Winter Weddings & Off Camera Flash

Wednesday 5th February 2020 | Hodsock Priory, Blyth, Notts

Weddings & off camera flash Workshop

Wednesday 5th February 2020 | Hodsock Priory, Blyth, Nottinghamshire

The glory and splendour of Hodsock Priory is exclusively yours, with access to the entire house and gardens for the full day.

Come and enjoy a day of fun and learning at this unique venue. Your time with me will be be spent creating beautiful and timeless images to grace your portfolio while injecting your photography toolbox with stacks of useful tips and techniques. A perfect spring board into 2020!The following list highlights the basic agenda for the day and we promise you will leave the day with a head full of new ideas and concepts and a memory card full of stunning wedding and portrait imagery.

  • How to use flash, on & off camera while looking at daylight ambient.
  • Lighting the little details to cake and first dance lighting
  • Using reflectors to lift the shadows and add tone.
  • Couple posing and adding intimacy into portraits.
  • How to produce breathtaking images that can very often allude us. 
  • Techniques for getting the best out of the most camera adverse clients.
  • Using flash on location utilising location, colour & posing.
  • Finding and executing the most unusual of backdrops for those difficult weddings.
  • Using speed lights with small pop up soft boxes to high power flash.
  • Using backgrounds that you never thought of before in places you thought unusable.
  • A great day to learn all you can about using flash to light up and wow your weddings.
  • Coping with the ambiance inside for couple shots.
  • Elinchrom ELB, Quadra & Ranger and Speed-lights with various modifiers will light our day….

This workshop is aimed at photographers of all abilities and levels from the enthusiast beginner to well established and seasoned wedding photographers. Our goal is to assist you in getting to grips with the technical side of using light, both natural and flash, but more importantly how to infuse your images with heart and soul.

Portraits should be packed with emotion and during your day shooting with us you will learn how to get the best from your subject using skilful direction, subtle posing, camera technique and the all important lighting that can lift those dull and flat winter wedding pictures. The day will teach you the art of the picture from its concept to realisation.

We will use the stunning surroundings of Hodsock Priory to the full and create sublime images, both inside and out of the house. We will begin the day with a short classroom introduction to off camera flash and then move into portraits with natural and then reflected light.

You will see how to make to the most of every shutter click, how to get the best out of your subjects while maximising each pose and set up. As the day progresses we will use and look for beautiful ambient light to create drama and contrast in the images, we will teach you how and where to use simple one light flash setups to drive depth and vibrancy into your portraits.

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After a day shooting with us you will feel enthused and ready to put the new techniques and ideas to work in your own weddings and portraits, what better way could there be to spend a Wednesday in February. 

The day is long on photography and short on waffle, I strongly believe the best way to learn is by making images and working with your camera, not listening to lectures – this is a ‘hands on’ course.I also believe in a relaxed fun atmosphere – so come prepared to laugh and really enjoy the day. Full instructions including details of all local hotels along with directions to Hodsock are provided in your welcome email.

Equipment Needed

Camera (DSLR for off camera flash)
All of your lenses, if just the one please don’t worry
Lots of memory cards
Bags full of enthusiasm and questions

Cost £249

Daylight & Flash – Limited to 12 places lunch & refreshments provided (please advise of dietary requirements upon checkout using the comments box) Wednesday 5th February 2020 – 09:00 – 17:00 Fitness Level Required – Low Terrain – Gardens & inside country house

Simon Clarke

Photographer / Simon Clarke Photography

Another outstanding day of photography arranged by James Davies at Rossington Hall. James not only shows and explains the technical side of his style of photography but goes beyond the camera which we sometimes forget about. His ” this is how I do it” approach is delivered in an energetic and fun atmosphere from the minute you arrive until you leave for home leaving you inspired and motivated. If you are serious about photography and are looking to develop your skills then visit and check out his training pages, you won’t be disappointed.

Dave Hill

Photographer / Dave Hill Photography

Great Sunday evening James. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks Rob for assisting & thanks Caitlin for putting up with us. Would definitely recommend this event if it is done again. Just need to sort out my images now.

Matt Andrew

Professional Wedding Photographer / Matt Andrew

A fantastic day of training at Hodsock Priory with James and Doug. The models were very friendly and professional, and James was on hand to direct everyone and to show them how he approaches his portraits during a wedding day with natural light and various flash techniques. I definitely recommend this workshop to anyone wanting to take their skill set to the next level.

Alan Elliot


Hi James, Thanks for an excellent interesting course and day out last Friday. Good to meet proper people of a similar interest and be able to communicate freely. Your personal approach to the photography business is what prompted me to attend and your laid back non-conventional way of working really fits in with my personal lifestyle. My first wedding shoot on Saturday went really well, minimum amount of scrapped images – Hope to meet you again in the not so far future. Alan

Carol Spencer


Hi James A huge thank you for a wonderful day at Rossington Hall the other week. The day was just great from start to finish. The models were really accommodating and the venue was just perfect. Ange and I are very excited about our new business together.

Graham Atkinson


Hi James, Just a big thankyou for last Friday at Rossington Hall I really enjoyed it and learnt a lot. I was a little apprehensive about going thinking I may be overwhelmed by the other photographers there but this was not the case I felt quite at ease and took a lot in, whether it will stay there we shall have to see! All the best and thanks again

Tom Curno

Wedding Photographer

"I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop that James had organised. There was a great mix of talented photographers. The models were fantastic and patient. Food was brilliant and the venue was just stunning! There truly is no better way of learning photography and/or flash than having the pleasure of an experienced photographer like James show you what he does and how he understands light. I learnt a lot while being on his workshop and not only that, it reminded me to be enthusiastic and confident when approaching new things. He's a great guy who will make you relaxed and laugh at the same time. 10/10 for effort and also value for money. I'll look forward to attending another workshop in the future."

Hayley Kirk

Wedding Photographer

"Absolutely smashing day from start to finish, James showed us a lot of good lighting techniques, some that I already use a lot but some that are just pure amazing. I don’t think you book one of James’ workshops without following it up and buying a brand new lens afterwards which I did to get me them key shots that James taught us. Met some amazing people on the workshop and just thoroughly enjoyed it. When your a Photographer you don’t get to mingle with other Photographers often so it was lovely to get to know what other Photographers shoot like and what parts of a Wedding they find the best. James is funny from the minute you meet him, he’s enthusiastic about what he does, his workshops put you at ease with how easy a Wedding can be adding lighting here and there. Would highly recommend to anyone wanting to book with James"

Jade Rothery

Equine Photographer

"I was so nervous, yet super excited for James' wedding workshop at Stubton Hall. As a primarily equine photographer, looking to branch into wedding photography, I was really worried I would be completely out of my depth. James was amazing, from start to finish, put me completely at ease and made the whole day thoroughly enjoyable. He explained everything perfectly, not only did I gain a greater understanding of lighting but I also got the opportunity to put the skills into practice under James' guidance. I would highly recommend - thank you so much!"