Welshot Editorial Edge Liverpool 12th May 2018 – A Welshot Themed Photo-Shoot in Liverpool.
Ok, so it’s Saturday Morning and we are in the Baltic Triangle of Liverpool for the annual Welshot Editorial Edge event.
My first impressions are what a great location for a photoshoot. The decaying industrial landscape is slowly being taken over by artists who have created some amazing street art (or graffiti depending on your perspective). You are also surrounded by an array of new bars and restaurants, all of which helped to create the perfect atmosphere for photography. This environment within The Baltic Triangle is artistic and one that was/is open to supporting what we were trying to achieve.
Before the photography starts there is the important job of introductions. We were greeted by Lee and Eifion who set-out the plan for the day and introduced the models, Karianne (The chameleon), Rachel and Emmy.
The models are an important part of the day (obviously…). However, there is much more to the job they do than you may initially expect. There is the preparation before the shoot, making sure they have the right “look” for the day. This will usually involve at least one costume change. There is also another perspective from someone that is still learning, they are constantly supporting you in how to direct them to get the shot that you want.
As the Baltic Triangle is so vibrant you are spoilt for choice when it comes to locations. The first location choice had to be the angel’s wings by Paul Curtis.
Now we move onto the skate park, the first location that we are going to use off-camera flash. The park is covered in street art which provides a brilliant back drop. Eifion completes the initial lighting set-up, explaining the ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture. This initial set-up is a baseline from which you can experiment, changing the settings to get the look you are after. If you are not able to get the look you are after there is always someone to ask for advice
Just before lunch we moved onto an alley way, where street artists had recreated album covers on the outside of a bar. The album covers were lit with bright sunlight that was also reflecting off the beer barrels adding to the atmosphere of the location. Although there was also shade combined with air conditioning ducts which provided a very different backdrop.
It was now time for lunch in what is Liverpool’s first street food market located in the old Cains brewery. Lunch was the opportunity for people to swap stories and share images. It was an important part of the day.
The afternoon session would see our models complete a costume change and a new location. Our location scout Sue Mannings had managed to find a rather eccentric but run-down looking caravan. This provided a great backdrop for off camera flash on one side and natural light on the other. And the photo-bombing from a French stag do…..
For the rest of the afternoon we were spoilt for choice with locations, offering very different backdrops.
With working in small groups you had the opportunity to pick a location that was more personal to you. This may have been a different part of the wall or just a different interpretation of the same part. You had the opportunity to indulge your creative side but with the safety net of Eifion and the Welshot team to ask a question if you get stuck.
One of the most important parts of the day was the support from Eifion. I have been with Welshot for just over 12 months and had not previously used off-camera flash or directed models. The support on the day helps take the fear away from using off-camera flash, giving you the confidence to experiment. As my confidence had grown I thought it was time to invest in a couple of flashguns and a remote trigger (Yongnuo’s) and have a go on my own. The only problem was even after reading the “extensive” user manual, I could still not get it to fire remotely. After a couple of minutes with Eifion the mystery was solved.
As always with Welshot you are made to feel welcome, Eifion and Lee make photography enjoyable, it is very much a community. It is always about helping you to achieve your goal to take better photographs, whilst at the same time taking you out of your comfort zone.
The final thanks of the day had to go to Chris Couchman for capturing the behind the scenes shots of us(me) in some slightly awkward poses.
The next Welshot Photo-themed shoot is – Welshot Does Norse Dragon Viking