Portraits in the desert landscape
Join me for this three day classic Lovegrove workshop photographing Terez, our model in the deserts, abandoned buildings, and volcanoes of Fuerteventura.
On this three day masterclass workshop I will unlock the creative world of shooting beautiful portraits with big flash on location. I’ll share my passion, knowledge, enthusiasm, and fun with you.
30th September – 2nd October 2020
Workshop price £1500 – The deposit required to secure your place is £500
3 in stock
Dates 30th September to 2nd October 2020
Tutor Damien Lovegrove
Genres Figure in the landscape and fashion nude
Group Size Maximum of 6 participants
Price £1500 inc. VAT
Our locations include
- An old camel stop on a major trading route
- The outbuildings and grounds of an historic military leader
- A classic stone windmill
- The sand dunes of the Parque Natural de Corralejo
- The flanks and cone of a well-preserved volcano
- A secluded beach
- Various abandoned buildings
- Sea caves
I took these photographs in Fuerteventura on previous workshops and they show the nature and character of our locations and picture styles. It’s a real pleasure for me to be returning to this Island in the sun. The textures and light are a delight to work with.
Day 1 Meet up at 08:30 at the H10 hotel in Corralejo to be on the road by 09:00. Shooting with breaks until 18:00
Day 2 Meet up at 06:00. Shooting on location until 12:00 then after a siesta from 16:00 until 18:00
Day 3 Meet up at 08:30 Shooting with breaks until 18:00
This workshop will suit intermediate to advanced photographers. If you know how to adjust manual settings on your camera you will be fine. No previous experience of working with off-camera flash is required. I’ll teach you everything you need to know. I’ll show you how to communicate with Terez in a way that keeps the photographs looking relaxed and natural. You will become a more confident photographer over our three days of shooting in Fuerteventura. Especially when it comes to photographing people.
Camera kit suggestions
- A Mirrorless or DSLR camera
- A variety of lenses covering the equivelent of 24mm to 200mm on full frame
- A tripod and ND filters for optional long exposure landscapes
- A camera cleaning kit. (It is windy and sandy on Fuerteventura)
- If your camera is a DSLR you will need a Hoodman style loupe
I will supply all the lighting kit needed for this workshop. In a lot of instances we will be using a Godox AD1200 Pro with its remote head on a boom arm and stand. I’ll have 18 and 24cm reflectors with diffusers for the flash. I will bring an AD200 Pro with me too and Scatterflash. I will supply flash triggers for each of the makes of camera in our group. There are dedicated triggers for Fujifilm, Canon, Nikon, Hasselblad, Sony, Panasonic, Pentax and Olympus.
Our model: Terez
These pictures of Terez were shot in Tuscany on my workshops over the past couple of years. I first shot with Terez in Prague and I am always very impressed with her professionalism, kindness and work ethic.
What you can expect from me – your tutor
I devised this Fuerteventura workshop in 2010 because I was in love with the textures and light. The relaxed nature of the islands inhabitants adds to the fun in the sun atmosphere. Clients have come on this workshop from many countries and I’ve ensured that it has lived up to their expectations. Your learning experience is of utmost importance to me. I have an honest approach to sharing my knowledge and skills gleaned over 35 years of shooting professionally full time. Be prepared to soak up invaluable tips and information because these skills will give you the confidence you need to take your photography to the next level.
I am kind, sharing and patient. I take care to communicate in a way that reaches every level. I won’t leave you struggling if you are lost in camera menus and I won’t ignore you if you are quietly getting great photographs. What I’ll do is to show you how to build rapport and communicate with our model to make structured poses look quite relaxed and natural. Nothing is left to chance. Everything has a purpose and I’ll share with you how I style each shot. I have an understanding of light that I’m well known for and I’ll teach you how I see the light. Once you know what to look for everything becomes easier. If we are using the flash we will be creating striking fashion inspired looks. This attention to detail will ensure you capture portfolio grade images and feel empowered to capture fabulous photographs on your own after the workshop too.
My workshops are not just about learning, they are fun, creative adventures. You will leave this workshop a more confident photographer with images to be proud of and memories to last a lifetime.
Other useful information
The H10 Ocean Suites hotel in Corralejo is the suggested tour hotel and the place we will meet on each of the three mornings of the workshop. There is accommodation in Corralejo to suit all budgets and the town is quite compact with easy walking to all areas.
We will have an early start on the second workshop day so that we can shoot at a popular location before it opens to the public.
We will get around the island in one 9 seater hire car. There will not be much driving to be done on the workshop days as our locations are all in the north of the island.
And another thing…
I took the picture of Carla Monaco in the banner at the top of the page on my last workshop in Fuerteventura. It was the middle of the day with the sun high behind her. I could have darkened the background and sky to make the shot more dramatic but I chose to keep the shot bright and light. I lit Carla with an off-camera flash head rigged just above the camera. We will be visiting the same sand dunes this time around for sure.
- All instruction
- The services of a professional model and a model release for personal, non profit use
- Transport around the island on the workshop days
- A 1 hr post-workshop picture review/ critique 1:1 session (via Skype) with me
What’s not included
- Flights to and from Fuerteventura
- Personal insurance
Reserve your place
3 in stock
I love Damien's work so to get the opportunity to spend a day in Bristol passing on his knowledge was a dream. A brilliant day, took me out of my comfort zone and came away with new ideas for urban photography. Would definitely recommend a day with Damien and would do it again if the opportunity arises. Definitely 5*
I learned about Damien Lovegrove when I was searching the internet for Classic Hollywood look.
After looking into his work to create magical classic Hollywood looks straight out of the camera without much editing using continuous lights, I was very much in love with his photography techniques and lighting skills.
During our 1:1 Training, Damien explained his lighting techniques which are sometimes very subtle yet... read more
We had a four day 'Adventure' in Morocco - great locations proposed by the local Mr Photography, MK. Damien Lovegrove was really helpful,, directing a range of excellent scenes with a delightful UK model, changes of clothes and accessories. Damien also gave me some really useful tips about ways to merge ambient light and strobes. A big success. Thanks.
Brilliant day produced by a profession enthusiastic and passionate photographer. Damien makes it so easy to get interested in the subject he is teaching. He is patient and helpful throughout the day and I have ended up with some great photos of the day. The small team of 5 was ideal for the shoot and it was great to associate with such a nice... read more
What you will take away from this trip to Fuerteventura
“I find the biggest problem my clients face, and especially when working with flash, is a tendency to overthink the situation.” Damien Lovegrove
You will come away from this workshop in the sun feeling immensely inspired and motivated to get out and practice what you’ve learned. My passion and enthusiasm for photography are infectious, confidence-boosting and I’ll guarantee you’ll capture images you can be proud of.
I will impart my knowledge and experience as I guide you through the creative process. Whilst learning how best to interact with your subject, you’ll master how to use professional flash kit and naturally available light for dramatic effect.
You’ll pick up invaluable tips on exposure control and composition as well as how to orchestrate a photoshoot to get the best out of your subject. This workshop is limited to just 6 participants so that everyone has plenty of time and personal guidance from Damien.
Expect a high-energy ‘let’s make it happen’ attitude as well as my usual bucketful of enthusiasm. I guarantee you’ll come away from this trip recharged with motivation.
- Feel empowered as a photographer
- Have fun doing what you love
- Become an expert
- Ignite your passion
- Build your confidence
- Learn new skills
- Invest in yourself
- Get away on an adventure
- Take fabulous photographs
- Make new friends
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The small print
A deposit payment of £500 is required at the point of booking. You can pay online via PayPal, debit/credit card or you can contact us to pay via bank transfer.
If this virus lurks around into September and If your country advises against foreign travel due to the Covid virus, I will offer you a full refund. No quibbles.
Should you cancel your place on this event for any reason other than Covid-19, no refund will be available unless your place is resold. If you would like to cancel please contact us by phone or email as soon as possible.
The exception to this is if we have prior notice and are able to put a cancellation place back online AND your place is resold. In this event, we will, of course, make a full refund or credit to you. We also reserve the right to cancel any workshop if there is insufficient demand, especially if it means that our costs would be higher than our income. Please, therefore, do not leave it until the last few weeks if you are interested in a particular event, as you may find that it has been removed.
Some costs for each training event remain the same regardless of how many attendees there are, Just like any pre-booked tickets for the theatre, concert, flights, etc. We are therefore unable to give a full refund in the event of non-attendance, regardless of the circumstance (The exception to this being the Covid 19 statement).
Please note that we cannot be liable for any other costs incurred by yourself, so please check with us before booking any non-refundable accommodation or transport.
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