About the Workshop
Where is it at?
Lyric Theatre in Armley, Leeds – to be confirmed
When is it?
Sunday 3th November 2019
How long is it?
4-5 hours depending on number of attendees – for fewer people we’ll cover the material quicker.
What do I need to bring?
Your camera and a range of lenses from wide to long – we’ll have 16-200mm covered. You will probably be either very wide or very long for creative effect!
Tripod – optional, we didn’t use it last time, but if you wanted to capture the movement of the fire, then it’s an option
Flashes – if you’ve got your own, feel free to bring them. I’ll be bringing a Godox setup with 3 flashes – the trigger works on all Canon and most Nikon/Olympus/Fuji setups – but NOT sony.
What about food/drinks etc.
I’ll get some cans and snacks in for break time, but if you want to eat there are shops not too far away or you can, of course, bring food.
About Nicola and what you’ll learn…
This special workshop showcases the skills of an amazing talent, Nicola Paparazzo, who after years of professional modelling has mastered the art of fire performance – a combination of skills perfect for creating photographs.
What you’ll learn
The day will start with us getting used to exposure for fire and flames, fire is, of course, a light source and illuminates the surroundings a little, so we’ll take time to learn how to get the fire looking good. This will be with flames similar to this photo.
After that, we’ll start to light Nicola to bring her out of the shadows – so using 1 flash initially to light her face and outfit. Then a second rim light to separate her from the background.
We’ll all have plenty of time to learn together – we’ll build the lighting as a team and take turns to create some great images as we go along.
Creating coloured backgrounds
The final piece of the puzzle is to add flash to the backgrounds, for this we can use coloured gels to create contrast and atmosphere, like in this shot where we used a Magenta gel
Once we’re all comfortable with the lighting process, we can then practice different set-ups as Nicola shows us different techniques. The finale will of course be fire breathing…
Fire is a challenging subject to capture, but one of the most exciting things you will ever photograph. Join us on this rare opportunity to learn how it all works.