KKS Studio opened its doors in August to photography candidates looking to take part in a Fashion Photography Workshop lead by professional photographer Tessa Kerrs. One of our course attendees has kindly provided a rundown of what was covered and their experience of the two days…

As a recent graduate keen to understand more about Fashion Photography for ecommerce, the KKS workshop instantly appealed to me. I didn’t have too much experience within a working studio environment and although I have covered many of the elements while at uni, I wanted to understand how to apply it to real briefs for real clients.

Day One – Welcome!

Upon arriving at the studio and having an all-important coffee, we kicked off the morning with an introduction to product photography. Covering what type of shoots and visuals are popular in the industry now and how to achieve them. 

It was then time to engage with our inner scientist as we explored the physics behind lighting. This was a detailed account of specific lighting outputs, in-depth camera controls and studio set-ups. Tessa, our course leader took time for questions and was happy to demonstrate throughout.

Now it’s our turn…we kicked off with Invisible mannequin or Ghost mannequin photography, one of the most commonly used image types online. We went through the process from start to finish; dressing and styling the mannequin, shooting and then editing in post-production. Tessa shared so many tips and tricks with us, you can really speed up this process with the right tools. I’m so pleased we covered this element of product photography! It’s so important to get the basics right!

After a quick break to chat, pick the brains of the course leaders one to one and of course enjoy the complimentary lunch we set about part two – creative still life.

Instagram is not only the leading platform for instant photography but has since become the digital influence for flat lay photography constructing it to be one of the most popular techniques for brands to showcase their products. This section of the workshop allows for no restrictions, be limitless with your creativity and gain valuable insight into creating the perfect aesthetic. I loved that everyone’s image on the day was different and there were so many ways to interact with the set-up and product. I’m really proud of the images I created and have since started to explore with creative still life imagery to enhance my portfolio.

Day Two – Strike a pose!

I would describe day 2 as the ultimate guide to the world of model ecommerce.

Tessa is an absolute photography expert and didn’t leave anything uncovered.

Together we looked at lighting set up, composition, model direction, and client briefs. Model shoots are a truly beneficial way to build the photographers confidence, it’s much quicker to shoot once you understand the basics and everyone clearly enjoyed having the freedom to shoot and work with the professional model (who was lovely!) throughout the morning session. It’s a really great opportunity to do a model shoot in a studio and I have images to use in my portfolio that I can now confidently re-create.

After lunch and refreshments, it was time to tackle post-production! We started to look at the images we had taken and discussed image selection. There are so many things to consider when making image selects, this is where Tessa’s industry experience and insight really came into play. She gave really good advice on what to look for depending on the clients brief and overall brand aesthetic.

When the Photoshop screen pops up, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and different people had different levels of skill.

Tessa did a step-by-step tutorial, making the production process very simple. We then had time to work one on one, ask questions and learn new techniques dependent on the overall image output we were hoping for.

Day 2 concluded with a marketing and client management discussion lead by KKS studio director. It was super beneficial to listen to Kejal explain different ways of working with different clients from different sectors. Understanding basic freelance conduct was also very helpful for me personally, which is not something I had covered in my degree (how to approach a client, secure a job, what to ask and even how to invoice).

The end of a very busy two days! I really enjoyed the workshop, no question went unanswered and everyone was very friendly and approachable. I will certainly be making the most of the 3 months online support, having this connection with the studio and Tessa is a real bonus!

Thank you Chloe for your detailed review of the workshop, we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the two days and found it helpful! Our next workshop will run in November 2019, for more information click here