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From Studio to Location lighting - simple truths and misconceptions.

  • Karl Bratby Photography Studio 6A, Old Knows Factory Nottingham, NG34GQ UK (map)

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.