14-17 March 2020 - The NEC, Birmingham

Talks + Demos

To help spark your creativity and improve your skills, for everyone passionate about photography and moving image. Talks + demos are free to attend and don't need to be booked, except Super Stage sessions which you can book via the ticket page.

Photo Live

14 Mar 2020
  1. 10:30 - 10:45
    Portrait retouching

    James Ritson welcomes you to the Photo Live stage and explores techniques such as frequency separation and brush work to enhance portrait photographs in this 15-minute post-production session.

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  2. 11:00 - 11:30
    Quick set-ups for beauty portraits

    Rossella Vanon demonstrates quick set-ups for beauty portraits using one, two and three light units, showing that effective lighting set-ups don’t need to be complicated or require extensive kit.

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  3. 13:00 - 13:30
    How to shoot epic location photography

    Learn how to execute location photography beautifully with Drew Gardner. Delving into how to get the best from models on location, advice on posing, using depth of field tell a story, focal lengths, and working with multiple models at a time.

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  4. 14:00 - 14:30
    Three portraits, one light

    With only one light, great portraits can be achieved – as long as you think carefully about how to use it. Learn how to achieve three different portraits techniques in just 30 minutes!

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  5. 16:00 - 16:30
    Colouring in for added flavour and kaboom!

    Add spice to your images by harnessing the power of coloured gels. Starting with colour theory, Jakob will take you beyond simply balancing your flash with ambient, and will end with shooting a flour explosion, manipulating colours in-camera.

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15 Mar 2020
  1. 10:30 - 10:45
    HDR merging

    James Ritson welcomes you to the Photo Live stage and explores the concept of HDR merging and various tone mapping techniques we can apply to shape the final image, in this 15-minute post-production session.

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  2. 11:00 - 11:30
    Creative location portraits using strobes and ambient light

    Ben Bentley demonstrate how he mixes strobes with ambient light to produce varying creative portrait set-ups in one location, maximising results when time with the subject is often very brief!

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  3. 12:00 - 12:30
    From capture to print

    Watch top wedding pro Rocco Ancora create magic live on stage as he will photograph a subject live, retouch live and deliver the print in 30minutes!

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  4. 13:00 - 13:30
    Food stories - the inside scoop

    In this live stage session Kate and Brent will give tips on kit, technique and basic styling for both food photography and filming to get you started on your own food journey.

  5. 14:00 - 14:30
    Compositing techniques explained

    In this session, editing maestro James Ritson takes a comprehensive look at compositing techniques to enhance and blend photographs with additional imagery for hyper-real and fantastical scenes.

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  6. 15:00 - 15:30
    Fine art studio portraits

    Rory Lewis creates imaginative and thought-provoking portraits, including those of many famous names. Here Rory will demonstrate his lighting technique and style of portraiture, the equipment and lighting set-ups used and his fine art inspiration.

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  7. 16:00 - 16:30
    A character portrait - bringing the set to life with light!

    Join Hannah as she shows how to build a complex set using light to create a cinematic character portrait full of atmosphere. Learn how to create depth and dimension, mystery and shadow, and how small changes make a large impact on the overall image.

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16 Mar 2020
  1. 10:30 - 10:45
    Enhancing tones with brush work

    James Ritson welcomes you to the Photo Live stage and explores using manual brush work to reshape light as well as add drama and punch to low light imagery, in this 15-minute post-production session.

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  2. 11:00 - 11:30
    Fast-paced editorial portraits - featuring a team Jamaica gymnast!

    Featuring team Jamaica's gymnast Reiss Beckford on his pommel horse, pro photographer Ki Price shows us some speedy set-ups for editorial shoots, echoing the limited time he often gets with his portrait subjects.

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  3. 12:00 - 12:30
    Cinematic lighting - one light, two lights, three lights

    Tommy Reynolds breaks down multiple light set-ups, explaining key, fill, back and rim light during this live demo. Using one, two, and then three lights, Tommy will show how to create cinematic, engaging photographs simply.

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  4. 13:00 - 13:30
    Streamlining your newborn shoots

    Elli Cassidy demonstrates how to run your newborn photoshoots in the most efficient way possible, cutting down the time you spend in each session while still delivering the highest quality product and experience.

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  5. 14:00 - 14:30
    Off-camera flash techniques made easy

    Steven Neeson shows how to use off-camera flash quickly and effectively while holding the attention of your subjects and getting amazing results. He'll demonstrate how to think differently with flash and create images that set you apart.

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  6. 15:00 - 15:30
    He shoots, he draws: Live

    A live episode of the podcast He Shoots, He Draws

  7. 16:00 - 16:30
    Explosive lift off!

    Stand by for some drama! In this fun, creative demo, David Lund will capture props and liquids thrust into mid-air, showing that for him photography is about creating moments rather than simply capturing what already exists.

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17 Mar 2020
  1. 10:30 - 10:45
    Quick compositing

    James Ritson welcomes you to the Photo Live stage and explores quick fire techniques for compositing multiple images together to produce a powerful end result, in this 15-minute post-production session.

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  2. 11:00 - 11:30
    The key to relaxed children's portraits

    Portrait pro Saraya uncovers the secrets to achieving laid-back portraits of little ones. Covering lighting, directing and posing kids as well as a host of other tips, she'll show you how to create beautifully natural children's shots.

  3. 12:00 - 12:30
    Creative catwalk fashion

    Showing off amazing clothing creations by students of the London College of Fashion made from products such as inkjet paper, acetate and canvasses, Jay McLaughlin shows how he tackles a fashion shoot, from lighting and direction to camera technique.

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  4. 13:00 - 13:30
    Creating shallow depth of field portraits with minimal kit

    Join Gavin as he explains why shallow depth of field can make such a difference, covers the simplicity of shooting high speed sync flash with modern kit, and the importance of backgrounds and foreground blur.

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  5. 14:00 - 14:30
    Getting it right in camera

    Scott believes getting the image right in camera, just like film, is the secret to his fast turnarounds and award-winning wedding photography. Learn how he shoots with the finished print in mind, to get fab wedding images, straight out of camera.

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  6. 15:00 - 15:30
    Successful dog photography

    David Coleman talks through the process to go through from the moment a dog enters your studio to the shoot itself. The lovely pooch Poppy will help demo these key skills, finishing with some live shots which will put David’s top tips to the test!

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  7. 16:00 - 16:30
    Timeless portraits with minimal kit and limited space

    Glyn shows how he's photographing WW2 vets, creating thought-provoking images with minimal kit in limited space. See how to take close-up, shallow depth of field portraits by embracing tech and helping subjects relax in front of the camera.

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Stages + Theatres

Here's what to expect from the 2020 show

Stages Sponsored By

Affinity Photo

Affinity Photo |

Photo Live

 

 

canon-uk

Canon |

Social Stage

Cewe

CEWE |

Shutter Street

 

 

dji-europe

DJI |

Drone Zone x Action Arena

Sennheiser

Sennheiser |

Video Live