Manfrotto Photography Workshop in Manchester

Manfrotto Photography Workshop in Manchester

A few weeks ago I was invited to the Manfrotto Photography workshop in Manchester. Since upgrading my camera earlier this year I’ve been keen to up my photography skills to take full advantage of it. So, battery fully charged, I hopped on the train for the short journey to Picadilly.

I found myself constantly juggling between my DSLR and iPhone, snapping away while trying to concentrate on the talks.

The afternoon began with sandwiches and prosecco before splitting into two groups. First, my group were given a demonstration on how to shoot flatlays with a tripod, before looking at the range of camera bags and backpacks Manfrotto stock. Then we moved on to accessories for enhancing smartphone photography. There were little displays set up for us to practice with. I found myself constantly juggling between my DSLR and iPhone, snapping away while trying to concentrate on the talks.

Manfrotto Photography Workshop in Manchester

The food and drink workshop was really helpful for understanding how to use artificial light and where to place it.

We learned some really useful tips from two professional photographers. Getting the lighting right for photographing beauty products is something I often struggle with, especially at this time of year when there’s a shortage of natural light. The food and drink workshop was really helpful for understanding how to use artificial light and where to place it. Thanks to the tips I picked up (and the Needlite daylight lamps which I reviewed here) I managed to get some decent shots of the personalised diamond bracelet that I’m giving Isobel for Christmas.

Manfrotto Photography Workshop in Manchester lighting workshop

The fashion photography session should have been outside but typically the Manchester weather had other ideas!  Just as we were about to head outdoors it threw it down. Revert to plan B. In some ways it was more helpful to have it inside in fairly dim light because we all struggle with the weather and poor light at this time of year. The photographer, Nicole Gomes, and her professional model showed us how to use an off-camera flash and a light reflector.

While front-facing flash can be effective, it can also result in your subject looking flatter and more one-dimensional.

The idea behind off-camera flash is that rather than shooting with the flash mounted on the camera, you remove your flashgun and position it anywhere you like in relation to your subject. While front-facing flash can be effective, it can also result in your subject looking flatter and more one-dimensional.  Using off-camera flash isn’t an option for me because I don’t have one – I just use the inbuilt flash on my camera. However, it’s given me lots of ideas and I’m now looking to invest in more equipment.

Manfrotto Photography Workshop in Manchester fashion photography

Manfrotto Photography Workshop in Manchester fashion shoot

Manfrotto Photography Workshop in Manchester food photography

Manfrotto Photography Workshop in Manchester cakes

About Manfrotto

Based in Northern Italy, Manfrotto designs, manufactures and sells a wide range of camera and lighting support equipment for professional photographers, as well as film, theatre, live entertainment and video markets. The product line includes an extensive range of camera tripods and heads, lighting stands and accessories.

The company was founded in the late 1960s by Lino Manfrotto, a photo reporter, who was frustrated by the cumbersome and heavy equipment on the market. They say that necessity is the mother of invention, so with the help of a collaborator, he made his first products, including a light and sturdy lamp stand. Gradually the business expanded from supplying equipment to photographer friends into a global business. Manfrotto’s “Imagine More” mission is to offer everyone – whatever their level of technical competence – solutions like LED lights devices, tripods and accessories for smartphone photography.

My Outfit

It was quite a cold day so I wore jeans and boots with a leopard print top layered over a vest. My newish camel coat kept me warm on the train journey and walk through Manchester. With so many budding photographers in the room getting an outfit shot should have been a no brainer, but truth is I almost forgot! Before I left, a lovely lady (whose name I forgot to ask) took my photo for me.

Manfrotto Photography Workshop in Manchester camel coat, leopard print top

The Goody Bag

Before leaving we all received a goody bag containing a mini tripod and a Practical Photography magazine. There was also a bag of sweets but they were claimed by a certain small person soon after I walked through the door!  With a universal ¼” screw thread and perfect stability, you can use the red PIXI mini-tripod with a range of digital devices weighing up to 1kg including: compact system cameras, DSLRs with standard kit lenses, compact cameras and smartphones. The PIXI mini tripod push-button allows you to position and securely lock the ball head in a single movement when the button is released. It’s great for taking on trips as it only weighs 190g.

Manfrotto Photography Workshop in Manchester goody bag, practical photography magazine, Manfrotto Pix mini tripod Manfrotto Photography Workshop in Manchester Manfrotto Pixi mini tripod

What are your favourite items of photography equipment? Do you have any tips for shooting in poor light? If you do please share 🙂

 

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14 Comments

  1. December 4, 2017 / 2:25 pm

    It sounds like you had a very informative, and great, time, Emma! That is something I miss out on living here in Portugal – blogger events like that! I love your outfit… you can never go wrong with animal print, can you?!
    Suzy xxx
    http://www.suzyturner.com

    • December 4, 2017 / 9:38 pm

      Thanks Suzy! Yes it was a great afternoon, I do enjoy going to these events so it’s nice when there’s one in Manchester – usually they’re all in London which is a bit of a trek for me.

  2. December 4, 2017 / 3:33 pm

    Emma, this sounds like a great class, very interesting! Lighting can be challenging .. at times. We do wait a bit later in the day.. i would love to get some reflectors and other pieces. Of course i love your outfit, leopard! sounds like it was a nice and productive day!
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

    • December 4, 2017 / 9:41 pm

      Thanks Jess! Lighting is always challenging for me at this time of year, some days it just feels like evening all day!

  3. December 4, 2017 / 3:45 pm

    Emma, I am SO jealous. I love Manfrotto products and have their mini tripod, would have loved a class. Could you DM me a contact or put me forward for another one next year and maybe we can meet up there? Great blog, great outfit. Suzi xx

    • December 4, 2017 / 9:44 pm

      Thanks Suzi! I have to admit that I hadn’t heard of Manfrotto before this workshop. The team was so helpful throughout the afternoon and I love the mini tripod! I’ll email you with a contact 😉

  4. December 5, 2017 / 10:55 am

    My favorite item of photography equipment is my hubby……..

    • December 5, 2017 / 2:50 pm

      Great answer Nancy! Husbands are quite useful 😉

  5. December 5, 2017 / 2:41 pm

    This looks so helpful (and treats too!). I think your photos are already excellent, and it’s always fun to learn more. thanks for linking up, xox

    Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

  6. December 5, 2017 / 8:35 pm

    I would love to attend something like this! I bet it was really interesting. Those lights you have must come in handy? Using the flash elsewhere is a good tip and how handy are those Nikon lens covers! I have lost two already! xx

  7. December 6, 2017 / 9:54 pm

    Emma, that looks like an amazing and very sturdy tripod! I have one with bendy legs so I can attach it to things if I need to elevate it. Although, my phone always tends to fall out of it! Ha. I do prefer to have someone else take my photos but I am currently limited to my cell phone as I don’t have a camera nor the desire to spend the money to invest in one (I would rather buy shoes, clearly)! This looks like an amazing event and very informative. And your outfit is adorable! Thanks so much for sharing and for linking up with #SpreadTheKindness.

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

  8. December 6, 2017 / 10:03 pm

    I didn’t even know they had things like this! I would have loved this and my hubby, too! We are trying to learn more about our Canon Rebel. Your outfit you wore is so cute, love the leopard!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

  9. December 7, 2017 / 7:58 pm

    Looks like you had a great time Emma, I would love to learn more about taking photos 🙂 Great outfit too 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Creative Mondays.

  10. Jessica
    December 12, 2017 / 6:08 pm

    How cool! The workshop sounds like it was really helpful! I don’t have any suggestions for shooting in low light. I always shoot with natural lighting because I think it looks better. That does make it hard during this time of the year though!
    ~Jessica
    Jeans and a Teacup

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