Shooting with Gels using Mains Studio & Off Camera Flash – Chester Photographic Academy Evening

The key to successful coloured gel photography is experimentation and at this Welshot Photographic Academy Evening in Chester you will have the time to test different combinations, understand the impact of each gel, and refine your technique to achieve the desired results.  With the help, support and guidance of our team of expert lighting technicians and photographers you will be shown how understanding the colour temperature of your light source is crucial when using gels. Different gels have specific colour temperatures, and combining them with the existing lighting conditions can produce unique effects.  With our patient and experienced models you will have the time to learn how the placement of your gel in front of the light source determines the way the coloured light falls on your subject. This photography session will be studio based as well as on location in and around the hotel using off camera flash.

How to Work With A Model – Everything You Need to Know – From the planning, to the shooting, to making perfect photos.

Whether you are a photographer wanting to undertake a photo-shoot with a professional model or a photographer wanting to capture a family portrait, the challenges in photographing your model(s) can vary based on the specific circumstances of the shoot and the dynamics between you and your model(s). Overcoming these challenges requires a combination of technical proficiency, interpersonal skills, and creative vision.

We have so much more planned for the photographer wanting to build a portfolio. I am very excited for our “Denim & Diamonds” event which is going to be in an old cotton mill near Rochdale, Manchester – Sustainable costumes are being made specifically for this event and as Welshot is an ethical company, Team Creative are making a range of edgy, cool and funky outfits from recycled jeans and other materials.

Winter Fashion Portrait Photography – Off Camera Flash – Chester Photographic Academy Evening

Off Camera Flash lighting, portrait photography and working with models in and around the Chester Crowne Plaza.  That’s what our February Academy Evening is Chester is all about.  Our Models will be dressed in the latest of winter fashion and this is the perfect photography session for you to learn how to use your camera with off camera flash while making and creating some stunning portraits that you can be proud of.  Working outside (but undercover) on location as well as using some of the many features of the hotel – you will be able to make and create some stunning portraiture with a wide variety of backdrops.  Learn to throw your background out of focus, create bokeh and pose your models – we promise you, it won’t just be off camera flash you are learning, honing your skills or developing your portfolio.  We can also promise you that you will go home with images you can be proud of.

Black and White Photo of Female Model lying on sofa with photographic studio lighting lighting her at a Welshot Photographic Academy Portfolio Building Session Day

Member Showcase – Robert Jones and Building a Portfolio Each month we showcase a Welshot Photographic Academy Member and for October 2023 it’s the turn of Robert Jones. Robert, by his own admission, prefers portrait photography to any other photographic genre. Robert also sees the value in building a portfolio, continued professional development, and believes … Read more

Piers & Portrait Photography – Llandudno & Colwyn Bay

It’s all about Piers & Portraits and off camera flash photography at this on location photo-shoot Welshot full day photo-shoot in Llandudno, North Wales. Our Model(s) will be wearing a wide range of fashion outfits and posing against the beautiful backdrop of the Llandudno Bay, otherwise known as the Queen of Resorts, specifically, the pier, the promenade and the colonnades.  Team Welshot will be helping you to create and make some great portrait images using off camera flash as well as using the available natural light. After a refreshment break, we will then move to Colwyn Bay to for the next session – capturing our portraits using the “Golden” and “Blue” hours before and after sunset.  From simple and elegant headshots on the pier and promenade, to dramatic and creative poses on the new Colwyn Bay Pier this event will be perfect for those who want to learn the techniques and skills required to capture some stunning portraits.  We even have a back-up plan if the weather isn’t playing ball!

Lighting Techniques for Studio Portraiture – Chester Photographic Academy Evening

This Lighting Techniques for Studio Portraiture – Chester Photographic Academy Evening event is for all photography enthusiasts who are wanting to learn about photographic lighting.  During the evenings workshop you will be using mains studio lights and off camera flash. Learning about lighting, and how it works, is the single most important skill to have when when it comes to your portrait photography. Working with our Welshot Models you will try you hand at Rembrandt, butterfly, side and split lighting.  You will be using grids, modifiers and getting creative, learning to see (and shoot) in black and white and working with coloured gels. This studio mains and off camera flash photography workshop will be taking place at The Chester Crowne Plaza.

Portrait Photography – Portfolio Building Session at the Welshot Creative Hub
Friday Night is Studio Night with Mode Olga Solomakhina

Tonight at the Welshot portfolio building session we are excited to have Olga Solomakhina as our model.  The “Welshot Friday Night is Studio Night” sessions, based at the Welshot Creative Hub in Llandudno North Wales are the perfect opportunity for you to get creative, work with models, build yourself a photographic portfolio, learn about studio (Mains Flash and Off Camera Flash) lighting and help you to keep up to date with the latest techniques, skills and equipment. Limited to FIVE photographers, your model will be in working in at least two different studio set-ups during these portfolio building sessions.  You will get 1:1 and Group tuition and training to help, support and guide you through what can often be thought of as a confusing and complex genre of photography. These, dedicated to learning all things studio lighting for photography sessions, will have you taking and making portrait images that you will be proud to show off.

Image of a young lady wearing a white shirt and pink and white check 1960's trousers - with a dark blue background - taken on a Friday Night is Studio Night Portfolio Building Session with the Welshot Photographic Academy in Llandudno, North Wales

Tonight at the Welshot portfolio building session it is all about the props, from clothes to furniture, from backgrounds to accessories.  Our model will be sporting a number of different looks with at least two costume/outfit changes.  You will be learning how to positron your furniture, props, accessories and lighting to compliment your model and give you the best possible composition for your photograph.  You will be using studio mains, and off camera flash lighting techniques in the studio itself as well as using the buildings features to capture your portrait photos for your portfolio.

Portrait Photography – Friday Night is Studio Night – July Session at the Welshot Creative Hub. Tonight our model is a trained dancer (ballet) who will be rocking the studio, in a wide variety of ballet poses, wearing a selection of authentic dance costumes (including tutus) and props.  You will be learning how to set-up, use and work the lighting specifically for full body portraiture. We will also be showing you how you can create your own simple but effective backdrops at home using easily sourced items as props without costing you a fortune. From learning how to pose your model to the best lighting (types of) and modifiers to use to make the images you want to create. From using props, backgrounds, and gels to understanding the correct settings, camera functions, lenses, and focal lengths to use for portraiture and studio photography.