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 –





Time | Location & Cost

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



    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



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.



      •       *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



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 )


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.


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.


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.











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!”


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 )

       Nearest public transport: West Silvertown (DLR) is 7min walk OR Custom House (DLR) is a 7min walk away     

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


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.


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)

    I would love to be kept up to date with future clases

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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 - )

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 - -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 -

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…



















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  • Oliver Kershaw (05.01.2017 | 07:43)

    Love her bouquet! Great pictures!

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