Portrait Photography Masterclass Manchester

“Work with Professional Models, tutored by a a celebrity Portrait Photographer.”

 

Saturday, 23rd September 2017 from 10:00 to 16:00


Manchester, UK

ABode Hotel Conference Centre Manchester
107 Piccadilly
M1 2DB Manchester
United Kingdom


Booking

£149.00

(14 Places Available) Conformation Email & Tickets Sent Upon Booking)

Rory Lewis Photographer Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, Brian Cox CBE

Rory Lewis British Photographer runs  Digital Photography Courses and Workshops throughout the UK. Whether you are a total beginner or advanced, Rory Lewis Professional Digital Photography Courses will give you the knowledge and hands-on practical experience to succeed as a Freelance Photographer or to simply make better photos as a Hobby.

Rory Lewis Session with Sir Patrick Stewart

**ALL courses are practical tuition sessions giving you plenty of time to learn hands on the skills taught. Enabling you to work with professional models on the day and capture amazing photography for your portfolio.**


 

About Tutor

Rory Lewis Photographer has made an outstanding contribution to photography and the visual arts, creating consistently imaginative and thought-provoking portraits. Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Patrick Stewart, Ian McShane, Sir Derek Jacobi, Natalie Dormer, and many others have sat for Rory and his unique portraiture style is becoming renown.


“You can learn more in one day than months of reading about photographic technique. ALL courses are practical tuition sessions giving you plenty of time to learn hands on the skills taught. Enabling you to work with professional models on the day and capture amazing photography for your portfolio.”

Work with Professional Models Test using State of the Art Equipment

You will walk away from this course with the skill to develop and improve your portrait photography techniques. From Beginners to Intermediate Photographers, these sessions cater for the amateur and semi professional. Learn studio flash lighting, develop your understanding of studio technique and test using photographic models.

 

Work with Professional Models Test using State of the Art Equipment

You will be shown the effect of soft boxes, umbrellas, snoots, and beauty dish how to use reflectors. How to use both soft and hard lighting to change the mood and effect of a portrait. Learn what a main lights function is; and how to use fill lights, back lights and hair lights and be shown how they affect the final image.

 


Course Schedule 

  • 10:00am Rory Lewis Talk on the Medium of Portraiture
  • 10.45am Coffee & Refreshments (Provided)
  • 11.00 am High Key Portraiture (Using Umbrella’s, Softboxes)
  • 12:30pm Lunch (Provided)
  • 13:00pm Beauty Portraiture (Butterfly Lighting, Using Beauty Dish)
  • 14:00 Low Key Portraiture (Rembrant Lighting, Split & Short Lighting)
  • 16:00pm Rory Lewis Will Sum up the Day

Booking

Location

Manchester, UK

ABode Hotel Conference Centre Manchester
107 Piccadilly
M1 2DB Manchester
United Kingdom

£149.00 (14 Places Available) Conformation Email & Tickets Sent Upon Booking)

Saturday, 23rd September 2017 from 10:00 to 16:00


Testimonials


“In one word “Inspiring” “Rory was open to and encouraged all questions, which were answered in detail. Rory shared his extensive lighting knowledge in addition to how to bring out the character in a portrait subject in a fun. informal, enjoyable manner. Would recommend this course to any portrait photographer wanting to improve their craft.”

Dorothy Via ReviewCentre.com

 

“Excellent photography workshop. We went through 8 different light set ups starting with a single light source and ending up with two light sources with the tightest control of the light. There was a lot to take in and was very happy with the photos I took. The breadth of the material covered was excellent. Very pleased to have attended. Thanks Rory!”

Adrian Via ReviewCentre.com

USA 2017 Portrait Photography Workshop Tour With Celebrity Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

Rory Lewis Photographer has made an outstanding contribution to photography and the visual arts, creating consistently imaginative and thought-provoking portraits. Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Patrick Stewart, Ian McShane, Sir Derek Jacobi, Natalie Dormer, and many others have sat for Rory and his unique portraiture style is becoming renown.

 

Rory runs Portrait Photography Courses and Workshops and in September & October 2017 will be touring the USA, Boston (MA), Chicago (IL), Dallas (TX) & Los Angeles (CA). With a one-day Portrait Masterclass.

Rory Lewis Photographer Photographing Sir Patrick Stewart London Portrait Photographer

Rory Lewis Photographer Photographing Sir Patrick Stewart London Portrait Photographer

Rory’s work has been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in London & Lectures at the National Portrait Gallery & Victoria & Albert Museum, his recent Photography Exhibitions Northerners  & Expressive have received Nationwide Recognition. Being featured by the BBC and international press. Rory’s client list includes Pepsi, British Army and The London Times. Rory’s inspirations include Renaissance Portraiture and German Expressionist Cinema.

 

Rory Lewis Photographer Actors Headshots, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, London

Rory Lewis Photographer Actors  Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, Brian Cox

About Workshop

 

“You can learn more in one day than months of reading about photographic technique.”

Work with Professional Models Test using State of the Art Equipment

Work with Professional Models Test using State of the Art Equipment

Whether you are a total beginner or a semi-professional photographer. Rory’s Professional Digital Photography Courses will give you the knowledge and hands-on practical experience to succeed as a Freelance Photographer or to simply make better photos as a Hobby.

William Shatner Portrait Rory Lewis Photographer Los Angeles, Portrait Photographer

ALL courses are practical tuition sessions giving you plenty of time to learn hands on the skills taught. Enabling you to work with professional models on the day and capture amazing photography for your portfolio. Group sizes are kept small to 10-15 delegates so you can get hands on in the practical tutorials. Rory uses fun, practical learning techniques for all his digital photography courses. You will work professional models to hone your skills and walk away with new photography techniques.

Photography Workshops & Courses 2016

Toby Jones London Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

Toby Jones London Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis

You will walk away from this course with the skill to develop and improve your portrait photography techniques. From Beginners to Intermediate Photographers, these sessions cater for the amateur and semi-professional. Learn studio flash lighting, develop your understanding of studio technique and test using photographic models.

 

You will be shown the effect of soft boxes, umbrellas, snoots, and beauty dish how to use reflectors. How to use both soft and hard lighting to change the mood and effect of a portrait. Learn what the main lights function is; and how to use fill lights, back lights and hair lights and be shown how they affect the final image.

Delegate Feedback

” In one word “Inspiring” “Rory was open to and encouraged all questions, which were answered in detail. Rory shared his extensive lighting knowledge in addition to how to bring out the character in a portrait subject in a fun. informal, enjoyable manner. Would recommend this course to any portrait photographer wanting to improve their craft.” 

Dorothy Via ReviewCentre.com


“Excellent photography workshop. We went through 8 different light set ups starting with a single light source and ending up with two light sources with the tightest control of the light. There was a lot to take in and was very happy with the photos I took. The breadth of the material covered was excellent. Very pleased to have attended. Thanks Rory!”

Adrian Via ReviewCentre.com

 

Course Schedule 

 

10:00 am Rory Lewis Talk on the Medium of Portraiture

10.45am Coffee & Refreshments (Provided)

11.00 am High Key Portraiture (Using Umbrella’s, Softboxes)

12:30pm Lunch

13:00 pm Beauty Portraiture (Butterfly Lighting, Using Beauty Dish)

14:00 Low Key Portraiture (Rembrandt Lighting, Split & Short Lighting)

16:00 pm Rory Lewis Will Sum up the Day

 

2017 WORKSHOPS

 

Portrait Photography Masterclass Boston (MA) USA 

Wednesday, 13th September 2017

Hilton Boston Downtown/Faneuil Hall
89 Broad Street
Boston, MA 02110


Portrait Photography Masterclass Los Angeles (CA)

Saturday, 16th September 2017 10-4pm

Sportsmen’s Lodge
12825 Ventura Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 91604

Low Key Portrait Masterclass London

Photography Workshops, London, Portraiture

Thank you to everyone who attended Low Key Portrait Photography Workshop at Calumet Photographic in London. It was wonderful to teach Chiaroscuro lighting, a term that is more commonly applied to Renaissance and Baroque paintings. The style was used to introduce a sense of realism into portraits, by using the contrasts between light and dark tones to create a sense of depth. More recently, it is a technique that has found its way into the world of portrait photography. Working with a professional model, the delegates where able to master lighting techniques and learn direction. One of the delegates was very kind to leave me a review below.

 

Reviews & Feedback

Lee Parsons VIA Reviewcentre.com

“I attended Rory’s Low Key Portraits course in London and was very impressed with the day. I’m delighted with the knowledge and skills I came away with.

To start the day, Rory gave a brief historical introduction to artists’ painting styles, how they translated to photography, and what we had to do to get great portraits.

Our model arrived, and the rest of the day consisted of setting up many different lighting styles using a variety of modifiers, reflectors and backgrounds. We were shown how to meter the lights and direct the shoot.

In the last part of the day, we found some portraits online and tried to recreate the lighting setup.

The portraits I came away with were easily the best studio shots I’ve ever taken, and I’ll definitely be using these techniques for my portraits from now on.

Rory was interesting, knowledgeable and friendly – and we were lucky to have a model who was relaxed and helpful as well as looking fantastic in our photos.”

2016 Year of Learning

Rory Lewis Photography WorkshopsIn celebration of a decade running photography workshops and masterclasses, 2016 will be the Rory Lewis Year of Learning. I am aiming to hold twice as many workshops and masterclasses in order to offer up the photographic learning opportunities for as many as possible. Whether you’re looking for Portrait Masterclasses aimed at the complete beginner, or Advanced Classes geared to hone your skills, lighting technique and direction, we have the class to suit.

An Overview to Courses

 

Often a good way of learning or developing a skill is to take it out of the crowd and focus on that skill alone before incorporating it back in to your overall skillset. Therefore I offer classes focusing on these key skills such as light shaping. These highly-targeted classes will also cover low key lighting, mood of portraiture, subject and model direction, themes of portraiture, and my unique workshop on Power & Portraiture.

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Intensive weekends are available for full immersion and a rapid development of skills. One will take place at my studio in Liverpool, focusing on Portraiture. The other is a Tudor Portraiture weekend held at the National Portrait Gallery. These weekends offer learning and tuition in a classroom-style environment with a perfect balance of theory and practical development. Opportunities include working with professional models and state of the art equipment.

8th November Low Key Portraiture Photography Course London Feedback

Whichever class, workshop or weekend suits your style, in honour of my Year of Learning I am offering a 10% discount on all workshops, classes and weekends from 1st Feb – 1st March 2016, just quote Promo Code COURSE 2016.

 

One-to-One Opportunities

One-to-One Fine Art Nude Photography Tuition

One-to-One Fine Art Nude Photography Tuition

Often an ideal way to tailor photographic learning and development for the individual, I am keen to set aside more time for one-to-one photography tuition sessions. Tailored to your needs, one-to-one sessions and courses are suitable for photographers of any ability. You choose the subject and content from Beginner’s Tips to Fine Art Nude or Portraiture. One-to-One tutorials are available year-round in a location to suit you including Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, London, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast.

Model Ella Darling will be featuring on October 11th 2014, this time at my new Liverpool Studio, where I will be running an art nude workshop. Places are limited so don’t miss out on this opportunity to work with Ella and Myself.

Top of the Class Models

Photography Workshops & Courses 2016 

Professional models are provided for all Rory Lewis Photography Courses to ensure you develop your skills in a realistic environment. The benefit of this is that the session offers an ideal opportunity to not only improve your skills but also build your portfolio.

 

Practice Meets Theory

 

All of my classes, workshops and tutorials include plenty of hands-on practice on a firm foundation of theory. When you go away you’ll be confident in your practical skills as well as equipped with illustrated PDF booklets explaining and reiterating the Lighting Set-Ups learnt.

 

Spring Has Sprung

 

Spring will see me taking my successful Portrait Masterclass on the road to London, Manchester, Belfast and Edinburgh. These Masterclass sessions are suitable for beginners to intermediate-level photographers, making them ideal for the complete novice, amateur and semi-professional.

I'm always testing/working on my own projects. I regularly check websites like Models.com and Modelmayhem for new talent. Recently I found Model Vincent Littlehat;

Skills learned include: studio flash lighting; how to meter and read the flash; understanding of studio technique; effects of soft boxes, umbrellas, snoots and beauty dishes; how to use reflectors; soft and hard lighting techniques to affect mood; main light functions; how to use fill lights, back lights and hair lights; as well as direction of professional models.

 

March and April 2016 sees the Masterclass Tour hop the pond to The United States to offer the Portrait Masterclass in Boston (MA), New York (NY), Chicago (IL), and finally Los Angeles (CA). This is an exciting opportunity for me, teaching a new range of students looking to hone and develop their skills in both studio and location photography.

 

Back on British Soil

 

“Again, in honour of the 2016 Year of Learning, I am offering two special two-day classes on my home-turf of Liverpool.”

 

The first, from 27th – 28th March, at my Central Liverpool Studio I will be bringing together a range of teaching methods via talks and practical tuitions involving professional agency models and make-up artists. An ideal opportunity to build your portfolio with models possessing amazing bone structure, this course is unmissable for beginner and intermediate Portrait Photographers.

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This is a more intensive course aimed at those looking to learn and progress their studio and location photography. Those interested in creating Model, Wedding, Beauty, Actor, Talent and Corporate Portraiture will all benefit from this course. This full programme, set over two days, will transform the beginner in to a budding Portraitist. There will be multiple lighting set-ups and models available throughout the weekend. For those coming from further afield, accommodation can be arranged at a local hotel.

 

The second exciting weekend Masterclass is drawing inspiration from the National Portrait Gallery. With close examination of the Collection we will work with models to replicate and develop upon the painter-inspired tone and lighting back in the studio. We will investigate and explore the dynamic between the photographer and sitter and how you influence this relationship to affect the outcome of the shoot. This Masterclass is ideal for those who already have some knowledge of digital photography and know how to use their camera in manual mode.

 

Summer Sun

 

Summer will see me holding Advanced Portrait Masterclasses in London. These masterclasses are suited to intermediates or as an ideal follow-on from the spring classes. Best suited for those who have a decent comprehension of the technical elements of photography, these courses aim to expand your knowledge of lighting as well as the ideas and techniques behind great portraits.

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Creatively, emotionally and technically, candidates will develop enormously as they progress through this Masterclass. A full day will be dedicated to Classroom-style learning with time dedicated to both the theory and practical elements of Portrait Photography within the context of Portraiture ‘Greats’ from Yosef Karsh to Cecil Beaton.

 

Additionally, the class will incorporate composition, atmosphere, lighting techniques, kickers, modifiers and gels. With a secure grounding of theory, we will then practice the techniques and incorporate the ideas we have learned as we attempt to recreate some of the images we have studied. Creativity is the focus here, but this incorporates technical elements and a good technical understanding of your camera is required.

 

Key Skills Focus

 

“For those looking to concentrate their learning time on specific areas, I am offering four distinct workshops.”

Low Key Portraits of Sir Ian McKellen Rory Lewis Photographer

Low Key Portraits of Sir Ian McKellen Rory Lewis Photographer

The first will concentrate on Low Key Portrait Lighting. You will learn how to invoke drama, dark and depth with shadows and contrast for an overall dramatic look. Lighting is a key focus here and we will learn from the ‘Greats’ – Yosef Karsh, Eve Arnold and Cecil Beaton – in order to enable you to recreate their iconic style. We examine: three-point lighting; key light; back light for illumination; kickers; gels; modifiers; testing, all with the added benefit of a fantastic model

 

The second key-skills focus will be a Model Direction Masterclass. Working on your interpersonal skills to lead and direct a shoot this is a highly practical course. We work with the Studio as a Stage with you as the Director. This course will develop your confidence and enthusiasm for mastering visual balance and composition. The models provided offer plenty of scope for practice so that you leave the course fully capable of directing a portrait subject. Passing on many of my handy tricks and tips picked up over the years and combining them with my trusted “do’s and don’ts” you will soon be well on the way to creating incredible portraits.

Power & Portraits Masterclass

Power & Portraits Masterclass

The third course is the Power & Portrait Masterclass. This is an unmissable class for those interested in Military, Political and Real Portraiture. Models will be kitted out in military uniform and formal attire making this a highly practical and true to reality workshop. We will investigate both the archetypal and subversive depictions of strength and power. I will draw on my inspiration from Hans Holbein, as well as my previous shoots with prominent Political and Military figures, to instruct you how to make the most of body-positioning, composition, lighting and subject interaction in order to capture the innate qualities that have made these shoots successful. This course is suited to those who already have some knowledge of digital photography as well as how to use their camera in manual mode.

Rory Lewis Photographing Sir Patrick Stewart (2015)

The final course is a London-based course on Understanding Light. Artistically and professionally, lighting is everything. Your success will depend on your ability to master lighting and how light works. This is a three day course that will demystify the fundamentals of lighting and give you the concrete skills needed to create a powerful image using the right lighting for whatever the circumstances. You will leave this course being able to shoot more efficiently, capture consistently well-lit images as well as reach new creative heights as a photographer.

 

Online Learning

 

If you can’t make any of these courses online consultations are now available. Nothing is more frustrating to a photographer than not getting any meaningful or helpful feedback from other photographers. You want to improve but without any direction it can be frustrating. Rory Lewis photographer is now offering online tuition and advice for photographers worldwide.

 

The Year of Learning – Exciting Opportunities

 

2016 will offer photographers from all levels of ability the chance to develop and enhance their skills with a particular focus on Portraiture. I am excited and delighted to be able to offer guidance and learning rooted in my success as a Portrait Photographer ensuring every base is covered, and whatever you are looking for in a wide-range of classes and courses throughout the year. Wherever suits you best, and whatever photographic skill you’re looking to work out, I’ll be there!

 

July – August 2015 Photography Workshops Reviews & Feedback

Thank you to everyone who attended my recent photography workshops with the Calumet Academy, and for your feedback and comments. Throughout 2015, I have taught a diverse programme of portraiture photography workshops, and my 2015-16 courses are now available to book with limited places. I also teach One-to-One Photography workshops throughout the UK, London, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

 

Portrait Photography Workshop Manchester 8th August 2015

Manchester Photography Workshop

“Attended Rory’s Intermediate Portrait course at Calumet Manchester Aug 2015. Rory started the day with a brief review of how portraiture has developed through painters (think Holbein, Henry VIII and power) through to David Bailey. Provided you can handle a camera don’t be put off by ‘intermediate’. Everything else is explained fully (flash setup, including measuring with light meter, and positioning). Various one and two light setups are tried with opportunities to take images with each one. If you don’t come away with some good images for your portfolio and a good understanding of taking portraits then you have failed to ask questions, because the event is informal and people are encouraged to participate.”

 

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Intermediate Portrait Photography Workshop Edinburgh 12th August 2015

London  Photography Workshop

“Portraiture and Studio Lighting – the mysteries revealed”

“I can thoroughly recommend Rory’s intermediate portraiture course. I attended the course in August 2015 and found it extremely educational. As well as looking at the history, and artistic aspects of portraiture we were given a thorough grounding in studio lighting techniques which was invaluable. The importance of directing the model was emphasised throughout and we had numerous opportunities to practice this particular aspect. My only regret is that I now feel the need to go out and buy myself a studio lighting set-up!”

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“A good explanation of portraiture and lighting”

Attended August 2015. Although billed as intermediate it is not difficult to keep pace with Rory’s excellent explanation of portraiture, provided you know how to handle your camera. Rory starts with basic lighting setups, progressing to two light combinations with a variety of backgrounds and creating a spectrum of moods. The atmosphere is informal, there are plenty of opportunities to ask questions and Rory’s initial review of portraiture through the ages (e.g. Holbein’s flattery of Henry VIII) sets the scene for a very worthwhile day. If you don’t come away with some images that you want to keep, and more confidence in your own ability to photograph portraits then you must be reluctant to ask questions.

 

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“Portraiture Beginners Workshop”

IMG_0405“This was a thoroughly informative and enjoyable session. Rory initially put everyone at their ease doing introductions for himself, the participants and the model. The venue was good for the studio environment required with all the necessary equipment and accessories which were explained to the participants over the course of the session. Rory gave a theoretical overview of portraiture outlining the different types which are used by photographers before leading in to the practical side of the session. Over the course of the day Rory set up different lighting set ups and encouraged the participants to try out the types of portraiture which he had explained. The really informal way Rory conducted the session helped people to feel comfortable enough to engage with the model and give the correct directional instructions to get good poses. This was an excellent sessions which I would have no hesitation in recommending to others. Communication before and after the session has been excellent. Thanks also to Calumet for organising this.”

 

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Photography Courses Feedback

Over the past few weeks, I have been teaching a great deal of courses and one-to-one tuition across the UK, from portraiture to fine art nude photography. Course delegates have been very kind to leave reviews and feedback via Google Reviews please take a look at their testimonials below.

 

David Gray

Glasgow Portraiture Photography Course Rory Lewis PhotographerI met Rory today at the Calumet Academy in Glasgow for an Intermediate Portraiture Training Event. I had an absolutely wonderful day; Rory is a chatty, well informed guy with heaps of knowledge and tips that he’s happy to share. His tuition is completely focused on the subject matter and he ably covered the lighting, posing and exposure topics that I wanted to clear up. The model for the day, Mariel, was lovely, helpful and above all, very patient. My sincere thanks to Rory and Mariel for making this a good day to remember. Recommended without hesitation. (Saturday 28th March 2015)


 

Ian Vincent

Today I had the pleasure of attending his workshop in Portraiture in Glasgow and it was everything I needed and more. The seminar was relaxed and lose and the model was lovely. As someone who is making his way in the photography world Rory cleared up a lot of questions I had, with using flash for portraiture and would highly recommend his workshops and future tutorials to anyone. (Saturday 28th March 2015)


Kelly Willoughby

It was a brilliant experience to learn from such a talented photographer as Rory. The tuition was really good. The presentation was a great start talking through inspiration etc and the model was friendly. I had a great time and learnt so much 😀 thanks Rory! (Wednesday 1st April 2015)


Greg Miller

I recently attended a One to One tuition session with Rory Lewis and model Portia Victoria in Liverpool. After an introductory presentation we quickly moved on to practical examples. Several different lighting set ups were used through the day, using a light meter to set them correctly was also covered. Priority was given to actually putting the theories into practice and taking pictures. Everything was explained clearly and Rory is on hand to answer questions as the session goes on. I am familiar with DSLR photography but this was a totally new experience for me and I admit I was quite apprehensive before the session. However I found the day had a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere, thanks must go to Rory and our superb (and very patient) model for the day, Portia Victora. The presentation mentioned earlier was also available as a PDF to refer back to afterwards. Plenty of tea, coffee and biscuits available too. I would recommend anyone considering such a session to go ahead and book. (Tuesday 17th March 2015)


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Portraiture Lighting Techniques

Often I receive emails from photographers asking about portraiture lighting techniques especially from celebrity portrait sittings. I have put together a simple helpful guide to portraiture with equipment recommendations, lighting diagrams and the kit used for each setup.

 

Choosing the right equipment for your photoshoots can make your life much easier. For myself portability is key, with more than half of my Portrait Sittings taking place on location, at clients offices or in their homes. Collapsable and easy to carry equipment is essential for my work. Lastolite supply a wonderful selection of Collapsable/Reversible Backdrops. For the portrait photographer on the move they are an ideal solution, folding down to a manageable size.

Sir Patrick Stewart Rory Lewis

Looking at Lenses I prefer fixed prime’s for all my portraiture. Prime Lenses for DSLR Camera’s are highly affordable, at the beginning of my career I started with a 50mm F1.8 Nikon Lens. Costing just over £100 you can create wonderful results, canon’s equivalent 50mm F1.8 Canon Lens is only £99.89. Nowadays I shoot Medium Format, opting for the Mamiya 80mm f/2.8 D or the Hasselblad 100mm F2.2

 

Lighting wise you have many options from Bowens, to Neewer, Elinchrom, Lastolite and Profoto. I myself prefer Profoto for their durability; as a professional photographer on the move, I have found the more lower end lighting less durable, needing regular repairs and maintenance.

 

A good light meter is essential, you will be surprised, I have taught a great deal of budding photographers in my workshops, and many have never used a light meter. I recommend the Sekonic L-308S, its simple to use and will ensure accuracy in your metering.

 

For beginner portrait photographers learning a simple one light setup is essential. Rembrandt lighting can help you achieve professional quality portraits with a minimal amount of equipment. Named for the artist Rembrandt who used the lighting method in his paintings, Rembrandt lighting is a style of studio lighting in which the subjects face is well lit on one side with only a small triangle of light appearing on the opposite cheek, as you can see in the photograph below.

Portrait Lighting Diagrams One Light Setup Rory Lewis Photographer

Camera Settings F6.3, ISO 100

Equipment List


 

Creating dramatic portraits can be achieved with the below two light setup, I prefer silver or Deep Silver Umbrella’s for their sharpness. Using a Black Foam/Poly Board to add contrast and help sculpt the detail and character of the face.

Celebrity Portrait Lighting Setup Patrick Stewart Rory Lewis Photographer

Camera Settings F7.1, ISO 200

Equipment List



 

Making an adjustment to the above setup, you can backlight your subject separating them form the backdrop. Using lastolite’s Wyoming backdrop really makes the subject stand out.

Celebrity Portrait Lighting Setup Patrick Stewart Rory Lewis Photographer

Camera Settings F6.3, ISO 200

Equipment List


 


I hope these setups, help you to create some wonderful portraiture. If you are interested in my workshops, I have a full programme of Portraiture Workshops throughout 2015. All courses are practical tuition sessions giving you plenty of time to learn hands on the skills taught. Enabling you to work with professional models on the day and capture amazing photography for your portfolio.

1st June Glasgow, Art Nude Photography Course Feedback

Ella Darling Art Nude Photography Workshop Liverpool October 11th 2014

Feedback From Today’s Art Nude Course in Glasgow

 

Thank you for all who attended today’s Course in Glasgow, please click here for Latest Timetable, and see feedback from today below. 

 

“Rory , is someone who loves his work as a photographer , very enthusiastic . He is very willing to help and supplies one with information, during and after the shoot with notes of the different lighting setups . I would definitely recommend him to anyone who wishes to enter the beautiful world of Fine Art Nude photography.

There are so many aspects of the course that I enjoyed …this is another thing about Rory , he is a good sense of humour which rubs off on his students , because half the battle of getting something across is to make the whole learning experience enjoyable . Even after he has finished his course and you are wanting to chat about something , Rory is always available to help . A great asset for any teacher .” 

R.Wemyss Reviewcentre.com

I found this course interesting and Rory was helpfully explaining how to get the best lighting for the model. This course is valuable to the experienced armature who may want to delve into thie field of studio.

I am very happy with my images whether they were low key or high key. I am going to recommend this course to a friend. I now have fine art nude images on my website and portfolio.

Many thanks to the model, the people on the course and the people in charge of the lovely Steels Studio in Glasgow.

A.Fotheringham Reviewcentre.com

2012 Year in Review

Thank you to all of my family, friends, clients for making 2012 such an amazing time. It has been a great year and I am excited to update everyone on the happenings of the year.

 

I began the year on assignment in Barcelona with Episode Fashion Management, shooting a campaign for CEO Charles McDonald. It was a wonderful opportunity to explore the sites and make new friends in the cities creative circle.  I was also lucky to bring in the New Year in Barcelona celebrating in the famous Las Ramblas. I will be  returning to Spain at the end of January this coming year and look forward to the photoshoots and site seeing I have planned.

 (Rory Lewis)

Upon my return from Spain I embarked on one of the most challenging assignments of my photographic career, being commissioned by Princes Foods to shoot over 4000 items of Product Photography. It sounds simple, but the assignment required all the products to be shoot in unique compositions. The task took over a month to collate and complete, but the results looked stunning, and since the assignment I have gained a great deal of product photography clients. Now being able to offer a 24 hour turnaround in most cases.

 

 

With the completion of my Princes assignments I was able to dedicate some time to other projects being commissioned to shoot singer Nikki Belle; And with the help of Stylist Rikki Finlay and Makeup Artist Nita Malata. I planned several fashion and beauty tests in the spring to update my portfolio. Working particularly with Oxygen Models in London and shooting mainly male models as my book was lacking in this area.

 

Testing is a very costly business but it is essential for professional photographers to test, so new ideas and ways of working can be explored. This in turn can improve your portfolio and show to your clients your skills and talent.

 

2012 has been the 10th year of my professional photography career and I have enjoyed being commissioned to shoot a wide variety of projects. I continue to offer Model Portfolio & Actors Headshot Services and throughout the year, have worked with dozens of new and established actors and models to start or update their head shots & portfolios.

 

It has been very rewarding to help new models and actors to find their way into the industry through my photography and many have gone on to gain work through some of the UK’s top Agencies. One of the highlights of 2012 has been a shoot with Coronation Street actress Holly Quin Ankrah.

 

2012 was the year I  decided to hold my first exhibition (Keeping Abreast) hosted by the Bluecoat Gallery in Liverpool. I invited my friends, family and clients to view my work, and opened the exhibition to the public. I really enjoyed speaking with clients and members of the public about my photography, gaining new opinions and feedback.

Rory Lewis 2012 Exhibition

If you missed the exhibition you can view the highlights in the video below. The event raised £400 for Macmillan Cancer Support and I thank everyone who donated. I will be holding another exhibition in 2013 so pleased keep subscribe to my feed for more news on the event.

 

One of the areas I specialise in as a photographer is Hair & Beauty Photography and every year I gain a great deal of Hair Salon Commissions from Salon’s looking to update their marketing material and styling books and enter the Wella and L’Oreal competitions. This year I was delighted to work work with, Vidal Sassoon, Pierre Alexandre, Beauty Works, Love the Salon and L’Oreal to name a few. Creating some wonderful photography and Marketing Material.  

 

When a photographer and model are on the same wavelength great things happen. This has occurs often in my hair  & beauty portraiture photography. The capturing of a perfect portrait moment a split second when the model and photographer connect is a rewarding experience.

 

Paris Rory Lewis Photographer2012 is also the year I turned 30, and to mark the event, I decided to treat myself, starting with a dual city break in London and Paris. It was in Paris I proposed to my now fiancé Alexandra. We had a wonderful time in both London & Paris exploring the cities sites and taking in the Parisian Culture. You can check out my city break snaps on My Blog.

 

Returning from Paris,  I arranged another birthday treat purchasing tickets to Star Trek London. Being a Closet Trekkie, I took the opportunity to see all the Five Captains on stage and meet actors William Shatner, David Warner, Michael Dorn, Andrew Robinson and Avery Brooks having my photos taken with several of the actors.

Rory Lewis Celebrity Photographer William Shatner

After pretty much a four week birthday celebration of trips and indulgence I returned to work, receiving several assignments, from photographing Pasta to Electronic Cigarettes . I was also commissioned by sports online retailer Kit Bag  to shoot footballer Robbie Savage for a Festive Christmas Marketing Campaign.

Throughout 2012 I expanded my Photography School holding one day and weekend courses in areas from Portraiture to Fashion photography, and it has been wonderful to pass on skills and knowledge to both professional and amateur photographers. In 2013, I will be continuing to offer Photography Courses and One on One Tuition sessions throughout the year so please check out 2013 Timetable.

 

2012 has been a very exciting year, and I look forward to seeing what 2013 has in store, I have taken a little break over the festive period to relax my creative juices and look forward to returning to work in January with many new projects on the horizon.