Classic Hollywood Lighting

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(Fashion Model)

Deposit £TBC

Studio Location: This is to be confirmed
Times for the Workshop: 9:00AM – 5.00PM

Total Workshop cost is£1175.00 ( Photographers are required to pay the full deposit balance before any places are final) The total or balance should be paid no later than 30 prior to the workshop. Please get in touch with us by email. Full balance can be paid in advance but please get in contact firstly.

What is the aim of this Workshop experience?

Lightingis key to successful photography and the final image, using film lighting is a skill mastered by the great Hollywood film photographers such as Sinclair Bull and Hurrell to create beautiful portfolio images of the Hollywood Starlets.

Using filmlights is a great way of making your images look different, The secret is to look for the sweet spot in how the light falls onto the subject, when this is used with correct make up the image just gains an intense luminosity both in black and white and colour. On this experience you will have the opportunity to shoot with film lighting with professional models to help create that perfect classic look but in a modern way. The lighting James will demonstrate is suitable for modern fashion stories and fine art fashion pieces.

  • How to set up your stopper image – James runs through this with you before shooting.
  • Learn to light with the film lights and with LED to create a similar effect, using up to 3 lights for that Hollywood glow used in todays fashion editorials.
  • Film Camera opportunity with Real film stock shooting black and white supplied and processed by Ilford and access to Bronica ETRs and Pentx 6×7 and lenses to shoot some rolls for your self but also use your own digital camera and lenses shooting raw but viewing the shots as black and white so you understand how to light and capture images in the black and white.
  • Setting and controlling your lights and what to look for.
  • Keeping the look modern
  • The Digital process to get perfect black and whites.
  • Working with the model.
  • Makeup: using the correct makeup for the look.
  • Discussion about the elements involved in making this set work for you.
  • Presets, some giveaways to create authentic film looks in your digital darkroom.
  • Camera and lens techniques to create the soft look.
  • Agency models from London Agencies.

What is the themE of the Workshop

The theme we are setting for this shoot is Film Noir 2 and three point lighting, celebrating the classic Hollywood Photographers lighting techniques and how this transcends into modern day work. The lighting used in many of the top editorial shoots, perfume and watch campaigns have this classic lighting look. The pictures are often more styled and have focus on the longevity of it and so when you walk through an airport these images “Stopper” pop out and help sell the product. Its great technique for advertising images.

This workshop will really kickstart your photographic portfolio to the next level where you can be sure of creating images which are more liked by agencies and magazines. The classic photographers Mert & Marcusare really some of the best examples of photographers utilising this style of lighting and model work.


Your daywill begin around 9:00am, James will introduce you to the team involved in the days experience, we will make you feel comfortable and give you a brief explanation about your day and what to expect during the flow of the day, We discuss requirements for make-up, styling, hair and of course the model and what is needed from them. We will be looking at working with a range of lights so James will run through them and explain how they can work for you to create the look. He will run through the control of the lights and how to look out for the sweet spot. This creates the creamy effect in colour and black and white. Not only Arri/Red film lights but also simple LED lighting will achieve the same effect for little money.

After lunchwe will reconvene the shooting experience until concussion of the shoot by 3pm. After a coffee break it will be time to run through some of the images and some post production techniques in creating the perfect black and white image. James will run through some dark room techniques which can be recreated in Photoshop and give away some black and white presets which should help your black and white production in Photoshop. You will get a concessional access to some film emulation presets that James uses.

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