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.