Shooting at HD Studio
December 06, 2016 • Leave a Comment
Shooting at HD Studio, a big deal for me. First time shooting in a big photography studio with professional models, and with photographers that I aspire to.
HD Studio is located in central Newcastle, several shooting spaces, very well equipped, wifi and kitchen, changing rooms etc. A very impressive creative space, so many backdrops and rooms it was actually mind blowing. Studio One has to be mentioned with it's towering infinity wall, it's worth visiting just to shoot on it alone.
HD Studio is the creation of Stuart Henderson and Craig Devlin. A years worth of hard graft has gone in to the place by both the guy's, and the attention to detail has to be commended.
Both Stu and Dev are cracking photographers, guy's I've followed for a while.. so going to hang out with them was a bit daunting if I was honest.
As I've never attended a workshop with professional models before, I didn't really know what to expect.
From walking through the door everyone made me feel very welcome. Dev gave me a quick walk around, Stu then picking up on the tour and introducing me to everyone which is a really nice touch and broke the ice.
Meeting the models was cool, both girls being professional models.. Maz Ulvants and Faye Hunter were very approachable and pulled off "looks" and poses that made it hard to take bad shots in all honesty.
I got into the swing of things as the day progressed. There was planned clothing changes and different areas to shoot in, lights being set up before our arrival at the area. Everyone taking turns at shooting, some posing the models, some just going with the flow.
Shooting on white backgrounds has never been my thing as I'm unsure of the results, also fashion style shoots is alien to me. So did I enjoy myself and did I learn anything from the day?
I had a real laugh and made new friends (hopefully) and I got some great shots. I would do it again and recommend HD Studio.. I'd also recommend Stu and Craig for advice on photography, and I'd recommend Maz and Faye as excellent models, who are fun and helpful with the shots.
Here comes the but...
I can't get past the feeling these aren't my images. I'm so used to working through an idea, setting lights, planning locations, bouncing ideas back and forth.. I think I love the creative process as much as the photography. This is the biggest thing I learnt from the day, a bit of self discovery.
But.. HD Studio.. I will be back. I did learn new lighting settings.. I just want to get my hands on those lights and play.
On a final note, if you are a pro or an amateur photographer.. just go check out HD Studio.
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Howy White Photography.
Howy White, born in the North East of England, I now live between London and Hartlepool.
I work full-time for a stone company as the Operations Director and tackle the company Health and Safety, clock up over 600 miles a week in a work commute and normally work a twelve hour day.
When I'm not doing the above I squeeze in a life with Amanda, three cats and Howy White Photography.
When doing the Howy White thing, I love to shoot portraits, bands and musicians, stylist shoots and studio work.
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