Shoot  a  Ballerina

with alessia Lugoboni

Thursday, 20th of December 2018


A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion. There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph. All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.
— Richard Avedon

SHOOT A BALLERINA - We are pleased to invite you to our next Dance Photography Workshop, a great opportunity to improve your skills and immerse yourself in a professional studio shooting.

During the session you will be introduced to many aspects of Dance Photography, from the concept and mood we wish to achieve in our pictures to the choice of the make for our model. You will be taught a minimum of two light setups and you will receive tips and suggestions on how to pose the subject and establish a good relationship with her/him to obtain the most out of your pictures.

This workshop is dedicated to who really want to understand the magic behind the art of lighting.

During the session we will carefully discuss on how to setup our lights as well as how the studio environment can be interpreted and moulded to emphasise the shapes of the body and the overall strength of our images through light effects, props and scenography.

through the shooting we will search for different angles and change our framings to explore and obtain a wide selection of different and powerful images.

Luca Monti, our main tutor, has run workshops for the last 20 years both in Paris and Rome. He will be available to answer all your questions and to help you during the shooting together with his collaborators. All our workshops are suitable for both beginners and intermediate photographers.

The maximum number of participant is limited to 8 persons to allow everyone to shoot with a relaxed pace and in friendly studio environment.


  • • Discussion of the shoot concept and decision of the model’s makeup

  • • Introduction to lighting for portraits and explanation of the chosen light setup

  • • First shooting session

  • • Small break and change of the light setups

  • • Second shooting session

  • • Final thoughts and goodbyes

REQUIREMENTS : It is not important which camera you will bring along with you and we are very keen to welcome film cameras whether it is a 35mm camera or a medium format camera.
We will provide you with a RF trigger to work with the studio flashes in our studio if you don’t have your own.
No need to worry, just bring your creativity and your passion for photography!

Ratings from previous workshops :

Benjamin Pitman - Fascinating. Excellent mentoring from Luca, as usual. Sophie was fun to work with and a pleasure to direct. Interesting setups. Luca's stories about his shoots for top fashion magazines were an added bonus.

Warren Parsons  - This was my first meetup with luca he has such an interesting personality. Great atmosphere in this meetup group :) will go again

Taz - Excellent workshop - lots to learn - lot of equipment - very enjoyable

Kevin Thornhill - ) Another great event, Luca and his team once again delivered a variety of lighting tips and tricks with enthusiasm.


What makes Luca Monti’s workshops unique ?

There’s a real excitement surrounding LPW in the world of photography. Luca’s innate ability to explain simply even the most complex photography techniques, has led to a huge number of happy students. Luca will tell You that in 26 year career develop is personal style that represent an unique way trough the photography by books and exhibitions all around the world - this will give each workshop participant an enviable experience and knowledge that you can only digest from someone in Luca’s position.

With Luca You will not talk of photography only, but is tuition always touch aestethics, philosophy and history of art that make his workshop unique. You can be sure that a workshop with Luca, in person at his studio, will be an intense, deep educational opportunity not to be missed.

With Luca Monti as your personal instructor, you know you will be learning from the very best ! 

Luca is different from all the other experience intact usually You attend workshop where the teachers are photographers who make their own business thought teaching, Luca instead is a real photographer that just love teach photography. 

Unlike other instructors, Luca chooses to continue working as a professional photographer for few selected brands, the same brands he developed the image for more then twenty years. Your workshop will be in this very same environment. Learn in a fully equipped studio and see exactly how a professional photographer at the top of his game “gets the job done”.



If there’s one thing I’ve learned from becoming a full-time photographer it’s that the photography is the easy part. No one ever tells you how hard it is to find work, where to find work, how to pay the bills, what red-tape you’ll face and what hoops you’ll jump through to make it all work.

  • Lighting techniques for dance photography

  • Creating Rapport with your Subject-Model

  • Directing and posing your Subject-Model

  • How to develop Your Lighting Style

On the second part we’ll put your skills to the test in a photo session of lighting setups, interaction and shooting. We’ll be shooting both dance and dance fashion looks. Some of the highlights from the practical session are :

  • Understanding basic makeup for photographers

  • Improving your model direction and interaction

  • Understanding & choosing the right modifiers

  • Creating different lighting setups

There are so many workshops out there that teach you lighting and shooting, but so few of them actually teach you the business-side of fashion photography. I’ll be using my work experiences to demonstrate the successes and failures I’ve encountered in my journey. My goal is to navigate you through the pitfall




It is not important which camera you will bring along with you and we are very keen to welcome film cameras whether it is a 35mm camera or a medium format camera, arrangements can be made to hire cameras if you don’t own one or if you want to try something different, please ask when booking. If you have a Compact, Hybrid or Bridge camera you can still take part in this course, we guarantee to show how to get fantastic pictures with all types of cameras.

We suggest to have a lens that will allow you to crop to half length and full length figure. This would ideally be a 24-70mm (Full frame) or 18-55mm (APS size).

We will provide you with a RF trigger to work with the studio flashes in our studio if you don’t have your own.

No need to worry, just bring your creativity and your passion for photography !


You can book this workshop paying with PAYPAL (even if You haven't a Paypal account) or You can book this workshop using Your debit / credit card via this website. To manage Your payment we choose to use STRIPE that is the world leader company for online payment.

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Date : Monday, 17th of December 2016

Location : Unit J210 The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road, London, SE16 4DG.  Nearest Tube: Bermondsey on Jubilee Line. 

Class size: Courses limited to 8 persons.

Duration from : 6.30pm  to  9.30pm

Price: £54.99


If you have any questions about booking or courses, please feel free to contact us anytime.


Course lessons will be hold at STUDIOPHOTOGALLERY, unless specified otherwise in the lesson description.

How to to reach the studio :


The Biscuit Factory is located at the junction of Clements Road and Drummond Road, within 5 minutes walk of Bermondsey Underground Station- Jubilee Line (one stop to London Bridge, 2 to Canary Wharf), and 10mins from the newly opened overland rail at Surrey Quays station, connecting from Dalston through to Shoreditch, New Cross and beyond.
The estate is outside the congestion zone with nearby road links including A200 Jamaica Road, A2206 Southwark Park and the A2 Old Kent Road. Various bus routes also operate throughout the area both into the heart of the city (Liverpool Street Bus 47) and out to North Greenwich Bus 188.

Directions :
From Bermondsey Tube Station (Jubilee line) turn right onto Keeton's Road, follow the road until you reach Southwark College, turn right onto Collet Road, follow for 150 metres, turn left onto Storks Road and left again onto Webster Road (5-7 minute walk). 
Continue until you reach THE BISCUIT FACTORY- enter the car park, continue walking with the large building on left until you reach the building J (entrance J West ).