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.

“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

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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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