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Today I’ve a look behind the scenes (B.T.S) at last weekends workshops over in The Netherlands when I teamed up with my buddy & Fashion Photographer Frank Doorhof.
Back in March of this year I was over in Washington DC teaching for the very first time at Photoshop World and it was whilst there I got to finally meet and hang out with Frank.
I’d been following Frank’s work for quite some time before this point having first become aware of him through a guest post he did over on Scott Kelby‘s blog [Link] and had since become friends through social media (Twitter, Facebook, Google+) despite having never met. However finally getting the chance to meet up in DC and hang out was such a blast; the only downside though as anyone who has been out to Photoshop World will tell you is that the time goes by way too quickly.
Anyway it wasn’t long after getting back to the UK that emails started being passed back and forth between Frank and myself about the possibility of getting together and doing a combined series of workshops; and the rest as they say is history…
Workshops in The Netherlands
I headed out to the Netherlands last Friday but not able to arrive until around about 10.30pm which made driving on the
wrong other side of the road that much more interesting as it was dark and had also started to rain. Anyway, thanks to me ole mate Tom Tom, after a little over an hours drive I arrived at the hotel in Emmerlord, met up with my good friend Jonathan Thompson and Robert McDonagh (both from the UK) both whom had made their way over for the workshops…
On the Saturday I sat in on one of Frank’s workshops where he went through all kinds of studio lighting set ups for fashion shoots. An absolutely superb day watching how Frank approaches a shoot showing everything from the set up, the creativity, the interaction with the model, using 1 light through to multiple lights and best practices. I kid you not, I was totally psyched! Frank has a very engaging and entertaining way of teaching the effectiveness of which clearly showed in the superb results attendees were getting…and very quickly! I joined in too and learned so much that I’ll be implementing into the way I shoot from now that’s for sure 🙂
On the Sunday and Monday I ran one day workshops taking attendees through the whole process of a couple of set ups and shooting character portraits and composites before moving over for some fun in Photoshop. I went through the lighting set ups explaining why certain lights were used and in what position i.e. to create a highlight that would then be representative of a highlight from a street light, a wall light, the sun, the moon etc in the final image.
The whole day was very much hands on with each of the attendees getting plenty of shooting time in each set up so they too could capture some great images of our incredible model.
I love this part of workshops when I can watch attendees taking shots as it’s so cool to see how we all shoot and think differently. Many times an attendee will think of a pose or look that works so well and that ROCKS! I’m a big believer that we all have something to bring to the table regardless of skill level or experience. We’re all individuals and it’s how we all see things differently that can makes this such fun 🙂
Our model for both days was Nadine; a more creative and expressive model I’ve yet to meet. Over the 2 days Nadine created four completely stunning and unique looks. She’s an absolute dream to work with and someone I may be working with again in the future but more about that in a moment.
Throughout each of the days as well as looking at retouching the images I’d been shooting, I also went through lots of other Photoshop techniques, tips and tricks including ones I’d never shown before and a selection technique I came up with by just playing with Photoshop in my hotel room on the Saturday evening…before watching another episode of Dexter :).
I’ll give you an idea of what it involves tomorrow but I tell you I was like “WOOHOO!!!!” when it worked 🙂
As for the images I took on the day, now I’m back in the UK I can’t wait to get working on them. It’s usual practice for me to know exactly what theme I’ll be shooting but we did things differently this time and left it to Nadine’s creativity. Her styling reminded me so much of a characters from a Tim Burton movie so now my heads buzzing with ideas so once it’s settled down I’ll be sure to post some here on the blog.
I had such a great time over in The Netherlands. I want to say a HUGE thank you to Frank Doorhof and to his wonderful wife Annewiek; great friends, incredible hospitality and I had such fun hanging out…wonderful memories!
Right, that’s all from me for today but as always if you have any questions or comments then feel free to make use of the comments section below. In the mean time though, whatever you’re up to have a good one and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow,
ps> Be sure to head on over and take a read of Frank’s blog post about the workshops plus a sneaky mention of some plans for the future [Link]