It’s not often you get to rub shoulders with one of the world’s most renown music photographers, but for 30 fortunate attendees, this past Saturday involved just that, as Kevin Cummins lead a day long portraiture masterclass. Offering valuable technical insight and advice founded upon years of experience photographing the worlds greatest rockstars, Kevin lead the aspiring photographers through a collection of his portraiture images, carefully detailing the approach behind each story and the lighting used within each shot.
After a buffet lunch, the group was invited to photograph the two models, Liam and Helen, using only the available light and features within the room. This brought about a flurry of activity, as each photographer grappled for the best angles and backdrops, asking the models for poses and stances as they looked to capture their ideal shot. The excitement then spilled out onto the street, as the photographers gathered around the models utilising the textured backdrops of the Northern Quarter’s architecture. As Kevin offered advice and tips as people were shooting, passers by gathered, intrigued by all the photographers, stopping to ask what all the fuss was about.
The final part of the day involved a short critique of each photographer’s work from the day, giving each a chance to display their favourite images from the model shoot, allowing Kevin to offer compliments and constructive criticism. In summery, Kevin expressed his gratitude to all involved, stating that not only was the work of a higher standard than he expected but that he’d found it spiritually rewarding.
Thank you to all involved, to those who attended, for listening so attentively and engaging with the tasks so enthusiastically and to Kevin for a thoroughly enjoyable and insightful day.
Written by Simon Bray