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Old 08-08-2009, 14:09   #1 (permalink)
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Not sure if this course review is in the right place, so mod's feel free to move as you see fit.

Well the course I have recently finished was with Brook Studios in Poole
Brook Studio - Specialist in Photography Courses at all levels in Poole Dorset.
luckily for me there was no travelling need as this is my home town.

The course was made up of three days studio tuition and two days wedding tuition. These can be bought individually so if studio tuition is the thing you’re after you can just do that element and vice versa with the wedding element. The course is limited to 6 students which was just about right, anymore and would have got a bit crowded in the studio. Lunch and refreshments were provided throughout the day. The course is run by Paul Brook with three assistants on hand to help out with any problems throughout the week.

Monday:
The course started with a thorough introduction to the studio, the type of lights available, the different types of backdrops, how they all work, explanations on high, mid and low key set ups with small demo’s on each. Then we set up a low key shoot, firstly using one light on the subject building up to four lights, main light on subject, fill in light, backdrop lit and snoot casting some light on subject’s hair. This was at a good pace where we all had a go at playing with the lights, the light meter, directing the subject and finally taking shots of the subject. The rest of the afternoon was then Photoshop tuition, teaching us some basic correctional stuff (teeth whitening, de-wrinkling the face etc...) and simple but effective techniques for enhancing images (B&W conversions, borders, montages etc...).

Tues:
Day started with a talk of the business side of running a studio, overheads, costs, profits, very candid and informative with lots of questions asked and answered. Next came the first of the models, we set up the studio for a high key shoot and had Stacey one of Pauls assistant modelling in casual clothes, jeans and t-shirt. Again we all had a go at setting up the lights, using the light meter. Then Paul took us through a series of poses using Stacey were we all took turns taking shots and directing the subject. Next was Chloe in a smart cocktail dress and again Paul took us through different poses, introduced some props, bean bag etc....where we all took lots of shots. Finally we had Toni who was there for the more racy stuff, we started fully clothed and slowly built up to topless all taking turns taking lots of shots in different poses. Finally day was finished with some more PS applying some of the techniques we had been taught the previous day, all came out with some cracking work and I don’t think any of the students struggled with any of the tasks, just a very easy to follow pace.

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This was a very fun day as we had eight children throughout the day in all different combinations of shoots, dad with child, mum with child, family shots, child playing with different toys, different props bean bag, rocking horse. We did a trampoline shoot with one child (picture in my gallery of that one!) lots and lots of photos taken and a thoroughly fun day if a bit manic as you could imagine. The pace was very quick today and had to really capture what you were after as the children especially the real young ones could get bored and irritable very quickly. All the set ups were high key again. I guess this is what sells so need to try other setups here! We finished by putting together two montages from the day, with the option of having them printed poster size ready for Friday for a small extra charge something I opted for and I was very happy with the results, these I will now use for promotional and advertising.

All in all I found I learnt so much from this element, so much so I have now booked Pauls studio for 3 hours next month as I have friends wanting pictures done and am going to use these as part of my portfolio along with previous work and the stuff done on this course to hopefully gain paid work!

Prior to this I had used studio equipment a couple of times, I have a pair of studio lights and a small back drop myself but hadn’t really achieved much with them.

I will review the wedding element separately over the weekend, hope you found that helpful and feel free to ask any questions.

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Thanks for this Stu

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I like it here, it is useful for people interested in studio work.
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