Why are we so fascinated by cinematic imagery? It certainly has the power to evoke emotional responses in the viewer - but shouldn’t all good images do that? So, what makes it different from other types of photography and how can you recreate it? This two-day portfolio builder reveals the answers and gives you the Ten Top Tips you need to start shooting successful cinema-inspired stills, straight away. Over the two days, you’ll be given everything you need to capture a range of truly spectacular shots for your portfolio. And that means everything.

We are pretty excited about the event and think you will be too. Here’s what we have lined up for you.

  • An introduction to cinematic styles of photography with instruction and examples to guide you
  • Six professional models, each one fully-styled in the theme of one of six popular filmic genres
  • Two experienced MUAs and one wardrobe stylist to bring each cinematic inspiration to life
  • Six fully-styled and professionally lit sets in the rooms and beautiful formal gardens of a magnificent Grade II Medieval and Tudor manor house
  • Six separate shoots, three per day with a different model per shoot 
  • A technical assistant to provide support during each shoot
  • A tutorial on colour grading to show you how to give your shots cinematic authenticity

Day One

After the meet-and-greet, we kick off with a brief outline of how the two days will run. This is followed by an informative 10-point presentation with example images, to set you up for your first shoot and carry you through till the end of the day. You will be one of 12 photographers working in groups of 4, each one with a technical assistant in attendance at all times. He is there to answer your queries and provide any support you may require. There will be plenty of shoot time; starting at 12 noon, you will photograph 3 models in 3 locations around the manor house and grounds. At 5pm, we wrap for the day.

Day Two

Time to regroup for our second day on set. Same format as Day One, but this time we begin with a tutorial on colour grading. You will already have covered composition, framing, lighting, shoot angle and all the other things to be considered at the point you click the shutter. Whatever the emotion you are out to capture, colour grading is the essential aspect of post-processing which will deliver that dramatic big screen aura. To reveal the secrets, your tutor will walk you through the Lightroom Develop Presets, Photoshop Actions and LUTS. And just to make sure you’ve got the hang of it, we’ll edit a couple of images from the previous day’s shoot before you launch straight into shoots 4-6: three more contrasting cinematic genres to discover and interpret.

And by the way, there will be time for refreshments and a lunch break on each day. So excited, we nearly forgot to mention that bit 🙂

You will require a DSLR or CSC camera plus a selection of lenses that ideally cover the following focal lengths:

Full Frame: 24mm - 200mm
APS-C Crop: 35mm - 150mm
Micro 4/3: 12mm - 100mm

Studio lighting, reflectors, constant lights will all be provided. If you have your own lights that you would like to use then please get in touch well in advance of the event so we are able to work out how we can integrate them into the sets.

This is an intermediate level event aimed at photographers who are interested in adding some cinematic styled shots to their portfolios. Each group of 4 photographers will have an experienced technical assistant working with them.

The event is based in the fabulous Welle Manor Hall, Upwell. Situated in a small village on the Norfolk Cambridgeshire boarders.

As this is a two day event those delegates travelling some distance may prefer to stay overnight on the Saturday. There are plenty of Hotels in the area, a quick search on Booking.com will reveal several from around £70 per night. The Five Bells Inn is situated next to the Manor and has an 'Exceptional' rating scoring 9.5.

We have 6 fantastic models booked for this event.


Neil Ovenell will be styled in Film Noir. Check out his website http://www.neilovenell.com

Catarina Correla will be styled as Amelie. https://purpleport.com/portfolio/catarinacorreia

Marie Jean Taylor will be styled in a 1920s Poirot inspired theme. https://purpleport.com/portfolio/mariejean


Valentina Fusco will be be styled in pre 1900s period drama. https://purpleport.com/portfolio/valentina92

Sharon Janney will be styled in 1940s Hollywood Glamour. https://purpleport.com/portfolio/shazza09

Bella Grace will be styled as Emma Peel from the 60s TV series The Avengers. https://purpleport.com/portfolio/majesticg



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Venue Phone: 07969 414425

Location Workshop, Head Office Address, Check Individual Event, Lincoln, LN8 6NH


This is a location workshop, the address shown on the registration information is our head office. Please check the event description for details of the location of the event, the exact meeting point will be emailed to delegates a week prior to the event.

For more information please email steve@andrewappleton.com

  • Cinematic Styles Weekend June 2019
    June 15, 2019 - June 16, 2019
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - Photo Weekender. Cinematic Styles Portfolio Builder
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