Shooting Beauty Core Skills

Beauty shots are my favourite, the skill is in layering our lighting, join me and I'll show you how I do it simply but effectively  to get fabulous results fast.
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Shooting Beauty Core Skills

Beauty is one of those skill sets that many think should be left to the pro!  With the right approach, and a little knowledge gorgeous images can be had with one light and a reflector.  Let me show you how simple it can be with a process.  Together we will start with one light and build the image up lighting block by lighting block.
Throughout this course you will discover how classical artists:

  • How to be effective with just one light.
  • How your modifier can dictate the image mood
  • Why size really matters
  • How beauty benefits from being considered instead of just complex
  • Zonal control of lighting
  • How to "sculpt" and "carve" the light
  • How turning up a background light can add to image dimension 
  • Where the "Key" should be placed and why
  • How to add simple separation 
  • How beautiful images only really require minimal kit
  • Plus dozens of tips, tricks and insights honed over 34+ years of professional practice.

Damian McGillicuddy

Lead Instructor
With over 34 years in the industry, from opening my first 'General Practice' studio in Widnes to becoming an international celebrity and fashion photographer, I have seen, done and shot just about everything in the world of photography.

As a youngster I watched the Olympus TV commercials featuring the legendary David Bailey and proudly told my mum, 'One day that'll be me!' Sure enough, in 2013 I was named Mr. Bailey's successor as Olympus UK's Principal Photographer.

My clients include some of the biggest companies and brands in the world, such as John Lewis, L'Oreal and Aston Martin. My work is collected by celebrities, musicians and entrepreneurs and I have photographed everyone from Rock Stars and Actors to Politicians and Prime Ministers.
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