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                                                                                                                                                                                  Meet the pros
                                                                                                                                                                                  these two highly qualified
                                                                                                                                                                                  tutors often work together                Behind the scenes…
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Wayne                    how our reader got on throughout the day
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Wayne Capald has
                                                                                                                                                                                                   been shooting
                                                                                                                                                                                                   weddings for over
                                                                                                                                                                                                   ten years and was
                                                                                                                                                                                                   one of the first
                                                                                                                                                                                  wedding photographers in the UK
                                                                                                                                                                                  to shoot lifestyle wedding
                                                                                                                                                                                  photography. In 2005 he was
                                                                                                                                                                                  awarded his Licentiate Master
                                                                                                                                                                                  Award in weddings from the MPA
                                                                                                                                                                                  and has since set up the Inspire                                                                                           The book of poses
                                                                                                                                                                                  series of workshops. In 2008 he                                                                                            Wayne employs a set of contemporary and classic posing
                                                                                                                                                                                  was one of the first photographers                                                                                         suggestions using a helpful aid created by doug gordon. this
                                                                                                                                                                                  to start shooting HD video on                                                                                              pocketable book of poses offers dozens of ‘cheats’ for any
                                                                                                                                                                                  DSLRs at a wedding. Next year he                                                                                           under-pressure or creatively blocked photographer to utilise.
                                                                                                                                                                                  aims to introduce HDR portraits                                                                                            See www.douggordonworkshops.com/extras for more.
                                                                                                                                                                                  into his set of workshops.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Website: www.pictureinspire.                                                                                                                                         Low lens
                                                                                                                                                                                  co.uk                                                                                                                                                                work
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       professional portrait
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Vikki                                                                                                                                               shooter Vikki
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Champion                                                                                                                                            Champion hits the
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Vikki Champion,            Capture the                                                                                                               deck to illustrate
                                                                                                                                                                                                  LMPA, LSWPP, is a          couple (above)                                                                                                            how using a wide-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       angle lens, like ian’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                  qualified Master           ian begins photographing the faux                                                                                         Nikon 12-24mm,
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Photographer in            bride and groom , lydia and Jack,                                                                                         from a low vantage
                                                                                                                                                                                                  the Social category        in front of Stanton house hotel,                                                                                          point can elongate
    Meet the reader                                                                                                                                                               with The MPA and The SWPP. The
                                                                                                                                                                                  pro runs a studio specialising in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             a Cotswold house overlooking
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Stanton lake where Wayne
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       the model’s legs.
    our student is returning to
    the photography world
                                                                                                                                                                                  portraits, makeovers and boudoir
                                                                                                                                                                                  photography. She also works
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             performs many of his shoots. ian
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             uses one of his two Nikon bodies.                                                                                         Light and
                                                                                                                                                                                  alongside Wayne on weddings and                                                                                                                                      shade
                     Ian                                                                                                                                                          training courses.                          A veiled memory                                                                                                           ian tries out a few
                     Birdsey                                                                                                                                                      Website: www.viephotography.               (right)                                                                                                                   shooting techniques
                      Ian Birdsey                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and posing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Under Wayne’s dutiful direction                                                                                           arrangements in
                      explained to dp
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             the models touch noses for an                                                                                             the hotel’s grounds.
                      that his interest in                                                                                                                                        Competition: To win a £25                  intimate pose beneath the veil.                                                                                           Scouting out areas
                      photography                                                                                                                                                 voucher towards a makeover or              offering an engaging and romantic                                                                                         of shade or diffused
                      started when he                                                                                                                                             portrait session, just call 01488          composition, the use of the veil also                                                                                     light helped ian
    was given a Pentax ME super as                                                                                                                                                608787 and quote ‘DP’.                     adds a sense of context when the                                                                                          to avoid catching
    an 18th birthday present back in                                                                                                                                                                                         shot is cropped in close.                                                                                                 unsightly shadows.

                                             Improve my D SLR skills
    the early Eighties. “With a 50mm
    lens I was taking photos of
    anything and everything,” he
    recalls. “I started photographing
    at social events, such as wedding
    anniversary parties and the like.”
    This all slowed down for Ian after
    he bought a house and married,
    informing us that the camera only
    came out for children’s birthdays.
    Two years ago he was inspired to
    start shooting again and aims to
    turn pro in the next two years.
                                             We head out to Oxfordshire to team a reader with                                                                                     Ian’s thoughts on the course
    Website: www.dphotographer.
                                             wedding photography pro Wayne Capald                                                                                                 DP: How did you find the course?
                                                                                                                                                                                  IB: On the day of the shoot I was very
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            DP: How did the course live up to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            your expectations?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     improve your basic skills, then Wayne
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     is the best person to see. Nothing
    Gear guide                                                                                                                                                                    nervous. Getting the image to look        IB: It genuinely surpassed all my        seemed to bother him, and he gave       Wedding car
                                             “i can’t get bookings because i haven’t got a portfolio, but      a full day on post-production workflow too, one of the most        great was very difficult to start with,   expectations and I am now                his advice and expertise freely         Wayne holds a reflector above ian’s Nikon d3 for the car
                     Ian swapped              i can’t build a portfolio because i haven’t got any work.”       important areas to become competent in if you are to become        but as the day went along I did get       considering RPS or MPA                   and sincerely.                          shoot. as well as shots of the couple in the car, ian took a few
                     between two              if such a statement sounds familiar, then a wedding              a professional wedding photographer.”                              into it more and this showed through      membership to take my                                                            of the groom leaning against the vehicle for solo stills.
                     DSLRs; the first                                                                                                                                             with the final images that were taken.    photography to new levels.
                                              photography course could be the solution. With industry              Wayne informally partners with Vikki Champion, a
                     was a Nikon D3
                     with 24-70mm             veteran Wayne Capald yielding a healthy ‘learn-by-doing’         professional portrait photographer on these sessions (www.
                                                                                                                                                                                  DP: What was the best piece of
                                                                                                                                                                                  advice you took away with you?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            DP: What was your highlight?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            IB: It sounds very corny, but it was
                     f2.8 lens, SB900         ethos, backed by his ten years of expert knowledge and           viephotography.co.uk), to offer the students a great range         IB: Wayne was very supportive on          when Wayne was looking through                                                                                             shots
    flash gun and Lexar 300x 8GB CF           experience from shooting over 300 lifestyle weddings,            of expertise. Vikki runs a busy studio in Berkshire specialising   the shoot and in post-production.         the final cut of images and was                                                                                            Moving into the
    card. He also brought along a             he was the perfect choice for this issue’s improve My            in portraits, makeovers and boudoir photography; her tuition       With some challenging images to           commenting on how great they                                                                                               bridal suite, Wayne
    Nikon D300 with 12-24mm f2.8              dSlr Skills.                                                     is ideal for photographers seeking to improve their overall        work with, he helped in making a big      looked straight from the camera,                                                                                           and Vikki coach
    lens and a SB600 flash. Post-                                                                                                                                                 difference to my overall photographic     before we had done any post-                                                                                               our reader on how
                                                 Wayne’s Picture Weddings courses, run throughout the year,    portraiture skills whether for outdoor or indoor environments.                                                                                                                                                                          to compose and
    production touches were                                                                                                                                                       ability. Vicky helped with the            production work on them.
    completed in Photoshop CS4.               are suitable for a range of levels and vary in price from £325   The relationship works, as the duo create a lively and relaxed     portraiture side of the photography.      DP: Final thoughts for                                                                                                     execute those all-
                                              for a short course to £1950 for the six-day workshop. “The       atmosphere, helping even the most nervous of students to           It is a shame the readers cannot see      DP readers?                                                                                                                important ‘getting
    For more information about the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ready’ shots,
    Nikon products featured visit             courses are run in small groups, meaning you can ask as many     relax and get the most out of the course. “Wayne and Vikki were    the work that these two put in,           IB: If you want to become a better
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       incorporating props
    www.nikon.co.uk.                          questions as you need and have a real hands-on experience,”      superb tutors and all their one-to-one help and encouragement      because it really is impressive.          wedding photographer or just                                                                                               such as mirrors,
                                              the gregarious founder explains. “All of our workshops include   was invaluable,” Ian enthuses, reflecting on his experience.                                                                                                                                                                            balcony, bed, etc.       8
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8                                                                                                                                                                               Wedding couple (left)
         Wayne’s thoughts                                                                                                                                                       ian’s thoughts: “this is the bride and groom sitting on their own,
                                                                                                                                                                                just talking about the day so far. it has a nice relaxed informal
         on Ian                                                                                                                                                                 setting where they are just by themselves, almost a candid shot.
                                                                                                                                                                                the editing work on this one was a simple crop to remove all the
                                                                                                                                                                                space on the right-hand side.”
                                      DP: How did Ian’s
                                                              Wedding day (left)                                                                                                Wayne’s critique: “this picture was a candid, but i cropped it
                                                              ian’s thoughts: “a natural setting where the bride                                                                afterwards to get a stronger composition. great timing to capture
                                      progress?               and groom have just put down the flowers and have                                                                 the moment between the couple.”
                                      WC: Ian took away       drifted off on their own. i think it shows a good use of
                                      the ability to more     depth of field to highlight the flowers but to leave the
                                      confidently approach    couple in the picture. in post production i cropped in
                                      and photograph a        closer to the subjects as there was too much space
                                      wedding with            on the left hand side.”
                                      success. He             Wayne’s critique: “the original needed cropping to
         developed his eye to see better compositions,        get a stronger composition, producing a shot which
         and learnt how important people skills are when      leads you from the flowers. as well as side-lighting
         directing a couple.                                  some fill flash was used to light the subject.”
         DP: How did he respond to the tuition?
         WC: Ian responded to the training positively,
         and it is now a case of him spending more time
         with both camera and computer, working at
         developing his skill set further. The training and
         tutorage has given him the confidence he needs
         to do this type of work. He also intends to work
         on his people skills and communication, so he
         becomes better at directing couples to produce
         the images he wants.
         DP: What was your highlight or ‘breakthrough
         moment’ with Ian?
         WC: When we did the post-shoot review on
         the computer, he had a high proportion of
         well-exposed, well-composed images, which
         led me to believe he had certainly learnt from
         the course.
         DP: Please can you share your top five tips
         for Ian to remember when photographing
         1. Develop people skills                                                                                         look (top right)
         This is the most important aspect of wedding                                                                     ian’s thoughts: “there is
         photography; Ian must develop this strength.                                                                     lovely eye contact with the
         2. Communication                                                                                                 viewer here, focusing on
         Communicate more with the couple, while                                                                          the reflection rather than
         taking photographs. By gaining their                                                                             the person.”
         confidence, this helps to relax the couple, which                                                                Wayne’s critique: “another
         results in more natural-looking images.                                                                          semi-posed shot that’s well
         3. Think about composition                                                                                       composed, this time making
         Improve in-camera compositions for higher                                                                        good use of bounced flash to
         impact images using the grid in his viewfinder.                                                                  soften the light.”
         4. Check exposure
         Continually check the exposure is correct – use                                                                  Dreamy bride
         the histogram                                                                                                    (far right)
         5. Aperture
                                                                                                                          ian’s thoughts: “i like this
         Shoot more images wide open at f2.8 – use the                                                                    because the whole image is
         Aperture Priority setting to gain a better depth                                                                 one of reflection: what is she
         of field.                                                                                                        thinking about while holding
                                                                                                                          the perfume bottle? in post-
                                                                                                                          processing i cropped in a lot
      Ian’s favourite shot of the day                                                                                     closer to the face and then
                                                                                                                          converted to black and white,
      Bride nearly ready                                                                                                  which makes this image even
      ian’s thoughts: “this image shows the bride with                                                                    more special.”
      the veil covering half of her face. it shows a dreamy                                                               Wayne’s critique: “one of my

      image of the bride, just before leaving her at the                                                                  favourites from the shoot, ian
      bridal suite ready for the ceremony. i think the shot                                                               set this up against a window to
      has a nice depth of field for the veil and face, with                                                               create atmospheric lighting
      soft focus from the hair and beyond.                                                                                and has created a shot that
      Wayne’s critique: “a modern contemporary bridal                                                                     could be used for a magazine.”
      prep shot, inspired by Yervant.”
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                                                                                                                          natural pose, with the groom
                                                                                                                                                                                          courtesy of
                                                                                                                          not bothered at all by the

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