Studio experience, East Mids


Rataegeoff

Link Posted 02/01/2013 - 23:29
Not sure if this is the right part of the forum for this question (Mods please move if so).

Does anyone have any experience of local (East Mids) studios that allow in and maybe even help interested Pentaxians to get a chance to try this style of photography.

Appreciate that this might be something that photoclubs can enable and I see the advantage in sharing what could be quite expensive.

I've seen internet voucher companies offering small group studio experiences so this is why I wonder if any members can help.

Thanks for any ideas
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DaveHolmes

Link Posted 03/01/2013 - 00:42
Rataegeoff wrote:


Appreciate that this might be something that photoclubs can enable and I see the advantage in sharing what could be quite expensive.

I've seen internet voucher companies offering small group studio experiences so this is why I wonder if any members can help.

Thanks for any ideas

Your right... Photographic/Camera clubs are probably your best bet... But the type of photography your interested in trying needn't be massively costly... You can learn the techniques and get good results with a manual flashgun (YN560 £50ish), some cheap ebay radio triggers

Personally I'd steer clear of these 'experience' companies and join a local club (or group - Facebook is of use here) meet people steal their expertise and borrow their gear...
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Mal

Link Posted 03/01/2013 - 01:25
You could try searching for studios in your area ,
then checking out their websites for info or try phoning them , a lot of studios do workshops at small cost .
I attend a studio in my area at present , they do two evenings a month (creative circle ) shooting five models over 3hrs for fifteen quid each night , all profits go back into the creative circle to fund the group.
They also do workshops , which depending on the nature of the workshop cost between thirty - hundred quid of course the workshop money all goes to the studio owner ,but the studio is owned by a recognized top notch photographer who gives excellent advice and tuition 'most the time for free'

P.S try to find a studio were teaching photography is not there main source of income , they will be costly !
Last Edited by Mal on 03/01/2013 - 01:36

johnriley

Link Posted 03/01/2013 - 09:28
Many small local studios are available for hire at a low cost, complete with lighting, backdrops and props. Take alongt a friend as model for the experimental first steps and perhaps another photographer friend and just have a go.

Later, you can fire models through the studio or through websites such as Purestorm.
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walkeja

Link Posted 03/01/2013 - 09:55
johnriley wrote:


Later, you can fire models through the studio or through websites such as Purestorm.

Why would you want to do that?
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johnriley

Link Posted 03/01/2013 - 10:15
Don't knock it if you haven't tried it!

Let's try again: Later you can find models.....etc.,
Best regards, John

womble

Link Posted 03/01/2013 - 11:41
I had an image of someone in one of those human cannonball acts being shot across the studio...
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Rataegeoff

Link Posted 03/01/2013 - 21:45
Always amusing to read the creativity of the language of Pentax forum members! The creative circle concept sounds very interesting. Does anyone know of anything similar in the Midlands?

Are there any other Midlands based forum members who might fancy banding together to share an evening?

I feel this is the route for me as I don't think I have the time to properly commit to a photo club.

Must ensure we have access to a flameproof model.
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DaveHolmes

Link Posted 04/01/2013 - 00:46
A quick google found: http://sinwp.com/camera_clubs/Leicestershire.htm

Most clubs will have a syllabus on their website... Check them out, see if there's anything coming up that you fancy, go and if you like it cool, if not, no harm done...
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Rataegeoff

Link Posted 05/01/2013 - 00:39
Thanks for that link Dave. Plenty of options there for sure.
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SkyRider

Link Posted 07/01/2013 - 15:45
Depending on how far south you feel the East Midlands extends, there's a studio club in Croxton (between Cambridge and Bedford): http://www.faceworks.the-works-studio.co.uk/
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Offertonhatter

Link Posted 07/01/2013 - 19:26
I think this may be Pentax meet. I have done a few studio sessions, and my current favourite studio is just outside of Chesterfield, which is about an hour up the M1 from Leicester. I also have a purestorm account so have the ability to book models for TFP or paid.
The studio itself has several rooms including an infinity room, and will cope with 6 togs, 8 at most. Last time it cost me £60 to cover studio and models.

What do you think all? Pentax studio meet?
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Rataegeoff

Link Posted 08/01/2013 - 23:16
I (as a definate studio novice) would be up for it. Good offer Mr O.

I hope a few others fancy it as I'm sure there are lots of members within easy travel distance of Chesterfield.

Fingers crossed we see a few more wanting to give it a go.
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