Saturday, 4 February 2012

Practical Portrait Lighting

On Friday 3rd February Hoylake Photographic Society had a practical demonstration of using studio lighting given by Alan Towse. Alan brought along two young models who were very patient and worked hard for the two hour session.
Alan Towse describes lighting technique


Proof of the popularity of the evening was a larger than normal attendance by club members and their cameras with the chance to shoot portraits in a studio setting.

On a bitterly cold evening it was good to see so many club members attending and it made for an excellent club night.
 The stallworts of the club had the chance to show the youngsters how it was done while at the same time reminiscing about the days of film and how easy it was before digital photography came along.
Alan Towse demonstates the shoot through lighting method
When Alans' instruction was over the chance came for the members to show what they could do and they put the models through their paces.




Not to be outdone by the fellers, the girls in the club showed that when it came to portraits they knew how to make a woman look good in the viewfinder.


Meanwhile with the two light setup was being used at one end of the hall, a one light setup was being used at the other end.



There was plenty of time for discussion and debate about the best camera settings to use while waiting for the chance to shoot. I think everyone agreed that it was a fun night with the bonus of having learnt a little about shooting portaits under studio lights and a big thank you has to go to Alan Towse and the girls for making the evening a lot of fun.

If you're interested in photography and want to improve your skills or just get together with like minded people then why not come along to a club meeting. Club nights are every Friday, 7.30pm - 10 pm at Newton Village Hall, Grange Cross Lane, West Kirby. To see our program of speakers and events visit  the Hoylake Photographic Society website.