“Pride & Prejudice” in the Peak District – Two 1 day workshops July 2016

Themed environmental portraiture workshops July 24th & 25th 2016

Themed environmental portraiture workshops July 24th & 25th 2016

On Sunday 24th and Monday 25th July 2016 I will be holding one day workshops with a literary classics theme inspired by Pride & Prejudice and Jane Eyre in the Hope Valley area of Derbyshire’s Peak District. In essence, costumed environmental portraiture where the mastery of light, posing and composition in a story telling manner will be explored with just six delegates.

The days will encompass a briefing, literary themes to inspire the images, shooting sessions, lunch, creative retouching and presentation as well as a wind up group session to discuss the day. Early bird places are only £299 (Booked and paid before 31st December 2015) and include an Album Epoca ‘Event Book’ designed and compiled by Martin Grahame-Dunn containing a selection of images from the day, lighting diagrams and other information. Late bookings will be at the rate of £349.

Bookings being taken now with a £100 deposit per person. Contact Martin at mgrahamedunn@mac.com to secure your places.


Pride and Prejudice in Environmental Portraiture

Themed environmental portraiture workshops July 24th & 25th 2016

Themed environmental portraiture workshops July 24th & 25th 2016

Following my visit to the Derbyshire Peak District at the weekend, I am resolved to organise two creative photography workshops for those who want to explore the relationship between art, photography and the inspiration of literature. They will be held on Sunday 24th and Monday 25th July 2016 so plenty of time to book in. But, each workshop will be for only 6 participants so it will be first come first served. More soon……




Online Portfolio Appraisals – Limited Offer!

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Have you been frustrated by the lack of success when entering photo competitions? You keep entering awards & competitions and not getting the results you wished for. Ever wondered why some photographers have a monopoly on winning competitions. Or is the world of awards nothing more than a murky secret?
Here is your chance to discover the ‘mysteries’ of how an image is marked by the leading judges in the world of professional photography via the medium of 1:1 ONLINE portfolio reviews by Martin Grahame-Dunn.
The format is very informal and questions are invited and expected throughout. If you would like to see how your image will fare in a competition, you will need to book a session, download the ‘join.me’ app and send a folder of images at 1000 pixels at 300dpi to Martin. A one hour session is only £40 until August 1st 2015. Contact Martin now on 07854 249710 or email at mgrahamedunn@mac.com

Natural Light Portraiture Programmes – September 2015

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Following the success of my 2014 ‘Natural Light Portraiture’ events, I have decided to put on two more in the Autumn of 2015. Both programmes will once again be held at a Warwickshire venue for four action-packed hours of fun, education, shooting and advice from someone who is regarded as a respected worldwide trainer of photographers. This is just one of the endorsements I have received from an American Photographer who has tried to sum it all up…
“I’m a little giddy & star-struck to have one of my favorite mentor/photographers joining our group! Welcome, Martin Grahame-Dunn! Aaron and I met Martin at AFTERDARK Training in Portland, Oregon. Aaron and I tried to attend several classes, but there were so many “ROCK STAR” photographers, it seemed a little strange. Until we found Martin. Completely knowledgable, completely artistic – Aaron and I knew we found a gem in him and ended up stalking him EVERYWHERE that weekend. We dumped the other classes and just went to anything Martin was teaching. Our beautiful lighting is from his influence. We are PROUD to know Martin (and excited on a new project next year). Welcome, WELCOME to you!
So, dates will be announced soon and if you want to secure a valuable place, please email me as soon as possible at mgrahamedunn@mac.com with ‘Book me in!’ as the subject. I’m looking forward to your company and inspiring you in the very near future.

Working with iLux Lighting

It’s been just a under a year since I first came in contact with iLux lighting on the Photomart stand at at very last Focus on Imaging show at the NEC. Like a Magpie I was drawn to the clean lines of the slick design that would look good in any environment and mighty impressed with the build quality I would have associated with well known brands at a significantly higher price ticket. Unfortunately, there is an awful lot of snobbery attached to studio lighting and from a consumers point of view, just like selecting a trainer, its a nightmare. Begging the question, ‘how do you choose a set of lights?’

For the Social Photographer (Portraits,Weddings & Events) that should be an easy answer! After all, surely the whole point of great lighting is to emulate that which our creator gave us for free. Outside, we find a single ‘Keylight’ source, the Sun, but as we know, topshade, reflection and flagging offers us the added benefit of more diffuse fill, known more commonly as omnidirectional ‘Ambient light’. We also know that ‘less is more’ and it does not take a great deal of power to illuminate a subject well. After all, spare a thought for those Renaissance Masters who with nothing more than narrow high windows and candles, produced some of the most beautiful images in creation!
More power is not exactly your friend when it comes to studio lighting for the portrait photographer which makes the iLux RD 300’s a perfect choice! Bearing in mind that there is an equal need for separation of your subject from its background inside as well as out, it is not in your interests to be shooting with excessive depth of field. An output of 300 WS is more than enough for anyone. Of course if you are shooting outside and want to ‘balance’ flash with ambient light and your speedlights are not quite up to the task, the 600 WS cordless iLux E lights provide an excellent solution. These are available in the ever popular Bowens S fitting which will integrate with the entire iLux light modifier (Softbox) range and also in Elinchrom fitting too.
Where the range scores very highly is not only on construction and reliability but with unbelievable value for money. At under £400 for an RD 300 two light set up complete with stands, radio trigger, soft boxes and a carry bag, its unbeatable. Why spend substantially more for kit that will achieve the self same results. As a professional trainer of photographers I spend countless hours emphasising that the most expensive cameras in the world will never make you a good or even a great photographer, so it follows, neither will super expensive studio lights! After all, light is light and its how you use it that truly counts.
I am certainly not saying that there isn’t an important place for lots of power and fast recycling but perhaps think hard before embarking on that journey and the adverse affects on your bank balance. To me, the iLux system is my studio and location lighting of choice. From the versatile ‘Delta’ Studio Series ranging from 150 WS upwards to the ideal location cordless ‘Recce’ with 600WS of sure controllable power. Stylish looks, great build quality, excellent range of accessories and at an incredible ‘value for money’ price!

A Taste of Things to Come

During 2014 and beyond I will be constantly re-evaluating and refining my training programmes which are delivered  on a Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced basis, covering such subjects as:-

  • Essential Camera Craft (Lighting, Posing, Composition, Camera Control)
  • Natural Light Photography
  • Studio Lighting Techniques with iLux Lighting
  • Off Camera Flash on location
  • Simple Image Enhancement with Adobe Photoshop using plug-ins (Nik Software, onOne Software, Snapheal Pro & Intensify Pro)
  • Chromakey Lighting and production techniques with iLux, Westcott & FX Home’s ‘Photokey 6’ Software
  • Command & Control – The Art of Creative Direction
  • Enhancing your Creativity – A Programme for Masters of Photography
  • Art & Photography, Beyond the Lens  – Another Programme for Masters of Photography

For more information or to use the list as a ‘framework’ for either a One2One or small group day with me, call me on 07854 249710 for an informal chat and together we can take your photography to new heights.