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Aerial Silks

This spring 2017, our Real Shoot Experience: Aerial Silks edition, will dive into the world of Aerial Performance and give you the chance to experiment with Portrait and Performance photography.  In this event, we will give you pro tips for shooting people and movement to help you create impressive Aerial images of our beautiful performers.  We will also show you how to create a moodboard and work with natural light which will help you direct the performers on the ground for lifestyle shots using props.


  • Preproduction meeting for Photographers

    This date is to help everyone prepare and get great results. We will give tips and tricks as well as instructions of how to avoid common mistakes. We will teach you how to prepare a mood board for the day as well as explaining exactly what to expect for the day in terms of models, location and shooting times.
  • Real Shoot Experience Shooting Workshop

    The workshop will have 2-3 models and each model will be in a different setting. You will get instruction and a chance to work with each model.
  • Post-production Meeting

    Here you will bring your results from the event and we will give you feedback and retouching advice. We will also give a short demo in Lightroom and Photoshop illustrating the most important techniques.

  • Exposure:

    You have the opportunity to submit your photos for use on the Aerials Amsterdam Webpage and social media.  The most fashion forward images will be featured on the site with the photographer’s credits.

What you will experience

Learn by doing in a supportive environment surrounded by creative people excited to learn.

Does the idea of working with models excite you? Would you like to take your creative ideas to the next level? Fire your shutter in a 4-hour, intensive, real live shoot experience. You are invited to reign, guided by pro’s, while learning advanced habits, tricks, and tools by doing and observing. We shoot at dynamic locations with an array of props and professional lighting, all laid out. Our TV and movie themes combined with a team of amazing models, styling, and make-up will give you the perfect chance to create beautiful images.


  • Equipment: A camera that allows for adjustment of aperture and shutter speed. A flash and tripod can be helpful but are not required.
  • Knowledge: You must understand how to use your camera and have advanced photography knowledge.  Including complete command of aperture, shutter speed, ISO and their effects. If not, check out our Digital Photography Basics and Advanced Digital Photography courses to get you prepared.


  • Instructions for how to prepare for a photo shoot
  • Photography advice and tips
  • On location shoot with props
  • Models styled according to the theme of the workshop
  • Retouching advice for your photos


If you want to bring you photography to a next and better level I strongly suggest to join one of the “The Real Shoot Experiences” from Megan Alter. Best styled models, perfect locations, professional lighting set-ups, individual advice, instructions and tips.
Charles Groeneveld The Hague, Netherlands

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FAQs (9)

What if I miss a class (i.e. sickness or last minute working issues)?

If a student misses a class they can go over the material/exercises on their own.  The course booklet covers the material for each lesson, along with the in class exercises and homework.  An instructor also stays 15 minutes after each lesson, for questions.

It is not possible to be refunded for the price of the course.

How often are the courses held?

Courses are held three times per year.

Fall Courses – Start the last week of September
Winter Courses – Start the first week of February
Spring Courses – Start mid-April

If these dates don’t work for you, you can consider taking one on one lessons, view the details here

What if the course dates don’t fit my schedule?

If the course dates don’t fit your schedule or you are eager to start, you can consider taking one on one lessons.   Please view the details about one on one photography lessons here here

Are all the courses taught in English?

Yes, all the courses are in English.

How can I buy a course as a gift for my friend/boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife

If you would like to buy the course as a gift.  Simple register in with your own name/ email for billing purposes.  When you make your bank transfer, simply write in the comments section “Gift for- Name of the person”.  All the information about the course will be sent to your email which you can forward after the gift if given.

We offer gift certificates for courses and private lessons.  If you would like to request a gift certificate, please send us an email.


How do I get to the Amsterdam Class with Public Transport?

Our Amsterdam courses and lessons are held at our office in Leidseplein (City Center).  You can easily reach our office by taking tram 1, 2, 5, 7 or 10 and getting off at the Leidseplein stop.  Our office is located above the Balie Cafe, one building south of the apple store.

Map of Leidseplein, Amsterdam

Cancellation Policy

If you can not take the course for some reason, a refund is possible, if you let us know 7 days before the first class.  Since we reserve you a place in the course, a refund is not possible if you cancel within 7 days before the course starts or when the course has already begun regardless of circumstances.

Terms & Conditions for the courses?

• Once registration is made you will be sent payment instruction.  After payment is received you will get an email with details about the first class.

• The full course price must be paid ahead of time to reserve your spot. Payment via bank to bank transfer is accepted.

• Please double-check the web page for information on what equipment you will need to bring, timetables and locations.

• If the course or workshop has sold too few places, we reserve the right to cancel or re-schedule it. If this happens delegates will be informed immediately to re-arrange the workshop, or to refund any money paid.

•If the venue cancels or proves unreliable, we reserve the right to change the location of the course.

Cancellation Policy: As the costs for each course / workshop remain the same no matter how many delegates attend, please note that just like any pre-booked tickets for the theatre, concert, flights etc, we are unable to give any refund in the event of non-attendance, regardless of the circumstances, unless canceled 7 days in advance.


Preproduction meeting:
Tuesday Apr. 18th 2017: 19;00-21;00

Real shoot experience workshop:
Sunday Apr. 23rdth 2017: TBD (the workshop is always 4 hours long, optimal shooting times will be decided after a on-location test shoot in the second week of April)

Post-production meeting:
Tuesday Apr. 25th 2017: 19;00-21;00

Price: 250 euro (exclusive BTW)  10% discount for returning photographers

Don’t delay, we have space for 10 photographers to join semi-annual event!
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Previous Real Shoot Experience events:

Great Gatsby

Game of Thrones

Interview with the Vampire

Mad Men

Kill Bill