We got weird with balloons in China!

Karl Taylor Karl's Viewpoint, Photography Exhibitions, Photography Workshop, Still Life Photography

After a crazy week in the studio holding our Advertising workshop I headed straight off (only an hour after the workshop ended!) and began my travels to China to hold workshops at Shoot SHA (Shanghai) and Shoot PEK (Beijing).

It was nice to be able to sit down and relax on my 13 hour flight from gatwick to Beijing, something that had been hard to do amongst all the hustle and bustle back at my studio. Laying back on my flight with a drink in one hand and watching Star Trek was bliss.

The trip wasn’t going to be a holiday though… Throughout the 7 days in china I was holding two workshops, one at each Shoot event.

Along with Urs Recher (a photographer for broncolor) we pulled off, what we hope were, two really fun and successful two day workshops.

It’s always challenging doing workshops away from your own studio, these were not being organized by us which made it easier on one side of things, however there is always a level of challenge when it comes to having to do demonstrations in front of a live audience of workshop students, that paired with an unfamiliar studio all adds up to a slightly nerve-wracking experience and makes nailing the shots that little bit harder.

Before I get into the shoots themselves, for those of you who don’t know, the ‘Shoot’ brand was established as a joint venture between Hasselblad and Broncolor. The Shoot events have made a name for themselves for being great learning opportunities for Photographers all around the world, with more and more locations being added to their repertoire every year.

Raymond Choy from Shriro and I

In Sails Chongs studio checking out his awesome camera collection

Despite a bit of jet lag the trip was great fun from start to finish. For me, these events are a great way to mix with other Hasselblad ambassadors and photography enthusiasts, sharing our knowledge and thoughts on the equipment that we use.

The uber modern Shanghai skyline

I’d never been to Beijing or Shanghai so it was quite an experience just being able to involve myself a little in the way of life there, admiring the space age buildings and sampling (sometimes a bit too much) of the food and drink they have to offer.

Chopsticks at the ready for some local cuisine.

We did some fairly new concept shots on the workshops – the Chanel bottle back-lit on a bed of flowers was something that we had only tested out once before, and the model holding the balloon was something that had only had a few test shots done without even any paint! Thankfully it all went to plan.

Here are some behind the scenes photos from the shoots that took place on these workshops as well as the final images shot.

A Shriro employee being used as a guineapig for one of the shots .

The messy result of some test shots.

The set up and planning of the Chanel bottle shoot .

Below you can check out some of the final images that we shot on the workshops. I was really pleased with them and hope that all the workshop participants had a great time and enjoyed watching the demonstrations as much as we enjoyed presenting them.