Jake Hicks Colour and Exposure

Studio photography is unlocking a whole new area of photography for me and Im loving learning it. In the past I've tried a few different resources, learnt a little but nothing would ever stick. I've long been a fan of Jake Hick's work and I can safely say that attending the first workshop was by far my best investment this year. So, when he announced his second workshop that centres around colour and long exposure photography, I couldn't book it quick enough. Jake doesn't just provide great workshops, but also provides an incredible community, where like minded artists can learn and grow together, encouraging each other with constructive feedback and invaluable tips.

As you know if you have followed me at all, long exposure photography is something that I really enjoy, so learning how to do it properly in a studio setting with coloured gel lighting was a fantastic experience. Jake explained 3 builds to us very clearly, giving us fundamental knowledge on how and why each setup gives the effect that it does.

We then got the chance to shoot each setup with the amazing Gabriella modelling again, making it difficult to not come away with great shots.

Retouching portrait work is a new skill to me which I am really enjoying learning, this is made much easier by the feedback Jake gives on the Facebook group associated with the workshop. My current focus is colour toning with curves, getting that right in my opinion, is the key to portrait retouching.

Anyway here are a few of the shots I came away with.

 This was the second setup of the day, simple when you know how but incredibly effective. This unlocks a whole host of variations on this theme.  24-70 f2.8 at 50mm, f5.6, ido 200, 1/125

This was the second setup of the day, simple when you know how but incredibly effective. This unlocks a whole host of variations on this theme.

24-70 f2.8 at 50mm, f5.6, ido 200, 1/125

 This one is magical and the technique used unlocks so many possibilities. I'm really happy with this shot,   and brilliant posing from Gabriella. I have an idea for an image I can try at home with a similar setup.  24-70 f2.8 at 50mm, f5.6, ido 200, 1/125

This one is magical and the technique used unlocks so many possibilities. I'm really happy with this shot,

 and brilliant posing from Gabriella. I have an idea for an image I can try at home with a similar setup.

24-70 f2.8 at 50mm, f5.6, ido 200, 1/125

 There's more going on here than you might think and doing this on your own would be difficult but I will definitely be giving it a go soon.  24-70 f2.8 at 50mm, f5.6, ido 200, 1/125

There's more going on here than you might think and doing this on your own would be difficult but I will definitely be giving it a go soon.

24-70 f2.8 at 50mm, f5.6, ido 200, 1/125

The more studio photography I do, the more I realise that the devil is in the detail. The main skill is developing your eye, knowing if a light is in the wrong place, if the intensity is too much or too little and how to put it right. Also how to work with colour and contrast, how to retouch skin properly, the list goes on....

So my journey continues, the Colour and Exposure workshop was amazing, I learnt loads, met some great people and came away with some amazing images. There's still one more Jake Hicks workshop I haven't attended, so as soon as that is announced I will be booking.