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PODAS UK Ends – Great Success

The PODAS UK - Fashion & Portrait Workshop Group Photo

Phase One and the PODAS workshops tried something new with the offering of the Fashion & Portrait workshop.  Most PODAS workshops are fine art landscape workshops.  This past year we held an architectural workshop and a fashion workshop.  Both were well received.  We are now in the planning stages for the 2012 PODAS workshop series and we have a number of great events planned.  As you can see from the last few posts there was some excellent images made during the workshop.  I doubt that there is a workshop anywhere that offers the experiences that a PODAS workshop does.  Visit this site often for the latest news on upcoming PODAS workshops.


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PODAS FAshion & Portrait UK – Continues

PODAS attendee Brent McCombs shot this at the Fashion & Portrait Workshop

Day 3 of our fashion PODAS kicked off with breakfast before the groups set off again to take some truly great shots around the house and gardens.

Today the groups changed instructors, the group that shot with Natalie yesterday going with Drew, and vice versa.

In the morning both groups started inside the house. Natalie’s group set up a shot in the main entrance hall of the house (even the hallway provides a stunning location!) and created several different set-ups with their three models. Today the make-up was very different to yesterday’s – a very contemporary feel compared to the classic feel before.

Drew and his group used the entire morning session to create an epic shot on the main staircase and atrium. Over a couple of hours the lighting was built up bit by bit with the Profoto flash lighting we are using for the workshop. With the Schneider leaf shutter lenses on the 645DF cameras and V-Grips we are able to sync wirelessly with the Profoto Air packs up to 1/1600th which provides total freedom with many of the sets.

After a short lunch, Natalie’s group headed straight off to the old church in the grounds of Weston Park. Here they were able to make several sets and produce some truly original images.

Drew’s group started in the house before heading back to the ornamental garden to create another large set with six flash heads. They took the shots from one of the bedrooms on the second floor looking down and used the high flash sync capability to control the ambient light.

At the end of the shoots we were all sad to see the models and makeup artists leave the house, all wishing we could keep them for longer to explore the many areas of the house and gardens where we have not had the opportunity to shoot.

All in all it was a very long and busy day of great photography, and by the time we sat down for dinner that evening everybody was feeling very tired. After dinner Drew revived the group with an entertaining and amusing presentation of his work and philosophy.

This was another fantastic day of shooting and learning.


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PODAS Fashion & Portrait Day 2 – Lots Of Great Images

A B&W Infrared Capture during the workshop

Day 2 of the Fashion and Portrait PODAS started in a relaxed manner by PODAS standards with breakfast at 7am – a much more civilized time to start the day than the norm for a PODAS! After breakfast the group split into two and the real work of shooting and learning began.

We have six fantastic models who were ready in good time to start shooting soon after 9am, all dressed in authentic period costume obtained from the Royal National Theatre in London prior to the event. Drew Gardner started with his group in the Library at Weston Park, a beautiful wood-paneled room with walls lined with bookshelves filled with old books. Using lighting provided by ProFoto Drew created some stunning images  and all the workshop attendees were able to create their own shots with Drew’s expert guidance.

Natalie’s group went outside to take advantage of some rare English autumn sunshine, creating some beautiful period images among the apple trees in the grounds before undertaking a series of portraits in the 1930’s-built wooden conservatory.

We are spoiled for choices of locations throughout the house and gardens. After a working lunch the groups ventured out again, Drew heading off to the gardens and conservatory and Natalie shooting in the banquet hall before heading into one of the bedrooms.

Before the day was done, Drew had created one of his outdoor masterpieces featuring three models in full period costume in the formal gardens, and Natalie’s group had also ventured back outside to shoot some fantastic portraits using both flash and natural light. During the morning Drew and his team took their 3 models to the lake at Weston Park where they captured some amazing infrared portraits using Phase One’s Achromatic+ digital back.

We have all enjoyed a fantastic day of shooting and learning, rounded off in the evening by Natalie giving a presentation of her work and giving us all an amazing insight into how fine art and Old Masters combine to inspire her fashion/portrait photography.

All todays’ pictures have been uploaded into Capture One, batteries are being recharged for tomorrow, and we all look forward to another day of inspirational shooting.


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The Fashion & Portrait Workshop Is Underway

Natalie Dybisz (Miss Aniela) Preps for a shot - by Matt Lennard/Miss Aniela

The PODAS Fashion & Portrait workshop being held in Birmingham UK is underway. This unique workshop has gone where no others have ventured. A top notch set of instructors, Natalie Dybisz (Miss Aniela) and Drew Gardner and the Phase One team have rented an estate house Weston Park for the duration of the workshop. The attendees and staff work, shoot, dine and sleep at this amazing location. We have 6 models and 2 stylists and period costumes. Each attendee has their own IQ 160 camera system and will have plenty of one on one time with the instructors. Photography and lectures are mixed so that the attendees can take home a true finished product and new found knowledge. Follow the workshop right here over the coming days.


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New Zealand PODAS Workshop Announced

Phase One is proud to announce the last PODAS workshop for 2011 will be held in beautiful New Zealand. This will be one of the most ambitious workshops ever put on by Phase One. Join us as we explore the New Zealand landscape with 4 great instructors and the Phase One team. We will be visiting two major locations, 5 star accommodations, an IQ 160 camera system will be yours to use during the workshop, transportation to and from the airport once you arrive in New Zealand and much more. To learn about all the details visit our WEB SITE.