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Dark Potions Workshop

The Dark Potions workshop is a day not to be missed for anyone that loves shooting creative concept portraits. Our venue for the day is Ravenswood manor house in West Sussex Sussex. We’ve got access to the grounds and exclusive use of the Baronial hall where we’ll be shooting images with a creepy, Halloween feel. I’ll be joined by fellow professional photographer Tommy Reynolds and two great models. During the workshop you’ll get to work with both photographers and both models, so you can expect to go home with a great collection of varied images.

This is a location workshop with looks that include a woodland witch, alchemist and bride. All the looks will have a Halloween twist and with the help of some amazing handmade props, costumes and professional make-up artists, you won’t find High Street Halloween costumes or buckets of blood on our workshop. Our two models will each take on different looks which will change over the lunch break.

The Workshop will include…

  • Shoot with two models
  • Two photography experts to help you get the shots
  • Maximum of 6 photographers per model
  • 4 Different looks during the day
Thursday 24th October 2019
£199.00 Per Person


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Tuesday 29th October 2019
£199.00 Per Person


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This workshop is subject to our Terms and Conditions

Places Available – There will be a maximum of 12 spaces available per date
Location – The Ravenswood, Sharpthorne, West Sussex  RH19 4HY
– Approximately 6 Hours including a lunch break (9:45 am Start Time)
Other Information
– This workshop is best suited to photographers with an interest in portrait photography and are looking to hone their skills or add to their portfolio.
Smoke machines may be used during this workshop.
More information – please Contact us stating you’re interested in the Dark Potions Workshop

F.A.Q.’s about this workshop.
Before you decide on to book take a look at the questions and answers below to help give you a little bit more of an insight into what to expect.

Who will be running the workshop?
Gavin Hoey will be leading the workshops and will be assisted by Tommy Reynolds

Where is the worksop?
The workshop is located at The Ravenswood near Sharpthorne, West Sussex . Full directions will be sent out the week before the event.

Is there any difference between the two dates?
No, both dates are at the same venue with the same looks from the same team.

Is this an educational workshop?
The primary goal of the workshop is to get everyone taking home some great photos. This isn’t a masterclass where you stand around watching and it’s not a training workshop for beginners. Both Gavin and Tommy will be on hand to answer any questions, give guidance and advice but you’ll also be expected to chip in with your own ideas.

What style of photography will be covered?
This is essentially a portrait workshop with a range of styles from classic location portraits, through to conceptual portrait photography. The theme is Halloween, so dark and atmospheric is the aim of many of the shoots.
NOTE: It will not include any glamour, lingerie or fine art nude. Also we will not be covering horror, gore and trick or treat styles.

Who are the models for this shoot?
There will be two models on this shoot, each changing their look over the lunch break. Both Sophie and Charlotte are set to be our models for both the workshops. Please be aware that the model line up may be subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control.

Will I get one to one time with the models?
You’ll be working in groups of up to 6 photographers so there’ll be plenty of time for everyone to get a turn at assisting and shooting. Shooting sessions last around 60 minutes per group after which you’ll swap over to the other model. You’ll get to work with each model twice, once in the morning and once in the afternoon.

Will I get a fixed shooting slot?
We will NOT be dividing the sessions into slots so you will be expected to share nicely with your fellow photographers.

Is this a flash or natural light workshop?
It’s primarily a flash based workshop. We will have flash gear on hand (no need to bring your own) and we’ll give help where needed. If weather permits we may also work outside where ambient light shooting is also possible.

What time does the workshop start?
We suggest arriving at around 9.45 am for a prompt 10.00 start.

Is the workshop suitable for those with disabilities?
We’ll do all we can to accommodate everyone’s needs. Steps may be unavoidable but otherwise the venue has good access for all.

Is the workshop weather dependent?
This is mostly an indoor workshop and while we do have plans to use some of the outside areas, the UK weather shouldn’t interfere too much. We do reserve the right to cancel the workshop at short notice should something truly bizarre happen with the weather but it’s highly unlikely.

Are refreshments included?
Tea, coffee and water will be available and if you’re really lucky there may even be some of Sam’s legendary home made cakes or biscuits for you to enjoy. You’ll need to bring your own lunch.

What will I need to bring?
For this workshop a Digital SLR (or mirrorless) camera and a standard zoom lens (e.g 24-70mm) is ideal. Wide angle lenses (e.g. 12 – 20mm) work really well for creative shots and longer lenses (e.g. 70-200mm) are worth bringing if you have them. If you’re unsure about bringing a particular lens please ask but our advice is generally the same… If you don’t mind carrying it, bring it!

Flash lighting and radio triggers will be provided by us, so you can leave yours at home but if you own a flash meter and are comfortable using it, bring it along.

Does the make of camera matter?
Not really. Radio flash triggers will be used during the workshop, so as long as your camera has a standard hotshoe you’ll be OK. Cameras from Olympus, Fuji, Canon, Nikon, Sony and Panasonic will be just fine.

Can I contact you?
Of course. Please you the contact form here and start you message with Dark Potions Workshop

Can you recommend somewhere to stay?
We have many photographer who travel very long distances to be with us. If you’re after overnight accommodation you can stay at the workshop venue or one of the many other hotels in the area 

Do you have any tips to get the most from the workshop?
Tip 1: Make sure you bring plenty of spare memory cards and fully charged batteries
Tip 2: Don’t buy a new piece of equipment just to attend the course, you may not need it.
Tip 3: Don’t panic if you get held up. Just give us a call (details will be sent closer to the workshop date) and let us know.
Tip 4: Don’t expect every shot to be perfect. The workshop is all about experimenting and that means making mistakes
Tip 5: Get involved. Taking photos is what it’s all about but you can also learn a lot by helping your fellow photographer too.