For a normal studio hire, I (or a suitably experienced person if I am unavailable) will be on hand to help set up backgrounds and lights. While we always try to answer questions and make your hire run as smoothly as possible we are not there to provide training during your hire. We set the light make sure everything is working as expected and then retire to the office to let you and your subject get on with your shoot.
In contrast, For a mentored shoot, however, I will sit in the studio throughout your shoot. I will be providing advice throughout your shoot on how you can get the best out of the lighting and model you have chosen to work with. This may include topics such as shooting style, your choice of angles, how you provide direction to the model. If there are additional poses or props that might enhance your subject I will suggest them too.
If you know in advance what type of lighting you wish to use I’ll provide lighting diagrams and notes documenting a number of possible lighting set-ups. Also during your first mentoring session at the studio, I will provide you will a set of notes documenting such topics as how different lighting modifiers affect the image, posing suggestions and advice on working with models.
For a mentored shoot, I strongly recommend working with an experienced model, rather than using a friend or family member as your subject. A mentored session is all about helping you improve as a photographer. We need to focus our attention on you and not lose time explaining how to pose to your family member or friend. I can help identify and book a suitable model for your shoot.
The price for a mentored shoot is studio hire rate + 60% (50% for Academy Members and for flexible hire scheme members). For example, a 5hrs session would be £80 for the studio hire + £48 for the mentoring, giving a total price of £128. For those on the flexible hire scheme is actual time +50% So a 3hr mentored shoot would result in 4.5hrs being deducted from your purchased hours. In addition to this, you are responsible for the model’s fee.