BPF Event: Richard Battye Studio Workshop

Birmingham Photography Festival is launching a series of events on the run up to the 2019 Festival that will give photographers the chance to develop their skills by working with and learning from industry experts. This events program will cover a wide range of techniques and disciplines allowing photographers of all levels to learn directly from experts in their area of interest during these intensive workshops and talks.

Kicking off the series will be a workshop focused on studio photography with expert photographer Richard Battye.

The studio workshop with Richard Battye will take place on the 16th of February at his studio in the Telsen Centre in Birmingham. This full day workshop will give attendees the opportunity to learn how to correctly use various studio lighting set ups, how to work with professional models, and to learn about Richard’s years of professional and personal experience in the industry.

Attendees will have the opportunity to shoot with a professional model on the day with support and guidance being provided by Richard while also learning about still life photography in a studio setting with instruction on lighting set ups and composition. Attendees will also have the chance to book a one hour 1-to-1 slot on Sunday the 17th of February to discuss their work with Richard to get extra help with their skills.

This workshop is aimed at photographers who have a genuine interest in studio photography and are keen to develop their skills in this area. The session is limited to just 10 places to allow for each attendee to be able to receive attention from Richard.


Workshop details
  • 10 places
  • Saturday 16th February, 2019
  • 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • River Studio, Telsen Industrial Centre, 55 Thomas Street, Aston, Birmingham, B6 4TN
  • Attendees must have a DLSR or Mirrorless camera with hotshoe, and a good understanding of how to use the camera in manual mode
  • £200 for the full-day workshop / £60 for an additional one hour 1-to-1 tuition slot on Sunday 17th February
  • Contact mail@birminghamphotographyfestival.co.uk to reserve a place. Attendees will then be sent payment instructions which must be completed within 12 hours of receipt in order to secure a place. Payment is due in full at this time and is non-refundable.
About Richard
Richard has worked in professional photography since his graduation with a BA (Hons) from Wolverhampton University in 1986. For Richard, photography has been a passion as well as a 30-year full time career which has seen him develop a wealth of experience, from shooting vehicles in the desert in the Middle East to photographing royalty and pop stars, designer dresses, food, interiors, exteriors and a whole host of products, either in the studio or on location. Richard founded his River Studio in 1990 which has been used as a base for his photography ever since.
Working primarily as a commercial and advertising photographer throughout his career, Richards work has seen him travel all over the world and his past clients include globally renowned organisations like the BBC, Channel 4, NHS, Harley Davidson, Gibson Guitars, Louis Vuitton, and many more. Over the last few years Richard’s photography has been very much focussed on “the creative and performing arts” sector which has included working with musicians, dancers, theatres and performers.

Richard has photographed major campaigns for the CBSO and Birmingham Royal Ballet including shooting for their current ongoing marketing campaign. His career has also seen him turn his lens to product photography, shooting everything from cars and motorbikes, to handbags, food, and clothing for various agencies and direct clients.  Richard’s experience in fashion photography has seen him shoot for several fashion designers in recent years allowing him to use his years of experience to fully art direct each shoot, from location scouting to choice of models, props, styling, and logistics. His work has appeared in a wide variety of publications including Vouge, as well as in international marketing campaigns.

Richard’s personal photography has resulted in two major touring exhibitions with the most successful being his much lauded ‘This England’ series, a depiction of British alternative sub-cultures, which toured the UK for over three years visiting 14 galleries and taking him to los Angeles.

During the 2001 successful tour of This England, which was sponsored by Kodak, Richard was asked by Kodak to take part in their “Student Days” teaching programme. This involved a series of half day talks in colleges and Universities around the UK, partnered with a major photographic company, such as Nikon, Polaroid, and Hasselblad. These talks were given in over a dozen establishments to HND and Degree level students and were focused on his commercial and advertising practice, and on the touring documentary exhibition.

Over the years Richard has welcomed students from various schools to his studio and talked about his career and run photography and lighting demonstrations. He has provided long term mentoring for students from Birmingham City University and given them invaluable work experience, resulting in Richard becoming a Career Academy mentor.

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