Training with Sean Conboy

August 04, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I have to admit i am not very good at keepimg Diffusedlight photography's blog up to date, i am a little behind, so here goes with the first of many Blog posts.

Back in June saw me go up to Blackpool to do a 3 day training course with a great Architectural photographer named Sean Conboy.
I met Sean back in 2015 at my first visit to the SWPP convention in London, he was doing a talk on architectural & Interior photography. straight away I liked Sean's work and how he used lighting on his interiors shoots, plus he hardly used any post production on his finished images, all done in camera.

2016 Sean was again at the SWPP convention this time he was not only doing a talk but a half day hands on interior shoot which i attended. This half day showed what equipment Sean uses (Camera and Lighting) and how he used the lights to slowly build up the image before taking the final photo.

Day One

On the first day of training in Blackpool Sean had arranged for us to shoot some of the amazing rooms in the Winter Garden, this venue has so many rooms all totally different from each other, it was a pleasure to photograph here. The first room was the Renaissance room built in 1931 as a high-class restaurant and cocktail bar.

(Some I-phone images of the room and our cameras)

I was using my Canon 5D Mk3 and Sean was using his Linhof Tecno with Hasselblad H5D-60 digital back. The difference between the two cameras was amazing, Seeing how much more detail there was in Sean's images.

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The next room we moved on to was the Baronial Hall, this Hall is a Medieval hall, designed as an antique castle, We also used one of the entrances of this room to shoot through in to the Spanish Hall, Lavishly themed with its three-dimensional frieze representing an Andalucian village.

There are many more rooms I would love to have photographed at the Winter Gardens but we were only here for the first day of my training.
Using Sean's Linhof camera gave me the chance to learn how to use Tilt, Shift,Swing, Rise and fall, which made a big difference, Maybe one day i could be using a setup like this of my own!

 

Day Two

Up again nice and early, this time to go off to the Grand Theater in Blackpool, Sean does a lot of work for the Grand, he even holds photography training course here, this venue is lovely, as you will see from the images below the ceiling here is something else.
This theater opened back in July 23rd 1894 by Thomas Sergenson, Blackpools first successful theatrical manager. (To read more about the history click here).

When Photographing this venue, Sean showed me how to use lighting to pick out the detail in the sculptures on the wall as well as lighting the ceiling to get the most out of the artwork.

As you can see from the above image we were tethering the camera to a laptop to see close up how the images were looking.



In this image you can see the camera i was using on the second day. This was a loan camera from Paula at Linhof Studio.
This camera was the Cambo Actus Mini, again with the Hasleblad 60MP digital back.


After we had finished Photographing at The Grand we took time out to get a bite to eat before setting off down the Golden mile to take some Architectural shots of the Pleasure Beach, this time just using the Hasselblad H5D-60 .

We finish off the second day by photographing the Blackpool Wedding Chapel (A new wedding venue in Blackpool along the sea front) and also the North Pier at Sunset.

(Photo's taken on my 



  (The New Blackpool Wedding Chapel) Click here for more information



  (The North Pier at Sunset)


  (The Linhof with the Hasselblad teathered to the Macbook)

Day Three

This was the final day of my training, this day we went back to Sean's studio and went through the images we had taken over the previous two days, doing some minor tweaks to get the most out of the images, it was good to see that not much was needed to be done to these images as a lot was done in camera at the time the image was taken, especially when using the Technical camera's.

The three days had come to an end, Sean had given me lots to takaway and think about, also change the way i shoot some of my interior and exterior Architectural photographs.

I would like to thank Sean Conboy for giving up his very busy time to spend the three days showing me how he works to get his quality images (please click the link below to see Seans work), also Paula from Linhof studios for kindly lending us the Cambo Actus Mini for me to use over the three days, 
Other people to say a big thank you to are the Winter Gardens and The Grand Theatre Blackpool for letting us use your stunning venues to photograph.

To see Sean's work or to read more information on the equipment and Venues we used on this shoot please click on the Links below.

Sean Conboy (Architectural & Comercial Photographer)

Linhoff Studios (Technical camera's Linhoff Techno and Cambo Actus)

Hasselblad (Camera's and Digital Backs)

Canon (Camera, 5D Mkiii & Lenses)

Apple (Computer)

The Winter Gardens, Blackpool

The Grand Theatre, Blackpool

The Wedding Chapel, Blackpool

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Blackpool




 


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