We see an old picture of movie star. What immediately makes us think ‘Hollywood’? The trademark of a Hollywood-style portrait is unmistakable - but not all the images from the Golden Age of Hollywood are shot in the same way. Variations in lighting, angles, posing, props and styling all exist within the genre. On this one-day course, we cover all these topics so that you can create inspired portraiture with a flavour of yesteryear’s Hollywood glamour.
We begin with an analysis of some classic portraits: iconic images of stars who appeared on stage and screen in the 1940s and ‘50s. Having identified the key elements that place them under the Hollywood umbrella, we begin what might be called a homage to the likes of George Hurrell, C.S.Bull, Bert Six and Eugene Robert Richee - the body of photographers who were the inspiration for this course. They battled with plate cameras and enormous lights on the sound stages of Paramount and MGM. We, of course, don’t have to. Our challenge is to simulate the effects they achieved using modern technology.
With a clear understanding of our goal, we bring on Sharon, our model, fully-styled with outfit, hair and make-up appropriate to the period. She is very experienced in the Hollywood modelling genre and able to deliver the poses and expressions in keeping with the mood of the shot. Over the course of three different sets, you will learn to use speed lights, constant ‘hot’ light and studio flash to simulate a range of Hollywood looks. We limit numbers to 8 photographers so there’s plenty of hands-on shoot time. By the end of the practical session, you will have a variety of shots in your camera and will be ready to delve into post-processing.
This final part of the day is devoted to working with Lightroom and Photoshop. You will learn to use techniques and recommended plugins which give your images the spirit and character of Hollywood portraiture. The aim is not to faithfully replicate the works of the great photographers of the age; rather, they provide you with the inspiration for your own images. This course enables you to get creative, Hollywood style.
You will be supplied with a copy of the presentation slides. Bring a pen, notepad and memory stick.
You will need a camera that is able to shoot in full manual mode and that has a standard flash hot shoe.
You will not need a tripod or any form of lighting.
Lens choice. These are suggestions and not essential. As long as you can cover 50mm to 150mm on a full frame sensor, for APSC that is 35mm - 100mm and MFT 25mm to 75mm.
Full Frame Sensors - 50mm, 85mm, 135mm primes are ideal but a 24-70mm and a 70-200mm are suitable for APSC and MFT multiply by 1.5 or 2 respectively.
This is an intermediate level course.
You should be familiar with your camera controls and be able to shoot in manual exposure mode. Manual focussing is not required. Previous experience of working with studio flash is not essential.
“I took my time to choose a tutor that I felt could give me what I needed, working as a coach myself I understood how important it was to pick someone that wouldn’t pick one size fits all in their teaching style. So I took my time to look around, there are many many tutors / teachers / coaches out there that have the ability to work between huge gaps in ability of their students but yet find and understand exactly what is needed to ensure that each one improves.
The Complete Photographer Course, is exceptional in it’s itinerary in how it covers off and challenges even the most competent of photographer, it covers off different genres, but it’s beauty is it’s structure of absolutely nailing the basics but mixing theory with exceptional practical work. The icing on the cake however is Andrew Appleton, putting the wonderful, engaging nature aside, his technical, creative, relaxed yet focused mind and personality really make this course exceptional. Shooting street photography in the morning, then a model shoot in the mid day sun on a beach, then onto a child shoot in ever changing afternoon light and finally a late afternoon dramatic 1940’s railway model shoot, will test everyones ability, but Andrew is there as a guiding hand, to push you to levels you didn’t think possible.
I come away from 5 days, a much better technical photographer than I was before, but I also come away with an energy, focus and plan on what I want to do next, but that’s only 75% of what you get, the final 25% are the connections you make, the friendships that you build, the life experience you achieve, bonding with the 3 other photographers and the most amazing models that Andrew works with.
I don’t think I’ve ever felt like I’ve had so much value for money in a photography course, i simply cannot praise Andrew and Helen on this course enough, thank you”Owen Clements
A huge turning point for me this year was Andrew's Complete Photographer course. Eat, sleep, drink photography - it was fantastic Imelda Bell