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To say I am a little excited about this course is a huge understatement! We have been working on securing this location for a while now and are finally ready to release the date! So here goes .. if you have any questions after you have read the info below please get intouch either HERE or on social media. Looking forward to seeing you there! For an awesome day of lighting, creative thinking & laughs ” –
Please repost & spread the word on social media – It would be awesome to fill this course & have one of the best training days ever!

 

The Light Ship – London Portrait & Fashion Lighting –

 JOIN US FOR THIS ONE OF A KIND COURSE ON AN AMAZING SHIP IN LONDONS DOCKLANDS….  TO BOOK CLICK HERE

 

 

 

Time | Location & Cost

05.07.2017 | LONDON: 11.00-20.00
COURSE £435.00+VAT
5 PLACES LEFT

 WHAT IS THIS COURSE ALL ABOUT? …

 

    1.       *Spend 1 day with Brett & team creating some amazing imagery
    2.       *How to produce breathtaking images packed with emotion & atmosphere
    3.       *Working with Elinchrom lighting & Pentax 645z ( medium format cameras – optional)
    4.       *Creating portraits that will blow your mind
    5.       *Working on a set to get the best out of the environment – creating a story
    6.       *Off camera lighting techniques
    7.       *Chance to work with Pentax 645z cameras & the latest Elinchrom kit
    8.       *Limited Places

 

PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE SNAPSHOT

This promises to be one of our best courses ever! The location is like no other we have ever shot at or taught at! We will start the day off with a tour of the ship over coffee & cookies! After which we will look at the equipment we have at our disposal for the day. Looking at different lighting techniques that I use when shooting Portraiture & fashion based imagery on location. We will be playing with different sets onboard the ship and shooting a mixture of different themes. Looking at how to produce beautifully lit portraits – some ship based and others more fashion oriented. Using different lighting techniques, filters and maybe a little haze for atmosphere! We will create as a group and learn together. Just as our Asylum course was an amazing experience I promise that this day also will be full of opportunity and laughs!

Learn how to light , gently and create portraits and fashion imagery like you never thought possible. The techniques that we will be going through on the day are valuable in all aspects of your photography. Whether you shoot kids, weddings, fashion or portraits or indeed all of the above then you will be able to use what you learn on the course in your own photography. If you would like to check out some more of my commercial portraiture & fashion work please go to my other site HERE to see more beautiful imagery! So if you want an amazing experience learning how to take your own lighting skills to another level then this is the day for you.

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

 

      •       *Camera ( digital SLR or other )
      •       *We will also have Pentax 645z ( medium format cameras to play with )
      •       *Wide angle lens & your favourite portrait lens
      •       *Outdoor clothes & sturdy footwear is required
      •       *Empty cards

 

WHERE DO WE MEET ? WHAT TIME ? HOW MUCH IS IT? HOW DO I PAY?

We will be meeting at the Ship itself  - all info is posted below. We are looking at setting up for coffee around 10.30 to start at 11am until 8pm. The course fee is £435.00 +vat per photographer. Due to the small numbers on this course and the cost of the ship is reflected in this cost. You will receive an awesome day of training from Brett & team plus tea, coffee, snacks & lunch. YOU CAN BOOK BY GOING TO THE LINK ABOVE OR If you wish to pay via the studio please call 01706 340792 or 0203 4685608 during office hours or reserve your place with me direct on social media.  ( Please note – exact times may change – we will inform you if this happens )

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

Tea & Coffee are included throughout the day as are cookies and snacks! We will also provide a light lunch on the day of the training. We ask that if you have any dietary requirements you inform us upon booking.

WHO IS THE 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 the first time I have talked about and taught some of my portrait techniques so its a great opportunity to get on the training day of a lifetime with one of the uk’s best lighting & portrait photographers. So if you haven’t been on one of our training courses yet, take the plunge, you won’t regret it.

WHO IS ONBOARD?

We are super excited to announce that Ricoh Pentax UK will be with us on the day if you want to have a play with the fabulous Pentax 645z cameras ( there is no obligation to use them) this is the camera that I use for my commercial portraiture & fashion work. We also will have us some amazing kit from the Flash Centre using the latest Elinchrom   kit amongst other things. We will be shooting actor Cameron Moon & also a female model ( yet to be chosen ) working on some sets with both of them and then individually learning different techniques for portraiture and fashion.

 

 

SOME OF MY PORTRAIT & FASHION IMAGES..

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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!”

NEARBY ACCOMMODATION

There are numerous hotels nearby ranging from £57.00 – £130.00 ( we are planning to start a little later to give people time to get into London or across the capital – time for start is scheduled for around 11am and we will look to finish around 8pm )

GETTING THERE…
       Nearest public transport: West Silvertown (DLR) is 7min walk OR Custom House (DLR) is a 7min walk away     
WHERE IS THE SHIP -

Lightship 93, Top of Rayleigh Road, Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1AX

ACCESS -

Access is through a looked wooden door / gate from land across one gangway and then a second gangway onto the ship – more info will be given upon booking.

REFUND POLICY

In the event of cancellation of your place on the seminar please contact us by phone or email as soon as possible through the website. The cost of the seminar is non refundable if cancelled within 1 month 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 mailing lists & 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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  • Joey Lamb (11.08.2017 | 02:16)

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What a fantastic day we had yesterday in Oxfordshire at the wonderful Eynsham Hall. The sun was shining as we started the day with coffee & pastries talking about weddings, going through the process that I adopt on most weddings looking at images and the technique of flash.

We then got on to looking at daylight and some simple set ups in the training room to begin with. Using just the available light coming into the room. After a quick lunch we headed back to the room to use some simple gridded speedlights for a cool shot in the corner of the room with our models Jack & Danielle. We then headed off into a dark corridor for another set up using one light. After which the sunshine and the outdoors beckoned ! After playing outside with OCF , daylight & strong sunshine we headed off back in for a break and then straight into our first dance set up – using OCF & speedlights.

It was a fantastic day with a lot of information passed on to the photographers in the group.

Topics covered included – Using daylight – sun & shade | Cropping & composition | Off camera flash theory | Techniques for using different flashes & softboxes | creating flow in your images | First dance – lighting it | Business & selling yourself | Albums | & so much more….

Huge thank you Juliet Cunningham for excellent make up & to Sophie at Styled by Sophie for beautiful hair. Also thanks to models Danielle & Jack for being such great fun to work wth..

***We have just released another fabulous Oxford course at the beautiful Manor on the Green – this is the first time we have held a course here and are super excited to release this one! Join us on  July 24th at this amazing location to learn all about how to take the best wedding images you have ever taken! CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE** 

Also take a look at our Light Ship Lighting course if you want to take your portrait & fashion lighting to another level of awesomeness ! CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

Here is some of the kit we used yesterday on the course:

Speed lights - YongNuo YN-568EX II Flashgun with Lastolite grids ( Strobo kit - https://www.manfrotto.co.uk/strobo-kit-direct-to-flashgun )

Stands – I mainly use Manfrotto and the stands we had the flashes on in the training room were interlocking Manfrotto stands – ( 1004BAC stands )

Pole – Ross was holding the flash on a lastolite extending pole

We didn’t use the Elinchrom ELB  - but this is the pack I use the most now for weddings and if you are looking to upgrade look no further – find info here - http://www.elinchrom.com/battery/elb400.html -if you’re interested then call RUSS at the The Flash Centre in Leeds – tell him you have been on a course and he will help you out! Maybe a better price too!

We also used the large pack which is the Elinchrom Ranger RX Speed AS pack – these are awesome units but quite heavy – they are being replaced by these - http://www.elinchrom.com/battery/elb1200.html

Reflector – we used a Lastolite Tri Grip reflector – Sunfire / Softsilver

Belt system is the Think Tank Belt system – look at Snapper Stuff!

Dont just take my word for it….

Alison Busby ” Brilliant day. Best wedding photography course ever. Thanks so much –  so much learning.”

Sharon Brockman “Thanks for an awesome day yesterday Brett and Ross, loads of fun and I learnt loads.”

Andy Dawson –  “I would just like to take this moment to thank you very much for the training course yesterday.

I am truly enlightened! I strongly believe that I have now found the shooting style that I have been searching for in my short career to date and I have definitely fallen in love with flash.

I edited about 50 or so pics when I got home and thought I would mix the styles up a bit. I have shown them to people at work and they have been amazed.”

 

Here are some images & a little snippet of some BTS footage from the Eynsham Hall course…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch a little behind the scenes video:

 

If you aren’t following me on Social Media then it would be great to have you onboard :

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/brettharkness/?hl=en

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/peoplephotographer2016/

Facebook Group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/256881034348745/

YOU TUBE - https://www.youtube.com/user/maximussalive

Twitter - https://twitter.com/brettharkness

 

We also have a fabulous collection of training DVD’s available from the store -: http://brettharknessphotography.com/store/

 

 

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  • Oliver Kershaw (05.01.2017 | 07:43)

    Love her bouquet! Great pictures!

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It has been almost 6 years since we last ran a kids course from Brett Harkness Training so we thought this May we would go for it! Limited to only 5 photographers the aim of the course was to teach how to produce portraits with a difference. Not so much lifestyle mages but a mixture of lit and unlit portraits using different lighting techniques.

Different kit was used to create these images, mainly – Lastolite trip Grip reflectors, Elinchrom Ranger & Quadra packs – 70cm softbox & smaller portalite softbox. We also used the 6ft light bank in the studio at the beginning to give us a strong but softer light.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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October saw us put on a fantastic fashion flash course at a wonderful location in Liverpool. Due to the amazing success of our France courses over the last few years we thought we would mark the anniversary of the last France course with a very special day of training at a very cool yet creepy location. I had been looking as we always are for a location for quite a while and stumbled on this place by chance through a ghost tour web site ! After finding out who now owns this venue I made a short call to the owner and a day was set for me to go and take a look, lets just say I wasn’t disappointed! This now closed down former hospital | orphanage | asylum is now privately owned and offers some great shooting if you look in the right places.

The date was set and the course went out to our facebook group and then onto the site for general release. As the places filled we started to plan the day – these courses take  a lot of planning and meticulous styling. We knew that our resident makeup artist | Stylist & hair dressers Zan Atkinson was to be onboard on this one and we set to work looking for period outfits and pieces that would compliment the shoot. It is a fine line when shooting in a place like this that you want  to do it justice and not just dress people in theatre or bikinis! So when we stumbled across an amazing shop in Coventry in the newly opened Fargo village called Heaven Vintage we knew the owner Angela would understand exactly what we needed and she wasn’t to disappoint. We had some great pieces , a 1920′s wedding dress, original Edwardian hats and clothing from Victorian era aswell as some more modern pieces that we could ad to the mix including a very vogue like underskirt that Zan had made from a wedding underskirt! Models were Jen Brook who I hadn’t worked with for  a few years but we knew that her look would be perfect for a job like this and she didn’t disappoint. Model Milly from Nemesis model agency in Manchester was also onboard with a unique look that would also work great with the environment. So the day crept up on us as fast as the days are getting shorter and we were ready to go…

The kit was sorted a few days before making sure we had ample batteries and lights – with help from The Flash Centre lending us the equipment that we didn’t have we were set to go. After filling up my car & James’s car – my assistant with coffee machine | sandwiches | cookies oh and yes the lighting equipment we headed off to Liverpool to start our epic day. After arriving we had a little time for myself and James to take a look around and make a plan , although plans are there to be broken! Whilst Zan started work on our first look with Jen the photographers started to arrive  and over coffee and cookies & doughnuts ( thanks to neil!! ) we went through the equipment and then went for a walk around so that they could get a feel for the place and we could start to plan our shots out a little.

The first look was ready with Jen looking the part we took our time with the first look showing the photographers how to plan a shoot and to look at layering the lights, to give the lighting purchase and meaning not just on the subject but around the subject too.

 

 

 

Lit with a large 6ft Elinchrom Octa bank and two small beauty dishes, with the help of a little orange gel and a haze machine we had this one licked!

After setting up shot number two in the corridoor we came back into the main hall where our kit was and thanks to haze machine the sunlight was streaming through the window in such a way that you only ever see on huge movie sets! So needless to say we took Milly from her set to this to not waste this opportunity! Using the sunlight as our main light we made sure the shadows of Milly were nicely filled in with the 6ft Octa which is my main weapon of choice for fashion work!

 

Make sure you get down to the end of the post for some great behind the scenes shot by my assistant James and also numerous photogs on the course. With the room buzzing with excitement from this shot and the great start we had made to the day everyone grabbed a coffee and a sandwich , a few of the photographers going for a walk around to other floors to see what they could find!

After a quick lunch our model Jen was ready with her second look and we headed off down to the lower floor of the asylum where the laundry rooms were. Using very feathered lighting we shot Jen against an old ironing station with an old stretch dummy body used to steam shirts over. This made a great background and went with the edwardian – steam punk look we were going after. Using a strip box with Elinchrom Ranger RS Speed AS pack  & one small beauty dish with a shower cap on to diffuse the light.

 

 

After a super quick change we went off track and went into the tiny room next door where they used to dry the clothes with the old hangers still roped to the roof. Jen quickly on set changed into an amazing 1910 | 1920′s wedding dress  - very fragile dress too from Angela’s own collection at Heaven Vintage. Using one Elinchrom Ranger RX pack and one light with a 70cm softbox we put one light next door through the window and one light in the room itself with a beauty dish – gridded to give a little bounce back and edge light to the model. Jen worked this to perfection and in the near pitch black everyone took their turn to shoot how they wished.

 

 

 

We then left the room and headed off for a coridoor where some natural light spilled in and took model Milly with her second look. This was a simple shot with no flash , finding an old mirror work perfectly – shooting wide open on a Canon 50mm 1.2L lens made for a super soft look to a very eerie image!

 

 

Working our way down the coridoor we used another simple background for effect , then giving the modle a breather as I think the haze machine used previously had got to her a little! This time shooting through an old smashed glass doorway , using simple doorway light to one side I used the doorframe to frame the subject.

 

 

We then took Jen outside who was now ready with her 3rd look. Zan was working as fast as she could to get the girls ready for us so we could keep on going. It is a challenge when you are teaching in such a place as you want to teach people what you are doing but you also want people to be able to shoot for themselves. At the end of the day it is a day of teaching, a day to watch, shoot, listen and take inspiration to go away and practice these techniques to do this for yourself in your own way and style.

We headed off outside for Jens look using an old doorway with elaborate ( cobweb) style glass above,keeping this one simple as we could with just one light , a 70cm softbox to override the ambiance.

 

 

 

With the day quickly getting away from us we headed off to probably one of the most eerie places of the whole site. A room where the main oven for the hospital was situated and I’m not talking food either! The main cremation ovens sit in a unit by themselves and were heavily used in there 35 years of service. We used the room next door to them. A place where old gurneys were stacked up and a chapel sat untouched for years. Our model Milly stood motionless and stared straight ahead going for  avery strong look Zan our stylist draped a long piece of black lace over her to give a unique feel to the image with bright red lips completing the look. With time running out we took turns with the light again using just one head with a gridded softbox on it.

 

 

I knew the deadline was coming thick and fast for us to leave so we headed off to the old swimming pool house for our last look. Jen was ready and stood in the middle of the room. With  the floor slightly wet and muddy from an open roof the light offered a little reflection on the ground in front of her which was great. Using the large 6ft Octabank and again a small beauty dish for separation, a little haze from the haze machine which James had managed to wire up with a few extension sockets from the main hospital! I could have stayed in this room forever as the scene was perfect. Zan had crafted a hand made boned underskirt with original vintage corsets from Heaven Vintage completed the look.

 

 

 

A simply amazing day that I would say will go down as one of our best training events ever. On par with France for sure! Everyone chipped in to get all the kit outside of the venue with our 6pm deadline ( strict deadline) approaching. A huge thank you to all that made it down to this event and as well as getting some great images I hope you all learned some different techniques to take away and use for your own work. Although this was a one off course we are currently looking at another venue for a possible Fashion II course that will again push the boundaries of what is achievable on a day of photographic training.

A huge thank you to Angela from Heaven vintage, to Zan Atkinson for the hours she put in before and during the day. To James Davies for assisting on the day and being  a human donkey!  To The Flash Centre for suppling us with some equipment for the days events. A great team up there in Leeds and if you ever need anything talk to Russ or Graham and they will sort out! Thanks to models Jen Brook and Milly from Nemesis model agency in Manchester. Watch out on the training page | courses for our next set of training days that you won’t want to miss.

Join us on our fantastic closed Facebook Training group – a great place to be and be inspired! Join me on Twitter @brettharkness and also on Instagram as Brett Harkness to see what we get up to here at BHP headquarters and on our daily shoots. If you were on this course then leave a comment at the bottom to tell others of your day!

Here are some behind the scenes images from the day and also a little video shot by one of the photographers on the course. Thanks to the photographer on the day that have let us use some BTS images below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to Neil Proctor for snapping some video throughout the day whilst shooting!

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  • Glenn (10.07.2014 | 10:48)

    A thrilling, entertaining and most educational experience. One from which I will draw much inspiration. Thank you to all involved!

  • Jen Brook (10.07.2014 | 11:04)

    A brilliant day made all the better by exceptional styling in an incredible location with people that would go above and beyond to create a great photograph. Of all the training days I have been a part of, this certainly sits amongst my most favourite ever.

  • Cathy Higgins (10.08.2014 | 12:01)

    What an amazing venue. You can do sooo much with it. Love the styling and the compositions of the images. Very fitting for the location. Great work Brett. Would love to attend the next one. Will bring Brian too.

  • Neil Proctor (10.08.2014 | 06:05)

    Awesome describes everything about this day, from the location to the models, MUA and stylists

    Awesome experience, a day packed with information and techniques from one of the best photographers in the business, set in a location to die for.

    Of the training courses that I have been in, this is right up there at the top. I would love to do the whole day again.

    Nice one Brett and James, you guys are exceptional

  • Matt Selby (12.10.2015 | 03:27)

    Looks amazing! Think I need to get on the next asylum course! :)

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The last day of March brought us to our Wedding/Speedlight course 30 mins outside of Manchester. Starting off in Bury in the morning discussing some imagery & the business side of our wedding process. We then headed off to a new venue for us, The Dunkenhalgh near Blackburn.

After lunch on arrival we started to shoot working our way around the venue inside and moving outside to shoot in some of the grounds. Using mainly 580 EX II speedlights and on occasion the Calumet Genesis GF400 flash unit. Looking at creating eye catching images of the B&G inside and out. Using different focal lengths for effect and looking at using very low power speedlights at close quarters to the subject.Looking at how to light a first dance, shooting against the daylight, using surfaces for reflection & so much more..

We have some great courses coming up soon so why not join us this yer for some amazing training & a day you wont forget!

A huge thank you to Zan Atkinson for her styling & make-up, Models Zac & Janine from Nemesis Agency in Manchester. Dresses from Novak Exclusive Bridal Lounge.

Here are a few images from the day:

 

 

 

A tiny alcove made a great background for the couple. Just a speedlight on 8th power with an Ezy box

 

Shot with the couple standing behind a fire escape door.

 

Shooting the Groom against a tree! Using a 24-70mm on the left, Genesis on 1/4 power.

Right shot- 50mm lens with 580 EX II speedlight on 128th power.

 

Dancing on 1/4 sec at f11

 

Main light is Genesis on 1/4 power & two star  ( 580 flashes) lights both on 8th power.

 

 

Single naked speedlight on full power to make the day go to night!

 

 

 

 

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  • Konrad (04.01.2014 | 09:08)

    Awesome images!!!!

  • Tom Needham (04.06.2014 | 11:54)

    What a fantastic day of learning and explanation from Brett and his team. My entire attitude to flash and flash techniques has been overturned by this workshop. Unreservedly recommended, no matter how experienced you are.

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

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

DAY 1

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

http://brettharknessphotography.com/training

 

Here are some images from Day 1:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Day 2

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

Here are a few images from Day 2:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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Our year has got off to an amazing start here at Brett Harkness Photography. With our new house & studio move in October last year we are looking forward to the future with excitement! In November last year we were asked by my Facebook Training Group page to put on a Speedlight course which we duly obliged. So in November last year we put it out there and in less than 24 hours it sold out! We ended up doing three courses before Christmas and have done two courses post Christmas looking at using speedlights in the wedding environment

Starting off at our new abode in Bury looking at some imagery and talking about the technique behind the usage of off camera flash. We then moved onto a local church for some practice and getting used to the technique before moving into Manchester & The Lowry Theatre for lunch. After coffee and lunch we used various backgrounds in and around the Lowry looking at the use of different powers of lights. Using speedlights and Calumet’s Genesis Speedlights on ( speedlight outputs) we had ample time to work with the models in different situations. Looking at posing, backgrounds, using flash with ambiance and over riding the ambiance to get more drama out of the situation. Moving inside we looked at using flashes inside , working with white balance and ‘cleaning up’ images. Lighting the cake cutting and first dance were also on the agenda,working with simple one light set ups to get the most out of the situation.

There was ample time for each photographer to shoot for themselves also. I also look to test the photographers as much as i can throughout the day to make sure that the information being told is getting through and then any questions they have can be answered straight away.

We start off the day with normal speedlights and then due to the fact that there are 10 photographers on this course so that everyone can shoot we are also using Calumets – Genesis GF400 speedlight which has its own battery pack and allows us to shoot faster. What we do so that every shot can be achieved with a speedlight is to make sure that we are shooting on speedlight powers so that the effect can be matched easily with normal speedlights.

Thank you to Zan Atkinson for her wonderful styling, Nemesis models for providing great girls & guys for us, Novak Bridal for some amazing dresses.

 

Don’t just take my word for it! If you want to see what some of the photographers that have been on the flash courses say about the day then click on the links below. Also to see the images that they are shooting on the course….

Rob Grimes:Its the best investment that anyone interested in learning OCF techniques can make to themselves.. Don’t think, just Book!!

http://www.robgrimesphotography.co.uk/brett-harkness-speed-light-course-manchester/

http://www.gloucesterweddingphotographer.com/category/dans-blog/

http://www.tonyfanningphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/12/10/winter-flash-training-with-brett-harkness-in-manchester/

 

Jonathan Addie: “Although I’ve not been on any recent ones, I took one of Brett’s flash courses a few years ago and it was a revelation. I learned more in one day than I ever thought possible! Better to spend the money learning the kit you have than to spend it on new kit. All question were answered with nothing held back. It takes time to absorb and practise all that he teaches but the rewards are worth it. It helped me grow my business and learn my craft. ultimately it gave my work a unique look that stood out from the crown and enabled me to go full time doing what I love.”

 

 

Here are some of my shots from various recent flash courses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have a new date for this wonderful course – PLEASE CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE TRAINING COURSE PAGE TO CHECK IT OUT & BOOK….

 

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  • Matt Selby (12.15.2014 | 07:23)

    This was my 1st time on a BHP course.. loved every minute of it. Hopefully get on another in 2015.

    If you're looking to expand your flash knowledge this is to course to enrol on!

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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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