Last Sunday I had arranged a full day workshop based on the creative use of off camera flash. For our location, once again we availed of the fantastic venue of Parkanaur Manor House and Estate. Our group consisted of six photographers, a model, hair stylist, makeup artist, and myself.
Following a 9.45am meet up at the studio for the attending photographers, we all left as a group to travel the short ten minute drive to Parkanaur Manor, where I had prearranged to have full use exclusively of the house for the day. We left behind for now in the studio, Ruta our model, hair stylist Chirstopher, and makeup artist Catherine. They agreed to follow us along to the manor a little later when hair and makeup was complete.
During the short time between the photographers and I arriving to the Manor and Ruta arriving, I used the time to take the group of photographers for a quick tour of the house and immediate grounds suggesting possible locations for off camera flash setups as we went, and why we would consider such locations based on light, room features etc.
At this point I will say that this blog contains a lot of behind the scenes photos. These were all captured on Catherine’s iPhone. Indicative of it being an off camera flash day, we found ourselves in some very dark areas of the Manor which lent themselves very well to the use of flash. However this wasn’t the case for iPhone photos so I apologise for what may seem poor quality behind the scenes photos.
A big added bonus of using Parkanaur Manor House as a location is that we have use of the interior if it rains, and did it rain or what! While we held out hope that it would stop raining at some point in the day, we were happy enough in the meantime to work around the many locations the house had to offer.
So staying inside and dry we moved to the piano and the feature panelled window behind. This was the perfect setting to balance interior speed light flash with outdoor natural light. There were other areas of interest here too which were pointed out, such as the high gloss on the piano which allowed for reflections in the composition.
As the rain persisted we all agreed that an early lunch was in order in the hope that the rain might ease in the afternoon.
Rain, rain and more rain left us with no option but move internally again to one of many more great locations within the Manor House.
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A big thank you to the photographers who attended, also to parkanaur Manor House for the kind use of their house and grounds, to our dedicated and patient model, Ruta, makeup by Catherine Fleming makeup and hair styling by Christopher.