Friday, 27 July 2012

Wedding Photography Course 22nd September 2013 Ashridge

Wedding Photography Course at Ashridge House
Phil Richardson
Date: 22nd September 2013.

Would you love to begin photographing weddings? If so this wedding course will give you the ability and knowledge to do that. This is ideal for photographers who have taken a few friends and family weddings or even family portraits. You will know how to use your camera already but will need to gain new skills.

Aim of the course

The MelenCourses Wedding Photography Course will show you how to take professional, creative wedding photographs simply and quickly. Learn how to plan and set up each image so that you are able do this when photographing your own wedding. We will cover basic pricing for wedding photography, understanding the options when producing wedding albums and books.

We will start the day by looking at equipment typically used in wedding photography, finding suitable locations at a wedding venue and how to quickly photograph the details before the wedding starts. You will photographing for most of the day our Bride and Groom getting ready, in the Ashridge chapel and on location inside and outside the building.

The last section will cover your workflow, post production and album creation.  This course is based on my, Phil Richardson, knowledge and experience acquired from photographing and filming weddings for over 10 years.

The learning environment
The Wedding Photography course is paced so that you gain a realistic impression of photographing a wedding. Ashridge House is beautiful period building near Berkhamsted, which will provide you with beautiful wedding images from the day.  You will then be able to practise and create your own images for your portfolio.  Learn to take stunning images simply and creatively, creating informal candids, posed images and group photographs.

The Wedding Photography Course is based at Ashridge the beautiful period building near to Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire with easy access and plenty of parking.  We will show you how to take stunning images simply and creatively, producing situations for you to create informal candids, posed and also groups photographs.

Ashridge Business School, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 1NS

MelenCourses Wedding Photography Course

Workshop Details - 8 hours 0900 till 1730
0845 Coffee
 Wedding Photography Equipment
0930 Websites, Marketing & Pricing
 Details the Rings, Flowers & the Dress
1045 Break
1100 Bride & Groom, Getting Ready
1145 Bride & Groom in the Chapel
1215 Group Photography
1230 Lunch

1330 Bride & Groom, Exterior Locations
1430 Bride & Groom, Interior Locations
1515 Break
1530 Interior & Exterior wireless Flash
1615 Workflow & Album Creation

1730 End

Business Course for Wedding and Portraiture
Why not attend our Business Course for Start Ups and also Wedding and Portraiture?  This compliments our wedding photography course and could help you to create more business.

Business Course for Start Ups, SMEs & Getting Clients

Setting up a business, pricing and getting clients.  For people who are looking to start a business or new to running their own business. You want to know how set your prices, create a business plan and how market yourself to get the right clients for you.

Date 21st September 2013

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Calculate the sun position on a map

This is superb and will help your work out the sun's location before a photography shoot.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Free London Photography Day Out 19th August 2012

Free Photography Day Out London 19th August 2012

If you are interested in a Free Photography Day in London on the 19th August 2012 please follow the link below.  There are only a few places left and you will need to have been on a photography course with MelenCourses before attending.

Happy Street Cleaner

Happy Person Walking across the bridge

Street Cleaners on a Well Deserved Break - they was hot and tired.

I love it when people participate in the photograph. 

We Love Ed

Photographed through a piece of plastic found on the floor

Monday, 23 July 2012

New Canon Mirrorless Camera EOS-M Coming Soon

Canon EOS M Mirrorless Camera
It seems as though Canon have finally been listening and also learning from current trends.  This Autumn they will release the EOS-M - their first proper mirrorless digital camera based on an APS sensor and using some of the new technology on the EOS 650D and STM lenses.

This camera could be a useful back up to your full frame and possible candid style camera.  Also MPG4 video and 1920x1080p 25 and 24 fps.   This fits EF lenses too but not sure putting a 70-200mm is a good idea or what this camera is for.

3.0" Touch Screen LCD with 1040K-dots
Touch AF and Multi-touch Operation
Hybrid CMOS Auto-focus for Photo & Video
Compatible with Canon EF and EF-S Lenses
Max resolution                   5184 x 3456
Effective pixels                  18.0 megapixels
Sensor size                        APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Processor Digic 5
ISO                                   Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800

Minimum shutter speed    60 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec

Full HD Movie with Focus Tracking
Format                              MPEG-4 and H.264
Resolutions                       1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps)

Canon EF-M 22mm F/2 STM Lens

Canon EOS M Mirrorless Camera Top, Front and Back View

Canon EOS M Mirrorless Camera Lenses

The size of this camera is small and quite cute looking, a bit plasticky but i think a worth while purchase for Canon users.  It will be interesting to see what this feels like in the hand and how balanced it is with EF lenses.  The touch screen may take some getting used to - like my Panny GX1 and an optical viewfinder would be useful even if wasn't direct from the sensor.

Personally i think Canon didn't have a choice as Mirrorless (we do need a different name for these cameras) is very fashionable at present and they would have been left out at the prosumer end of the market.  The street photography genre is very popular at present and the se new stm lenses should help - please make more pancake lenses.  I love my 20mm Panasonic lens.

Do go and look at David Bailey's End exhibition in the Compressor House - Royal Albert DLR Station.

Friday, 20 July 2012

St Albans Photography Day Out 8th August 2012

Santa is 6 years old now and features occasionally.
St Albans 8th August 2012 with MelenCourses

The next 'Free Photography Day Out' is on Wednesday 8th August in St Albans, then Sunday 19th in London.

These days out are about going out with other photographers for the day and enjoying yourself.  There is always a theme to the today which helps develop your skills and you have other photographers to learn from.  These are not Free Photography Courses but you will always learn something new from someone in the group.

Food and drink are a large part of the day, i like a good breakfast, then a pasty at lunch and some beer for the afternoon.  Last year we went to Olney Pancake Race, St Albans, London three times, Brighton and finally Dungeness.  The group sizes vary but we try to keep them around 8 people.  Most people including myself tend to bring along a Micro Four Thirds cameras sometimes known as interchangeable lens cameras or Mirrorless cameras as they are light, small, unobtrusive and produce good quality images.  Fixed lenses also feature as this can help sharpen your skills in a relaxed environment.