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George Fairbairn has photographed many bands from Twenty One Pilots to Rage Against the Machine for magazines such as Kerrang!, Rocksound, Rhythm and more. In this film George demonstrates how to shoot a single space composite of a food fight for a Ska band.

In this three part series George takes you through a full shoot for a Ska band, from the setup to the post production. Shooting all 7 band members at once and getting perfect lighting, timing and clear view of everyone’s face is not just difficult but time consuming. George demonstrates how he is able to capture the band in small groups then bring them together in a single space composite, allowing him to perfect the lighting, timing and expressions of each member. I this part George guides us through the kit he is using for the shoot and shoots all the images needed for the single space composite. Taking you through the setup George shares key techniques to insure the post production work is quick and easy and the final image is believable.

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We go behind the scenes, shadowing beauty and fashion photographer Deborah Selwood. As she captures headshots for local hair and beauty college students. 

Deborah takes us through everything you need to know to get started with shooting hair and beauty headshots and photographing for or at an educational institution. Firstly demonstrating the equipment and setups she uses and the reasons behind them. Deborah also explains key guidelines and safety processes you need to obey by when working in these types of environments. Then Deborah photographs each students work, demonstrating key points for lighting different styles of hair and makeup, working in a fast placed environment, how to pose the model, why you shouldn’t use post production and more.

This film is perfect for any photographer whom is already or starting to shoot with hair and beauty clients or photographing at an educational institution. 

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George Fairbairn demonstrates how create dramatic lighting for that iconic metal band look. 

Learn how to create dramatic band images in the studio or on location with just two lights and a black background. George demonstrates how to position a band slightly different to perfectly light all members while using focal length to pull the image together. 

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Michelle demonstrates the use of a Lightpad to create crisp, clean, hi-key macro images simply and quickly.

In this film Michelle demonstrates how she uses the MicroSun Lightpad to achieve simple Hi-key Macro images. The Lightpad provides a clean and bright source of light that you can place small subject directly onto to create a bright white background for Hi-key images. Michelle shows you how simple it is to use, shoots a selection of different subjects do demonstrate the effect on each and shares a few tips and tricks she’s developed to help get a bit more creative with this nifty bit of kit.

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Mark introduces you to the concepts behind getting advanced with your studio flash photography. Guiding you through the use of hard light to bring real impact to your images.

Using Elinchrom’s fantastic ELC Studio flashes Mark explains why he loves to work with hard light in his images and some of his favourite accessories to control and shape the light. Mark is a big fan of hard lighting but it can be very unforgiving so this is why the correct choice of modifier is crucial to creating the right look for your images, so experimenting and learning the effects of each piece of equipment is essential to push your lighting to a more advanced level.

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Mark and the apprentices head down to the Pump House to capture the antique selling characters, this time using speedlites.

The Pump House is a treasure cove of antique and interiors stores hidden away in a corner of Cardiff. Filled with interesting characters Mark gives the apprentices their brief, to capture the wonderful characters and the interesting treasures they have for sale. The catch is they have to use speedlites for 50% of their shots.

Equipment: Canon 5DMkII, Canon 24-105mm, 2x Cactus V6 Wireless Transceivers, Cactus RF60 Speedlite, Canon 580EXII Speedlite, Quantum Turbo 3 Battery, Lastolite Micro Apollo Softbox

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A reflector is one of the most affordable and simple ways to improve the lighting of your images. Mark Cleghorn shows you the basic techniques for using a reflector, which will truly reflect in the quality of your images.

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Mark and the apprentices head down to Cardiff bay to get to grips with going full manual with speedlites.

Starting off Mark comes up with the shots and light positions demonstrating why and how he uses each speedlite, plus demonstrating a few quick and easy speedlites technique to bring the image alive. With the shots setup and the speedlite positions roughed out the apprentices are now able to spend more time on the technical side of using their speedlites.

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Mark introduces you to the concepts behind getting advanced with your studio flash photography. Guiding you through the key creative choices of how many lights to use and how to shape them, to create high quality studio images.
 
Using Elinchrom’s fantastic ELC Studio flashes Mark guides you through two of the key considerations when taking your studio photography into a more advanced style. Firstly, he covers choosing the right number of lights, considering the style, mood and tone of the image. Then Mark focuses on the choice of modifier, this is a critical element of what makes lighting advanced as it is how you choose to shape and refine the light that ultimately sets an image apart and shows of your skill as a photographer.
 
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The editorial apprentices get an introduction to speedlights.

Instead of going straight out on location with some speedlights to capture headshots for a few actor clients, Mark guides the apprentices through the equipment first. To begin with Mark finds out what speedlights the apprentices are using or have. Mark then goes on to explain how, when and why he uses speedlights. 

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