It was the Park Cameras Imaging Festival Burgess Hill store’s time to shine. They put together a day to remember for all photographers, from demonstrations on studio lighting, to tips and tricks with editing. It had it all.

Getting in my car at 7:30am, I thought I’d be the first to arrive at Park Cameras Imaging Festival Burgess Hill,  but little did I know how keen and excited all the photographers would be as I arrived looking at the queue outside the building as I rolled up in the carpark. Right then I knew this was going to be a good day. I had time for a quick walk around and introductions before making a start in sorting all my kit out, as I was second up in the morning with a full house.

The morning portrait shoot was all about using simple lighting with big affects so I decided to use the Profoto B2 battery lights, and the B1 working as a 3 point lighting setup, but it didn’t stop there. After setting the key light we added gels to create a mood along with separation lighting.

Above you can see the different affects we created just by replacing the gel on the background light and the position of where the background light was pointing. For this part of the shoot the background light is pointing across the background placed on the right facing the left giving a gradient to the colour.

Park Cameras Imaging Festival Burgess Hill Second Shoot

In the afternoon my shoot started at 14:45 and a welcome crowd who interacted with questions all the way through, and thats the sort of photographers I love. Hungry for info, keen to learn, and I’m  always happy to help out where I can. So we kicked of the shoot with a clothing change and a splash more make-up from our amazing Michael from Court On Cameras.

Once again I demonstrated three point lighting using my Olympus Pen-F camera. For this part of the shoot we showed how moving the background light from left of Amber (our amazing model for the day) to being directly behind her. We also showed how much of a difference it makes lowering the background light and slightly pointing it up.

A big thank you to everyone for coming along, and please do post your comments below and I’ll be happy to answer all your questions. Also thank you to Park Cameras and Olympus for making this happen, along with all the other suppliers.