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06.12.2016 | Manchester: 09.30
09.30-17.00 course £285.00+vat
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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.
LOCATION - We will be at the Lowry Theatre all day in Salford Keys. You can get there by tram from Manchester City centre.
DECEMBER 6th - 2016 - 09.30-5pm - Manchester - Lowry Theatre - Salford Keys - Manchester

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 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. 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 8-10 photographers

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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 & 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 )
  • 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 Salford keys. Many Holiday Inns.  

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20.12.2016 | The Clarence: 14.00-19.00
course £5.00+vat
10 places left

Ok people, I have had our fantastic Facebook Group live now for over 3 years! I know time goes by so quickly these days! So I am inviting you all to The Clarence Pub in Bury for an afternoon of chat, fun & drinks!  Are you in?  I do hope so.  Make and effort - jump on the train or get in the car and group together! We will have the upstairs function room completely for us for the afternoon. So come along for a natter, talk business , questions, a mince pie & a glass of mulled wine!  ( there will be a little charge of £6 to help cover the cost of the room hire & snacks.. anything left over we will give to a local charity ) 

Do I need to be on the Facebook Group to come along?

No, not at all but if you're not ... get on it! HERE - Because of the room size its limited to 20 people.    

Where is The Clarence Pub ?

The Clarence / 2 Silver Street /Bury /BL9 0EX 0161 464 7404 CLICK HERE TO SEE MAP Please do not park directly outside as there are numerous wardens! There is a large parking area near The Clarence ( Bolton St Station Car Park )- you can also choose to park at The Rock shopping centre car park and follow your google maps to The Clarence - only around a 10 min walk! You can also get the tram service from manchester to Bury and its a 2 min walk to The Clarence.  

A few pix of The Clarence

   

CHECK OUT OUR AMAZING WEDDING DVD'S

If you can't make it and still 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. BLACK FRIDAY sale still on!
 

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  I have been asked to set this service up now for a long time , so here it is! This is a chance for you to spend 90 mins with me!  If you cannot get to one of my courses then why not get second best and book yourself a 1-1 or if you are 2 people in the business a 2-1 consultation!  With a New Year upon us what better way to start 2017 with a session tailored to suit Please note these sessions will be taking place over one day - Jan 29th - 2017. If you are wanting a session but cannot make that date please get intouch HERE with your requirements and we can work on a session date for you.
This process and time is for you. It is for you to have the chance to ask the questions you have always wanted too but never got the chance! Get a list together and make the most of my expertise and experience in the wedding & Social markets of the UK. It is entirely up to you  as to what you want to talk about in this 90 min consultation. I have spent time just talking to people about their business structure. How to get the business off the ground. Some photographers have used this time for me to go over an entire wedding of their's from scratch. Looking at your images with a critical eye and offering advice on how to make them better. If you have a particularly difficult shoot planned or coming up and you need advice on how to do it then this would be a perfect opportunity for you to do this. Literally the sky is the limit on what we can discuss. So throw the topic out there and lets set it up!
If there are more than one of you in the same business then we can work out a group session so you all get the benefit of the meeting.    
Just a few of the things we can discuss.
              • I can go over over an entire wedding with you ( of yours ) and offer personal critique
              • Look at your business set up from scratch and how to get you back on track
              • Website design - you may have had or are in the middle of a new website - I know what works and can offer help with this
              • Having problems with your flash usage and cannot get on a course then use this time for me to explain the finer points of flash
              • Stuck in a Rut? Then lets talk about how to get you going again in a fun and down to earth way!
              • If you want to talk about and its something I know about then lets do it!
WHAT DO I DO NEXT AND HOW DO WE SET THIS UP?
This first of a kind day session is limited to 9 business all taking 90 mins each. The sessions will be held at my studio/home or at our local funky pub - The Clarence where we have access to our own quiet floor with comfy seating and coffee and will be perfectly tailored to suit you. Please book your place by booking online here or by calling the studio to see what slot is available.
90 mins MAY NOT BE ENOUGH, CAN I HAVE A LONGER SESSION?
We also offer bespoke 1-1 , 2-1 & small group half day and full day sessions. Please CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO
A few words from a recent 2-1 session:
"Just wanted to say how much both myself and my partner enjoyed the 3-1 session last week. Having been a photographer for more than 20 years it was amazing to learn such a huge amount in both the technical aspects of photographing weddings, and how to look at photography in a new and dynamic way. Your tips on getting the very best photos will be invaluable and the advice you gave on improving lighting and composition will I’m sure push us to the next level.  Having booked a 3-1 day this gave us time to work through detailed aspects of our wedding photography business which was extremely enlightening and we gained a valuable insight from you.  For us it was money well spent and we would thoroughly recommend anyone considering ways to improve their business and their photography to book this course. We will certainly be back again, truly inspiring. Kindest regards Paul & Sue " - Paul Bryant Photography      
A FEW IMAGES THAT MAKE OUR BUSINESS WHAT IT IS..

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03.04.2017 | oxfordshire: 09.00
09.30-17.00 course £345.00+vat
8 places left

    Brett says..."This day will knock your socks off!! 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 amazing day of learning, 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
  • How to produce breathtaking images packed with emotion when time is tight
  • Looking at timing, posing,documentary & getting the most from every opportunity
  • 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 to guarantee success
  • A great day to learn all you can about weddings with one of the Uk's top photographers
  • Using daylight,  speedlights, 'half way house 'lights ( Calumet- Genesis flash ) & Elinchrom packs
Ltd to 10 photographers  
Photography course snapshot
This one day course set at the stunning Eynsham Hall. This theory & 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.  We will look at how to create great images in the shortest of time and making the most of the daylight available on a winter wedding & 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 Hall, looking to utilize the beautiful hall in all it's glory. This fantastic one day course will be full to the brim with great shooting opportunity.  Brett will teach you some of the tricks that makes him one of the UK’s most successful wedding photographers.  
Equipment needed
  • Camera
  • Bring the lenses you would take to a wedding
  • Indoor & Outdoor clothes
  • Empty cards
  • Flash gun ( if you have one - although not necessary)
  • Lots of questions & something to write on
  • Ltd to 10 photographers
 

A few images from a past course at Eynsham Hall

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. "
YOU CAN PAY FOR THIS COURSE THROUGH PAYPAL & CC THROUGH PAYPAL, IF YOU WISH TO PAY WITH CC DIRECT PLEASE CALL THE STUDIO ON 01706 340792.
Nearby Accommodation & where is Eynsham Hall
If you are travelling from London then you are looking at about 1 hour 50 mins. By train it's around 1 hour 30 from Paddington. Why not stay at the Hall, they have some great rates for that time of year. Telephone reception on 01993 885200 or OX29 6PN (if hand delivering use OX29 6SL for Sat Navs). Oxford Whitney Hotel - rooms from £44   The beautiful Eynsham Hall is ours for the day! Come and join us for this Wedding Photography Training day to remember. 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 three wonderful wedding DVD's. Don't miss out on this amazing resource & hive of information.    

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03 & 04 05.2017 | Headford - Ireland: 09.30-17.00
course £595.00+vat
10 places left

Brett says.."We are delighted to be taking our amazing wedding 2 day course all the way to Galway in Ireland. I cant tell you how excited I am to be shooting in this wonderful country. We will look to push the boundaries of wedding shooting, looking at how to tackle a church, posing and lighting for drama and the big sell! Your wedding imagery will never be the same after these two days! At Brett Harkness Photography we pride ourselves on everything that we do and our training courses are no exception. Apart from the obvious information being passed on we look to take care of all the details making sure you have a fantastic experience. We will work you hard but our days are filled with fun , exceptional shooting and most importantly the chance to learn!"
Headford nr Galway
We have been thinking of coming to Ireland with our photography training for some years now but after a recent shoot there myself the decision was made that 2017 was to be the year! Join us for a fabulous 2 days of training that will help you to take your wedding photography to another level of creativity & profit! We will have a base in Headford for the two days and be working around different locations such as a nearby church , Abbey & ruins! Its going to be an amazing 2 days of learning that you cannot be without!
 What is this course all about? ...
  1. Spend 2 days with Brett  looking at what makes him tick and working at the top end of the wedding market
  2. How to produce breathtaking images packed with emotion
  3. Looking at timing, posing,documentary & using your time wisely
  4. Looking at flash techniques to use quickly & easily with your bride & groom
  5. Working with speedlights / half way lights ( Genesis GF 400 ) & various Elinchrom lights
  6. Posing for drama and the WOW factor
  7. Photoshop techniques - business - building client base and so much more
  8. A great 2 days to learn all you can about weddings with one of the UK's top photographers
  9. Shooting in a church and how to get the most from this situation
  10. Limited to 10-12 photographers
Photography course snapshot
DAY 1- We will be meeting up at the local sports club in Moyne Villa FC, church road, Headford, to start off our first session. The day will start off at 9am for registration and hopefully look to kick off at 9.30. We will spend the morning over coffee & cookies looking at what makes my business work as we continue to push at the top of the Uk wedding market. We will look at imagery & talk about all aspects of the wedding day process including the business side of running a wedding business. After lunch we will head off to a local church with our bride & groom where we will look at all aspects of how to control this section of the day. Looking at lighting in a dark church to signing, working with manual exposure, OCF , couple shots, posing, using natural backgrounds for great effect and so much more! We will finish off at the club looking at some of the images and working through our photoshop techniques we use to get the most from our images.
      DAY 2- We will meet up at the Sports Club again for a 9.30 briefing. Where we will after coffee ( very important! ) shoot some images using just speedlights around the club interior ( to show you what we can get with a regular surrounding! ) We will then head of to more luxurious locations such as Ross Abbey and The Ballycurran Lighthouse . Here we will look at how to create the dramatic shots that will make your wedding photography stand out from the others. Adding different lighting techniques to give the WOW factor to your clients.
Equipment needed
      • Camera ( digital SLR )
      • Zoom & Wide angle lens
      • Indoor & Outdoor clothes
      • Empty cards
      • Flash gun ( if you have one )
      • Lots of questions !
      • Note pad
      • Lap top ( for photoshop techniques )
Where do we meet?
We will be meeting at the Moyne Villa Football Club, Church Road, Headford at 9am on May 3rd - 2017 for coffee & registration.
What is included?
Tea & Coffee are included throughout the two days as are cookies and snacks! We will also provide a light lunch on each day of the training depending upon where we are at the time. We will be offering a get together on the first night of the course in a local restaurant - this is not mandatory and you will pay for your own meal. You will be expected to have your own means by which to travel around the various locations we will be shooting at. What we usually do is have 2 or 3 of us use our cars to help the others around , so not as to be driving in a convoy of 10 vehicles! Local accommodation is available , if you scroll down you can see more info.
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. This is our first ever course in the emerald Isle so don't miss this opportunity to get on the training day of a lifetime with one of the uk's best wedding photographers. So if you haven't been on one of our training courses yet, take the plunge, you won't regret it!
                Some fabulous images from a recent shoot near Galway with the fabulous Christian & Melissa

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!"
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
We have managed to secure a great price for delegates coming on the course at The Anglers Rest Hotel in Headford Galway. Click on the link below to see more ( please quote Brett Harkness Photography Training when booking a room over the phone only )
ANGLERS REST HOTEL  * Please note that these are recommendations only, also the prices are correct at the time of the release of this course.  Feel free to find your own accommodation elsewhere.
Getting there...
If you are coming from Ireland then we are gathering at the Sports Club near Headford. If you are coming from the UK then there are ferries from all UK ports to Dublin , a fast ferry takes around 2 1/2 hours whilst the slower ferry would take around 4 hours - it is then a 2 1/2 hour drive to Galway - you may want to get in touch with the other photographers coming and make arrangement to car share - we il put out the list of emails of those coming on the course so you can get to know each other! )
              You can also fly into Dublin or Shannon airports ( which would then be a 2 1/2 hour or 1 hour drive respectively! )
 
Refund Policy
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 if cancelled within 2 months of the course date. 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. 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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Moving Forward

  • 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 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.”
  • 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
  • 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”
  • 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.
  • 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.”
 
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