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Check Out The Video From The UK PODAS Workshop

Recently Phase One held a Fashion and Portrait PODAS workshop in the UK.  It was our first time at doing an event focusing on fashion and portrait.  The event was held at the beautiful Weston House.  The instructors Drew Gardner and Miss Aniela did a fabulous job.  This was a 3 day all inclusive workshop.  All PODAS workshops are inclusive.  All you need to do is get to the airport after that everything is included.  Miss Aniela (Natalie) has posted a blog entry as well as a video of the event.  Check it out by CLICKING HERE.


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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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There Are Still Spots Available For The Fashion & Portrait PODAS in UK

Image By Drew Gardner

We still have 3 spots available for the UK Fashion and Portrait Workshop being held at the Weston Park. We have two great instructors an incredible location with models, stylists and period costumes. Be part of an amazing experience learning the techniques of two truly talented photographers Drew Gardner and Natalie Dybisz aka Miss Aniela. Complete details as well as registration can be found at our web site by CLICKING HERE. Hope you can join us, this is a must be there workshop.


Announcing A Totally NEW and DIFFERENT PODAS Workshop

A Unique Fashion & Portrait Photography Workshop

Here is an amazing chance to stay/work in one gorgeous location, the elegant Weston Park, for a very special fashion and portrait photography workshop. Like all PODAS workshops, this one offers world-class instructors and an all-inclusive venue; but this is the first workshop to focus on shooting models on location, creating elegant atmospheres in both time and place. From airport pick-up, to single-room accommodations, gourmet meals, the newest camera equipment from Phase One and inspiring subjects, this PODAS workshop is designed to free participants so that they can focus solely on taking their photography to the next level.

Participants will use a Phase One DF camera system with a 60 megapixel IQ160 back during the workshop. Instructors Drew Gardner and Natalie Dybisz (Miss Aniela) are teaming up to offer a hands-on comprehensive photography workshop, to include shooting, post processing, as well as real-world information on the fashion/portrait business. This is an intensive workshop, with two days of photography and a day of classroom work.

Photographs will be shot both indoors and outdoors at various locations on this large country estate. There will be between four and six models and stylists, including world-famous Jay Jessop. We will provide full classic period costume and wardrobes, which will give us an opportunity to create classic period-piece images.
Instructors Drew and Natalie each have a unique style; together they will demonstrate how they scope out a shooting session and make their images work from conception right through the final image. Attendees will be able to shoot with them, side by side, and create their own images using similar techniques. These exercises, learning new approaches for lighting and posing, are designed to inspire participants and develop a new direction in creating their own unique portrait styles.

The group of participants will be divided into two groups to ensure small “class” size and so that each group will have time to spend with each photographer, one-on-one.