Jake Hicks, Creatively Simple Lighting

I've been wanting to have a go at studio lighting and portraits now for ages. I've watched countless Youtube videos on the subject but they always seem to miss out  that you need to properly learn whats going on. Like they say the magician never reveals their secrets, that and they are often trying to sell you one thing or another!

Jake Hicks is the master of using coloured gels in studio photography. His work is fantastic and really stands out. So armed with my 85mm f1.4 and my 24-70 f2.8 off I went to Jakes Creatively Simple Lighting workshop over at Amersham Studios. I was jumping in at the deep end but Jake is a great teacher and like he says if you can master gelled light then standard white light is easy.

The day was fantastic from start to finish, we had a great group of like minded people eager to learn. Jake gave us fundamental knowledge to allow us to go away and realise our creative ambitions. He demonstrated 6 excellent lighting setups and we all got to shoot 4 of them.

I came away with the tools I need to attempt similar setups myself and unlock a whole new area to my photography. 

Our model for the day was the beautiful Gabriella Grigo. She was very professional and she made each set up easier to shoot and come away with a great image.

Here are a few of my shots:

 Setup 1, incredibly simple yet effective.  24-70 f2.8 at 51mm, f2.8, 1.125 iso 100

Setup 1, incredibly simple yet effective.

24-70 f2.8 at 51mm, f2.8, 1.125 iso 100

 Setup2, This is slightly more complicated and requires some balancing of the colour temperature, but I love the effect!  85mm f1.4, at f1.4, 1/125, iso 50

Setup2, This is slightly more complicated and requires some balancing of the colour temperature, but I love the effect!

85mm f1.4, at f1.4, 1/125, iso 50

 This was probably my favourite setup, it opens up a whole host of creative possibilities!  24-70 f2.8 at 60mm, f2.8, 1/125, iso 100

This was probably my favourite setup, it opens up a whole host of creative possibilities!

24-70 f2.8 at 60mm, f2.8, 1/125, iso 100

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So what now? I loved the experience of shooting a model with gelled studio lighting, learning how to control the light in this way has unlocked so many new creative possibilities.

I'm definitely going to need to do a lot more of this! With that in mind Im probably going to need some new kit, this will include, a vertical grip for the Sony, some studio lighting with modifiers and some gels. Oh and further down the line a nice 50mm prime.

I'll also definitely be attending more workshops with Jake Hicks.