How was it done

Shooting Leelu

See how easy it is to shoot narrative with drama mood and effect with minimum equipment.  It really is all about how you use what you've got.

Two bare faced flash and three umbrellas are all we need.
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Become my virtual assistant

It's easier to learn when we have fun, be a "virtual assistant" and follow me through this themed shoot to see my critical creative process and my approach to light for narrative and effect. 

It is up to us as the creative to use our raw materials in such a way that they tell the narrative of our visual storey.  Many think it takes the best and the most expensive of equipment to turn this trick - nothing could be further from the truth, learn that its consideration and not complexity that is the order of the day and the key to using minimal equipment to maximum effect.
  • See for yourself how just two AD200 pro speed lights are more than capable of delivering big budget looks.
  • How the four properties of light can be manipulated for narrative effect.
  • How I start with a concept and take it all the way through to creation.
  • Why zonal control of lighting matters.
  • The power of umbrellas, big and small, silver and white.
  • How creative narrative is KEY.
  • How planning helps us get more out of our shoot time.
  • See how the "Feathered edge" of light gives us both beauty and control.
  • How the inverse square law is always a key part of good capture.
  • A quick, down and dirty way to a good clean white background.
  • The secret we need to know to make coloured gels work hard for us.
  • See how concept and narrative go a long way in helping support execution and capture

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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