BPF Event: Richard Battye Studio Workshop Overview

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.

Our first event of the 2019 calendar year is a workshop focused on studio photography with expert photographer Richard Battye. The studio workshop with Richard Battye will take place on the 13th of May 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.


Workshop details

  • 10 places
  • Saturday 13th May, 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.
  • £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.

The studio workshop will gives attendees the opportunity to learn “how to light in a studio”. This will cover a wide range of areas and attendees can expect to learn about the “light shaping” tools that Richard has used over the years; how to use softbox, softbox with a grid, honeycombs, lighting out to pure white in the background. You will learn how to light clean, moody and the use of gels to add colour in addition to correct use of reflectors, poly boards and reflected light. Examining and learning about big studio lighting, small set ups, on location with speedlights and making the most of available light shooting.

This workshop is an opportunity for those photographers who have a genuine interest in studio photography and are keen to develop their skills in this area. It will cover an in depth look at the ISO – aperture – shutter speed triangle to encourage and to push attendees to shooting manually for full control of their set ups and producing high quality images. Richard will talk and demonstrate composition, depth of field and several other required skills along the way as a part of the day.


Further to the studio lighting aspect of the workshop, Richard Battye will provide insight and talk about how to deal with clients, how to shoot to a brief and cover all the day to day stuff of deadlines, working with make up artists, assistants, models. This element is perfect way for any new or experienced photographers to learn from Richard’s expertise and professional 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.

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.
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