The Rosie Hardy Workshop

This last Saturday was supposed to be Day 1 of 2 of Rosie Hardy’s photography workshop in Manchester, in the morning we woke up and opened the blind in our bedroom to a blanket of snow covering the decking outside, this is not good we thought!

We had arranged for Kelly to attend day 1 as it was covering the more basic aspects in photography like aperture, shutter speed, composition etc and I would attend day 2 where it was more about making a Typical Rosie Hardy photograph.

With Manchester being an hours drive away on a good run and some of those roads taking you across a moor we knew that it may be a silly idea to try make the trip and even if Kel did get there she might get stuck and not be able to get home if it snowed any more.

So we decided it may be a good idea to email Rosie and let her know that we wouldn’t be able to make it, just I was about to enter the email app on my iPhone it bonged for a new inbox email and as if she was listening it was from Rosie, Because almost half the course attendees had cancelled she was wondering if both Kel and I wanted to attend instead of just one of us, well we couldn’t turn that opportunity down could we.

So we packed the car with walking boots and socks, fleece coats, waterproof coats, hats, gloves and most importantly crisps, chocolate and pop, at least  if we were to get stranded we could fatten ourselves up to keep out the cold.

We set off and to be honest the roads weren’t that bad, the odd fast lane was White over but other than that it was all good just steady away.

We arrived slightly late and had missed a few bits and bobs but Rosie had printed out some great reference sheets to aid re-capping things after the workshop, we were introduced to the group and one delegate Victor had travelled all the way from Italy for the workshop!! We started to discuss aspects of making great photographs, then the model for the day arrived.

Heather walked in and she was gorgeous, unfortunately though she was on crutches having fallen the day before and torn ligaments in her knee but her determination and all round awesomeness had her still turning up for us, Mahoosive  thank you Heather, I really want to work with you again on the other project we mentioned.

Onto the shooting and to begin with we discussed lighting equipment and setups and then onto taking test shots to get light positioning and our aperture and shutter speeds right to get good exposure.

Once we had done that Rosie asked us to do some basic fashion type shots of Heather to get a feel for how a typical studio shoot with a model works we all took it in turns and Rosie gave hints and tips all the time.

After this we took on a more edgy fashion type approach to the shoot and got to try various props in the shots, ladders, sunflowers, fans, feathers and a masquerade mask were all involved along the way, this time Rosie took a quieter role to see what weird and wonderful approach we all took to the props we used and the positions we had Heather take on, but she still advised where needed.

We were quickly running out of time for the day so Rosie let Heather get on her way home and I’m sure she could have done with getting a rest with the injury she had, Once we said our goodbyes to Heather we all pulled out our laptops and uploaded our images then Rosie showed us one or two tips on how to adjust images to suit your tastes, remove minor distractions etc but before long it was time to head home.

Rosie decided to cancel Day 2 of the Workshop because of the weather conditions but announced she would be running the full two day course again for everyone hopefully in January 2011, That is such a lovely thing to do in my opinion.

As Day 1 of the workshop was going to be Kelly attending only, I have decided to give her a treat and only showcase her images in this post, All the editing is done by myself but under Kelly’s instruction.

She got some really amazing shots! Well done Love x

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