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Fujifilm X Series Creative Photo Shoot

Fuji X Series Creative Portraits Workshop

What is it? A 1 day creative photography event with Damien Lovegrove exclusively for Fujifilm X Series owners including the X10, X20, X100, X100s, X-M1, X-E1 or X-Pro1.

Price: £295 +VAT (£354)

If you'd like to attend the next event  please contact us now to be put on the waiting list and we will email you when a date is bookable.

Thursday 2nd May 2013 - SOLD OUT
Tuesday 15th January 2013 - SOLD OUT

Places: 6

Models: 1 professional model

Tutors: Damien Lovegrove

The Venue: Hilton Manchester Deansgate Hotel, 303 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4LQ. Please meet Damien in reception. Contact details

Manchester Hilton Hotel Deansgate

Workshop Technical level:

Model dress code:
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More pictures
Damien's blog post of the first workshop.


An exclusive event for Fujifilm X series owners

Fujifilm X Series Creative Photo Shoot

Damien's thoughts:
The Fujifilm X100 is probably the best camera ever made. I am biased of course but it is the camera I would choose if I could have only one. I would not choose a Leica S2 or a Phase One, a Canon 1DX or a Nikon D800, they are all great cameras but none excite my creativity in the way the humble X100 does. There, I've said it. I've now got an X-Pro1 with the zoom and prime lenses and with the zoom set to 23mm the X100 feel lives on in that camera too.

I've been asked by many fellow photographers to run a workshop on the X100 and I've always thought that after just 10 minutes or so, the day would be done because the X100 is so straight forward to set up and use there would be little else to say. But I've been thinking…

This X100 workshop is not about the camera at all, it's about the way I use the camera, set lights and create moments to capture in our photographs. It's about sharing our techniques and strategies, the way I compose, frame and direct the moment. I will use both flash and continuous light sources. The X100 workshop is a day of discovery for our delegates and a day of fun too.

It's all about style - 60's Pink Panther cool with the retro lounge vibes that emanate from the fully refurbished Cloud 23 bar on floor 23 of the Hilton. We have secured exclusive use of the whole bar for the morning session and we can shoot in reception and other public open spaces in the afternoon.

This shoot will be lit, styled and amazing. Expect to challenge your shoot system and capture striking portfolio ready pictures straight from camera.

If you own a Fujifilm X100 or X-Pro1 or X-E1 and are keen to learn ways of shooting portraits that may be different to your usual style then this day is for you. This is a privaleged access opportunity with two top professional models and a chance to share your experience with like minded creatives.

Kit you will need:

A Fujifilm X100, X-Pro1 or X-E1 camera, a memory card and a spare battery. If you have a 18-55mm zoom bring that too. I will have at least one spare camera for someone to borrow. So if you need kit just ask. Fujifilm UK may be able to loan us more kit too if I ask them nicely. I will light each scene as required using the kit we supply. Our aim is to empower you with the knowledge needed to recreate any of the shots taken on the day.

The kit Damien will supply:

A flash trigger for each delegate so that we can all work with the same Speedlights.
A Nikon or Canon Speedlight for each group with a stand.
A Lastolte Ezybox.
A Gemini bracket and umbrella.
Lupolux 800, 1200 or LED spotlights with inverters.
Various home made lighting modifiers.

This is not a technically challenging workshop but it will be very creative. The best photographs ever taken are often very simply set up and lit. I will not hold back on our quest to create masterpieces and there will be a bit of a competitive element between us to outdo each other. We never move on until everyone has the shots they need and we rotate the group at each shoot location so there is no need to panic about being at the back etc.

The Venue

Manchester Hilton Hotel Deansgate

Manchester Hilton Hotel Deansgate

The Hilton Manchester Deansgate hotel is situated in the lower 23 floors of the 47-storey Beetham Tower. This modern hotel’s 279 stylish guest rooms offer stunning city views from floor-to-ceiling windows, presenting an iconic landmark on Manchester’s skyline. Located just 25 minutes from Manchester International Airport, this hotel is ideally located in Manchester city center.

Workshop Timetable

09.30 - Meet in reception, kit check and introduction.
10.00 - Shooting session 1 in Cloud 23
12.00 - Coffee break.
12.15 - Shooting session 2 on floor 1.
13.00 - Lunch.


14.00 - Shooting session 3 on floor 2.
15.30 - Tea break.
16.00 - Shooting session 4 in reception.
17:30 - Close.

Booking your place

To secure your place on this workshop, scroll to the bottom of the page and add it to your basket.

Cancellation Policy

As our costs for each workshop remain the same no matter how many delegates attend, please note that just like any pre-booked tickets for the theatre, concert, flights etc, we are unable to give any refund in the event of non-attendance, regardless of the circumstances. The exception to this is if we have prior notice and are able to put a cancellation place back online AND your place is resold.  In this event we will of course make a full refund or credit to you. We also reserve the right to cancel any workshop if there is insufficient demand, especially if it means that our costs would be higher than our income.  Please therefore do not leave it until the last few weeks if you are interested in a particular date, as you may find that it has been removed! Please note that we cannot be liable for any other costs incurred by yourself, so please check with us before booking any non-refundable accommodation or transport.

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