Photography & Cinematography Training

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Workshops That We Offer

Workshops That We Offer

Photography & Cinematography

Please click the "More info" button to see a list of workshops that we offer. If you are interested in any of our workshops and there is no confirmed date yet, then please get in-touch through the "Book now" button to register your interest. This may well lead to us putting a new date live. We are always happy for a group of photographers to contact us about organising bespoke training to a brief - even if this requires some travel on our part.

Speedlight Training - Learn to Love Your Speedlight

Speedlight Training - Learn to Love Your Speedlight Off Camera

Wedding Photography Training - Confidence with Weddings

Portrait Photography - Confidence with Children

Portrait and Wedding Photography - Before Light to After Light

Photography Editing - Re-Touching Techniques & Post-Production

Film Training - Getting Started with Filming on DSLR

Film Editing - Advanced Film Editing

Photography Posing - Expression & Posing

Amateur Photography Training - Getting off Auto

Boudoir Photography Training - Confidence with Boudoir

Speedlight Training - Learn to Love Your Speedlight

Speedlight Training - Learn to Love Your Speedlight

11th April. 9.30am - 13.30pm. £195

Many photographers describe their style as 'natural light' due to a fear of using additional lighting. This is our most popular half day workshop with delegates leaving excited and confident to use their speedlights (on and off camera) with a new understanding of their vital role in your kitbag.

WHERE:

Holbrook House, Steeple Claydon, Bucks, MK18 2PG 

WHO:

Kate Hopewell-Smith 

COST:

£175 which includes refreshments. 

WHAT YOU NEED TO  BRING:

Your camera, a lens and speed light. Notes will be provided. 

Many wedding and portrait photographers label themselves as 'natural light' shooters and indeed that is how I positioned myself when I didn't understand the benefits of flash or how to shoot it so that you can't obviously see it in the finished images.  Being booked for my first truly 'winter wedding' forced me to gain knowledge in the use of on camera speed lights. From that point on I have never gone on a shoot without one - whether on a sunny summer or overcast winter's day - speed lights are truly 'essential kit'.  This is not a portfolio building course - instead it is all about knowledge building. You will leave the flash workshop with a new confidence in how and when to use your speed light on and off camera and an understanding of its vital role in your kitbag. 

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP CONTENT: 

  • Principles of flash: an introduction to how modern speedlights work in conjunction with your DSLR. 
  • Sync speed: learn to understand the effect that your shutter speed has on flash.
  • Shutter speed: learn how to not kill the beauty of ambient light when using flash. 
  • Aperture: controlling the amount of flash in the scene. 
  • Flash Exposure Compensation: learn how to control the subtlety of your flash exposure. 
  • Colour Temperature: learn how to match your flash to the ambient light 
  • On Camera Fill Flash: you will be trained in how to improve poor light (indoors and outdoors) and how to shoot individuals, couples and groups outdoors in full sun. 
  • Off Camera Flash: you will be trained in how to light portraits, groups and the dancefloor using speedlights, triggers and modifiers. 

 

CAMERA JABBER REVIEW OF THIS WORKSHOP (5 stars)

Read the review here

Reviewer - Angela Nicholson  

 

5 SPEEDLIGHT TIPS FROM KATE HOPEWELL-SMITH - CAMERA JABBER

Read here

 

ACCOMMODATION:

We can suggest options if you need to stay locally incl. our own B&B service. Email us at :training@bylumiere.co.uk

GROUP SIZE:

We restrict numbers to a maximum of 9 delegates - the course requires a minimum booking of 5 to go ahead. 

CLOSEST MAINLINE RAILWAY STATION:

Bicester North, Chiltern Railways 

Wedding Photography Training - Confidence with Weddings

Wedding Photography Training - Confidence with Weddings

19th & 20th April. 9.30am - 5pm inc evening of the 19th. £650

Many photographers would like to get established in the lucrative wedding market but are daunted by both the shooting and business challenges that come with it. This intensive 2 day wedding training workshop will hugely improve both confidence and knowledge levels as well as provide you with some beautifully styled portfolio imagery.

WHERE:

Holbrook House & Stowe Landscape Gardens

WHO:

Kate Hopewell-Smith & Brent Kirkman

COST:

£650 which includes lunch and refreshments on both days.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:

Your camera and ideally a telephoto and wide angle lens and a speedlight. Notes will be provided.

Over the last 5 years of training I have discovered that fear is the biggest thing holding photographers back.  “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear” ~ Nelson Mandela

Knowledge - both technical and business leads to confidence and we know that many photographers would like to get established in the lucrative wedding market but are daunted by both the shooting and business challenges that come with it. This intensive 2 day workshop will hugely improve both confidence and knowledge levels as well as provide you with some beautifully styled portfolio imagery.

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP CONTENT:

DAY 1:

Following introductions we will begin by laying out our fears and establishing what you need to get out of the workshop. We will then discuss the importance of branding and market positioning when trying to get established as a wedding photographer. We will share the things that helped us to build a solid supplier network and word of mouth delivery system. We will also discuss the huge subject of pricing and sales and how to charge properly for your time. We will also discuss the importance of putting in place legal documentation and look at contracts and client communication. We will talk about the importance of marketing with particular focus on blogging, social media and SEO. In preparation for the shoot day we will explore posing - with particular reference to the bride and groom and group shots. We will give you an overview of how we work with light - from natural light on location to how to shoot subtle, beautiful fill flash and when more powerful off camera lighting is required.

DAY 2:

In the mornng whilst the 'bride' is having hair/make up done we will discuss the importance of glass - which lenses to use across the wedding day and why. We will also share our workflow, post production and proofing processes that we use across our UK and Destination wedding photography businesses. The shoot element of training will begin with some bride and groom prep and a variety of detail shots before we begin the location portfolio shoot against the stunning backdrop of the gardens and temples at Stowe. We will show you how we create ‘big’ environmental shots as well as how to get natural, genuine, expression and emotion from a couple. The session will include use of on and off camera flash and you will have an opportunity to direct and create your own images in a relaxed, friendly and encouraging teaching environment.

 

YOU WILL LEARN:

  • How to get established in the Wedding industry
  • The importance of market position and branding
  • How to market yourself online and offline - building supplier networks
  • SEO & Blogging and how to manage social media platforms
  • The importance of efficient workflow and legal documents (you will be given a copy of an approved contract). 
  • Posing wedding couples and group shots
  • Which lenses to use at weddings
  • How to work with natural light at weddings
  • The essential role of on camera fill flash
  • The creative role of off camera flash
  • Post production and proofing software

 You can view a behind the scenes video of wedding training here.

ACCOMMODATION:

We can suggest options if you need to stay locally including our own B&B service. Email us at : training@bylumiere.co.uk

GROUP SIZE:

We restrict numbers to a maximum of 9 delegates - the course requires a minimum booking of 5 to run

Film Training - Getting Started with Filming on DSLR

Film Training - Getting Started with Filming on DSLR

25th April. 9.30am - 5pm. £325

We want to help you take your first steps to adding dslr film content to your marketing and with practice start offering it to your clients too. The training day will enable you to understand the techniques and settings for shooting moving footage as well as give you an introduction to post production and editing short films set to music. On the DSLR filming workshop your training will include you shooting a variety of scenes to practice techniques and see a 2 minute production come together using editing software.

WHERE:

Holbrook House, Steeple Claydon, Bucks

WHO:

Brent Kirkman & Kate Hopewell-Smith

COST:

£325 which includes lunch and refreshments

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:

Your DSLR that has filming capability, your lenses, tripod/monopod. Notes will be provided.

Most professional photographers now have DSLRs capable of capturing film yet many have not even pressed the record button.

Video content is a vital marketing tool for photography businesses today. We all know that Google is the largest search engine in the World but they also own the second largest - YouTube. Due to YouTube also being a search engine they prioritise SEO optimised video content over stills and give video a higher ranking on search pages for specific key words. Embedding YouTube videos in your website can significantly increase conversion rates, as video establishes trust with visitors unlike anything else - particularly when the business owner speaks in the production.

Due to photographers having knowledge of lighting and composition it is considered to be much easier to make the move from stills to film than the other way around. In the last 18 months we have evolved our business to include a cinematography offering - from short highlights, to full films and even aerial footage and are now being commissioned to shoot commercial work too (see www.bylumiere.co.uk).

We recently created a behind the scenes film to promote Kate's boudoir photography business and it has generated many enquiries - this is an example of how film can really add value and drive your business:

And here is our recent About Us Film for our destination business - shot and edited by us showing what is possible when you know how!

 

DSLR FILMING WORKSHOP CONTENT:

• natural and artificial lighting techniques

• DSLR camera settings for filming

• equipment for filming - the essentials versus the nice to have!

• audio and music considerations

• filming techniques

• post production - looking at the software options available, Brent works in Adobe Premier, Da Vinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro X

• marketing & SEO for film

 

ACCOMMODATION:

We can suggest options if you need to stay locally incl. our own B&B service. Email us at : training@bylumiere.co.uk

GROUP SIZE:

We restrict numbers to a maximum of 9 delegates - the course requires a minimum booking of 5 to go ahead.

CLOSEST MAINLINE RAILWAY STATION:

Bicester North, Chiltern Railways

SEO for Photographers - Learn how to boost your rankings on Google

SEO for Photographers - Learn how to boost your rankings on Google

26th April. 9.30am - 13.30pm. £295

With every photography business fighting to get to the top of Google Search, understanding the latest SEO ranking factors and Search Engine Optimisation techniques is vital to your business. In addition to the half day workshop you will receive a before and after keyword ranking report. The fact is we are inundated with emails offering SEO optimisation services yet it is entirely possible to manage it internally and see the direct results of your efforts.

WHERE:

Holbrook House

WHO:

Brent Kirkman & Kate Hopewell-Smith

COST:

£295 which includes two reports. One on your arrival to the workshop and one 6 weeks after your SEO changes.

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

Supply us with your website address (domain name) and the top 4 competitors that you would like to target or compete against. This needs to be provided to us 1 week before the workshop date in order to produce an initial audit. 

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:

Your laptop computer with access to your website and blog Content Management System. Notes and your report will be provided.

 

On our SEO for Photographers workshop, you’ll learn to optimise your website in the best way to satisfy users, rank highly on search engines and increase your traffic. Our half-day workshop provides an excellent introduction to SEO, covering all of the basic knowledge and fundamental techniques needed to improve your photography marketing strategy and keyword planning.

Brent is SEO certified and In the week before the workshop he will produce an SEO site audit report for your business which will reveal where your SEO weaknesses are.  You will also get a valuable insight into your competitors' keyword strategies.   During the workshop you will begin to implement changes and will leave with an SEO to do list.  6 weeks following the workshop Brent will produce a second audit so that you can clearly analyse the impact of your new strategy and SEO marketing efforts. 

SEO done correctly is now a VITAL part of running a photography business and this workshop will provide you with the knowledge to manage it yourself rather than needing to outsource.

SEO FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS WORKSHOP CONTENT:

  • SEO Site Audit Report - Pre & Post Workshop Analysis
  • Understand how search engines work
  • Keyword research and analysis of competitors
  • Understand SEO considerations for websites
  • Understand the fundamentals of onsite SEO and best practice for optimising page content
  • Recognise the importance of link building and off-site optimisation for SEO
  • Use key SEO tools including Google Search Console and Yoast Plugin for Wordpress
  • Navigation and internal linking policies
  • Page titles
  • Meta descriptions
  • Heading tags
  • SEO friendly copywriting and page design
  • Image naming conventions, alt and title tagging

 

ACCOMMODATION:

We can suggest options if you need to stay locally incl. our own B&B service. Email us at : training@bylumiere.co.uk

GROUP SIZE:

We restrict numbers to a maximum of 9 delegates - the course requires a minimum booking of 5 to go ahead.

CLOSEST MAINLINE RAILWAY STATION:

Bicester North, Chiltern Railways

Boudoir Photography Training - Confidence with Boudoir Photography

Boudoir Photography Training - Confidence with Boudoir Photography

3rd May. 9.30am - 5pm. £325

Boudoir photography is becoming more and more popular in the UK with women booking shoots to celebrate getting married, turning 40 or even surviving illness or divorce. It is a wonderful thing to offer as a business BUT requires skill and knowledge to do well. This one day workshop will cover everything from marketing to selling and include a real boudoir shoot on location.

WHERE:

Holbrook House, Steeple Claydon, Bucks, MK18 2PG 

WHO:

Kate Hopewell-Smith 

COST:

£325 which includes lunch and refreshments. 

WHAT YOU NEED TO  BRING:

Your camera, and lens or lenses suitable for indoor photography - c. 24 - 85 mm ranges. Notes will be provided. 

 

This intensive one day workshop will begin with a discussion about how to market boudoir photography and improve your SEO position strategy and ranking. The session will also discuss how to advise clients on preparing for a shoot - locations, lingerie choice etc.  The most important part of the day will involve a real boudoir shoot in the Training byLumiere house which has been decorated specifically for boudoir photography.  Boudoir requires great skill in lighting and posing so special emphasis will be given on these two elements to ensure that the 'client' is captured in the most flattering way possible for both portraits and full body shots.   After the live shooting session, we will discuss the importance of retouching and Kate will demonstrate the techniques and software that she uses.  There will also be time to discuss products that are popular with boudoir clients and what to expect from the sales process. 

Brent recently shot a behind the scenes video for Kate's boudoir business which shows you the environment, range of imagery and give you a real sense of what this training workshop experience will be like. 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP CONTENT: 

  • How to market boudoir photography in terms of SEO and social media
  • Preparing your client for a shoot - what you need to tell them
  • Location - what are the options?
  • A live location shoot with a 'real' woman to demonstrate lighting and posing techniques
  • Post production and retouching techniques
  • Sales and products for boudoir sessions 

 

ACCOMMODATION:

We can suggest options if you need to stay locally including our own B&B service. Email us at :training@bylumiere.co.uk

GROUP SIZE:

We restrict numbers to a maximum of 5 delegates - the course requires a minimum booking of 3 to go ahead. 

CLOSEST MAINLINE RAILWAY STATION:

Bicester North, Chiltern Railways 

Re-Touching Techniques & Post-Production Workflow

Re-Touching Techniques & Post-Production Workflow

23rd May. 9.30am - 12.30pm. £195

This photography workshop is all about the importance of consistency and efficiency in workflow and post production. We will reveal how we integrate several different software packages to produce a signature image and brand style. We will look at the full workflow starting with an overview of how we manage filing structures, our techniques for retouching portraits all the way through to client proofing and delivery.

WHERE:

Holbrook House, Steeple Claydon, Bucks

WHO:

Kate Hopewell-Smith

COST:

£175 which includes refreshments.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:

A laptop with Photoshop & Lightroom if you wish to edit alongside me. Notes and lightroom catalogue with test images will be provided.

We truly believe that post-production plays an essential role in your overall style and that many aspiring professional photographers are very inconsistent in their approach to this element of their photography which can result in a very confused portfolio from a client’s perspective.

This half day photography workshop will set out how important consistent techniques are for retouching lifestyle imagery and demonstrate the enormous benefits of employing an efficient workflow (one week after the last workshop Libby wrote to say “I’ve already saved a mammouth amount of time today editing a wedding”).

The workshop will reveal how we integrate several different software packages to produce a signature image and brand style. 

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP CONTENT:

  • Filing Structure and Image Selection.
  • Lightroom workflow and editing techniques.
  • The essential Photoshop tools, skin retouching and batch editing.
  • Colour toning and photoshop actions.
  • Black & white imagery and the integration of Silver Efex
  • Exporting and Proofing for suppliers and clients in print and screen resolution.

 

ACCOMMODATION:

We can suggest options if you need to stay locally incl. our own B&B service. Email us at : training@bylumiere.co.uk

GROUP SIZE:

We restrict numbers to a maximum of 9 delegates - the course requires a minimum booking of 5 to go ahead.

CLOSEST MAINLINE RAILWAY STATION:

Bicester North, Chiltern Railways

Portrait Photography - Confidence with Children

Portrait Photography - Confidence with Children

27th June 2017 09.30 - 17.30. £325

Outdoor, lifestyle, family photography is a fast growing genre and popular entry point to working as a professional. This one day intensive photography workshop will build confidence in managing childrens shoots on location. You will learn about marketing, selling, light and post production as well as taking part in a shoot at Stowe Landscape gardens.

WHERE:

Holbrook House & Stowe Landscape Gardens

WHO:

Kate Hopewell-Smith & Brent Kirkman

COST:

£325 which includes lunch and refreshments.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:

Your camera and ideally a telephoto and wide angle lens and a speedlight. Notes will be provided.

Successfully photographing children on location is much harder than people initially think. I will share my experience in planning, managing and executing shoots - both in theory and in practice with a portfolio building session in the stunning grounds of Stowe.

During the morning we will look at the importance of marketing, pricing strategies, lens and metering choices and of course we will be discussing how to work successfully with natural light on location.  After a hearty lunch we will head to Stowe Landscape Gardens where we will be photographing children on location in the beautiful grounds - putting into practice the theory about light, lenses, metering, posing etc that we learnt in the morning.   At the end of day we will discuss the importance of consistent post productin and efficient workflow. 

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP CONTENT:

  • SEO and Marketing for childrens photography
  • The importance of location and wardrobe choice
  • Composition tips and colour theory
  • The different types of natural light and how to expose for them
  • Lens choice and why
  • How to get natural expression and direct on location
  • How to handle bright sunshine
  • Why post production and efficient workflow is so important
  • How to price yourself and your products

 

ACCOMMODATION:

We can suggest options if you need to stay locally incl. our own B&B service. Email us at : training@bylumiere.co.uk

GROUP SIZE:

We restrict numbers to a maximum of 9 delegates - the course requires a minimum booking of 5 to go ahead.

CLOSEST MAINLINE RAILWAY STATION:

Bicester North, Chiltern Railways