I spent last weekend on an advanced portrait photography course in Fairford. You may ask why I, as a person who offers photographic training, needed to go on a training course. Well, in a field as large and as varied as photography there’s always something new to learn, and with this course I had the chance to try out some lighting equipment that I don’t have. This included an Elinchrom Octa. The Octa is a huge softbox, and I mean HUGE, that gives an incredibly soft and flattering light similar to that coming from a large window. It’s so big it wouldn’t actually fit into our studio!
We were lucky enough to have great models to work with, ranging from Charlotte Thomson to Dave’s Kawasaki Vulcan Drifter 1500 motorbike. The image shows both and is lit with five lights including the Octa.
I’m really looking forward to developing some of the ideas from the weekend into the photography we offer our clients.