Who the course is designed for
This initial course is designed for beginners to intermediate in the art and technique of family portraiture.
The course will introduce you to techniques which will enable you to produce results that make people take notice. It is designed for both amateurs wanting to produce award-winning images of friends and family and professionals looking to secure a regular income. Stewart's daughter Jessica, who is 8 years old, will be a model for the day and you will go home with a stunning set of images to get you going. Jessica is a child model in demand.
The day kicks off at 10am with an introduction to the day which will include
A description of Stewart's studio and how he built it. Although his current one is a former town fire station the same method can be used to transform a home garage, Stew has built several studios in the past, and has advised other professional photographers on building them. He has also done more than 10,000 shoots in people's homes all over the country and will explain how you can do the same and make it look as though all your work was taken in a studio.
Stewart has used all equipment from film-based 35mm, medium format and large format. He switched to digital at the start of the millennium when the Fuji S1 Pro camera was launched. He now shoots with the OM-D mirrorless having changed to it from his loved Nikon D3 camera. He is ideally placed to explain the differences.
Available or artificial? The differences will be discussed and attendees will have the chance to compare varying flash equipment from studio flash to speed lights.
Stop for Lunch, bring a packed lunch or there is a pub at the end of the studio car park
The Shoot Workflow
Stewart will undertake a shoot showing the variety of shots he quickly shoots. A typical shoot with Stewart lasts for 15 to 30 minutes during which time he will take over 100 shots. He does not shoot in a typical standard portrait style and whether it's a single person or family, people often say they had fun and felt as though they had experienced a fashion or magazine style shoot.
There will also be a chance for you to take images on your own camera with Stewart's expert guidance.
The Post Production workflow
Stewart's subjects often travel up to 100 miles to his studio. After their shoot they will usually go to the pub at the bottom of the studio car park while he spends 45 minutes editing the images for them to view. You will be invited to miss out on the pub and watch as he edits the images and see how he integrates Lightroom and Photoshop to produce incredible results.
You will see Stewart's portfolio and he will describe the differences between typical social portraiture and why they are so different to portraiture as art.
The day will fly by and finish at 5pm. If there is time though Stewart is happy to cast a professional eye over your own images so bring some along.
The studio is in the picturesque Roman town of Caistor in the Lincolnshire Wolds, famed for The Viking Way and its connections to the poet, Alfred, Lord Tennyson. The Queen and other members of the Royal Family have visited in the past to attend pheasant shoots. The town won Silver Gilt in the 2013 national Britain in Bloom awards. There are many local quaint bed and breakfasts and a newly built 60-pitch campsite if you wish to make a weekend of your visit.
The course is open to all regardless of knowledge level all you need is a love for photography, a good working knowledge of how to use your camera and a desire to shoot fantastic photographs.
The course tutor, Stewart Wall, has been a professional photographer for more than 35 years, starting out as a press photographer at the age of 17.
His photography career, which is still ongoing, began on local and national newspapers, moved to commercial/PR and equestrian before turning to focus 15 years ago on social photography and portraiture as art.
He was one of the first social photographers to convert to digital capture 14 years ago, an advanced user of Photoshop and Lightroom and prints in-house on wide format digital printers. Utilising the techniques he has learnt he often carries out between 10 and 20 shoots a week.
Times: 10am – 5pm
Address: The Former Firestation, 8 Mill Lane, Caistor, Lincolnshire LN7 6UA
Parking: Parking is available at the venue
Image: © Stewart Wall