Our Last Group Shoot of March 2020 with Natasha J Bella

While you are reading this many of us are on Lockdown due to COVID-19, This virus has affected everyone around the world but it did give us a great opportunity when The Photography show 2020 was postponed. Following the show being postponed we were lucky enough to have model Natasha J Bella. 

Natasha J Bella is a very successful model in the UK and she also teaches photography as well as models so was great to have a second voice during this group shoot. The group shoot sold out within 24 hours by many of our regular photographers who attend out events. 

During the workshop we covered many different lighting set ups with from clam shell lighting and split lighting to name a few. The results were all fantastic! Natasha was happy to give advice as well and great poses that give great dynamic looks to our images. 

Below we have added a few examples of images captured (Only safe for work ones) and some behind the scenes images for you to see what we do. 

Thank you to everyone for coming we have had so much amazing feedback from our other photographers and Natasha too, below we have added them of them for you. 

“Alastair organised a short notice group shoot which fully booked quickly. Alastair is very easy to get along with, was extremely accommodating, and helpful and made me feel very comfortable. He gave good tips to the whole group of varying levels from beginners to more experienced, ensuring everyone got great shots. He set the lighting before each set which was very flattering, making the shots look great straight away. From what I could tell everyone was happy with what they were getting, I definitely was and I’m very happy with how the shoot went. We are planning another day since it went so well. I would highly recommend Alastair’s studio and groups shoots and I’m looking forward to working with him again soon. Thanks for a great day” Natasha J Bella

“Had another amazing shoot over at Alastair Currill studio this Afternoon with the lovely Natasha belle, Alastair was his helpful self as normal, we covered many different sets ranging from portrait to Art nude & Lingerine, had an amazing afternoon with him & 5 others, thank for arranging this at such short notice, really enjoyed the three Hours & Natasha Belle was a star model.Thank again” Andy Warden

“Another well organised group shoot, this time at short notice taking advantage of the cancelled photography show to get a top model for us. Thank you Alastair” Terry Walters

“A hastily-arranged group shoot at Alastair Currell’s studio with the model Natasha J Bella. A very productive three hours, I got some images that I’m really happy with. We went through a few setups, mixed it up a bit with a few props, and the time just flew by. Alastair has a knack of suggesting themes which interest me, and so I shall no doubt be going to more events like this.” Tim Robinson

If you would like attend one of group shoots or workshops in the future why not drop us a message or email to alastair@alastaircurrill.com for further information when events happen later in 2020. Thank you everyone for your continuing support it has been a tough few weeks for everyone with COVID-19. Please all keep safe and we will look forward to seeing of you again soon. 


Star Trails at Lower Slaughter

Another blog post from Lower Slaughter, this time at night!Our star trails workshop are very last minute due to needing the perfect night sky conditions, On Thrusday we headed out with Thomas who had a voucher with us for the workshop. We nearly had a full moon that lit up the Old Mill for us and we captured some stunning star trails as seem below. The workshop covers

Shooting in Full Manual Mode (Overview)
Equipment Needed
Lighting Conditions
Long Exposures
Light Painting
Composition
Photoshop light stacking 


Editing workflow.
Equipment Needed
Outdoor clothing
DSLR or Mirrorless Camera (If you have a spare battery please bring full charged)
Tripod
Shutter release cable (remote also fine to use)
Torch
Laptop with Photoshop installed
Wide angle lens (less than 35mm if unsure please ask)

If you would like to attend our next workshop please drop us a message or email to alastair@alastaircurrill.com


1:1 Workshop with Judy Dean at Lower Slaughter

New year and a new hobby, We were joined by Judy dean for a 2 day 1:1 workshop at Lower Slaughter. The workshops were our Introduction to Photography and Lightroom and Photography Workshop. Judy already had some knowledge of using her camera but quickly learnt some new tricks and modes from us. 

At Lower Slaughter there are many features to the village that can be used for explaining techniques and theory to our students such as the church, the old mill and of course the river. Below are some of the images captured from us and some behind the scenes photos


The two courses were covering 

Introduction to Photography

  • Camera Settings 
  • Shooting in Full Manual Mode
  • Shutter Speed
  • Aperture
  • ISO
  • Exposure Triangle
  • Use of Lenses
  • RAW versus JPEG
  • Types of Lighting
  • White Balance
  • Composition

Lightroom and Photography Workshop

Lightroom 

  • Lightroom Interface
  • Importing Files
  • Tools and Sliders 
  • Exporting Files
  • Watermarking 
  • RAW vs. JPEG

Photoshop 

  • Photoshop Interface, Tools and Palettes
  • Layers
  • Colour Adjustment
  • Sharpening 
  • Retouching
  • Colour RGB to CMYK
  • Image Resizing and Resolution
  • Printing
  • File Formats (saving files)

We also required some very kind words from Judy following our workshops together. If you would like to join us a photography workshop please go to our website www.alastaircurrill.com/workshops or available courses and dates. We hope Judy will attend another one of our workshops in the near future. Thank you for coming

“I spent 2 days with Alastair last week, learning how to use my camera in fully Manual mode, and how to use Photoshop. 2 days tailored to my particular requirements. Alastair is a charming, friendly and extremely helpful teacher - repeating things until you understand etc. I am hoping to take more courses later on!”

We back at Lower Slaughter on the 7th March for an afternoon of landscape photography which £50pp 3:30-6:30pm. The workshop will be covering

Shooting in Full Manual Mode (Overview)
Equipment Needed
ND Filters
Long Exposures with Moving Water
Composition
Reflections
Interior Photography Lower Slaughter Church
Golden Hour
Macro Elements within a Landscapes

Equipment need
DSLR Camera
Tripod
Shutter Release Cable (not essential)
ND Filters
Suitable Outdoor Clothing


Using Format