01
Jun
09

Loughborough Uni – 21st June

Hot on the heels of the May 31st shoot at Wolves uni we have another one coming up, this time back at Loughborough University.

It’s so soon because Mr Bird can rent the room cheap before the end of term, once the university closes for summer it switches over to full on public fees which are a lot, lot more. However the good news is that it’ll cost you a huge £1, yes ONE POUND for the shoot.

One. Lousy. Pound.

The parking’s free too!

To follow it up, afterward there’s plans for a BBQ near Dave’s place of residence, it’ll be a “BYOM” affair (Bring your own meat) I would expect, unless people want to chip in to Denyer and Dave ahead of time so we can buy in some stuff and save you all the trouble.

Shoot kicks off at 10am, runs until 4 or 5ish with the BBQ afterwards.

Pile on board on the flickr thread here:

GPS Postcode is LE11 3TU or thereabouts 🙂

Check out a map to the venue!

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16
Apr
09

Wolverhampton uni exibition hall – 31st of May

On the 31st of May 2009 we will be holding a group shoot at the Exhibition Hall in the Millennium building at Wolverhampton University.

We will be the only people using the building on the Sunday, so we will get access to the main Exhibition Hall on the 4th floor, as well as the rest of the Millennium Building (class rooms will be locked), so this means corridors, foyers, lifts, brightly painted pink and yellow staircases, etc.  Weather permitting we will also be able to use the outside courtyard which is surrounded by the university buildings and closed to the public.

The group shoot will be limited to 40 photographers.

The shoot will start at 10am with a quick health and safety briefing before you’re all let loose, with a finishing time of 5pm.

The attendance list for this group shoot will be added to the flickr group at 8pm on Thursday the 16th of April.  For photographers, you can only add your own name to the list by posting a reply with your full name and it’s first come first served.   Could all models who want to attend please contact one of the group admins to be added to the list.  If anyone knows of any new models who would like to attend, then same applies, please contact one of the group admins, preferably Richard or Claire.

The attendance list will be open for 7 days.  When it is closed, the cost per photographer will be calculated and then you get 4 days to make payment by paypal.  If after the 4 days anyone on the list hasn’t paid, then their place will be made available to other photographers who didn’t make the initial list.  Once payment is made, no refunds will be given.  If you cannot attend the group shoot, then you can either sell your place to a photographer who couldn’t get on the attendance list or simply loose your money.  Given a full attendance of 40 photographers, you’re looking at £7.50 each.

The Location

The location is easily to get to by train and is only a short walk from Wolverhampton train station. There is also a close by car park which does cheap all day parking rates.

Local map can be found on Flickr here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/wolves_tog/3563835035/

Info for your GPS devices:  Wolverhamton, WV1 1LY

28
Jan
09

Tividale Community Arts College – 8th of March

On the 8th of March 2009 we will be holding the next group shoot at Tividale Community Arts College.

We will have use of the main hall including balcony, foyer and cafe area.   This means that the group shoot will be limited to 30 photographers.

The shoot will start at 10am with a quick health and safety briefing before you’re all let loose, with a finishing time of 5pm.

The attendance list for this group shoot will be added to the flickr group at 8pm on the 29th of Jan.  For photographers, you can only add your own name to the list by posting a reply with your full name and it’s first come first served. There is a limit of 30 photographers.

The attendance list will be open for 7 days.  When it is closed, the cost per photographer will be calculated and then you get 4 days to make payment by paypal.  If after the 4 days anyone on the list hasn’t paid, then their place will be made available to other photographers who didn’t make the initial list.  Once payment is made, no refunds will be given.  If you cannot attend the group shoot, then you can either sell your place to a photographer who couldn’t get on the attendance list or simply loose your money.  Given a full attendance of 30 photographers, you’re looking at £5 each.

The Location

Tividale Community Arts College, Lower City Road, Tividale, Oldbury, B69 2HE.

http://www.tividalehigh.sandwell.sch.uk/

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Tividale High Foyer

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The hall will me completely empty when we use it.

22
Jan
09

RAF Museum Cosford – 19th of April

On the 19th of April 2009 we will be holding a group shoot at the RAF Museum Cosford.

(there will be another shoot on the 8th of March, just confirming details)

We will have exclusive use of a conference room there and also public access to the museum and grounds.  The museum will be open to the public and therefore we have to respect a number of rules which are detailed below.

The shoot will start at 10am when the museum opens with a quick briefing in the conference room before you’re all let loose, with a finishing time of 5pm.

There is an attendance list for this group shoot on the flickr group which is now open.  For photographers, you can only add your own name to the list by posting a reply with your full name and it’s first come first served. There is a limit of 30 photographers.

The attendance list will be open for 7 days.  When it is closed, the cost per photographer will be calculated and then you get 4 days to make payment by paypal.  If after the 4 days anyone on the list hasn’t paid, then their place will be made available to other photographers who didn’t make the initial list.  Once payment is made, no refunds will be given.  If you cannot attend the group shoot, then you can either sell your place to a photographer who couldn’t get on the attendance list or simply loose your money.  Given a full attendance of 30 photographers, you’re looking at £5 each.

Attendance Rules

1. Any pictures taken on the day are strictly for personal use only.  This does allow you to use your pictures on your portfolio website, etc…  however you are not allowed to sell the images.

2. When setting up lighting equipment in public areas you must respect that this is a public museum and do not block any public thorough-fair.

3. You, your equipment and the models are not allowed to cross the exhibit barriers.  If you are found doing this, the group will be escorted off the premises!

4. You do not take any pictures of the public.

5. this is not an exhaustive list of rules, there may be some more to be announced on the day.

The Location

The museum has it’s own website at http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/cosford/

The museums are split between several buildings, and also scattered throughout the grounds.

Museum Floor Plan:

You can take a virtual tour of the main exhibits and details of how to get there

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06
Jan
09

A models guide to group shoots

Each time I approach a new model about attending a group shoot I get asked the same questions, “What do I need to bring with me?”, “Is there a particular theme for the shoot?”, “What is expected of me on the day?”, etc…  So for this reason I’ve decided to create a guide for new models which should hopefully answer these questions and give a better insight of what is expected of a model at a group shoot.

Continue reading ‘A models guide to group shoots’

26
Dec
08

6th Group Shoot (Mailbox)

6th Group Shoot – 07/12/08

The 6th group shoot was held in December in private offices at the Mailbox in Birmingham.   This was an unusual place for us to hold a group shoot and everyone was very excited to be doing a shoot somewhere so different.   Rob Owen kindly asked his bosses if he could use their office for a photo shoot, oh yeah and bring along another 20 photographers and 10 models.  Thankfully, and very kindly, they said yes.

As with all of the group shoots so far, the photographers made the most of the location and created some very creative and visually stunning pictures.  It always amazes me how different and varied the pictures are, given that everyone has the same set of models and location to work with.

This was the first time that the attendance list was limited, with a maximum of 30 people, due to restrictions placed upon us by the owners of the office.  It was decided to split the numbers up as 20 photographers and 10 models and place a first come first served attendance list up on our flickr group.  Within less than 24 hours, the 20 photographers places were filled and we had 4 reserves!

Pictures and video after the jump

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23
Dec
08

5th Group Shoot (Studley)

5th Group Shoot – 26/10/08

The 5th group shoot was held in October at Studley Village Hall in Warwickshire.  Another 10am start on a Sunday and lots of keen photographers and models turning up as early as 9am!   The village hall is a large modern building and essentially a blank canvas.  Photographers came prepared with an array of backdrops, from standard black or white, to a large home made newspaper backdrop, while others improvised and used some of the interesting props backstage and found unusual (yet brilliant) old fashioned brown wallpaper backdrops.  As it was a nice day, there was even some overspill into the car park and grounds for more varied photo shoots.

Pictures after the jump

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