Jun
27
9:30 am09:30

Shaping The Light The Bratby Way - Date 2

Date: 27th June 2015
Location : Nottingham
Places: 6
Cost: £180
Camera system: DSLR's & Fuji X System

In this creative lighting workshop I will show you my methods and techniques to create amazing award winning images like the ones below. I will also demonstrate why I'm choosing to  shoot with the FUJIFILM X System more and more alongside my Canon DSLR

The morning session will be all about natural lighting, why it is often overlooked in favour of using flash, Natural light has a unique quality and beauty all of its own and needs to be mastered in order to use creatively and I will demonstrate how to augment and shape even the smallest quantity of natural light to create amazing images or with an abundance of light how to use selectively to create dimension shape and form. Natural Light is making a resurgence amongst Pro photographers for both studio and environmental portraiture, flash will always have its place but used creatively nothing can beat Natural Light.
My chosen kit for natural light portraiture is the Fuji X system of cameras and lenses, these cameras when used correctly can revolutionise natural light portraiture.
In my penthouse studio there is an abundance of natural light which will also be utilised and modified if and when necessary with diffusers, reflectors and flags to create a different look to the flash strobe lit image.
 

Fuji XT1 - 56mm f1.2

Fuji XT1 - 56mm f1.2

In the afternoon session will explain and demonstrate how the ONE light setup and the correct modifier can be used to create amazing portraits and creative fashion images, many of the worlds best past and present photographers will only use one light! Photographic lighting does not need to be over complex, some will teach 3, 4 or even 5 light setups but these images usually lack emotion, connection and meaning which is imperative in a portrait. It is of particular importance that those attending can replicate with ease the lighting methods we use on the workshop.

Fuji XT1 - 56mm f1.2

Fuji XT1 - 56mm f1.2

Canon 1DX 200mm f2

Canon 1DX 200mm f2

I will also demonstrate lighting setups using 2 or 3 lights, the relationship and balancing between the lights and modifiers. We will Also cover the use of the often un-used or overlooked light meter and why this is key to correct lighting technique.

At this creative hands on workshop will be a professional model and mua (make up artist) for hands on shooting experience.
I limit the numbers for these days so I can answer individual questions and make the day more personal.

You will learn:

  • Natural light portraiture and modifying to create beautiful soft light.
  • How to shape natural light, which kit I use, the why and why nots.
  • The one strobe light portrait mastered
  • Two and three light setup, the simple way.
  • Learn how to correctly use a light meter 
  • Fuji X System, why I use this more and more.
  • Canon, Nikon, Sony etc users all welcome.
  • Light placement the DO"s and DONT'S to give amazing professional results.
  • Which equipment to use for any given environment and situation.
Canon 1DX 70-200 f2.8 mk2

Canon 1DX 70-200 f2.8 mk2

Karls Training Philosophy: Whilst its true there are many many photographers offering training, Karl's approach is unique and is based around keeping it very real and even could be said simple. So many people attend workshops but then fail to be able to replicate what they have been taught for various reasons, it could be that it wasn't  explained well enough, or in an over complicated way, the setup or skill is simply un attainable without 3 assistants and 6 lights etc, or maybe the whole thing was setup for you and this lack of hands on meant the new skills simply did not sink in. Karl gets all involved, keeps the group small and insists that the attendees think for themselves, start to problem solve from the outset, no question is to small or in significant. Everyone is equal on Karl's training days, no matter the experience or lack of it, everyone helps each other and defiantly NO egos's allowed.

Fuji XT1 56mm f1.2

Fuji XT1 56mm f1.2

Testimonials from past attendees:

Victoria Macken
"It is important to me as a photographer to always learn. I seek out the best trainers in the industry who inspire me and that is where I invest my own time and money. Karl Bratby is by far one of the best trainers I have come across. I have been on a couple of his courses learning how to use studio lighting (indoors and out) and in the space of just a couple of days I feel I have come away with some fantastic new skills to bring into my own business. Karl is a generous and extremely knowledgeable trainer without any pretentiousness. For me it so important that a trainer doesn't change your own style. It should be about building your confidence as a photographer and gaining the knowledge to always improve your own work. The whole training day is relaxed with fun and laughter and any questions you may have are always answered fully. I will certainly be back again, I am completely in awe of Karl's work"

Much love

Victoria x

Jon Allen
After attending many workshops over the past four years with some pretty eminent photographers, some really good, some not so, I found Karl Bratby’s flash on location workshop a complete breath of fresh air, no egos, completely relaxed and each step to a shot explained with no assumptions with regard to anyones skill level. Brilliant. Really enjoyable workshop for any photographer wishing to learn flash skills or just to simply brush up old ones. highly recommended. 

John Deakin
My visit to the Karl Bratby studio was for two reasons, firstly to see how my Fuji X-T1 performed in a studio environment shooting in monochrome and jpeg and secondly to spend some fun time, without any pressure, with other creatives in a relaxed no pressure environment.It had been two years since I moved back to the UK from living in South Africa for 13 years and leaving behind my fully equipped professional studio. Whenever we spend time away from doing something, no matter how well we know our equipment, we get rusty. It was a perfect opportunity to re acquaint myself with working in a studio.The Karl Bratby Studio in Nottingham is just a beautiful space, most impressive, fantastic natural light and also equipped with a range of lighting equipment second to none. Second to none pretty much sums up Karl and Steph too, both were great fun to be with, totally professional and hard working ensuring their visitors left with great photographs and more importantly the knowledge to continue their own work with increased confidence in capturing similar images in the future.I am predominantly a Nikon shooter however I came away knowing far more about how the Fuji performs in a studio environment, and with a gallery of wonderful black and white portrait photographs for my personal portfolio. I had a most enjoyable day in a relaxed learning atmosphere and would recommend a day with Karl and Steph to anyone considering investing in their photographic skill set. It will benefit your photography far more than buying more gear and not knowing how best to use it.

Jun
22
9:30 am09:30

Shaping the Light - The Bratby way

  • Karl Bratby Photographer

Date: 22nd June 2015
Location : Nottingham
Places: 6
Cost: £180
Camera system: DSLR's & Fuji X System

In this creative lighting workshop I will show you my methods and techniques to create amazing award winning images like the ones below. I will also demonstrate why I'm choosing to  shoot with the FUJIFILM X System more and more alongside my Canon DSLR

The morning session will be all about natural lighting, why it is often overlooked in favour of using flash, Natural light has a unique quality and beauty all of its own and needs to be mastered in order to use creatively and I will demonstrate how to augment and shape even the smallest quantity of natural light to create amazing images or with an abundance of light how to use selectively to create dimension shape and form. Natural Light is making a resurgence amongst Pro photographers for both studio and environmental portraiture, flash will always have its place but used creatively nothing can beat Natural Light.
My chosen kit for natural light portraiture is the Fuji X system of cameras and lenses, these cameras when used correctly can revolutionise natural light portraiture.
In my penthouse studio there is an abundance of natural light which will also be utilised and modified if and when necessary with diffusers, reflectors and flags to create a different look to the flash strobe lit image.

Natural light using Fuji XT1 and 56mm f1.2 

Natural light using Fuji XT1 and 56mm f1.2 

In the afternoon session will explain and demonstrate how the ONE light setup and the correct modifier can be used to create amazing portraits and creative fashion images, many of the worlds best past and present photographers will only use one light! Photographic lighting does not need to be over complex, some will teach 3, 4 or even 5 light setups but these images usually lack emotion, connection and meaning which is imperative in a portrait. It is of particular importance that those attending can replicate with ease the lighting methods we use on the workshop.

I will also demonstrate lighting setups using 2 or 3 lights, the relationship and balancing between the lights and modifiers. We will Also cover the use of the often un-used or overlooked light meter and why this is key to correct lighting technique.

At this creative hands on workshop will be a professional model and mua (make up artist) for hands on shooting experience.
I limit the numbers for these days so I can answer individual questions and make the day more personal.

You will learn:

  • Natural light portraiture and modifying to create beautiful soft light.
  • How to shape natural light, which kit I use, the why and why nots.
  • The one strobe light portrait mastered
  • Two and three light setup, the simple way.
  • Learn how to correctly use a light meter 
  • Fuji X System, why I use this more and more.
  • Canon, Nikon, Sony etc users all welcome.
  • Light placement the DO"s and DONT'S to give amazing professional results.
  • Which equipment to use for any given environment and situation.

Karls Training Philosophy: Whilst its true there are many many photographers offering training, Karl's approach is unique and is based around keeping it very real and even could be said simple. So many people attend workshops but then fail to be able to replicate what they have been taught for various reasons, it could be that it wasn't  explained well enough, or in an over complicated way, the setup or skill is simply un attainable without 3 assistants and 6 lights etc, or maybe the whole thing was setup for you and this lack of hands on meant the new skills simply did not sink in. Karl gets all involved, keeps the group small and insists that the attendees think for themselves, start to problem solve from the outset, no question is to small or in significant. Everyone is equal on Karl's training days, no matter the experience or lack of it, everyone helps each other and defiantly NO egos's allowed.

Testimonials from past attendees:

Victoria Macken
"It is important to me as a photographer to always learn. I seek out the best trainers in the industry who inspire me and that is where I invest my own time and money. Karl Bratby is by far one of the best trainers I have come across. I have been on a couple of his courses learning how to use studio lighting (indoors and out) and in the space of just a couple of days I feel I have come away with some fantastic new skills to bring into my own business. Karl is a generous and extremely knowledgeable trainer without any pretentiousness. For me it so important that a trainer doesn't change your own style. It should be about building your confidence as a photographer and gaining the knowledge to always improve your own work. The whole training day is relaxed with fun and laughter and any questions you may have are always answered fully. I will certainly be back again, I am completely in awe of Karl's work"

Much love

Victoria x

Jon Allen
After attending many workshops over the past four years with some pretty eminent photographers, some really good, some not so, I found Karl Bratby’s flash on location workshop a complete breath of fresh air, no egos, completely relaxed and each step to a shot explained with no assumptions with regard to anyones skill level. Brilliant. Really enjoyable workshop for any photographer wishing to learn flash skills or just to simply brush up old ones. highly recommended. 

John Deakin
My visit to the Karl Bratby studio was for two reasons, firstly to see how my Fuji X-T1 performed in a studio environment shooting in monochrome and jpeg and secondly to spend some fun time, without any pressure, with other creatives in a relaxed no pressure environment.It had been two years since I moved back to the UK from living in South Africa for 13 years and leaving behind my fully equipped professional studio. Whenever we spend time away from doing something, no matter how well we know our equipment, we get rusty. It was a perfect opportunity to re acquaint myself with working in a studio.The Karl Bratby Studio in Nottingham is just a beautiful space, most impressive, fantastic natural light and also equipped with a range of lighting equipment second to none. Second to none pretty much sums up Karl and Steph too, both were great fun to be with, totally professional and hard working ensuring their visitors left with great photographs and more importantly the knowledge to continue their own work with increased confidence in capturing similar images in the future.I am predominantly a Nikon shooter however I came away knowing far more about how the Fuji performs in a studio environment, and with a gallery of wonderful black and white portrait photographs for my personal portfolio. I had a most enjoyable day in a relaxed learning atmosphere and would recommend a day with Karl and Steph to anyone considering investing in their photographic skill set. It will benefit your photography far more than buying more gear and not knowing how best to use it.




Mar
21
9:30 am09:30

From Studio to Location lighting - simple truths and misconceptions.

  • Karl Bratby Photography

Date: 21st March 2015
Location: Nottingham
Places: 6
Cost: £180 
Camera system: Fuji X and DSLR's

Off camera and location based flash can be very daunting, many photographers are using without any grounding in the fundamentals of lighting and studio flash, it is these fundamentals that are needed to be able to create studio quality light in any situation and at any location. You may already be using off camera lighting of one kind or another, but want to improve your techniques. We will be using both the Fuji X system and DSLR's, I use both systems in my professional work.

Fuji XT1 with 56mm F1.2

Fuji XT1 with 56mm F1.2

This amazing workshop will encompass both Studio and Location flash. The day will Start in our penthouse studio where we will discuss and demo various lighting options for use on location, Which modifiers to use for different subjects and locations. The studio part of the day will cover both Natural light Portraiture and Flash, showing the techniques used to achieve award winning images using one light, progressing onto 2 and 3 light setups that can be replicated with ease.

Onto the location part of the workshop, Speedlights can be portable and may be all you need, larger battery packs although heavier and less portable give more power and more options for controlling the light, ambient and flash balance. Another option is continuous light via various types of video and broadcast lighting, all of these options will be discussed and demoed and made available for you to use with our models.

You will learn:

  • Studio lighting, Create amazing images with just one light.
  • Natural light portraiture and modifying to create beautiful soft light.
  • Speedlights and various suitable modifiers. They have limitations but may be all you need.
  • How to use Battery power packs small (400w) large (1100w)
  • Modifiers for use outdoors and indoors 
  • Light and Ambient balancing for drama or simply to subtlety improve the lighting without it being obvious flash was used.
  • Light placement the DO"s and DONT'S to give amazing professional results
  • Which equipment to use for any given environment and situation.

Karl's Training Philosophy: Whilst its true there are many many photographers offering training, Karl's approach is unique and is based around keeping it very real and even could be said simple. So many people attend workshops but then fail to be able to replicate what they have been taught for various reasons, it could be that it wasn't  explained well enough, or in an over complicated way, the setup or skill is simply un attainable without 3 assistants and 6 lights etc, or maybe the whole thing was setup for you and this lack of hands on meant the new skills simply did not sink in. Karl gets all involved, keeps the group small and insists that the attendees think for themselves, start to problem solve from the outset, no question is to small or in significant. Everyone is equal on Karl's training days, no matter the experience or lack of it, everyone helps each other and defiantly NO egos's allowed.

Testimonials from past attendees:

Victoria Macken
"It is important to me as a photographer to always learn. I seek out the best trainers in the industry who inspire me and that is where I invest my own time and money. Karl Bratby is by far one of the best trainers I have come across. I have been on a couple of his courses learning how to use studio lighting (indoors and out) and in the space of just a couple of days I feel I have come away with some fantastic new skills to bring into my own business. Karl is a generous and extremely knowledgeable trainer without any pretentiousness. For me it so important that a trainer doesn't change your own style. It should be about building your confidence as a photographer and gaining the knowledge to always improve your own work. The whole training day is relaxed with fun and laughter and any questions you may have are always answered fully. I will certainly be back again, I am completely in awe of Karl's work"

Much love

Victoria x

Jon Allen
After attending many workshops over the past four years with some pretty eminent photographers, some really good, some not so, I found Karl Bratby’s flash on location workshop a complete breath of fresh air, no egos, completely relaxed and each step to a shot explained with no assumptions with regard to anyones skill level. Brilliant. Really enjoyable workshop for any photographer wishing to learn flash skills or just to simply brush up old ones. highly recommended. 

John Deakin
My visit to the Karl Bratby studio was for two reasons, firstly to see how my Fuji X-T1 performed in a studio environment shooting in monochrome and jpeg and secondly to spend some fun time, without any pressure, with other creatives in a relaxed no pressure environment.It had been two years since I moved back to the UK from living in South Africa for 13 years and leaving behind my fully equipped professional studio. Whenever we spend time away from doing something, no matter how well we know our equipment, we get rusty. It was a perfect opportunity to re acquaint myself with working in a studio.The Karl Bratby Studio in Nottingham is just a beautiful space, most impressive, fantastic natural light and also equipped with a range of lighting equipment second to none. Second to none pretty much sums up Karl and Steph too, both were great fun to be with, totally professional and hard working ensuring their visitors left with great photographs and more importantly the knowledge to continue their own work with increased confidence in capturing similar images in the future.I am predominantly a Nikon shooter however I came away knowing far more about how the Fuji performs in a studio environment, and with a gallery of wonderful black and white portrait photographs for my personal portfolio. I had a most enjoyable day in a relaxed learning atmosphere and would recommend a day with Karl and Steph to anyone considering investing in their photographic skill set. It will benefit your photography far more than buying more gear and not knowing how best to use it.

Jan
31
9:30 am09:30

Passion for Portraits using the Fuji X system

Date: 31st January 2015
Location: Nottingham
Places: 6
Cost: £160
Camera system: Fuji X system

In this creative lighting workshop I will show you my methods and techniques to create amazing award winning images. I will demonstrate why I'm choosing to shoot with the FUJIFILM X System more and more. I will be using the Fuji XT1 and a brace of lenses along with the Fuji X100t, their latest creative tool that along with its wide and tele lens adaptors is proving that its place in the camera bag is justified.

I will explain and demonstrate how the ONE light setup and the correct modifier can be used to create amazing and creative portrait and fashion images, many of the worlds best past and present photographers will only use one light! Photographic lighting does not need to be over complex, some will teach 3, 4 or even 5 light setups but these images usually lack emotion, connection and meaning which is imperative in a portrait.

Fuji XT1 - 56mm f1.2 

Fuji XT1 - 56mm f1.2 

In my penthouse studio (see here) there is an abundance of natural light which will also be utilised and modified if necessary with diffusers and reflectors to create a different look to the strobe lit image and I will show why a natural light studio is making a resurgence amongst fine art and portrait photographers and why the Fuji X system is the perfect system for natural light portraiture. 

Fuji XT1 - 56mm f1.2

Fuji XT1 - 56mm f1.2

At this creative hands on workshop will be a professional model and mua (make up artist) for hands on shooting experience. I limit the numbers for these days so I can answer individual questions and make the day more personal.

subjects to cover will include:

  • The Fuji X system, why is this small system camera creating such a buzz.
  • The one light portrait mastered
  • Two and three light setup
  • Learn how to correctly use a light meter 
  • using natural light, why and when.
  • Balancing flash and ambient light outdoors.
  • All images will be shot using the FUJIFILM X System,
  • Canon, Nikon, Sony etc users all welcome, but be warned you will want a Fuji.
Fuji XT! - 56mm f1.2

Fuji XT! - 56mm f1.2

The afternoon session will be location based, using natural light, speed lights and larger location lighting equipment that can be used seamlessly with the Fuji X system, Also explaining the secret weapon in the Fuji kit list, the X100t with its leaf shutter ability to sync at high shutter speeds and built in ND filter, with its two add on lens converters, wide-angle and short tele, it also has the same image sensor as the highly acclaimed XT-1

karl bratby fashion photographer

Karl's Training Philosophy: Whilst its true there are many many photographers offering training, Karl's approach is unique and is based around keeping it very real and even could be said simple. So many people attend workshops but then fail to be able to replicate what they have been taught for various reasons, it could be that it wasn't  explained well enough, or in an over complicated way, the setup or skill is simply un attainable without 3 assistants and 6 lights etc, or maybe the whole thing was setup for you and this lack of hands on meant the new skills simply did not sink in. Karl gets all involved, keeps the group small and insists that the attendees think for themselves, start to problem solve from the outset, no question is to small or in significant. Everyone is equal on Karl's training days, no matter the experience or lack of it, everyone helps each other and defiantly NO egos's allowed.

The cost of this day is priced at £160, please call Karl on 07986 788 704 to book your place, or email via the contact form. We run on a 1st come 1st served basis so book early to aviod disappointment. Only 6 places available.



Jan
7
9:30 am09:30

Big Flash Vs Little Flash - from Studio to Street.

Date: 7th January 2015
Location: Nottingham
Places: 6
Cost: £160 
Camera system: Fuji X and DSLR's

Off camera and location based flash can be very daunting, many photographers are using without any grounding in the fundamentals of lighting and studio flash, it is these fundamentals that are needed to be able to create studio quality light in any situation and at any location. You may already be using off camera lighting of one kind or another, but want to improve your techniques. We will be using both the Fuji X system and DSLR's, I use both systems in my professional work.

This amazing workshop will encompass both Studio and Location flash. The day will Start in our penthouse studio where we will discuss and demo various lighting options for use on location, Which modifiers to use for different subjects and locations. The studio part of the day will cover both Natural light Portraiture and Flash, showing the techniques used to achieve award winning images using one light, progressing onto 2 and 3 light setups that can be replicated with ease.

Onto the location part of the workshop, Speedlights can be portable and may be all you need, larger battery packs although heavier and less portable give more power and more options for controlling the light, ambient and flash balance. Another option is continuous light via various types of video and broadcast lighting, all of these options will be discussed and demoed and made available for you to use with our models.

You will learn:

  • Studio lighting, Create amazing images with just one light.
  • Natural light portraiture and modifying to create beautiful soft light.
  • Speedlights and various suitable modifiers. They have limitations but may be all you need.
  • How to use Battery power packs small (400w) large (1100w)
  • Modifiers for use outdoors and indoors 
  • Light and Ambient balancing for drama or simply to subtlety improve the lighting without it being obvious flash was used.
  • Light placement the DO"s and DONT'S to give amazing professional results
  • Which equipment to use for any given environment and situation.

Karls Training Philosophy: Whilst its true there are many many photographers offering training, Karl's approach is unique and is based around keeping it very real and even could be said simple. So many people attend workshops but then fail to be able to replicate what they have been taught for various reasons, it could be that it wasn't  explained well enough, or in an over complicated way, the setup or skill is simply un attainable without 3 assistants and 6 lights etc, or maybe the whole thing was setup for you and this lack of hands on meant the new skills simply did not sink in. Karl gets all involved, keeps the group small and insists that the attendees think for themselves, start to problem solve from the outset, no question is to small or in significant. Everyone is equal on Karl's training days, no matter the experience or lack of it, everyone helps each other and defiantly NO egos's allowed.
 

Testimonials from past attendees:

Victoria Macken
"It is important to me as a photographer to always learn. I seek out the best trainers in the industry who inspire me and that is where I invest my own time and money. Karl Bratby is by far one of the best trainers I have come across. I have been on a couple of his courses learning how to use studio lighting (indoors and out) and in the space of just a couple of days I feel I have come away with some fantastic new skills to bring into my own business. Karl is a generous and extremely knowledgeable trainer without any pretentiousness. For me it so important that a trainer doesn't change your own style. It should be about building your confidence as a photographer and gaining the knowledge to always improve your own work. The whole training day is relaxed with fun and laughter and any questions you may have are always answered fully. I will certainly be back again, I am completely in awe of Karl's work"

Much love

Victoria x

Jon Allen
After attending many workshops over the past four years with some pretty eminent photographers, some really good, some not so, I found Karl Bratby’s flash on location workshop a complete breath of fresh air, no egos, completely relaxed and each step to a shot explained with no assumptions with regard to anyones skill level. Brilliant. Really enjoyable workshop for any photographer wishing to learn flash skills or just to simply brush up old ones. highly recommended. 

John Deakin
My visit to the Karl Bratby studio was for two reasons, firstly to see how my Fuji X-T1 performed in a studio environment shooting in monochrome and jpeg and secondly to spend some fun time, without any pressure, with other creatives in a relaxed no pressure environment.It had been two years since I moved back to the UK from living in South Africa for 13 years and leaving behind my fully equipped professional studio. Whenever we spend time away from doing something, no matter how well we know our equipment, we get rusty. It was a perfect opportunity to re acquaint myself with working in a studio.The Karl Bratby Studio in Nottingham is just a beautiful space, most impressive, fantastic natural light and also equipped with a range of lighting equipment second to none. Second to none pretty much sums up Karl and Steph too, both were great fun to be with, totally professional and hard working ensuring their visitors left with great photographs and more importantly the knowledge to continue their own work with increased confidence in capturing similar images in the future.I am predominantly a Nikon shooter however I came away knowing far more about how the Fuji performs in a studio environment, and with a gallery of wonderful black and white portrait photographs for my personal portfolio. I had a most enjoyable day in a relaxed learning atmosphere and would recommend a day with Karl and Steph to anyone considering investing in their photographic skill set. It will benefit your photography far more than buying more gear and not knowing how best to use it.






Nov
20
9:30 am09:30

Big Flash Vs Little Flash - Location Flash Workshop (date 2)

Date: 20th Novemebr 2014
Location: Nottingham
Places: 6
Cost: £160
Camera system: Fuji X and DSLR's

Off camera and location based flash can be very daunting, many photographers are using without any grounding in the fundamentals of lighting and studio flash, it is these fundamentals that are needed to be able to create studio quality light in any situation and at any location. You may already be using off camera lighting of one kind or another, but want to improve your techniques. We will be using both the Fuji X system and DSLR's, I use both systems in my professional work.

This amazing workshop will encompass both Studio and Location flash. The day will Start in our penthouse studio where we will discuss and demo various lighting options for use on location, Which modifiers to use for different subjects and locations.

Speedlights can be portable and may be all you need, larger battery packs although heavier and less portable give more power and more options for controlling the light, ambient and flash balance. Another option is continuous light via various types of video and broadcast lighting, all of these options will be discussed and demoed and made available for you to use with our models.

You will learn:

  • Speedlights and various suitable modifiers. They have limitations but may be all you need.
  • How to use Battery power packs small (400w) large (1100w)
  • Modifiers for use outdoors and indoors 
  • Light and Ambient balancing for drama or simply to subtlety improve the lighting without it being obvious flash was used.
  • Light placement the DO"s and DONT'S to give amazing professional results
  • Which equipment to use for any given environment and situation.

Karls Training Philosophy: Whilst its true there are many many photographers offering training, Karl's approach is unique and is based around keeping it very real and even could be said simple. So many people attend workshops but then fail to be able to replicate what they have been taught for various reasons, it could be that it wasn't  explained well enough, or in an over complicated way, the setup or skill is simply un attainable without 3 assistants and 6 lights etc, or maybe the whole thing was setup for you and this lack of hands on meant the new skills simply did not sink in. Karl gets all involved, keeps the group small and insists that the attendees think for themselves, start to problem solve from the outset, no question is to small or in significant. Everyone is equal on Karl's training days, no matter the experience or lack of it, everyone helps each other and defiantly NO egos's allowed.

Oct
25
9:00 am09:00

Big Flash Vs Little Flash - Location flash workshop.

Date: 25th October 2014
Location: Nottingham
Places: 6
Cost: £160
Camera system: Fuji X and DSLR systems.

Off camera and location based flash can be very daunting, many photographers are using without any grounding in the fundamentals of lighting and studio flash, it is these fundamentals that are needed to be able to create studio quality light in any situation and at any location. You may already be using off camera lighting of one kind or another, but want to improve your techniques. We will be using both the Fuji X system and DSLR's, I use both systems in my professional work.

off camera flash workshop nottingham

This amazing workshop will encompass both Studio and Location flash. The day will Start in our penthouse studio where we will discuss and demo various lighting options for use on location, Which modifiers to use for different subjects and locations.

Speedlights can be portable and may be all you need, larger battery packs although heavier and less portable give more power and more options for controlling the light, ambient and flash balance. Another option is continuous light via various types of video and broadcast lighting, all of these options will be discussed and demoed and made available for you to use with our models.

You will learn:

  • Speedlights and various suitable modifiers. They have limitations but may be all you need.
  • How to use Battery power packs small (400w) large (1100w)
  • Modifiers for use outdoors and indoors 
  • Light and Ambient balancing for drama or simply to subtlety improve the lighting without it being obvious flash was used.
  • Light placement the DO"s and DONT'S to give amazing professional results
  • Which equipment to use for any given environment and situation.
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See setup below, very quick setup as just started to rain.. Mellow rebellion indy band..

See setup below, very quick setup as just started to rain.. Mellow rebellion indy band..

The setup for the shot above, 1x ranger pack with 100cm deep octa 1x quadra with 70x70cm.

The setup for the shot above, 1x ranger pack with 100cm deep octa 1x quadra with 70x70cm.

Sep
23
10:00 am10:00

Back to Basics and Beyond Date 2 - Studio Lighting

Back to Basics and Beyond - Studio lighting and the Fuji X System

This Hands on workshop is aimed to instil the basics of studio lighting into the photographers toolkit. Too often today the fundamentals of lighting are often missing from the photographers tools and without these skills it is incredibly hard to move to the next level of creativity. In this Back to Basics and Beyond workshop we will strip things right back and explain why these building blocks are needed to progress your skill set to new heights.   

Once these basics are learnt we will move forward and explain the processes that go into creating award winning images that will amaze you and your clients.

I am well known for the ONE light setup which I will go over in depth to explain and demonstrate the methods and techniques used to create images like those on this page. which are all created with one light.

This day is a must for anyone wanting to progress with their studio lighting, areas covered include.

  • The Lightmeter, often overlooked but crucial to successful lighting.
  • Modifiers and soft-boxes, all sizes and shapes
  • The different type of studio lights available
  • Why just one light could be all you need
  • Camera settings, lens choices
  • Studio equipment and design - big space Vs small space
  • Natural light, how to modify to make it work for you.
  • Why I choose to use the Fuji X system for most of my work.
  • and much much more...

This workshop is held In my Nottingham base, a penthouse studio in where there is an abundance of natural light which will also be utilised and modified if necessary with diffusers and reflectors to create a different look to the strobe lit image and I will show why a natural light studio is making a resurgence amongst fine and portrait photographers. A glimpse of the studio can be seen here STUDIO.

The day will be split into two sections, firstly a demonstration of the fundamentals, the building blocks if you like, demonstrating lighting setups, what works and what doesn't, explaining the Rules/guides and should you follow or break these.  Then we have a professional model and MUA coming for the afternoon session to practice what you have learnt. Open to all skill levels and although I use the Fuji X system all camera makes are welcome.

The cost of this day is priced at £160, please call Karl on 07986 788 704 to book your place, or email via the contact form. We run on a 1st come 1st served basis so book early to aviod disappointment. Only 6 places available.


Sep
10
10:00 am10:00

Fuji X system - small camera Big results

In conjunction with FujiFilm UK, Karl Bratby FBIPP and a Master Craftsman / panel member with the Guild of Photographers is holding a special event / workshop at his Nottingham penthouse studio as seen here

Karl, who specialises in Fashion, Dance and Portrait photography will be giving a full and professional demonstration of the Fuji X System, showing why and how he has incorporated  the X system into his professional image making. This will also be a very hands on day with Fuji Uk in attendance with many of the current models available to trial and demo, The day is aimed at people who are considering using the Fuji X System and those who have already taken the plunge and are looking to use it to it's full potential.

Karl uses both the Fuji X-Pro1 and the latest X-T1 in his Nottingham studio and out on location, using the Fuji X system alongside his other camera equipment and will explain why it is becoming the go-to system for more and more of his work.

See how the X system is used in the studio to achieve amazing results comparable to many larger full frame cameras using studio strobes, continuous lighting and seeing why the EVF is an amazing aid to using natural ambient lighting. A professional model will be available for the studio and location sessions.

The afternoon session will be location based, using natural light, speed lights and larger location lighting equipment that can be used seamlessly with the Fuji X system, Also explaining the secret weapon in the Fuji kit list, the X100s with its leaf shutter ability to sync at high shutter speeds and built in ND filter, with its two add on lens converters, wide-angle and short tele, it also has the same image sensor as the highly acclaimed XT-1

The day will cover.

  • Demo of the new Fujifilm X-T1 and 56mm f1.2 lens
  • How to get the most of the X system in the studio.
  • Basic and advanced camera setup and configuration.
  • Lens choice and why the Fujinon lens is so good.
  • Camera choice, there are a few in the X system.
  • X100s, the secret high speed weapon.
  • Location lighting with the fuji system, speed lights and big flash.

The cost for this incredible day is £100 for guild members and £125 for non members and places are limited and on a 1st come first served basis. Call Karl 07986 788 704 or email via the contact form



Aug
20
10:00 am10:00

Back to Basics and Beyond - Studio Lighting workshop

Back to Basics and Beyond - Studio lighting and the Fuji X System

This Hands on workshop is aimed to instil the basics of studio lighting into the photographers toolkit. Too often today the fundamentals of lighting are often missing from the photographers tools and without these skills it is incredibly hard to move to the next level of creativity. In this Back to Basics and Beyond workshop we will strip things right back and explain why these building blocks are needed to progress your skill set to new heights.   

Fuji XT-1 56mm f1.2 

Fuji XT-1 56mm f1.2 

Once these basics are learnt we will move forward and explain the processes that go into creating award winning images that will amaze you and your clients.

I am well known for the ONE light setup which I will go over in depth to explain and demonstrate the methods and techniques used to create images like those on this page. which are all created with one light.

This day is a must for anyone wanting to progress with their studio lighting, areas covered include.

  • The Lightmeter, often overlooked but crucial to successful lighting.
  • Modifiers and soft-boxes, all sizes and shapes
  • The different type of studio lights available
  • Why just one light could be all you need
  • Camera settings, lens choices
  • Studio equipment and design - big space Vs small space
  • Natural light, how to modify to make it work for you.
  • Why I choose to use the Fuji X system for most of my work.
  • and much much more...

This workshop is held In my Nottingham base, a penthouse studio in where there is an abundance of natural light which will also be utilised and modified if necessary with diffusers and reflectors to create a different look to the strobe lit image and I will show why a natural light studio is making a resurgence amongst fine and portrait photographers. A glimpse of the studio can be seen here STUDIO.

The day will be split into two sections, firstly a demonstration of the fundamentals, the building blocks if you like, demonstrating lighting setups, what works and what doesn't, explaining the Rules/guides and should you follow or break these.  Then we have a professional model and MUA coming for the afternoon session to practice what you have learnt. Open to all skill levels and although I use the Fuji X system all camera makes are welcome.

The cost of this day is priced at £160, please call Karl on 07986 788 704 to book your place, or email via the contact form. We run on a 1st come 1st served basis so book early to aviod disappointment. Only 6 places available.

fuji-xt1-karlbratby
Jul
26
10:00 am10:00

Shaping the light - Date 3

This ever popular course sold out the June date in less than an hour and another date was requested by disappointed photographers who missed out - so here is date 3.

In this creative lighting workshop I will show you my methods and techniques to create amazing award winning images like the ones below. I will demonstrate why I'm choosing to  shoot with the FUJIFILM X System more and more.

I will explain and demonstrate how the ONE light setup and the correct modifier can be used to create amazing portraits and creative fashion images, many of the worlds best past and present photographers will only use one light! Photographic lighting does not need to be over complex, some will teach 3, 4 or even 5 light setups but these images usually lack emotion, connection and meaning which is imperative in a portrait.

Fuji XT-1 with 35mm f1.4

Fuji XT-1 with 35mm f1.4

I will also demonstrate lighting setups using 2 or 3 lights, the relationship and balancing between the lights and modifiers. We will Also cover the use of the often un-used or overlooked light meter and why this is key to correct lighting technique.

This workshop is held In my Nottingham base, a penthouse studio in where there is an abundance of natural light which will also be utilised and modified if necessary with diffusers and reflectors to create a different look to the strobe lit image and I will show why a natural light studio is making a resurgence amongst fine and portrait photographers. A glimpse of the studio can be seen here STUDIO.

At this creative hands on workshop will be a professional model and mua (make up artist) for hands on shooting experience.

I limit the numbers for these days so I can answer individual questions and make the day more personal.

  • The one light portrait mastered
  • Two and three light setup
  • Learn how to correctly use a light meter 
  • using natural light, why and when.
  • All images will be shot using the FUJIFILM X System,
  • Canon, Nikon, Sony etc users all welcome.
Fuji XT-1 with 56mm f1.2

Fuji XT-1 with 56mm f1.2

The cost of this day is priced at £150, please call Karl on 07986 788 704 to book your place, or email via the contact form. We run on a 1st come 1st served basis so book early to aviod disappointment. Course is now FULLY booked.

black and white portraits
Jun
19
10:00 am10:00

Shaping the light - Date 2

Back by popular demand we are running a 2nd date in this exciting workshop, places are strictly limited so don't hesitate book soon...details below

In this creative lighting workshop I will show you my methods and techniques to create amazing award winning images like the ones below. I will demonstrate why I'm choosing to  shoot with the FUJIFILM X System more and more.

I will explain and demonstrate how the ONE light setup and the correct modifier can be used to create amazing portraits and creative fashion images, many of the worlds best past and present photographers will only use one light! Photographic lighting does not need to be over complex, some will teach 3, 4 or even 5 light setups but these images usually lack emotion, connection and meaning which is imperative in a portrait.

Fuji XT-1 with 56mm F1.2

Fuji XT-1 with 56mm F1.2

I will also demonstrate lighting setups using 2 or 3 lights, the relationship and balancing between the lights and modifiers. We will Also cover the use of the often un-used or overlooked light meter and why this is key to correct lighting technique.

In my penthouse studio there is an abundance of natural light which will also be utilised and modified if necessary with diffusers and reflectors to create a different look to the strobe lit image and I will show why a natural light studio is making a resurgence amongst fine and portrait photographers.

At this creative hands on workshop will be a professional model and mua (make up artist) for hands on shooting experience.

I limit the numbers for these days so I can answer individual questions and make the day more personal.

  • The one light portrait mastered
  • Two and three light setup
  • Learn how to correctly use a light meter 
  • using natural light, why and when.
  • All images will be shot using the FUJIFILM X System,
  • Canon, Nikon, Sony etc users all welcome.

The cost of this day is priced at £150, please call Karl on 07986 788 704 to book your place, or email via the contact form. We run on a 1st come 1st served basis so book early to aviod disappointment. Only 6 places available.

May
15
10:00 am10:00

Shaping the light

  • studio 6a, Old Knows Factory Nottingham, NG34GQ UK

In this creative lighting workshop I will show you my methods and techniques to create amazing award winning images like the ones below. I will demonstrate why I'm choosing to  shoot with the FUJIFILM X System more and more.

I will explain and demonstrate how the ONE light setup and the correct modifier can be used to create amazing portraits and creative fashion images, many of the worlds best past and present photographers will only use one light! Photographic lighting does not need to be over complex, some will teach 3, 4 or even 5 light setups but these images usually lack emotion, connection and meaning which is imperative in a portrait.

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I will also demonstrate lighting setups using 2 or 3 lights, the relationship and balancing between the lights and modifiers. We will Also cover the use of the often un-used or overlooked light meter and why this is key to correct lighting technique.

In my penthouse studio there is an abundance of natural light which will also be utilised and modified if necessary with diffusers and reflectors to create a different look to the strobe lit image and I will show why a natural light studio is making a resurgence amongst fine and portrait photographers.

At this creative hands on workshop will be a professional model and mua (make up artist) for hands on shooting experience.

I limit the numbers for these days so I can answer individual questions and make the day more personal.

  • The one light portrait mastered
  • Two and three light setup
  • Learn how to correctly use a light meter 
  • using natural light, why and when.
  • All images will be shot using the FUJIFILM X System,
  • Canon, Nikon, Sony etc users all welcome.

The cost of this day is priced at £125, please call Karl on 07986 788 704 to book your place, or email via the contact form. We run on a 1st come 1st served basis so book early to aviod disappointment. Only 6 places available ( 1 place Left )

Apr
10
10:00 am10:00

Fuji Demo Day - Fuji X-T1 and the X system

  • Karl Bratby Studios.

Karl Bratby FBIPP - Fashion, Dance and Portrait photographer will be giving a full and professional demonstration of the Fuji X System, showing why and how he has incorporated  the X system into his professional image making. This will also be a very hands on day with Fuji Uk in attendance with many of the current models available to trial and demo, The day is aimed at people who are considering using the Fuji X System and those who have already taken the plunge and are looking to use it to it's full potential.

Karl uses both the Fuji X-Pro1 and the latest X-T1 in his Nottingham studio and out on location, using the Fuji X system alongside his other camera equipment and will explain why it is becoming the go-to system for more and more of his work.

See how the X system is used in the studio to achieve amazing results comparable to many larger full frame cameras using studio strobes, continuous lighting and seeing why the EVF is an amazing aid to using natural ambient lighting. A professional model will be available for the studio session and the walkabout.

The day will cover.

  • Demo of the new Fujifilm X-T1 and 56mm f1.2 lens
  • How to get the most of the X system in the studio.
  • Basic and advanced camera setup and configuration.
  • Lens choice and why the Fujinon lens is so good.
  • Camera choice, there are a few in the X system.

The final 2 hours of the day will be spent on a photo-walk around the city, seeing how karl chooses locations for his location shooting using both ambient lighting with reflectors and off camera flash small and large.

The cost for this incredible day is £80 and places are limited and on a 1st come first served basis.

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Please contact Karl via the contact form to book your place or call 07986 788 704.