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Mixed Lighting Portraiture with Posh Nosh


Darren Woolway ARPS

Creative Director
Darren Woolway ARPS is a commercial advertising photographer based in the South East of the United Kingdom, specialising mainly in…
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David Tovey

David has a passion for photographing people and has a particular interest in creating photographs with a natural look to…
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Katerina Christo


Linda Cunningham

Course Objective

 To successfully combine ambient and artificial light. With the addition of light modifiers and portable lighting equipment, light a portrait of a model on location in a variety of lighting conditions.

Where it will be held

We will meet at the Station Road car parks in Aylesford, Kent, ME20. The first session will take place at The Hengist’s courtyard and the following 2 sessions will take place at various locations around the village. Lunch will be served at The Hengist fine dining restaurant. 

Course Overview

The day will be split into 3 sessions:

Session A –
Introductions, group allocation and buddy systems will be introduced. A brief talk about the best ways to direct a model how to pose, the importance of hair, make up and a stylist, lens choices, light modifiers for effects and a Health & Safety briefing.

After Session A the group will be divided into classes of up to 6 students, half of you will shoot with David and Linda and the other half will shoot with Darren and Kat. After lunch groups will swap over.

Session B with David and Linda –
David predominantly photographs his subjects using natural light. Students will be invited to use the techniques and light modifiers demonstrated to tackle portraits in full sun, partial shade and full shade at various locations around the village.

Session C with Darren and Katerina –
Darren works as a commercial photographer and 9/10 works with flash and ambient light combined. Students will be introduced to the portable lighting system and shown techniques they can then try out for themselves to light a portrait with mixed lighting.

There will be an opportunity at the end for any feedback and questions.


Arrive at 8.45am for a 9am start. Finish time is 5pm but allow half hour for over run if you have questions. Parking is available free of charge all day in the Aylesford Village car parks. We will meet in The Hengist Restaurant. The Posh Nosh lunch will last approx. 1.5 hours.


Bottled water will be available throughout the day. During opening times toilet facilities are available inside The Hengist restaurant or in communal toilet blocks opposite. There is lack of local shops so please bring any additional snacks and drinks with you.

Disabled Access

There is limited access for wheelchairs due to the age and location of the village.

Posh Nosh Lunch at The Hengist

Prepared by South African Chef of the Year 2011 Petrus Madutleta

The Hengist is in the heart of beautiful Aylesford village. The Grade II listed building was originally two houses, and was converted into a restaurant in 1980.

Downstairs is an informal brasserie-style dining room with bar which offers casual all-day dining. Decorated in a traditional style but with a quirky twist, downstairs is the place to come in for a coffee or a relaxed lunch.

Upstairs there are two fine-dining rooms – the Conservatory and the Crystal Room. These rooms offer a more formal, fine dining option. For this workshop we will be dining in the Conservatory, this has a beautiful terrace that leads down to the outside garden where some of the tuition will take place.

The chefs have put together a menu which is seasonal and prepared using the best ingredients, from local sources wherever possible. Menu options will be available closer to the date and will need to be completed in advance of the course date.

The course includes 2 courses and a glass of wine (175ml), additional drinks/courses can be purchased at your own expense.

Kit List

Must Haves

Your own DSLR Camera
A Lens
Full Battery
Clean Memory Card


X-Rite ColorChecker or QP Cards
Pocket Wizards
Circular Polariser
Graduated Filters
5-in-1 Reflector
Lenses – 70-200mm, 50mm, 85mm.

Course Dates £249

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The trial course was on the 4th July, we are currently reviewing the feedback to create an even more amazing experience next time. If you wish to attend the next one please email your interest to studio@raidphotographic.co.uk