Back in Manchester today to run a workshop for 8 photographers in a bar to show them how I work on location with models and a handful of small Nikon speedlights. I covered the essentials of speedlights vs studio lights, manual flash exposure, how to get the flashes off camera and get creative with the lighting and above all, how to work with people in a one-t0-one portrait shoot. For me, the Key elements of good portraiture are lens choice, aperture choice, lighting, location and most importantly, communication. Building a good rapport is the biggest single factor in getting a good portrait in my view. Absolutely no good not chatting to your subject, telling them clearly what you want from them and making them feel at ease. I didn’t take many shots today, that’s not my place, I’m just there to teach, advise and facilitate but I had to take a few for demo purposes and of those, here are a few I’ve edited up to give a taste of what we got up to. Maddy and Dannii were great models as they are both very natural and easy going and straight away they put the novices at ease.
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