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Into the Light Workshop

With Damien Lovegrove & Martin Hill

Vital Stats:  
What is it? A masterclass in the use of light to make sensational portraits by Martin Hill and Damien Lovegrove.
Price: £375.00 +vat
Dates: None available

3rd Apr 2012 - SOLD OUT
14 Jul 2011 - SOLD OUT
13 Jul 2011 - SOLD OUT
28 Mar 2011 - SOLD OUT
Places: 10 (2 groups of 5)
Models 2 professional models,
1 make-up artist, 1 dress supplier.
Tutors: Damien Lovegrove & Martin Hill
Location: Kingscote House, Gloucestershire, GL8 8YA.
Recommended accommodation:
Hunters Hall
Calcot Manor
Workshop level:  
Model dress code:
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A masterclass in lighting from two of the country's leading photographers .

Learn to take striking portraits using natural light, continuous lighting and big flash for those 'wow' moments your clients will keep coming back for.

On this workshops Damien will show you how to use continuous light to create high and low key fashion style images in a variety of location interiors from bedrooms to staircases. His lighting knowledge, experience and wisdom will be freely shared with passion in a way that is easy to grasp and understand.

Martin will show you how to use flash lighting to the max. How to separate tones, lift out subjects and reveal the three dimensions in a two dimensional image. Whether you currently own powerful location flash equipment or not, understanding how to use it is a must for the modern portrait and commercial photographer. "Kit can be hired for a shoot, but knowledge of how to use it cannot" says Damien. "The skills you will learn on this workshop will be with you for life."

Take a look at the images from our latest workshop. Damien's images are here, and Martin's images here

Martin Hill

Martin was taught the fundamentals of how to use light by Damien and has since gone on to surpass the skills of the master on many an occasion. Martin understands the value of adding light to lift a picture above mediocrity and has built up a very successful business delivering fabulously lit photographs to his clients.

"Martin grasped the craft skills from day one and went straight out there to make it happen," says Damien, "He had the vision to seriously invest in lighting kit early in his career and to gain the knowledge of how to release its potential. Martin knew that the modern day DSLR can make fabulous pictures even in untrained hands, and has ever since strived to elevate his photography way beyond the realms of the average customer. Maintaining the amateur / professional divide is a fundamental requisite for survival in our industry."

Damien Lovegrove

Damien has earned his reputation as a master of light, having studied to be a lighting director at the BBC. His delegates always benefit from an enhanced understanding of how to make a great picture and some say the process of learning alongside him is life changing.

Damien and Martin spent many hours creating ideas and styles for this one off workshop and in the process created mood boards using their own images and those gathered from the worlds most inspirational photographers.

Be a part of this amazing masterclass and bring your portraits to life.


09.30 - Kit check and introduction.
10.00 - Shooting session 1.
11.00 - Coffee break.
11.30 - Shooting session 2.
13.00 - Lunch.


14.00 - Shooting session 3.
15.30 - Tea break.
16.00 - Shooting session 4.
17:30 - Close.

Recommended kit list:

1. A Nikon or Canon DSLR camera.
2. A range of lenses from 24mm to 100mm (on full frame).
3. A Pocket Wizard Mini or Flex if you have one.
4. A monopod with a ball and socket head if you have one.
5. An open mind and a creative heart.
(Damien & Martin will provide the models and all the lighting equipment.)

Don't rush out and buy equipment especially for the workshop. We may be in a position to lend you something for the day. Ask us and we will advise.

Although multi flash set ups will be used on the workshop, extensive prior knowledge of such systems is not needed. Martin and Damien will explain all the techniques they are using as they go.

You will become empowered to make creative lighting decisions and you will know just what bit of kit is needed for each job and how to use it. Priceless craft and artistic skills every photographer should possess.

Sarah said "It was an amazing day… natural light, continuous light (LOVE that lupo!), speedlights, big flash in daylight… Katy McGee is simply amazing. The high and low key with natural light and shutters/curtains was genius. Thank you Damien and Martin, it was fab. See you in Italy!" (her images are shown here & here.)

Gwyn blogged his top 50 photographs from this workshop.

Nick @nicktsiatinis tweeted "After seeing great images from @TartifletteMan yesterday, I'm booking on a @damienlovegrove 'Into The Light' workshop!" - Thu Apr 14 14:08:23 2011

Nick's photographs from the 'Into the Light' workshop here.

BoundlessPhotos' photographs from the workshop here.

Kyle Whitney's photographs and review of the workshop here.

Simon said "Finally finished and blogged the final set of images from 'Into The Light' by @damienlovegrove, with model

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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!

All photography ©Copyright Damien Lovegrove and Martin Hill. All rights reserved.

Watch a full chapter from Damien Lovegrove's forthcoming Boudoir photography video where he demonstrates shooting 'Into the Light'.
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