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Yesterdays training day saw us back at the wonderful Arley Hall outside of Nantwich in Cheshire. We started off the day after coffee looking at the business side of things, pricing and branding. Then onto some images to get the juices flowing.

After a break we photographed the B&G upstairs in one of the bedrooms keeping things simple looking at the use of daylight & exposure. After a great lunch we took to outside , using some of the architectural features of the surroundings. Using a mixture of daylight and flash in different situations. Having fun with a tree that very kindly gave us it’s blossom after a little persuasion!

A huge thank you as always to Zan Atkinson for her amazing styling & hair/make up skills. To Nemesis model agency in Manchester for our wonderful models , Liam & Naz and to the staff at Arley for making our day a success.

Here are a couple of images from the course….

 

 

 

 

 

When my assistant can do this then it means that we can do this! No tree was harmed in the making of these images!

A clip from our Arley Hall course yesterday from Brett Harkness on Vimeo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Matt Selby (12.10.2015 | 03:28)

    Epic groom shots! Too good!

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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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Well we ended 2011 with two fantastic courses at the studio and then onto two locations in Manchester. A huge thank you to everyone involved in the two separate courses. Monday saw us start off at the studio and then onto The Lowry Theatre as our location. After a morning session talking about the technique involved in flash at weddings we shot a little inside the studio before lunch & then into Manchester. This course was more geared to the use of speed lights as our light source. Looking at the technique that I use for all of my flash usage.

No matter what flash situation I am in I still use the same techniques, it means I have full control of my situation and not being controlled by the lights or TTL!  ETTL is great and to be used when the time is short but I love the process of manual flash, I don’t know;  it makes me feel totally in control and on top of what I am doing. It is this process that you will learn if you come on one of our flash courses. After a brief session outside we headed into the Lowry Theatre  and after coffee continued to shoot around the building looking at light, form, posing and getting the most from the simple things! A huge thank you to Zan Atkinson our Stylist who rocks it every time. To Steph & Aaron & also to Alana for being great and for standing in the cold whilst everyone figured out their settings!

Here are some of the images shot on the course:

 

 

WEDDING FLASH II

Wednesday this week saw us put on our last flash course, in fact our last course of 2011! What a year it has been! The course content was the same as Monday so we started off at the studio ironing out the technique that has pushed our own wedding flash to another place. After heading out to Manchester for lunch we started shooting in a very cool location. The shoot started off in the back alleys of Manchester, because of the cold we didn’t last too long and then headed off into the very dark & spooky cellars under Manchester streets. We wanted dark and we go it!

After a while down there we headed off upstairs to the club and continued the shoot. Even using the ladies toilets for one of our backgrounds! It can be done! A huge thank you to the photographers for being such great sports even if we had to squeeze into the worlds oldest & smallest elevator! It was worth it! Also to model Emma for being amazing as ever, to Jnane & Stefan for also being great to work with. To our stylist extra-ordinare! Zan Atkinson.

Here are some images from the day:

 

SHOT TAKEN WITH DAYLIGHT & LASTOLIGHT REFLECTOR

SHOT IN THE BACK STREET OF MANCHESTER WITH A 70CM SOFTBOX

INSIDE THE CLUB, 500 ISO 1/20TH SEC @F16

IN THE STUDIO , 8TH POWER SPEEDLIGHT WITH AN EZYBOX, 250TH SEC @F3.5, 50ISO

 

WE HAVE JUST RELEASED OUR NEW EARLY 2012 COURSES SO JOIN US AT THE STUDIO AND AT SOME STUNNING LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THE UK IN JAN-MAY 2012. FOR MORE INFO CALL THE STUDIO ON 01706 340792 OR CLICK HERE.

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  • Guy Levine (12.16.2011 | 01:12)

    The course was fantastic Brett. I got some really great photos and learnt loads about the flow of the wedding, how to mix it up to get a nice variety of shots, and how to get the 'wow' pics. Looking forward to more next year!

  • Helen Rushton (12.16.2011 | 01:14)

    Images are great, I can't wait until I join you in march 2012!! Have a great Christmas and New Year Brett and THANK YOU for your inspiration this year! Helen

  • Kim Shaw (12.16.2011 | 01:46)

    Great images (as usual) Brett. I joined you on two courses this year (Wedding Flash and Winter Weddings) I loved every minute and learnt loads. Thanks for your patience and encouragement. I hope to see you and Kristie again next year!

  • red chilli photography (12.16.2011 | 08:09)

    fantastic stuff again Brett :)

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