24
Aug-2009

SHOOT IN THE CITY

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What a wonderful time we had yesterday on one of our SHOOT IN THE CITY workshops, here in Edinburgh one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. The only thing that was against us was, of course, the weather! The number of times I had checked the forecast last week was, well Faye had to tell me to stop! The day dawned with; yes you guessed it, rain. Soft, gently Scottish rain. Straight down from the heavens but at least it was warm. Our bride and groom for the day, Nicola and Steven are both actors, not models, as we think actors are more able to bring some realism to the part they are playing for the day. Anyway they both came to dinner on Saturday evening and spent the night with us so we were ready to jump into action early Sunday morning. Our delegates, some who had travelled all the way from London and Liverpool, met us at Café Nero on Lothian Road where Nicola and Steven magically transformed into our bride and groom in the respective loos! Still raining, we sprinted over to Festival Square to take advantage of the covered areas in this the financial area of the city. Not long into the first session the rain managed to stop so we were able to take advantage of the rest of the square. We were using the Quantum packs with the DML light modifier, which gives such a wonderful soft light reminiscent of my larger studio soft box, which many of you will know how much I love using. I just loved a revolving door, which I came across, and we spent quite some time here with Nicola and Steven working their magic for the delegates ensuring that they did indeed come across as a genuine bride and groom. Not sure if any of the delegates clocked the security guard inside the building that looked quite bemused at what was going on at his revolving door!

We ended the morning session on and around the steps of West Register House, a former church in the centre of the city, which provides wonderful wet weather options. I think that the tourists, and remember this is in the middle of the Edinburgh Festival, thought that we were a Fringe Performance! Faye even suggested that we host another at the same time next year and sell tickets! Lunch in Leith at one of our favourite restaurants, Giuliano’s on the Shore and then back onto the streets for more shooting in and around the harbour area of Leith before finishing the day at the prerequisite blue shutter door where we showed delegates what an advantage a Bowens Travel pack and Ring Flash can be to set yourself apart from the opposition. All of our delegates loved the effect such a powerful Ring Flash can achieve both on and off camera.

Back to Giuliano’s for a quick debrief and a welcome coffee, I downloaded some images and Faye demonstrated some of the actions we use in postproduction. Kubota and Totally Rad are our most favoured action sets and we are delighted to be sponsored by both along with Bowens, Quantum and of course the UK’s premier professional lab, Loxley Colour.

Judging by the e-mails delegates had a great time with us: We will be hosting another SHOOT IN THE CITY workshop on the 8th of October. Full details on the blog and leaflets through Loxley’s.

Hi Faye and Trevor,
Just needed to say again a huge thanks for not only a highly intuitive, creative workshop but also a fabulous day in your company.
The images are simply outstanding, your models fantastic, the locations and lunch superb, and the company of other guests enjoyable.
I look forward to seeing you both again sometime, (soon I hope).
Best Regards,
Gordon.

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