Barcelona is a world fashion centre. It has a beautiful mix of traditional Catalan elegance and avant garde individualism. Model Management, the world’s fastest growing modelling community in the world, hosted the world finals of their famous Fresh Faces 2013 modelling competition at the W Hotel. Many of the world’s greatest agencies and industry professionals were there for the event.
Fresh Faces 2013 – Barcelona Fashion Photography
Video created by our friends at Yunico
Our chief coach Ben photographed the event, the models, the personalities…
Find out more in Ben’s featured interview here; http://blog.modelmanagement.com/2013/11/20/a-talk-about-holistic-photography-and-being-invisible-meet-fresh-faces-photographer-Ben-Evans/
You can learn exactly how to make photographs like these on our courses; we share completely everything with you, and give you both the theory and practical techniques. Discover our most popular Holistic Photography Essentials Course now.
We’re going to Venice this month to photograph a fine-art wedding. Because Venice is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, we knew we had to host a special one-day photography course while we’re there. What a place to develop your skills in the Art of Photography!
1st July 2013 – Times to be confirmed – Sunrise and Sunset if you’re up for that!
We’ll cover the Holistic Photography Essentials Course in the morning to give you the best possible foundations, then move on to advanced off-camera flash techniques and the principles of aesthetics in the afternoon.
Who?‘Ben’s publications on photography are interesting, easy reads for newcomers to photography, but which make even experienced photographers step back and look at their work from a different and new perspective. … I cannot recommend Ben highly enough. His enthusiasm for photography is contagious and his photographic work is simply some of the best I have ever seen.’ – ML Leddy, Senior US Military Adviser
We’ll explore the most photogenic parts of Venice so you come away with the best possible pictures!
Since we’ll be in Venice anyway, the whole day’s tuition is only €300, and this includes a year’s access to photography advice and unbiased equipment recommendations via email/Skype, as well as a copy of ‘Photography: The Few Things You Need To Know’ as an ebook and audiobook (>1hr long!).
Each extra person you bring can enjoy a €100 discount so you can experience the course together.
We’ll limit it to 5 students so everyone can get the most out of the day.
We welcome everyone from complete beginners to pro photographers. The Holistic Photography syllabus encourages and promotes self-learning after the course and has consistently proved invaluable to photographers of all skill levels.
Send us a message with the form below, or email us at Info@BarcelonaPhotographyCourses.com and we’ll sign up up. Places are very limited; first come, first served.
See you in Venice!
You can learn exactly how to make photographs like these on our courses; we share completely everything with you, and give you both the theory and practical techniques. Find out about our most popular Holistic Photography Essentials Course now.
A love of photography and the arts seems to go hand in hand with an appreciation of fine food cooked magnificently by artisans. Barcelona with its Catalan culture of Mediterranean cuisine has a generous helping of world-class restaurants.
Catalunya’s star chef Ferran Adria has the best restaurant in the world, El Bulli several miles North of Barcelona. This restaurant booked up years in advance and closed for half the year for cutting edge research for new dishes and reinventing traditional ones.
Well we’re very pleased that Barcelona once again is well located next to the world’s new best restaurant, El Celler Can Roca which once again is North of Barcelona in the heart of Catalunya.
El Celler Can Roca is close to Girona, a beautiful city in its own right. In fact, Girona equals Catalunya for Fine Art architectural photography and is an amazing place to spend a wedding, honeymoon or just a weekend getaway. It’s one of our favourite places for travel photography in Spain!
Now it’s possible to pair up a visit taking pictures of Girona and enjoy a meal in the best restaurant in the world too. You’ll need to book up far far in advance as tables are highly desirable and sought after.
Congratulations to the three brothers Joan, Josep and Jordi who run El Celler Can Roca restaurant!
Can Sunyer 48,
+34 972 22 21 57
Sunday 14th saw the Holi Colour Festival in Rambla de Carmel, Barcelona. Indian-inspired and international, the idea was to cover others with brightly coloured powders. We went up there to teach, and make lots of pictures. It seemed like every photographer in Barcelona saw the event as a ‘must-see’ – so it was very busy, and there were lots of cameras!
All photos of the Holi Colour Festival in Barcelona taken with the Nikon D3 and Nikkor 50mm f1.8, 85mm f1.4 and 180mm f2.8 prime lenses and polished with Color (sic!) Efex Pro 2 or Silver Efex Pro by Nik Software/Google.
Thanks to www.HoliBarcelona.com for organising the festival!
A big thank you to Marian and Fujifilm Spain for the loan of their cameras!
Barcelona’s Placa Sant Felip de Neri is incredibly photogenic, which is why it’s been the backdrop for many books and films, such as ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’, Zafón’s ‘The Shadow of the Wind’, and an Evanescence music video. It’s become a must-see in several guide books and websites about Barcelona.
Perhaps thankfully, it can be quite difficult to find for the first-time visitor. This gives an initial impression of serendipity, usually at the end of an enjoying walk through the Barri Gotico’s (Gothic Quarter’s) narrow streets.
For the best pictures of Barcelona, it’s important to know not just how to get there, but also the best time to visit for the right light. The sun can be harsh at some times, giving the hard shadows necessary to capture the textures. At other times, the square is lit indirectly through the foliage of Acacia trees and the light is softer, often requiring a tripod or higher ISOs.
At night, the street lights are LEDs which can burn out the highlights if you’re not careful. Don’t worry – if you want pictures of Placa Sant Felip Neri for your portfolio while you’re here, we’ll work with you to make sure you get them.
It’s as well to say something of the troubled past of Placa Sant Felip Neri. It was built on a mediaeval cemetery, the Montjuic del Bisbe. Antoni Gaudi, the famous Catalan Modernist architect was coming here when he was hit by a tram.
But most obvious are the pockmarked scars on the walls of the Baroque church, ‘San Felip Neri’. It was built in the 18th century, but sustained the damage in 1938 during the Spanish Civil War after a bomb was dropped on the square. Tragically, 42 people, including 20 children were killed in the bombardment.
Unmentioned by most is the living history of this horrific past. Brave judge Baltasar Garzon, who had Chilean dictator General Pinochet arrested in London, has attempted to look into the villains and victims of the Franco era.
For his efforts he was put on trial in 2012 for violating the 1977 ‘amnesty’ in which the past of Franco-era unexplained disappearances was locked up and deemed irreproachable. Tellingly, someone has written ‘Always Remember The Victims Of Fascist Regimes’ on the the church wall, and a memorial plaque has been put up in 2007.
The square feels charming however, and is certainly one of the most attractive locations in the city. It’s fountain is calming, and the temperature is generally warmer in winter and cooler in summer than elsewhere.
There’s now a Catalan school in Placa Sant Felipe de Neri, and playtime is incredibly ‘lively’. The little square fills with laughing, running children who play football and splash one another with water from the fountain.
It was redesigned in the Fifties by an architect called Adolf Florensa, who sought to create an ancient-looking square. The city’s Museu del Calçat or Barcelona’s Shoe Museum is here.
If you’re planning a photoshoot in the square after seeing the Woody Allen film, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, bear in mind that the umbrellas in the little cafe (Hotel Neri H&R) which used to be red are bright blue now.
Placa Sant Felip de Neri also has a merry cast of local chaps who like to play football, argue amongst themselves and occasionally sing boisterously after drinks. I’m grateful for one such fellow for this photo, made completely in-camera (no Photoshop).