An Introduction to Photographing People in the Studio

The first of a 3 courses on how to photograph people in the studio. The others are; Portraits and Beauty/Fashion Photography. The format of the courses is a hands-on workshop with classroom sessions in the morning and practical photo shoots in the afternoon. It is recommended if you have no experience of studio lighting that the intro course is completed before completing Portrait or Beauty/Fashion.

As well as covering the technical aspects of studio photography we also explore how to interact with your subject(s) to get the best images.We start with studio flash, looking at shutter sync speeds, the best method of triggering flash units, the effects that different modifiers have, how light to subject distance affects the light quality and some classic lighting set-ups. We also cover how to choose the right lens and the best angle and height for different shots and how to use reflectors and flags to both add and remove light. The majority of what we study during the day only requires one light meaning that you can go away and practice with very limited equipment. After this one day workshop you should be able to confidently work with both inexperienced and experienced models in a photographic studio and achieve a variety of different moods and effects.

Students are encouraged to submit work for critique after the workshop. Refreshments are provided including a light lunch, please advise us in advance of any special dietary requirements.


Format: Workshop

Price: £125 per person

Places: 6

Models: 1 professional model

Level: Beginner in studio photography, an understanding of camera controls is needed


Times are approximate

10.00am Arrive and meet over refreshments
10.15am Introductions and overview of the day
10.30am Classroom based session
11.30am Comfort break and refreshments
11.45am Classroom based session
1.00pm Working lunch
1.30pm Model shoot
3.00pm Comfort break and refreshments
3.15pm Model shoot
4.30pm Review of the day


Digital SLR of any make, please advise if you are a Sony Alpha user.
We recommend a lens that covers 35mm to 150mm on a full frame sensor, but bring your kit bag
Memory Card
Pen and Notepad

Previous students said:

"What previous students have said about this course: ‘As I complete beginner when it comes to Photography and studio work, I was very much of an open mind when it came to attending the beginners course to Studio Flash Photography. However, with Andrew Appleton’s patient instruction and the excellent facilities available, the pace of the course was set precisely right for my level. I learnt many things which I would not have even considered and realised a whole new world opening up for me. The course started by covering the technical side which was key to getting the right picture in the afternoon session and was surprisingly interesting considering it was based on Physics!! The afternoon session which involved working with a professional model is not something many people would ordinarily have the opportunity to do, especially with one who had so much enthusiasm whilst having bundles of patience. I am very pleased with what I have learnt and the pictures I took will compliment my portfolio perfectly. I was made to feel very comfortable and the group size was just right so it made the day much more involved. I would thoroughly recommend this for anyone with an interest in learning Studio Photography and would definitely attend further courses hosted by Andrew Appleton/Village Studios. The only downside for the day would be it had to end!’

'Having attended this course, it has opened a new dimension to lighting techniques, both in Studio / Home, or on location. Andrew has shown how from a simple one light setup, you can achieve different results. Since the workshop, I have managed to be more creative with lighting techniques. Dramatic lighting result doesn't necessarily mean expensive equipments.' Jonathan Chung


Venue:   Hengrove Studios

Venue Phone: Russell

Unit 803, Petherton Road, Bristol, BS14 9BZ, UK

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  • March 24, 2013
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm