New Course - Lighting on the Lightship! Date TBC


At the moment we are registering interest for this course. Please read through the proposed information and if you are interested please click on the button below to register your interest. When we reach the number required to hold the course we will send you further info...



Brett says.." To say I am a little excited about this course is a huge understatement! We have been working on securing this location for a while now and are finally ready to release the date! So here goes .. if you have any questions after you have read the info below please get intouch either HERE or on social media. Looking forward to seeing you there! For an awesome day of lighting, creative thinking & laughs "


  • Spend 1 day with Brett & team creating some amazing imagery
  • How to produce breathtaking images packed with emotion & atmosphere
  • Working with Elinchrom lighting & Pentax 645z ( medium format cameras - optional)
  • Creating portraits that will blow your mind
  • Working on a set to get the best out of the environment - creating a story
  • Off camera lighting techniques
  • Chance to work with Pentax 645z cameras & the latest Elinchrom kit
  • Limited Places to 8 photogs

Photography course snapshot

This promises to be one of our best courses ever! The location is like no other we have ever shot at or taught at! We will start the day off with a tour of the ship over coffee & cookies! After which we will look at the equipment we have at our disposal for the day. Looking at different lighting techniques that I use when shooting Portraiture & fashion based imagery on location. We will be playing with different sets onboard the ship and shooting a mixture of different themes. Looking at how to produce beautifully lit portraits - some ship based and others more fashion oriented. Using different lighting techniques, filters and maybe a little haze for atmosphere! We will create as a group and learn together. Just as our Asylum course was an amazing experience I promise that this day also will be full of opportunity and laughs! Learn how to light , gently and create portraits and fashion imagery like you never thought possible. The techniques that we will be going through on the day are valuable in all aspects of your photography. Whether you shoot kids, weddings, fashion or portraits or indeed all of the above then you will be able to use what you learn on the course in your own photography. If you would like to check out some more of my commercial portraiture & fashion work please go to my other site HERE to see more beautiful imagery!

So if you want an amazing experience learning how to take your own lighting skills to another level then this is the day for you.

Equipment needed


  • Camera ( digital SLR or other )
  • We will also have Pentax 645z ( medium format cameras to play with )
  • Wide angle lens & your favourite portrait lens
  • Outdoor clothes & sturdy footwear is required
  • Empty cards
  • Enthusiasm

Where do we meet ? What time ? How much is it? How do I pay?

We will be meeting at the Ship itself  - all info is posted below. We are looking at setting up for coffee around 10.30 to start at 11am until 8pm. Date TBC BUT IT IS LOOKING LIKE SOMETIME IN THE SUMMER - AUGUST TO SEPTEMBER

The course fee is £435.00 + vat per photographer. Due to the small numbers on this course and the cost of the ship is reflected in this cost. You will receive an awesome day of training from Brett & team plus tea, coffee, snacks & lunch.  If you wish to hold a place let me know via email or on social media but the place cannot be held for longer than two weeks or when the course becomes full ( which ever happens first)

( Please note - exact times may change - we will inform you if this happens )

What is included?

Tea & Coffee are included throughout the two course as are cookies and snacks! We will also provide a light lunch on the day of the training. We ask that if you have any dietary requirements you inform us upon booking.

Who is this course aimed at?

Our courses are open to anyone that wants to improve their own photographic technique. Brett teaches in such a way that he makes it easy to understand. So if you are a hobbiest or an advanced pro then you will learn something from Brett Harkness. You will only have to take a look around the site to see Brett's style or open any of 3 photography magazines this month to see articles from Brett. This is the first time I have talked about and taught some of my portrait techniques so its a great opportunity to get on the training day of a lifetime with one of the uk's best lighting & portrait photographers. So if you haven't been on one of our training courses yet, take the plunge, you won't regret it.

Who is onboard?

We are super excited to announce that Ricoh Pentax UK will be with us on the day if you want to have a play with the fabulous Pentax 645z cameras ( there is no obligation ) this is the camera that I use for my commercial portraiture & fashion work. We also will have us some amazing kit from the Flash Centre using the latest Elinchrom ELB 1200 packs amongst other things. We will be shooting actor Cameron Moon & also a female model ( yet to be chosen ) working on some sets with both of them and then individually learning different techniques for portraiture and fashion.

Images of the ship....



Examples of my work - Portraiture & Fashion....



What photographers say about our courses.....

David Long"I just wanted to say a big thank you for yesterday, I had a thoroughly enjoyable day and learnt a lot.I'm not quite a workshop junkie but do love learning and have attended a fair few! I do have to say that this is probably the best session that I have been to. What shone through was the quality and attention to detail throughout the day from the venue, to the models to the quality of information/instruction and the opportunity to learn and shoot - you both did a fantastic job!"

Stephen - " My mind was blown away with the information and have already started ordering new equipment to get practising!!!

I had a fantastic day and thought it was extremely well organized. Brett you were very inspirational and the information I hope comes in very useful for my future weddings. Kristie thanks for your kind hospitality it was very much appreciated and holding the flash all afternoon. I got some great images and loved every minute.
Thank you again and I will be n touch soon Brett for some one to one training but think the day of shooting sounds good. "

Nearby Accommodation

There are numerous hotels nearby ranging from £57.00 - £130.00 ( we are planning to start a little later to give people time to get into London or across the capital - time for start is scheduled for around 11am and we will look to finish around 8pm )

Getting there...


Nearest public transport: West Silvertown (DLR) is 7min walk OR Custom House (DLR) is a 7min walk away across a bridge

Local taxi number: Addison Lee: 020 7387 8888

Parking is free in the area, no parking restrictions, avoid double yellow lines


Lightship 93, Top of Rayleigh Road, Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1AX


Access is through a looked wooden door / gate from land across one gangway and then a second gangway onto the ship - more info will be given upon booking.


Refund Policy

In the event of cancellation of your place on the seminar please contact us by phone or email as soon as possible through the website. The cost of the seminar is non refundable if cancelled within 1 month of the course date. The exception to this is if we have enough prior notice and are able to put a cancellation place back online AND your place is resold. Once we have resold your place we will be able to refund all monies paid to date for the specific seminar. We will do our very best to find another delegate to take your place through our mailing lists & social network. You may be able to use the monies paid as payment or part payment towards future courses if places are available.