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shirley
2nd December 2008, 06:13 PM
Last Saturday a small group of us went to Kaz studio in Essex. During the day we recieved lots of tuition on how to use lighting in the studio from Clive.
We had the chance to take pics with two models and do some still life pics. Clive set up all the lighting and instructed the models,any input from us was limited to anything we may have asked the model to do, although they needed very little instruction from any of us, and post shoot editing.

Graham has already uploaded a pic of the champagne cork pop, so I have added some model pics.

This one was set up by Clive, I simply pressed the shutter.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Fashion_model2_resize.jpg

This one was meant to be part of a fashion shoot but I persuaded the model to pull this face and then cropped it - so a little more of my input here.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Close_up_resize.jpg

Finally part of a nude!. I like the idea of close ups of parts of the human body. I asked the model to sit down for this one and then cropped close to emphasize body landscape.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Blue_close_up_resize.jpg

Thanks Clive we had a good day and learnt a lot.

Hopefully some of the other participants will contribute some pics.

Shirley

HughofBardfield
2nd December 2008, 06:47 PM
Many (belated) thanks to Shirley for organising an excellent day.

Work is fairly awful at the moment and I have a leaking kitchen roof to contend with (cooker blew up on Sunday night as a result!), so my pix are still on the memory card! However, it was a very useful day. I think what was particularly useful was the very simple, single light effects Clive showed us. Nothing complex required - just a large window and maybe something to diffuse the light.

Kaz Studios are defnitely well worth a visit.

shirley
2nd December 2008, 06:52 PM
Yes, I agree some simple tips that can be adapted. I also enjoyed using white balance in a more creative way, rather than simply to get the skin tone right.
Hope your kitchen problems get sorted soon Hugh.

Zuiko
2nd December 2008, 07:56 PM
Yes, it was a great day! I'm busy at the moment but will upload some pics later. :)

shirley
2nd December 2008, 08:16 PM
Just edited a few more.

Right hand side

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Right_hand_side_resize.jpg

Neck detail

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Neck_detail_edited-4.jpg

My version of the Champagne pop that Clive set up.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Champagne_pop_resized.jpg

Fashion model

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Fashion_model_resize.jpg

Zuiko
2nd December 2008, 09:13 PM
Afraid I wasn't particularly creative with my shots, I was quite happy to let the experienced models pose how they thought best (who am I to tell them otherwise?) within Clive's brief and try to learn as much as possible about a variety of lighting situations set up by Clive. I probably remember about 20% of what he taught us at most, but that means I still know a lot more about studio lighting than when I started!

Here are some that I took on the day:-

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/SACHA_01_r_s_.jpg

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/SASHA_05_r_s.jpg

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/SASHA_04_r_s.jpg

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/BUTTON_01_r_s.jpg

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/BUTTON_06_r_s.jpg

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/BUTTON_03_r_s.jpg

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/BUTTON_05_bw_s1.jpg

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/BUTTON_05_bw_sol_r_s.jpg

I don't really feel that these are my pictures; they were, after all, set up by Clive and I almost performed the role of an assistant who happened to release the shutter when the photographer had set up the shot. But it's what we learnt from the day that counts - and we had fun doing it!

If you get the chance I would unreservedly recommend Clive as a tutor. He worked tirelessly throughout the day, even changing lighting set ups while we had a break for lunch. Despite many years in the business his enthusiasm is still fresh and he is more than willing to share his expertise with his students. I thought the day was excellent value for money. Visit Clive's website (Kaz Studio) for more information: http://www.kaz-studio.co.uk/

shirley
2nd December 2008, 09:30 PM
Definitely agree with John about the models and Clive, they were excellent and really knew what they were doing, it made taking the pictures easy.
As a novice I was thrilled with the results, I took about 100 pics during the day and nearly every one is a keeper.

Zuiko
2nd December 2008, 10:30 PM
Just to give a little more flavour of the day, here's a few "behind the scenes" shots:-

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/STUDIO_DAY_014_r_s.jpg
Hugh pokes his lens through the two closely positioned diffused flash panels that we used for the head and shoulders portrait shots.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/STUDIO_DAY_012_r_s.jpg
Model Sasha casts a critical eye over a shot that's just been taken of her.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/STUDIO_DAY_016_r_s.jpg
For the full length shots the two flash panels used to light our model were moved further apart and a third flash, set at about 1.5 stops brighter than the others, was used to illuminate the white background. This was to ensure that the background did indeed record as white; Clive assured us that without this extra light the background would appear grey. This picture shows Sasha waiting while Kenny (helping Clive on the day) turns on the wind machine.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/STUDIO_DAY_123_e_r_s.jpg
The day wasn't all Boobs, Bottoms and Beautiful faces! After lunch Clive showed us a number of still-life situations and tricks of the trade. This one was an advertising style theme of Scotch On The Rocks which involved a main overhead tungsten lamp, a long exposure and a selective painting with light technique using a torch! Other sets included a bursting balloon frozen by flash and an ingenious exploding champagne cork leaving the bottle simulation!

I don't suppose I'll get many studio opportunities (although I wouldn't mind another day like this sometime) but much of what we learnt can be adapted to photography at home with a little imagination. The day was a fantastic experience and one that I can thoroughly recommend!

Many thanks to Shirley for organising it!

Graham_of_Rainham
3rd December 2008, 02:58 PM
Like Shirley, I too like to keep nudes as subtle as I can.

"Button" has a total understanding of light and how to work within the setup to maximise the effects. The name "Button" derives from the love of chocolate of the same name *yes

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Button_1.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/10709)


http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Smoke2.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/10711)

"NicTheButton" as she is known on http://www.modelmayhem.com/259462 also has her own site http://button.moonfruit.com/

Sasha Larner is a top fashion model and we were very fortunate to be able to shoot with her.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/Sasha_Sitting.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/10710)

Sasha is on Model Mayhem at http://www.modelmayhem.com/40190 and has the fan site http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sasha-Larner/10406426767

When we do this again I throughly recommend it as you will learn a lot from Clive.

*chr

Ellie
3rd December 2008, 09:08 PM
Wow, it looks as if it was a fantastic experience.

Thank you for sharing so many brilliant pictures *chr

alert_bri
4th December 2008, 07:37 AM
This looks like a perfect opportunity to improve your studio skills - I'm really sorry I had to drop out at the last moment...

Thanks for sharing here, I love the neck detail shot.

This is certainly the weather for studio shooting!

Kind Regards

Brian

Naticle
8th December 2008, 05:38 AM
Looks great, bit depressing seeing beautiful slender woman after two kids lol but it's really interesting to read and see the behind the scenes. I particularly have scurried away in my grey fluff the info about the 3rd flash being set 1.5 stops higher I will try this too!

Zuiko
8th December 2008, 11:38 PM
Looks great, bit depressing seeing beautiful slender woman after two kids lol but it's really interesting to read and see the behind the scenes. I particularly have scurried away in my grey fluff the info about the 3rd flash being set 1.5 stops higher I will try this too!

I won't deny I appreciated the opportunity to photograph two beautiful young ladies, but no woman needs to feel depressed by the physical appearance of another because true beauty is far more than just skin deep.

I would not swap my wife for any of the world's most beautiful women (not that I'm likely to get the chance!) because the sacrifices she made to give birth to our daughter make her truely special and how she looks through my eyes transends any superficial definition of beauty.

Also, physical beauty comes in many guises and the smoldering sexuality of an older lady comfortable with her own body, despite any imperfections, can often be more alluring than the flawless paragons of youth!

Glad the tip about the brighter light on the white background is useful! :)

HughofBardfield
9th December 2008, 02:05 PM
I agree with John's sentiments - personally, I thought that both models were actually proof that it's possible to be too thin... :) Clive (the studio owner and tutor) told us that the "fashion" model was actually the dreaded "Size Zero" as though it was a good thing!

In part, of course, these perceptions are culturally determined and have changed hugely over history - look at Reubens or Boucher, for example.

A painter acquaintance (who keeps saying he wants to paint Mrs HoB) says that if you can learn to draw or paint the human body, with its multiplicity of curves, edges, textures and so on, you can paint anything from landscape to still life. I think the same is true of lighting for photography.

DannyH
10th December 2008, 04:52 AM
What a great experience. I'm looking for classes on doing nudes localy, but have not found any yet. I would like to get someone that gives the kind of information that you received. All your images look great.

Zuiko
10th December 2008, 11:19 PM
What a great experience. I'm looking for classes on doing nudes localy, but have not found any yet. I would like to get someone that gives the kind of information that you received. All your images look great.

Thanks for you comments Danny. I hope you eventually find a local studio giving this level of instruction, I can thoroughly recommend it!

Graham_of_Rainham
11th December 2008, 11:17 AM
What a great experience. I'm looking for classes on doing nudes localy, but have not found any yet. I would like to get someone that gives the kind of information that you received. All your images look great.

Danny,

This is a very well run studio and provides proper Tuition Sessions. There are a lot of places that are just a free-for-all and not at all about learning lighting techniques.

Another way to learn is to find a good studio and offer your time as an assistant in exchange for the experience that you will gather by working with a proffessional.

Good luck, hope to see some results

*chr