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Do you want to understand your camera, learn how to use studio lights, work with models, bring ideas and concepts to workable shots, or all of the above? Then a training workshop is probably what you are looking for.

As a qualified training professional (CIPD) and author and contributor to many erotic and nude photographic books, John knows how to make the technical brain friendly. John also holds a Fellowship (FRPS) distinction with the Royal Photographic Society and a member of the Guild of Erotic Artists and the Association of Erotic Artists. If you want to learn how to use studio lighting then John is best placed to help you. John offers two types of training event:

  • a bespoke 1-2-1 session covering your exact needs, contact John direct for more information about this service and benefit from individual tuition, training and guidance on what ever you want to cover. A full day costs £750

All tuition and training sessions offer:

  • A chance to develop your style with John's technical guidance and tuition
  • Training on how to use lights. Starting with one light. Explore the effects that reflectors, flags, bounces, grids and barn doors have on light
  • Different lighting setups for different effects; soft and hard light
  • Experiment with studio flash and continuous lighting; tungsten and LED
  • How to develop ideas, concepts and creativity
  • Learn how to develop an idea from concept to a final shot
  • Working with a model, and how to get the best from your shoot
  • The use of Elinchrom, Broncolor and ARRI studio kit, inc. ringflash, large light-banks, softboxes, soft egg-box grids, fresnel spots, snoots and so on
  • The use of a Nikon D3 or D810 and Nikon pro lenses if required
  • Shoot a professional model in a purpose built studio environment
  • Signed model release for all images if required
  • John arranges the small group workshops to get the best mix of delegates, so you won't feel out of your depth or waiting for the others to catch up
  • A fun, informal and relaxed rewarding workshop where your objectives and results are our prime goal
  • Snacks and beverages throughout the day and a full sit-down lunch. Learning on an empty stomach is no fun; many delegates say lunch was the highlight of the day!


"I had an amazing day & learnt far more then I expected", James

Shooting Erotica and Art Nude workshops

"It's rare to find someone who can train and impart knowledge and is a master of lighting and erotic nude photography", Dave

"We covered what I needed to learn, plus things I didn't realise I needed to know", Mario

Erotic lighting

A typical timetable:

10.00am Start at John's studio for coffee, equipment check and discussion

10.15am Model arrives for briefing

10.30am Shoot using different lighting and setups. Concentrating on the lighting and the technical setup.

11.30am Review

11.30am Continue shooting

12.30pm Lunch

1.15pm Review

1.30pm Shoot continues with more discussion, interaction and feedback with the model. Conveying ideas and concepts to the model.

3.00pm Afternoon tea and review of afternoon's work

3.30pm Activity - set task to take concept through to finished shot

4.30pm Review days work

5.00pm Close


Studio Lighting

Erotic lighting

Learn what you need to learn, not what the rest of the group need to learn.




'Thanks for today, I enjoyed every single minute :-). It was great just being able to ask you questions let alone anything else'. Matt