilets on site. Do not expect luxury!  
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. It is good for you to have a little flash knowledge but it's not necessary. So if you haven't been on one of our training courses yet, take the plunge, you won't regret it!
 
Equipment needed..
  • Camera ( digital SLR )
  • Zoom & Wide angle lens
  • Warm clothes & good shoes
  • Empty cards
  • Enthusiasm!
  • Lots of questions!
 
IMAGES FROM PREVIOUS FASHION COURSES...
       
Interior shots of Wentworth..
 
How do I pay?
You can pay at the bottom of this post by Paypal or Sagepay ( credit cards ) **** YOU CAN ALSO RESERVE YOUR PLACE WITH A £150.00 none refundable deposit and pay the rest 1 month before the event if you want to***** If you choose to pay by this method you may be liable to pay the full amount if you pull out of the the course up & we cannot refill your place.  
How do I get there?
CLICK HERE for a map Wentworth Woodhouse Wentworth South Yorkshire S62 7TQ  
I need to stay the night before?
There are many places to stay in Wentworth or Rotherham which is only a few miles away. If you are coming up the night before and are looking for somewhere to stay please ask at the studio for more info. Rockingham Arms The Welcome Inn - Rotherham

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Moving Forward

  • 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.”
  • 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!”
  • 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”
  • 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
  • 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.”
 
A true photographic phenonemon.Brett Harkness is a man in demand— Dan Lezano. Digital SLR Photography