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Puglia – A Day At The Sea

 

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San Vito near Polignano A Mare

Hopefully by the time you read this I will be floating in the Greek equivalent of the water above!

I have been wanting to share some behind the scenes images of the recent Caravan Travel Photography Workshop in gorgeous Puglia so I figure the sea is not a bad place to start.

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I had one afternoon before the workshop started and I threw myself into the action at the local beach at Polignano A Mare with best buddy and workshop organiser Athalee Brown and Mr. Logistics Graham Seers (also known as super famous cyclist in his other life).

As you can see it was wall to wall flesh at the beach but hey people watching Olympics as a free bonus.

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Francesco has been telling me about the local delicacy for years, the Octopus panino.  It just so happened the day at the beach seemed to be octopus themed. This little guy caught his first ever octopus and I couldn’t resist a snap.

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Meanwhile on the other side of the cove and out the back of the fish shop the poor octopus is tenderised in a particularly brutal way. Not for vegetarians or animals (and octopus) lovers..

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Round 1 goes to the fisherman.

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Up the back of the beach in a little wooden shack is home to the local delicacy and Graham bravely lined up for his first Octopus panino.. Needless to say Francesco all the way from Paris glowed with pride..

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Ath considers taking a bite of hubby’s panino.

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Two lifeline friends who meet each day at the local beach in Monopoli. Ahh seems like the greatest of life’s rituals to me..

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Italy were playing the world cup so great to see a proud Italian supporting their team even at the beach.

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The old port in Monopoli, a beautiful boat and a rose patterned blanket.

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Monopoli early in the morning..

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Local fisherman preparing his lines, Dolce and Gabbana could certainly poach this guy for a new ad campaign.

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Where there is the sea and fisherman there is always a beautiful shrine (and Carla trying to sniff it out). One of my favourites in Monopoli.

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And where there are fishermen and fish there are bound to be sleepy cats with a tummy full of fish. Too tired to open his eyes..

Stay tuned for more posts on beautiful Puglia..

Wishing you a fabulous summer and hopefully you too are floating in transparent water.

“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came.”

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PS: We are getting ready to announce the 2nd edition of the Caravan Travel Photography Workshop. If you are interested and would like to be the first on the list for 2015 please get in touch with workshop organiser Athalee Brown at info@carlacoulson.com

Monica Bellucci Inspired Private Portrait

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All Photos Copyright Carla Coulson

You may remember back in April I had a little give-away of a portrait shoot with moi in Paris? Well, it ended up being a tied draw as Avedon picked two names out of the hat (they were stuck together with his ‘croquettes’ kitty biscuits) and one of them was the fab Gabriella Pirisi.

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Gorgeous Gabriella packed up her life and headed to Paris a couple of years ago and dived head first in the sweet end. She has been studying to create those ridiculously gorgeous pastries that this city is reknowned for. You can find her on Facebook at Miss Pirisi – Patissiere

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When I asked Gabriella did she have any fashion icons or inspiration for her shoot her response was ‘Monica Bellucci’.. Ahh… One of my favourites..the prop gods must have heard our whispers and sent us crates full of sour cherries, preserved lemon and gherkins that we found lying around our location.

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So, gorgeous Gabriella channelled Monica Bellucci and I shot.

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Her warm, sweet and loveable nature oozes from every pore.

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Back to Monica…

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and the camellia’s were in bloom

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Giving Monica a run for her money..

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A quiet moment in the gorgeous ‘Contessa’s‘ vintage kimono she so generously gave me..

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I love this pic..

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 And what would a photo shoot be without one barefoot dance pic!

A hugh round of applause to the stunning Gabriella for giving so much on the day and allowing me to share these photos with you..

Grazie ancora..

“Wherever I go, I am Italian. The way I talk, the way I eat, the way femininity is important to me. The way I love Italian food.” Monica Bellucci

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PS: If you are interested in learning how to fuse portraiture with fashion and to create emotion packed portraits with an edge, you might enjoy the Picture This  Workshop this January 2015 in Sydney.. Last places available..

Picture This Workshop 2015 – Portraiture With A Fashion Twist

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Would you like to bound out of bed everyday and do a job you love?

Would you like to take portraits of women of all ages that have an edge, are full of emotion and look like they come from the pages of a fashion magazine?

Picture This is a workshop that is perfect for photographers who are in love with fashion and portraiture and want to learn how to infuse this love of fashion into making your portrait photography more creative.

I want to show you the essential things I love and I have learnt working in fashion photography and how to incorporate them into your portraits to give you and your portrait photography an edge. You can see more of my images here.

I will teach you how to inject emotion, movement and love into your images. I will show you how  to have the courage to create the images that will make YOUR heart sing and how they will find you YOUR dream clients.

Learn about creating images for clients that speaks of their ‘brand’ for use on their social media and websites.

Check out the video from the Picture This Workshop in Sydney in 2013  and what the workshop participants had to say.

Date: 5,6,7,8 January 2015 SYDNEY

Workshop: Limited to 12 photographers

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What’s in Store for you:

4  day workshop with 50 percent of the time on location shooting

2 styled sessions featuring 6 different fashion portrait looks in two exclusive locations in Sydney with top fashion make-up/hair stylists and using subjects across a variety of ages.

Workshop limited to 12 photographers so that each group will have a small number of photographers working at a time with each model. There will be plenty of time for each person to work with the models on their own to create images for their portfolio.

Learn Carla’s secrets to using beautiful natural light and her techniques for working with real people, posing and creating emotion.

During the shoots you will be mentored by Carla, photographer Loc Boyle and one of Australia’s leading make-up artists. All groups will be supervised during shooting.

Learn Carla’s workflow, Photoshop techniques and the behind the scenes of a portrait business.

Jump on the train of one of the world’s latest portrait trends.. See this article in the New York Times.

I promise you will fall in love with photography and leave with beautiful images, new skills, a photography community and oodles of enthusiasm!!

Morning and afternoon tea and lunch each day.

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Investment $4600 AUD

REGISTRATION CLOSES 4TH AUGUST 2014

To register please get in touch with Workshop Co-ordinator Athalee Brown at info@carlacoulson.com

Hope to see you in Sydney.

Carla x

Here’s what the previous participants said

Have a look at Carla Coulson’s work here

Have a look at Loc Boyle’s work

Have a look at last year’s video

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MINIMUM COURSE REQUIREMENTS

You need to be comfortable with a manual SLR camera and know how F-Stops, ISO’s and shutter speeds work.

Have a basic understanding of Photoshop

Have access to a SLR digital camera, one lens, cards and a lap top computer.

IDEAL FOR:

For portrait/wedding photographers who currently have a business but who would like to create have an edge over the competition.

Photographers who would like to transition to a knew career as a portrait photographer and who would like the whole story before they jump in.

Anyone interested in portraiture who want to create unique beautiful natural lit portraits.

REGISTRATION CLOSES 8TH AUGUST 2014

Full details here 

Investment $4600

 All enquiries please get in touch with Athalee Brown at info@carlacoulson.com

Hope to see you in Sydney

Carla x

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Backstage Get Published 2013

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All Images by Dee Gerlach

I have been wanting share these images of the behind the scenes from the Get Published Workshop in Sydney last December taken by the fabulous Dee Gerlach since I arrived back in Paris.

Dee is a gorgeous gal, fab photographer with a brilliant eye.

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Get Published was held in the ever so groovy ‘The School’ run by super stylist Megan Morton and her husband Giles.

A large photography studio seemed the perfect place for a bunch of wonderful photographers to find out how they could have their images published in books and magazines.

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That’s me talking about photographic style and vision and the wonderful group of guys and gals. The morning was devoted to magazines and how they work from every possible angle including my ‘coal face’ experiences working with magazines for 12 years.

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Morning tea ready and waiting.

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Sharon Misko Creative Director of Inside out joined us again this year and walked the photographers through many topics from the magazines point of view including how to present a portfolio, do’s and don’ts, creating a user friendly website for Art Directors, creating a great story, essential images in a photographic story and how to present to an Art Director.

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Sharon Misko Creative Director of Inside Out talks about what makes a story standout.

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 Sharon Misko Creative Director of Inside Out critiques some of the participants work for the benefit of everyone.

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Listening intently to what Sharon Misko has to say.

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 Lunch was catered by Mike’s Kitchen.. Heavenly

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A big afternoon on book publishing and how to have your images or a book idea published.

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Waiting for our special guest Katie Quinn Davies of What Katie Ate.

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Katie Generously shared her story from self taught food photographer, to winner of the James Beard Award and an International best selling book with What Katie Ate.

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Katie chatting with the girls at the end of the workshop

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Some of my published work on the pinboards.

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A huge thanks to the gorgeous group who participated. It was such a fabulous experience to meet so many wonderful people and to have the opportunity to see their work and hear their dreams.

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All images by Dee Gerlach

A little ‘Get Published Booklet’ signing!!

I can’t wait to hear what happens for these photographers this year and I am sure there will be many beautiful stories and books published just like last year.

Athalee Brown and her team did an extraordinary job running the event, heartfelt thanks for all the hard work and delish food.

Many people have asked me whether Get Published will be taught online and it’s in the pipeline for next year so if you would like to get on the workshop list and be the first to be notified you can sign up here.

“I appreciate simplicity, true beauty that lasts over time, and a little wit and eclecticism that make life more fun.” Elliott Erwitt

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How To Shoot The Blue Hour

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Florence by Carla Coulson taken in winter

Have you ever wondered how to shoot the blue hour – that magic twilight when the sun has set but the night is yet to fully descend?

I shot the blue hour over and over again and used it as a ‘get out of jail’ card when I was shooting travel stories for magazines and needed a good shot of a city with atmosphere or wanted to have a little fun like with Christmas decorations in Place Vendome (see below).

I even used this technique on miserable, rainy winter days in Europe because even the blue hour works under these conditions – love the blue hour.

What is the blue hour?

The blue hour isn’t actually an hour, it should be called the blue fifteen minutes instead!! After the sun has set and the pink in the sky fades, the colour temperature cools as the sun has gone. This cooling of the colour temperature produces a beautiful blue and it lasts between 10 and 15 minutes before the balance is overridden with the black of the night.

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Florence by Carla Coulson taken in Winter

When does it work best?

I find there needs to be a good balance of city and street lights to achieve this result. If you want to shoot a building or city to create this effect they need to be sufficiently lit otherwise you will have a lot of dark areas and bright points. When the city or building is well lit you have more of a balance in the image.

I tried this once on a private home in Provence and too make sure it was lit well enough we turned on all the inside lights, all the outside lights and added lanterns for more points of light.

Most cities turn their street and monuments lights on right around the blue hour. I have stood waiting in the cold throughout the years begging those lights to come on before the blue was gone and nearly every city turned them on in time  (thanks guys).

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How to do it:

1. Check the time the sunsets where you want to shoot with a program like this

2. Go at least 30 mins before the sunsets and set up your tripod and find your frame because once the light fades you gotta be quick.

3. Work out your focus point before the light fades as it can be tricky once the sun has set.. Technically dark for autofocus and for your eyes if you haven’t got great eyesight.

4. Work on a low ISO of around 400 will still give you room to move with F-Stops..I find working on ISO of 100 gives you little choice with the F-Stops and depth of field.

5. Start checking the light meter once the sun has gone because you are about to lose stops of light quickly.

6. Do a test and check focus whilst there is still light

7. Set your camera on self timer or use a remote shutter release so you aren’t touching the shutter when the photo is being taken. You will be working on long shutter speeds so any movement can blur the photo.

8. I normally take photos throughout the 15 mins to see which effect I like. You will need to keep changing the exposure based on the light dropping. Often in the early shots the sky is more cyan blue and then towards the end a little more deeper royal blue.

9. Note on clear blue sky days the blue is more prominent that on grey cloudy days.

10. Once the ‘fifteen minutes’ are up the sky becomes black and the streets lights give a very strong golden cast. The ‘blur hour’  has passed.

I hope this helps you have a little fun taking shots of a place or special thing you love.

“There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul.” Victor Hugo

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