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Go the BLOG to download a host of information and see what we are up to in our business! Check out our VIDEO page above for some cool clips of every day life at the studio! If you want to see more of my wedding, commercial, fashion & travel work please click on the Landing page link at the top of the page to go to the other sections of the site. If there is anything that you would like to see on this site then get in touch, if we think it's a great idea then we'll try and do it! Also join us on our Facebook Group - Brett Harkness Photography Training - just ask & we will join you!

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Last week saw us at the wonderful venue of The Mansion in Leeds in the amazing setting of Roundhay Park. A huge thank you to all that made it there and for James Davies for writing up this brilliant blog post. So good I thought I would just link to it!!

http://www.jdaviesphotography.co.uk/latest-news/brett-harkness-photography-training-day-mansion-house/

Thanks to Lee for assisting on the day. Huge thank you to Zan Atkinson for her amazing styling and to Novakks Bridal Lounge for our gorgeous dresses. Of course to Emma & Nic for their modelling and for putting up with the cold so well! Also thank you to all the people at The Mansion for making us feel so welcome..

 

Here are some of the images that I shot on the training day but if you want to see what other people shot then take a look at James’s link above to read more about our great day of BHP training.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Adrian Harvey (11.27.2013 | 12:26)

    She's a very beautiful subject and it looked like a good day light-wise to capture these images. Great looking shots!

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Our fantastic year of training continues with a visit to Newcastle. This course was organized from my Facebook Training Group with a bunch of photographers asking if we could come up to Newcastle for day of training.

You ask & we shall come! This is the second time this yer we have visited Newcastle for training and great fun was had by all. A huge thank you to Novak Bridal Lounge & Grooms room for the beautiful dress. To join our FB Training group click here.

 

 

Shot with just daylight, exposing for the sun and getting the bride to look into the sun but close eyes is a great way of using the sun with a super bright background.

 

Shot using an Elinchrom Ranger RX Speed AS pack and a 70cm softbox with grid.

 

 

Again using the power of the Ranger kit and a 70cm softbox with the bride stood high on a statue base!

 

Shot using canon 50mm 1.2 and just holding the veil infront of her face in the wind

 

Again using Elinchrom Ranger pack with a very squashed grid so as to not spill light anywhere but the bride..

 

 

If you are interested in learning how to achieve images like this then checkout our training page & go to courses for more info on what courses we have coming up still in 2013!

 

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June saw us host an amazing one day course in Oswestry, in north Wales. Due to the amazing success of our last course we held there last year we decided to secure the venue for another day course. Using mainly off camera lighting techniques and Elinchrom equipment using some of the amazing rooms at this great venue to compliment the models clothes & look.

Photographers had a chance to spend some time with each girl to practice some of the techniques that were passed on during the session.  It was all about keeping the lighting classic and looking at backgrounds that complimented the clothes and simple , elegant look of the models. The techniques that we used on this course were fashion based yes, but techniques none the less that can be used in all aspects of social photography. Taking these techniques into weddings, family & commercial shooting is the next step for the photographers that were present on the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A little video showing us shooting on the day:

Brett Harkness Training – Off camera Fashion flash training from Brett Harkness on Vimeo.

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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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The day after filming for our Creative Flash for Weddings DVD last year the weather was so nice we decide to stop by the beach on the way home and film some extra footage!

Showing set ups including Off Camera High Speed flash, big Elinchrom Ranger flash being used to it’s max against the sun, running with flash and so much more… Watch this footage and share it with your friends. If you have any questions about it please join us on our FB page, twitter @brettharkness or contact us through the site. TAKE A LOOK AT THE VIDEO ON OUR VIDEO PAGE BY CLICKING HERE
Take a look at our Creative Flash for weddings & Real Wedding DVD’s. We also have a NEW DOWNLOAD option so you can watch whilst on the run or easily from a different country.

Take a look at brettharknessphotography.com/store/ for more information.

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  • Joanne Gower (01.31.2013 | 10:36)

    Thanks Brett the dvd is great and highly recommended! I am about to shoot a seaside wedding so this couldnt be more timely!

  • Neil Proctor (01.31.2013 | 10:37)

    £79.99 for a DVD of this quality, IMO, is a bargain.....the tips, tricks and techniques you can learn from it, are truly amazing. After watching it, there is no way, that you will not want to pick your camera up and want to start shooting flash. Thanks Brett Harkness and co for creating a fantastic product. If you want quality, to help assist you in flash, I strongly urge you to purchase it! Remember, if you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you always got.....

  • Angela Adams (01.31.2013 | 10:38)

    I must complain... I didn't get any sleep last night after watching this at 11pm before I went to bed. My mind was far too busy I even dreamt of Brett Harkness , must be my age and hormones going awry! Here's hoping for a more peaceful night tonight!

  • Mark Revill (01.31.2013 | 10:40)

    Outstanding Film and photoshoot.

  • Jon Mold (01.31.2013 | 10:41)

    Think you can run faster backwards than I can forwards.

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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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It has been a couple of years since Bjorn has visited us at the studio so it was great to see him again. This time he brought his daughter & friend from Norway for their works experience! Not bad ! Over two days we looked at his imagery, ways to make what he does already even better! The use of different light modifiers, using the ambiance and other light sources.

Lighting is a very personal thing and I think everyone should have their own way of doing things. I certainly do and it has taken a while to bring that in and make it my style. Whilst there is a lot of information taught over a 1-1 session it is very important that you take the information back and mold it into your own style, make your imagery synonymous with you. A big thank you to Bjorn for coming over from Norway, it was a pleasure to see you again. Maybe see you in Norway for a wedding course soon!!

If you are interested in our 1-1 sessions then contact the studio for more information or take a look at the 1-1 page on the training site.

 

 

Image taken using Elinchrom Ranger RX Speed AS kit & Deep Octa Box

 

Image shot with Elinchrom Ranger RX speed & Large Indirect Octabank 190cm

 

Shot using Octabank, with Emma stood against it in the street

 

Image shot with Ranger Pack & Maxi Spot Reflector 29˚ 40 cm. The same shape as the Maxi Lite Reflector, but produced with brilliant, glossy reflection material for very high efficiency, throws light even over longest distances. A narrow powerful beam creates deep, sharp shadows.

 

Shot using Ranger RX speed pack, 70cm softbox with grid, 1 – 70 cm softbox bounced & Quadra head with Snood for background.

 

Taken just using 2 Fluorescent lights above Emma, with K scale input for WB.

 

Image showing Octabank in use

 

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  • Kwame Asiaw (05.24.2012 | 02:35)

    loving the seperation on the street shots. the model properly 'pops' off the screen. that the back streets of Manc city centre Brett?

  • rob (05.24.2012 | 04:08)

    Awesome work guys

  • Bjorn H Stuedal (05.25.2012 | 07:35)

    Finally back in Norway. Thanks for the two days of training - and once again thanks for being so generous sharing your knowledge.

  • David (06.01.2012 | 01:55)

    These images really do pop in quite a spectacular fashion. Great stuff!

  • Natallia (07.31.2013 | 12:59)

    Beautiful selection Brett!

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I have been looking forward to this course outside of the lovely village of Oswestry for quite a while. It took a lot of planning and organization by my team to make sure that all the elements came together! The course was full with 10 photographers spending a great day with us at this amazing location with the whole house at our disposal!

We had worked on the look & styling with Zan Atkinson , our favorite stylist for quite a while. She brought her magic on this day! The course was all about using Elinchrom Ranger RX Speed packs and a host of different modifiers. We mainly used the 70cm Rotalux softbox & Rotalux Deep Octabox 100, we also gave the High Performance Reflector a whirl with great results. Working with Pocket Wizard Plus II’s, everyone shared the flash love, with a little organizing! We looked at using natural light with flash, overpowering ambiance, working with dark interior ambiance in the form of a loan light & also sunshine, using shapes, lines, textures and working with simple modifiers to get great results.We also used a little of the lovely natural light in one of the corridors to give everyone ample time to shoot some beautiful shots of Amber. We try and keep it as simple as we can when training, using a method that can be used in whatever kind of flash usage you are looking to do. Also this technique of manual flash can be used with Speedlights, Ezy boxes, studio lights etc.. It is a foolproof way of learning flash, making sure that no matter what the situation is , how dark or how light you will always have the METHOD to call on.

A few thank you’s…. A big thank you to Kristie also for helping out with the looks. Models Natasha & Amber worked all day in a total of 5 different looks to satisfy the photographers thirst for shots. We sourced the building from one of our location  companies we work with, a big thank you to Bella at Locationworks. Also a thank you to Will, one of the groundsmen at the location for helping us out on the day, much appreciated. Paul for setting up all the equipment and lugging it around everywhere!  Some of the clothes & headpieces sourced from Ages of Elegance a big thank you to them also. Also a thank you to Beth Hirst in Leeds for some great hats!

We have some great courses coming up this year, please check out our training page / courses for more information. We also have a couple of places left on our France course in October this year, a great way to finish your year! CLICK HERE for more info..

Also if you get chance please share this post on your FB page or Twitter feed!!!

 

Shot with 24-70, 25th sec @f8. 640 ISO

 

An amazing way to finish the course.. on the roof!! Don’t worry, it was very strong and had been tested before.

 

A shot from behind the scenes..

 

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  • Stephen (04.25.2012 | 04:14)

    Hi Brett / Kristie

    I would just like to say a big thank you for yesterday. I loved it and had great fun again with you guys. The day ran seamlessly and am sure behind the scenes you have had to work really hard to ensure the day was a success. The venue was stunning ad you could shoot in their for weeks.

    I loved it and got so much out of the day. Brett thanks for sharing your magic and will hopefully see you both soon.

    Kind regards

    Stephen

  • Paul Keppel (04.25.2012 | 06:06)

    great set of images, looking forward to the swpp workshop in bristol :-)

  • will Pateman (04.25.2012 | 07:25)

    Hi Brett, just a brief line to say thanks for a great shoot, a great day, great models and great food...oh and great directions..
    Many thanks ,Cheers Will

  • Emma Meston (04.25.2012 | 10:34)

    An incredible set of images! So wish I could have been there.. well done all!

  • Ray (04.28.2012 | 12:15)

    Stunning images Brett as always! Many thanks for generously sharing tips and insights with us! I surely have a great time during the session.

    Your photography rocks! Thanks Kristie, Zan, Amber and Tash! More power and hope to see you guys soon!

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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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Wow, what a day we had yesterday at the beautiful location of Danesfield House outside of Marlow. The sunshine greeted the photographers as we spent the morning session drinking coffee, eating shortbread and talking about our imagery, business method and wedding tactics!

 

We then got on with with some great shooting, using the venue inside & out. A lot of information was passed on during the days session. As it is on all of our courses. I like to teach in as simple a fashion as possible. Straight talking!! We looked at flash, off camera, first dance, posing, communication! Using daylight! Don’t forget that!! Working with a couple and getting the best out of them in as quick a time as possible. All packed into a great day of learning with yummy sandwiches & shortbread thrown in!!

A big thank you to models, Dan Dewhirst , Gemma & Rosie MacPherson for being great to work with and were appreciated by all concerned. As every a huge thank you to make up , Hair & styling guru Zan Atkinson who makes my images smile!! Also to Danesfield House for making us feel very welcome the entire day!

Dresses by Novakks & headpieces by Victoria Mary Vintage. We will be putting on another course at Danesfield House later on in the year, August time. If you are interested please get in touch now. We also have some amazing courses coming up around the UK & Europe with some places still left on our Fabulous French course in October. For more info on all of our courses PLEASE CLICK HERE.

 

 

 

Here is a little footage from behind the scenes at our wedding training day.

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  • Alison Grainger (03.21.2012 | 05:11)


    Morning, Brett!

    Many, many, many thanks to you and the team for an astoundingly good day at Danesfield yesterday.

    A fantastic, full-on, amazing day. I'm shattered but exhilarated, my head's buzzing and I'm raring to get started on my next wedding. Also mildly depressed because I want to do it over and over again.

    Bless you x

  • Julian Stumm (03.21.2012 | 06:45)

    Great to see you again yesterday. Once again you delivered the goods, in a straightforward way that will enable me to take my wedding photography to the next level in terms of it's creativity.

    I am itching to get out there and practice what we did yesterday. I have roped in my wife as a model and kids as lighting assistants for me to have a play around.

    The images I personally got, and from looking at other delegates work, we all got, certainly had the wow factor. That's just what's needed to create separation in an increasingly crowded and competitive marketplace.

    Thank you once again for a very fun day\'s training packed from start to finish with practical information that will really make a difference.

    Julian

  • Michelle Winstanley (03.21.2012 | 07:05)

    Just wanted to say thank you to you and your team for a superb training day at Danesfield, Marlow on Monday. It was an outstanding learning experience from start to finish, hugely challenging for me but very rewarding in the knowledge and images I now have. i loved every minute of it and watching the video wish I was doing it all again!! thanks again and see you and your team soon.

    Michelle :)

  • Exeter Wedding Photography (10.14.2012 | 11:36)

    Good strong images, like the use of strobes and the back light couple on the chairs.

  • Natallia (07.31.2013 | 01:00)

    Just loving the dancing shot!

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This Monday saw us host a great flash course from the studio and then onto a very funky location in Manchester. A huge thank you to Zan Atkinson for her wonderful make-up & hair skills and for Emma & J’nae for giving us great hair & faces to work with! Also for jumping in very high healed shoes!

We had a great session looking at off camera flash. We started off using speedlights at the studio and then moved onto Elinchrom lights later on out on location. This may have been more of  a “fashion” type of course but the principal of the way we use flash is exactly the same at weddings, commercial & lifestyle. It just has many applications. I hope all the delegates enjoyed themselves and by the feedback we had they certainly did. We try and keep things as simple as we can when shooting with our flash. Usually the clients haven’t go too much time on their hands to wait around so we have to be quick, know what we want and deliver. Fashion is slightly different. We can afford to spend a little more time setting the lights and getting it just right. Which ever way you work it is vital you know your equipment inside/out and most importantly learn what you want to get out of it!

We have some great courses coming up this year with a new set of June-October 2012 courses being released soon.

Here are a few shots from the day:

 

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  • Jamie Vickerstaff (02.23.2012 | 04:52)

    Beautiful shots Brett, great soft light. I'll keep an eye out for training sessions this year.

  • Tony Bayliss (02.23.2012 | 08:42)

    Great shots, Brett, Loved the course and the location and girls were fantastic!

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It has been a great start to the New Year at BHP Studios. Kristie’s office has seen a revamp, a new addition to the Harkness clan!! We have shot three weddings already and have a very busy year ahead of us. Our training has got off to a great start also with numerous sessions taking place at the studio.

Last week saw us Host Ray Tan Photography on his 1-1 session and the week before with David Foden Photography. Both sessions were initially spent looking at their portfolio and their current methods of shooting. We then looked at weddings and the whole process of what goes into one of their own weddings and also one of mine. We spent the pm session shooting with a model , looking at numerous lighting setups in and out of the studio.Huge thank you to Nicky & Laura for modelling for us .Our bespoke sessions are very relaxed and we make sure that we cover as much as we can what you need to know.

If you are interested in our 1-1 or small group session please CLICK HERE or call the studio on 01706 340792 for more information.

Here are a few images taken on the 1-1 sessions.

 

Shot outside with Elinchrom Ranger, 1 head. 400 ISO 125th sec @f18

 

320 ISO, 250th sec @ f14. Using Quadra. 1/4 power.

 

ISO 400, 25th sec @f22, one head shot with Elinchrom Ranger & 70cm softbox.

 

 

To read more about the Elinchrom lights please read our last post HERE or go to the ELINCHROM SITE HERE.

 

 

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