Patrick Nicholas operates master classes once or twice a year based loosely on his images (like these ones above) in the Belle series. You can see them all on his site photonicholas.com
If you are interested in pursuing a professional master class in the photo school involving the landscape with nude models please contact Patrick Nicholas specifying ‘Master Class’.
Topics covered in this professional photo courses:
photography techniques, lighting, both natural and artificial, on location using flash, reflectors, diffusers and simple means such as a hand held torch or flashlight; creating atmosphere using smoke; props and drapery; make-up and styling; post production in Photoshop and fine-art printing.
Although this is a predominantly digital photography course, we also use 120 film on this course so if you have a medium format camera this is the time to use it. If not we can lend you the Mamiya and lenses. We process and scan C41 film in the same day. This workshop is really designed for photographers with some experience and who have the right equipment – that said we can lend a tripod if you want to save weight.
Check out Patrick Nicholas’ website – many images from the Le Belle series (including the images in the slider) have been shot in the landscape around Orvieto.
A masterclass with a model lasts four days:
two days of instruction including Photoshop manipulation and printing; and two days with a model in the field. Shooting takes place entirely on location in the incomparable Italian landscape in secret places that few people aside from Patrick Nicholas know of. Patrick has been a professional photographer since he graduated in Photographic Arts in 1977 and has lived in Italy for nearly 30 years so he has a lot of knowledge to impart.
The cost for for one person for the four complete days, 4 nights is €1,400 including accommodation, the modelling fee, one dinner, lunch and transport to the locations PLUS one fine art print up to 30x40cm of your best shot on Hahnemuhle paper.
Two persons sharing a room €950 per person. Please specify twin or double beds.
To get the most out of the workshop we do recommend coming a day early so we can start in good time. Extra nights: single in double room €50, double €90
Deposit €250 per person, Pay Pal, or bankers draft. You may pay the balance on arrival by credit card.
Master class: photo shooting locations.
One of our favourite places is in the gorge at Vulci. There is a secret path down to the fast flowing stream so nobody ever disturbs us. Here Patrick and Salim from the 2011 master class photo course discuss the location for Salim’s definitive shot of the day (below)
We have many photogenic locations ideal for shooting nudes on this professional photo course: secret, fern-lined glades; waterfalls; abandoned Templar churches; hot springs; deserted sandy coasts; rocky bays; many of which feature in the slider at the top.
“As a photographer what this helps you to do is to stop and listen. Patrick’s wonderfully laconic and easy going style are the perfect complement to the landscape. He encourages you to look. No , really look. To stop, to listen not just with your ears but to listen with your eyes…and if you think this is hyperbole think about how lovers pick up every change, every innuendo without a word being said. You begin to see the change in light; to feel the history. It is absorbing and you can’t help but let it impact the pictures you take. – Read more here. Marco Ryan