Tuesday, 7 February 2017 until 7 February 2017 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM


Ian's Studio, Woodbank Works, Turncroft Lane, Stockport, Cheshire, SK1 4AR



At this session we explore the versatility of work with a grey background in the studio.  A grey background can be virtually any colour.  At this session you will learn how to colour a grey background using gels and how to make it appear black by controlling the light using flags and grids.  We also look at using it as a grey background with a vignette. We will be working with the following lighting set-ups

  • Key light and fill plus two coloured background lights (same colours and different)
  • Using flags and grids to create black background
  • Key light, gridded rim light, optional fill light and gridded background light on grey background

The session is a practical session and you will have the opportunity to practice these types of lighting by photographing a model.  You will be provided with lighting diagrams for the lighting set-ups taught at this session.

Our model for this event will be local model Emma (See: https://purpleport.com/portfolio/emred/?referrer=ianbutty ).  As you can see from her portfolio Emma is a very experienced model and her red hair will work exceptionally well when shooting against a grey background.

Suitable for: Anyone wanting to understand the versatility of a grey background paper in the studio.  Your camera must have a standard hot-shoe to accommodate the lighting trigger.  You will need to be able to set your camera to manual mode and select an aperture in the range f/5.6 – f/11.  No prior studio experience is necessary.