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

Fine Art Nude Workshop Los Angeles (CA) (USA)

Working with a Professional  Art Nude Model with fabulous bone structure, figure and facial expression. Rory Lewis Art Nude Courses are a MUST for all those enthusiastic Art Nude Photographers who want to capture some amazing shots for their portfolios.  With workshop coming to  Los Angeles (CA) (USA) Sunday 16th July 2017  Tuition is a hands on classroom as you work with the model throughout the day learning new skills and techniques. You will walk away from this course with the skill to develop and improve your photography techniques, learn studio flash lighting, develop your understanding of studio technique and test this using a professional model.” You will be shown the effect of soft boxes, umbrellas, snoots, beauty dishes and how to use reflectors. How to use both soft and hard lighting to change the mood and effect of a portrait. Learn the function of the main light; and how to use fill lights, back lights and hair lights to affect the final image.

Course Starts 10am and Finishes at 4pm, all lighting equipment will be provided you just need to bring your DSLR Camera with you. Please Email Me rorylewis@me.com if you have any questions about the Course. Full Course Details will be Sent upon Booking. Group Sizes are small around 4-6 Delegates.


Art Nude Photography Course Los Angeles Sunday 27th August 2017

 

Sportsmen’s Lodge & Conference Centre 12825
12825 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, 91604
United States

 

Delegates Feedback

 

“Rory, The Art Nude Photography Course was spot on. You kept the theory to a minimal and just taught us practical techniques. I came away from the course with some amazing images and Ella Darling was an awesome model for a beginner like myself Thanks a bunch!”

Stephen Nicholson Delegate

 

“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 well worth flying over from Ireland! “

Aidan Finn Delegate

 

Excellent course. this was my first Art Nude course and I’ll be honest I was very Nervous. However, Rory was great he kept me engaged and taught me loads. He knows his profession.

 

Our MUA did a flawless job, she had the model looking amazing and we didn’t have to deal with any issues. The model was amazing, great professional, very hard worker and made me feel at ease. Great gorgeous cheeky look and wonderful figure, would recommend her to anyone 

Simon Peters Delegate

Victoria & Albert Museum Workshop

Thank you to everyone who attended my Three Day Portrait Photography Workshop at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. It was wonderful to teach such a diverse group with several of the attendees coming from Portugal Belgium and France. The workshop was a pleasure to teach, with access to an immense collection of art to inspire the delegates throughout the three days.

 

Working with three unique models on each day the delegates were able to hone their skills, learning how to light and direct subjects for many different situations. The delegates were then able to plan and execute their own photoshoots with the models taking inspiration from the galleries collection of portraiture.

 

I’m looking forward to returning to the V&A next year to teach another workshop. If you are interested in my Photography Courses, I have a range of workshops on offer including group as well as One-to-One Sessions.

Victoria & Albert Museum Rory Lewis Photography Workshops

Victoria & Albert Museum Rory Lewis Photography Workshops

Victoria & Albert Museum Rory Lewis Photography Workshops

Victoria & Albert Museum Rory Lewis Photography Workshops

Victoria & Albert Museum Rory Lewis Photography Workshops

Victoria & Albert Museum Rory Lewis Photography Workshops

Victoria & Albert Museum Rory Lewis Photography Workshops

Victoria & Albert Museum Rory Lewis Photography Workshops

Victoria & Albert Museum Rory Lewis Photography Workshops

Victoria & Albert Museum Rory Lewis Photography Workshops

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

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“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.”

Samy’s Camera’s Photography Courses Los Angeles

I’m pleased to announce my partnership with Samy’s Camera in Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Samy’s recently interviewed me for their BlogThroughout 2016 & 17 i’ll be teaching workshops and seminars on portrait photography, lighting, direction and how to market yourself as a photographer. To check out the latest workshops and courses click here. I will also be offering One-to-One workshops in the Los Angeles area. 

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British Photographer Rory Lewis Samy's Cameras USA

British Photographer Rory Lewis Samy’s Cameras USA

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.

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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!

 

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Thankyou to Photo-Plus Magazine for asking me to take part in their Photo-Plus Apprentice feature. It was wonderful to share my portraiture knowledge and skills with my apprentice for the session Neil Hadrill and all the magazines readers. Thanks also to Calumet Photographic for providing their studio facilities in central London for the session. If you are interested in learning about portraiture I offer One-to-One Seminars and Workshops Throughout the UK & USA.

 

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2015 Year in Review

Air-Chief-Marshal-Sir-Stuart-CF008962Headshots-SessionThe Year of Portraiture. This year has seen me photographing a range of eminent figures from the world of politics, acting and the military. 2015 has seen me expand from Liverpool to nationwide, with a focus in London, as well as hopping the Atlantic to make my name Stateside. 2015 has been a monumental year for Rory Lewis Photography seeing me grow exponentially as a person through learning and rekindling of creative drive, as well as the business going from strength to strength, up there with the big players. And this is due to my sole enterprise now being Portraiture encompassing commercial, editorial, industrial, entertainment, artistic and cultural purposes.

Commercial Photography Liverpool Rory Lewis Photographer

Commercial Photography Liverpool Rory Lewis Photographer

The year began with two commercial assignments the first with a commercial uniform supplier and the second with impressive costume jewellery designers, Halo & Co. I conducted a series of challenging yet rewarding shoots of models decked out in the most glorious signature costume pieces. I captured the detail in order to delight the viewer, and I’m honoured to have been a part helping to establish this inspiring company on the international jewellery design scene.

 

Michael Thomson Actor Rory Lewis London Actors HeadshotsSpring and Summer saw my diary go crazy as I met an explosion of requests from both established and up-and-coming actors. I lived and breathed headshots for Spotlight and other casting websites. I attribute this success due to 2014’s Northerners Exhibition where I set the trend for modern Portraiture sittings with well-known names like Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen. I’ve felt privileged to work with such inspiring professionals, both new and old-hands, from pantomime to theatre and film. Memorable sittings include those with Michael Thomson (Pictured Right) (Jonny Maconie in BBC’s Holby City), Luke Bailey (Sam Bateman in TV’s Casualty), Matthew Morley (star of Hollywood Blockbuster “Fury”) and the one to keep an eye on, teenage actor Lewis Hamilton, star of CBBC Comedy Series, The Dumping Ground.

 

Zenith Chambers Barristers Leeds

Zenith Chambers Barristers Leeds

Alongside this I expanded my Corporate Headshot Services. We live in an “instant visual” age, and these headshots are becoming key in identifying and defining commercial and public professionals. I have completed commissions from firms such as Bunzl Retail – requiring shoots of large teams – to Zenith Chambers (Leeds) who required portraits of individual barristers and paralegals. My friendly and professional approach is welcomed across the spectrum of various corporations, from high-powered board members to all members of staff.

 

Famous faces have hit the Rory Lewis lenses again this year. I’ve commenced work on three new exciting exhibition projects, the first of which is entitled “Expressive”. Expressive explores professional actors from all walks of life, from across the globe.

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The Expressive Project began back in February with a trip to Los Angeles to complete a sitting with Star Trek’s William Shatner (Above). I admit, I have been an avid Trekkie since the age of 7, so I was a little like a kid in a sweet shop. This was an incredible chance to work with a Screen Legend, a dream come true to work with the iconic Captain Kirk and TJ Hooker. It was a speedy sitting owing to time schedules, but worth every second of it. Whilst in Los Angeles I also encompassed a shoot with a star of the future Star Trek Generation, Brent Spiner. (Below) It was an absolute pleasure working with Brent who proved himself to be a natural in front of the camera: making a highly rewarding session for me, creating a vast array of expressions.

Brent Jay Spiner (/ˈspaɪnər/, born February 2, 1949) is an American actor, best known for his portrayal of the android Lieutenant Commander Data in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and four subsequent films. His portrayal of Data in Star Trek: First Contact and of Dr. Brackish Okun in Independence Day, both in 1996, earned him a Saturn Award and Saturn Award nomination respectively. Editorial Photographer, Syndication Rory Lewis Photography (Rory Lewis)

These two sittings were a fantastic springboard for the Expressive Project. Back on English soil I arranged sittings in London with Steven Berkoff. Infamous for being a difficult character to work with, I entered the shoot feeling somewhat intimidated. However, he’s nothing like the villainous creation of many of his movies, but in fact I found him to be a warm and thoughtful man whose essence I was able to capture completely as well as an amazingly evil portrait that instils drama and suspicion in the eye of the beholder. (Below)

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Jumping back across The Pond once again in September I undertook Portrait sitting with Actor and Star of Star Trek Deep Space Nine René Auberjonois (a descendant of Napoleon no less) and a Prince whose family gave up their title when they moved to America at the turn of the century. Additionally, this trip involved sittings with Armin Shimerman, Robert Picardo and Breaking Bad’s Mark Margolis (Below) who I simply bumped in to in my hotel.

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Andrew J Robinson Rory Lewis LA Portrait PhotographerOne of my most enjoyable Expressive sittings was with Andy Robinson,(Right) famed for playing the Scorpio Killer in Dirty Harry, the first psychopathic killer to hit our screens. Capturing this incredible evil expression with piercing fierce eyes was truly a memorable moment. Having admired his work once for with my Trekkie hat on when he played Garak the Cardassian Tailor in Star Trek’s Deep Space Nine, I was once again thrilled to be working with such a personality. Expressive was exhibited in Liverpool and London in October. Proving itself a success, I gained sponsorship from the exhibition from Calumet Photographic, Mamiya and Hahnemühle. I was delighted that the Exhibition was featured in both Local and National Press and Television, making my accomplishment all the more enjoyable.

Expressive Photography Exhibition London Portrait Photographer

Expressive Photography Exhibition London Portrait Photographer

I was commissioned by Cancer Research UK to undertake pictures for their campaign promoting Bowel Cancer Awareness. Knowing I was involved in such a worthwhile and much much-needed campaign was humbling and exhilarating in equal measure. Working with individuals who have suffered with such greatness, yet thrived in recovery, was a shoot I won’t forget. Additionally, smaller commissions flooded in for product and clothing photography.

Cellist Jonathan Dormond Portrait Sitting

Cellist Jonathan Dormond Portrait Sitting

Word spreads in the World of Photography: it matters deeply to people that they feel comfortable behind the lens and in the resulting images. Therefore, as my reputation has grown I am seeing more and more commissions from Actors, Singers, Dancers, Models, Musicians and Entertainers to be used for promotional material. Following in the groove I set in 2014 I continue to move further away from the sphere of fashion to deeper work, concentrating on my love of all things Portraiture. I love helping aspiring talent to promote their faces and will continue to do so throughout 2016.

Additionally, I’m looking to continue to offer model portfolio services with limited monthly sessions in Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and London. Again, I love knowing I’ve played a part in helping models take their first steps in to the industry by providing them with powerful portfolio pieces.

 

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe Rory Lewis Photographer London PortraitistMy background as a History Graduate continues to drive my passion for capturing Historical Portraiture, combining my knowledge and ability as a historian with my skills as a Portrait Photographer. I have such a passion for this area of my work, blending the different aspects of my interests and abilities. Therefore I began a new project entitled Portraitist. This fascinating project combined by love of renaissance portraiture with my love of photography in to one exceptional outcome, capturing the faces of power from the Military to Political spheres. The project has seen me walking the Halls of Power with sittings in Whitehall, the DWP, Army HQ (Andover), Royal Air Force HQ (High Wycombe) and New Scotland Yard. The project is gaining success all the time, and following letters of invitation, has included eminent figures including Baron William Hague, Iain Duncan Smith, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, Lt. General James Everard and Sir Bernard Hogan Howe (Left).

William Jefferson Hague FRSL (born 26 March 1961)[1] is a British Conservative politician who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Richmond (Yorks) from 1989 to 2015. He also served as Leader of the House of Commons from 2014 to 2015, as Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs from 2010 to 2014,[2] and as Leader of the Conservative Party and Leader of the Opposition from 1997 to 2001. (Rory Lewis)

The sitting with William Hague (Above) was incredibly rewarding. I have yearned for the chance to work with a truly significant British historical character. Hague’s name is synonymous with modern political discourse and assertions of power and influence, but to meet him in person you would not think it. Incredibly ‘human’ and real, he is a very witty man who was reeling off jokes throughout the sitting. He held himself beautifully for the portrait, so well in fact that I was able to capture the essence of one of my favourite Holbein pieces, dignified and full of grace and authority.

 

On the back of the sitting with William Hague, I did another portrait photo-shoot with Iain Duncan Smith. (Below) Working once more with a veteran of power and controversy was both inspiring and rewarding. I’m hoping to build on this type of sitting in 2016, avidly looking forward to another addition to the Portraitist Exhibition which will see me directing a shoot with former Prime Minister, Sir John Major, as well as other political and military figures’ sessions that I have in the pipeline.

Rory Lewis London Portrait Sitting with George Iain Duncan Smith (born 9 April 1954), often referred to by his initials IDS, is a British Conservative Party politician. The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions since 2010, he was previously the Leader of the Conservative Party and Leader of the Opposition from 2001 to 2003. He was first elected to Parliament in 1992 as the MP for Chingford, and he has represented its successor constituency of Chingford and Woodford Green since 1997. Duncan Smith was born in Edinburgh and served in the Scots Guards from 1975 to 1981, seeing tours in Northern Ireland and Rhodesia. He joined the Conservative Party in 1981, and was elected as a Member of Parliament in 1992. Duncan Smith succeeded William Hague as Conservative Leader in 2001, winning the leadership election partly on the support of Margaret Thatcher for his Eurosceptic ideology. Duncan Smith was the first Catholic to serve as a Conservative Leader, and the first to be born in Scotland since Arthur Balfour. In 2010, The Tablet named him one of Britain’s most influential Catholics.[1] His time as Conservative Leader saw his party fall in opinion polls, and many Conservative MPs came to consider him incapable of winning an election. In 2003 his MPs passed a vote of no confidence in his leadership; he immediately resigned, and was succeeded by Michael Howard. As a backbencher, he founded the centre-right Centre for Social Justice, a think tank independent of the Conservative Party, and became a published novelist, though his novel The Devil's Tune was savaged by critics. On 12 May 2010, Prime Minister David Cameron appointed Duncan Smith to serve in the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. (Rory Lewis)

The third project that I commenced in 2015 I have entitled Ambassadors, inspired by the intrigue of Holbein’s Ambassadors Portrait. London is a city home to hundreds of political missions and I have long harboured the desire to meet and work with important figures from many different countries and backgrounds. The Ambassadors Project saw me visit the Mexican (Below), Italian, Estonian, Danish, Austrian and Swiss Embassies in a bid to photograph each Ambassador. More Embassy sittings are booked for 2016 and I’ve looking forward to adding to this project with commissions from Attachés and members of political commissions.

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The three projects, Expressive, Portraitist and Ambassadors, have enabled me to expand my knowledge of portraiture, allowing me to try new methods and ways of working, building on my already successful skill-base. Working in such a creative profession, I consider it essential to test myself and push forward expanding my limits. Projects enable me personally, to document my growth as a professional. This has been particularly rewarding as I have seen a blend of all my personal passions combining science fiction and history in an eclectic mix in my work.

 

Rory Lewis Photography WorkshopsLearning and sharing continues to fuel my desires, and I’m proud and delighted to be continuing to offer a vast array of Photography Workshops as well as one-to-one Portrait Tuitions in Liverpool, Manchester, London and Edinburgh. Meeting with new students and sharing my love of portrait photography, techniques, direction and lighting, is enjoyable not only because I get to share my joy for this expressive profession, but also because it enables me to self-reflect on how something works, and why I choose it. I enjoy inspiring photographers to create thought-provoking portraiture of their own by incorporating my professional techniques honed over years in the business. This in turn enables them to hone and develop their own skills, whether amateur or professional, working with both the latest equipment and amazing professional models.

 

Learning and Development via Rory Lewis Photography throughout 2015 has been partnered with Calumet Photographic. I have taken great pleasure delivering seminars throughout their network of branches. I have also enjoyed leading Calumet’s official Blog, reviewing equipment and writing about tips and techniques. I was thrilled to be asked to judge Calumet’s Student Photographer of the Year Competition. It was an honour to help select the winner of this prestigious prize which was presented at the Photography Show.

 

Portraitist by Rory Lewis Photographer, learn lighting setups & all the secrets behind the shoots, view unseen portraits.

Portraitist by Rory Lewis Photographer, learn lighting setups & all the secrets behind the shoots, view unseen portraits.

Building on my desire to ‘spread the word’ both within the field of Photography and to a wider audience, 2015 has seen me publish two books: Portraitist and Expressive. The first sees me passing on my thoughts surrounding Photographic Portraiture by offering lighting techniques and the stories behind my many, and varied, Portrait Sittings. Expressive is my first coffee table book, designed to be perused and dipped in to showcasing some of my favourite Portrait Sittings from the year including Brent Spiner, Steven Berkoff, Andy Robinson, Robert Picardo and many other renowned male thespians.

Rory Lewis Photography Workshops Portraiture

Additionally, I have enjoyed having both my images and reviews of my work published in several magazines and trade editorials including Photo Professional Magazine, the RPS London, Profoto’s Blog, and Photo Plus magazine (Above). I’ve thoroughly enjoyed sharing my latest work, tricks, and techniques with such a diverse readership base. My work has also been acquired by newspapers and editorials through Image Syndication, it was fun and rewarding to see my portraits of Luis Suarez (Below) in the Shortlist Magazine, and my image of Sir Ian McKellen in the Mirror.

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2016 looks set to be another exciting year. I will be returning to Los Angeles for a month in April to undertake more Portrait Sittings. Fuelling my Trekkie passions I have started another Project looking to exhibit portraits of Star Trek actors in order to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the show. Through using a Kickstarter to help fund the project, I have raised over £2500 enabling me to devote more time in 2016 to additional Star Trek actor sittings, including one with Walter Koenig who played Chekov, as well as many other names from the TV series and movies.

 

2016 is also going to be the year I look to expand my Portrait Practice in London. Building a growing reputation for Portraiture in the capital is my number-one goal for the forthcoming year. Of course, my devotion to Learning and Development will continue with tours of both the UK and USA offering Portrait Photography Masterclasses and One-to-One tuition.

 

Wherever and however you run into Rory Lewis Photography in 2016, you can be sure that something exciting is afoot. Wishing all my supporters and followers a very Happy New year, with 2016 set to be even bigger and momentous than my thoroughly enjoyable 2015.

 

 

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

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“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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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.