The Big Shoot Experience – a monthly mega-event conceived by Damian McGillicuddy and Olympus – is a unique concept in the photographic world. In short, it’s the closest you can get to taking part in a commercial photoshoot without spending thousands of pounds of your own money!
This isn’t a run-of-the-mill workshop or studio day. This is a chance to get involved in something creative, crazy and cool on a commercial scale – and you have the opportunity to be involved in every step of the process from concept right through to creation.
Led by McGillicuddy – five-time Master Photographer and the Principal Photographer and Educator for Olympus – you will get to experience first-hand what it’s like to work on a live, professional shoot with a big budget and even bigger ideas.
Team McGillicuddy is taking over a venue unlike any other: the home of legendary glamour photographer, Mel Grundy! This lavish location in the Wirral is everything you would expect of the “Calendar King”, who rocketed to fame shooting calendars for everyone from Smirnoff to GKN, and is a truly beautiful setting for fashion and portraiture.
From ornate hallways to opulent bedrooms, your creative juices are guaranteed to get flowing and you’ll walk away with one-of-a-kind images that will turn everybody’s head towards your portfolio.
Unlike other events that charge thousands of pounds while offering a fraction of the knowledge and experience, we believe that every photographer deserves to taste the world of big budget commercial photography. This is your invitation to not only be part of that process, but also to pick the brains of the world’s only Grand Master Bar photographer.
While it’s still true that the more you pay, the more you get to play, we’re pleased to offer three distinct experiences that should suit every pocket – and each one provides unique benefits whether you’re an enthusiast looking to build your portfolio or a practicing professional looking to learn new tricks of the trade.
29th January: Touch & Try (£45 morning / £45 afternoon)
This series of rolling demonstrations will give you a ringside seat to see exactly how a commercial shoot is conducted. In addition to observing Damian’s methods and techniques in multiple locations, you’ll be able to get hands on with the full Olympus OM-D range. Don’t settle for fiddling with a camera in a shop – give it a test drive “in the field” and see for yourself why top photographers choose top kit!
30th January: The Big Shoot (£95 morning / £95 afternoon / £175 whole day)
A masterclass in every sense of the word! First you’ll have the opportunity to see Damian set up every aspect of a publication-standard shot. From his patented lighting techniques to the way he directs models, watch how a Master Photographer of the Year-calibre image is created… then you can put his trigger on your camera and use his custom set-up to capture your own! A surefire way to add an instant classic to your portfolio.
31st January: Total Immersion (£295 whole day)
This is your all-access, no-holds-barred, VIP pass to a photography experience like no other. More shooting time. More access to the location. More models to work with. More secrets, more techniques, more tips and tricks, and more opportunities to learn from Damian’s 30 years of experience.
You’ll have all the raw materials you need to create spectacular images, elevate the standard of your portfolio and, most importantly, deepen your knowledge of photography on both a technical and creative level. It’s not just being told what makes a good picture; Damian will show you how to maximise your equipment, location and subject to turn good images into great images.
To book you place, please click here.
You will be taken directly to Damian McGillicuddy’s website to have your order processed.
Please note: This event is camera agnostic and we welcome photographers using all types of equipment. The Big Shoot Experience is in no way brand specific and there is absolutely no sales patter towards any make or manufacturer, although the latest Olympus cameras will be available to use – so don’t forget your own SD card if you want to take the images home. This is purely about the passion of pictures; as Damian says, “It’s just about getting out there and taking photographs.”
Dates, details and information are correct at time of publication. Please check with individual event organisers for their cancellation policies and rely on the contact details provided by individual event organisers for any updates or confirmation of event specific details. Olympus Image Space cannot be held responsible for any changes or cancellations.