It's finally here, I will be holding my first public workshops at Amersham Studios UK in the coming months, the workshop will be heavily focused on using gelled lighting and how we can use it to add impact and interest to our images through some advanced lighting techniques.
Here are just some of the topics I will be covering during the day:
-Subjective lighting: letting go of some of the rules of traditional lighting to create bold statements with colour.
-Essential lighting techniques to consider when using coloured gels: creating saturated and bold colours as well as how to create softer subtler coloured looks with equipment you already have.
-The fundamentals of colour theory: why it's important and how powerful it can be when used properly.
-Learning how to control and manipulate light with advanced setups: we'll be in a fully equipped studio but we will also look at reproducing the looks in smaller studio spaces like home studios with limited kit.
The course will be kept to a small group of 9 so there will be plenty of time for hands-on shooting for everybody. The plan for the day will be to start off with some basic gel lighting techniques with a little theory and best practices and then after that we will go straight into our first lighting set-up of the day, where we all get to shoot and try things out for ourselves. We will take a short break for lunch and then it's straight into the afternoon for two more slightly advanced lighting setups where we will look at overcoming some of the classic pitfalls usually encountered with gelled lighting. Everybody will get a chance to shoot on each of the set-ups and everybody will walk away from the day with plenty of killer shots.
Our model for the day will be the stunning Amber Tutton, I have worked with Amber on many shoots over the years, both commercially as well as live training events as well as many of of my pervious workshops. Amber is renowned for her seemingly limitless number of poses so everybody on the day will certainly be walking away with plenty of unique images. To see some pictures that Amber I have taken in the past then they can be viewed here "Behind the Curtain" and "DarkDesire".
The course is aimed at those looking to explore intermediate with some advanced lighting so some previous experience of off-camera lighting is preferred and advised. It doesn't matter if that's speedlights or strobes, the techniques learned on the day are transferable.
All you should need on the day is a DSLR with a portrait lens, anywhere from 50mm to 105mm will be fine. You should also be happy to shoot in full manual mode and familiar with what that entails. I'll be shooting with a Nikon on the day and if you'd also like to use some of my more obscure lenses you're more than welcome to do that too.
The workshops are currently being held at Amersham studio which is based just outside London UK but still on the tube network so it's easily accessible for all. Simon the studio manager also provides complimentary pick-ups and drop-offs at the local station two minutes away. If you'd like to find out more about the studio that hosts instructors from all over the world then follow the link here "Trade Secrets".
It's going to be an awesome day guys, I've been looking forward to putting this together for ages now as I have been asked numerous times to get it sorted and I'm pleased I finally had the chance to do so. Spaces are limited so I would definitely book sooner rather than later and, who knows, if its something that proves popular, maybe I'll organise another one at some point.
The Images above are an example of the lighting styles and techniques we will be covering on the day. Introducing coloured flare, complimentary coloured side lighting and also the full colour wash look at the end.
Follow the link below to get yourself booked now at the Amersham Studio website:
November 7th - SOLD OUT
January 23rd - SOLD OUT
February 27th - SOLD OUT
April 16th - SOLD OUT
May 7th - SOLD OUT
June 12th - SOLD OUT
June 25th - SOLD OUT
July 23rd - SOLD OUT
September 18th - SOLD OUT
December 3rd - SOLD OUT
So the first workshop was a resounding success and everything went miraculously smoothly. I honestly can't thank everybody enough who helped make the first workshop such a great event for all involved and I can't wait to meet more of you at the next one. Here are some of the behind scenes shots from the day courtesy of Simon Ellingworth and also a few very humbling testimonials from some of those that attended.
"Loved the course, loved Jake and loved the studio – 10/10"
"Jake was a great teacher making you feel like you had known him for years and was working with a friend. He made the complex lighting setups look really simple and he simply explained how to set them up. I came away with a new skill that I feel confident to be able to recreate. Jake was on hand to make sure you got the best photos from the day. Amber was a great model and made sure that you got the best image from each set up. The studio was a great teaching space coffee and soft drinks at hand all day and provided a cracking lunch. I look forward to future courses with Jake and this team.
10 out of 10"
"I recently attended Jake's 'Colour Narratives' and how to create them in camera, at The Amersham Studios. It was a fantastic day and worth every penny, Jake is a lovely guy, very relaxed with a good sense of humor, he has a very calm approach with very good teaching techniques. Each lighting set up was fully explained with the corresponding diagrams on a big screen, we watched as Jake discussed the problems that might be encountered and how to fix them, it was a small group of 8 photographers so it was easy to ask questions, we all took it in turn to shoot, the model Amber was a delight to work with and moved from pose to pose which with the lighting set ups made great images to take away. I learnt a lot from the day, we covered 4 different looks each one explained perfectly, you don't need a large studio, everything can be achieved in a small area, all I have to do now is put all this into practice and thanks to Jake I am very confident that I can do just that. Thanks for a fab day."
"Last weekend I had the good fortune to attend a fantastic photography workshop on gel lighting techniques with master tutor Jake Hicks Photography at Amersham Studios. Our model was the super talented: Amber Tutton Model. I learned an absolute shed-load throughout the day and most importantly, I developed the confidence that I can apply the methods and philosophy to lighting in this manner, to my own work going forward.
"I have been following Jake’s work for only a short time, it was in fact his portraits with Amber Tutton that first made me aware of his talents, but I was an instant fan and very keen to come along and learn more about his distinct creative photography. Jake was fantastic on the day, no question was too much trouble for him to answer despite the varying levels of experience in the room, and his willingness to go in depth about his approach, theories and techniques was both interesting, educational and exciting. I feel that I not only learnt a lot from the day from a technical aspect, but it has really inspired to experiment with my lighting set-ups and not be afraid to take a different approach to achieve something special. Overall it was a really fun day, and Amersham Studios was the ideal location (Simon could not have been more helpful and accommodating) and I would be happy to highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning a little more about Jake’s approach.
"Not only did I learn a hell of a lot but I met some great people as well. Besides Jake, Simon from the studio, Amber the fantastic model and Dan the Studio Assistant were all very friendly, accommodating and helpful throughout the day ensuring that our needs were met. And the other participants were all helpful, supportive and keen to learn.
It was great to watch Jake build up a shot, light by light and colour by colour and tweak things until he had what he wanted. I learned not only about shooting with coloured gels but took away lots of other little things I learned so I can incorporate them in my own studio work. Thanks again for a fantastic fun and profitable day. Highly recommended. Well worth the flight down from Glasgow."-Roy McKeag
One of the attendees, Richard Wakefield, was gracious enough to go away after the workshop and write a blog post about his time with us here and how he found the Gelled Lighting workshop on the day. It's always very rewarding to receive positive feedback from attendees but when they are already as good as Richard is it's particularly humbling and gratifying. Here's a snippet of what he had to say about his time on my Gelled Lighting Workshop.
"Jake's opened my eyes with regards to how far you can take these colour gels. It's ok to mix soft and hard light … its ok to use colours at opposite ends of the spectrum … it's ok to be bold … it's ok to be subtle! And the best part? Photos taken with Jake's setups look INCREDIBLE straight-out-of-camera."
Please go check out Richard's amazing work and the full article on his site Richard Wakefield Photography
Here's what some of the attendees had to say about the day:
“This is one of the best courses I have been on – you need this in your life!” – William Delve
“The most I’ve ever learnt on any workshop!” – Sue Marcoz
“Excellent day: Jake is a masterful instructor – clear, knowledgeable and passionate and Amersham Studios is a great venue, highly recommended.” – Nikola Milcic
“LOVED the workshop! It’s wonderful to have a small group to work with thought the day.” – Michael Eckert
“10/10 – No improvement needed: An exceptional tutor, course, host and studio!” – Richard Wakefield
As a little bonus during the lunch break I managed to drag the attendees kicking and screaming (some more than others ;) ) to the other side of the camera lens so I could take their portraits too.
Here are what some of the attendees had to say about their day with myself:
"Jake is a fantastic instructor and I really enjoyed taking this workshop. We did several lighting setups throughout the day and Jake explained each of them thoroughly so we could have a solid understanding of the entire process. We all had plenty of time to shoot each setup and I came away with lots of great images. I feel confident about bringing gelled lighting to my own photography."
Best wishes, -Daniel Montoya
"Book yourself on the gelled lighting workshop with Jake Hicks.Jake is not only a great creative photographer but also a talented educator. He has an excellent teaching style and can easily convey how to put theory into practice. The course has a good balance of instruction/advice with practical camera time. Jake and team was friendly and easy to connect with. Simon our studio host made us feel warmly welcome. Amber our model for the day gave each of us striking poses. It was an awesome workshop and also a day where I met great creative people. An ideal day really." - Laurence Trolet'I have attended Jake's color gels tutorial and definitely would like to recommend it to beginners and experienced photographers alike. The atmosphere on the tutorial was very friendly and Jake did his best to answer all our questions. The group was of the appropriate size, not too big, just 9 persons and it allowed Jake to dedicate personal attention to each of us. I should also note that catering and overall production: assistants, model and catering personnel were prompt and the whole workshop had been well timed. I didn't feel rushed and the day didn't seem long at all. So, all in all I do highly recommend Jake's colour gels workshop' - Nikka Lorak