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Milk Workshops Australia 2011 – Summary

So we did a splash in Oz !

What a great finish to 2011, indeed!
After a couple of weeks of preparation, and Jeff’s great effort at the other end we managed to organise two amazing events in Melbourne and Sydney.

We left cloudy London and was welcomed by sunny Melbourne and around 20 degrees more generous weather than in Europe at the time.
My sneaky plan to cheat the jet lag was almost 100% successful, almost screwed by Singapore a plane incident but even with that delay I adjusted so quickly that I didn’t feel that time difference almost at all!

Man if that would be a Travel Photo Blog I would have plenty of great stories to tell, but it is not, so I will just quickly mention the amazing people and unique nature really making that part of the world special.

Getting back to the main topic – regular readers know the drill, though!
I always run two full demo shoots and then participants are taking over!

… using approach from our Silver Angel Illustration, we undressed Kaye from the Milky Gown!
[Click to Enlarge]

So how was it:

Day 1 – Lots of Milk throwing, crazy concepts , hyped participants, two awesome models and great crew!
8h hours of pure creativity and hard work, there was as always a lot of one-2-one time and as usual we were finishing before the scheduled time.
You might expect that when you are done, you will get quite a lot of questions, chit chats etc..
But I tell you this – after all that, everyone was excited but tired as a racing horse…

So very outnumbered we went for a cool dinner and then we took off to prepare DVD’s with the materials for the equally intense Day 2!

Day 2 – Those who had 8hours sleep were the lucky ones as that was a mind bending day!

I always stress about the different conceptual part of the workshop from the know-how bit!
You are always forced to work hard while working with the liquid – using or not our workflow and formulas… but what I always hope is that I managed to send the info across the room that the special magic is happening before you entered the studio!

I showed how I work, I was transparent as possible on how I develop my concepts and working with my team!
But foremost I trust I was inspiring!

Last but not least I would love to thank those few who made all that possible:

To Jeff Paine from Shutterclass Studio – who put in all that a lot hours of great work and organised the whole Australia venture!
If you are around Victoria and you are after a great studio Jeff is your man! Cheers for all that.

To Colin Smith and the team at Paul C Buff Australia – for providing great gear for both events with my favourites Einsteins E640 and for great discount vouchers to all participants for all PCB equipment! Much appreciated!

To our great models and makeup artist – it wouldn’t be possible without your extra effort.
To all participants for your amazing attitude an willingness to make cool stuff!

And last but not least to Ola who made my whole trip run so smooth – organising all the flights and connections so I was never late and fully equipped!
I would go astray without you! For sure!

We have also some BTS material to show you – Melbourne + Sydney:


[Photos by Jeff Paine – Click to Enlarge]


…if you are still reading you might be interested in what is coming soon!

2011 was a real roller coaster for us and I am sure that 2012 will bring more exciting stuff!
As soon I finish that post We are coming back to the final stage of Awakening Photo Quest, as we are not far from the shooting day!

So for starters I am very pleased to announce our Milk Workshops plans for 2012!
If you happen to be in one of the cities listed below and you were thinking about attending our workshops please email us at and put the name of the city in the title line.
As soon as we secure the date you will receive a newsletter with all the booking info:

Beijing, China
London, UK
Frankfurt, Germany,
Rome, Italy
Los Angeles, USA

…and it looks like we will finish the year again in the sunny Oz visiting:
and Brisbane!

Hope to see you there!

You might also like:

Playing with water: THE SILVER ANGEL !
The Milky Nun !


AurumLight Milk Workshop in Australia 2011

In collaboration with Jeff Paine from
we are bringing the Milk Workshop for the first time to Australia!


We have put a lot of time and effort to make all things work and I would like to especially thank Jeff for the invitation and for his time to deal with all the details on the other end!
After receiving my Australian Business Visa we can finally announce the dates!

1st Edition – Melbourne – 16-17th – As I am writing this the first edition is already Sold Out.
2nd Edition – Sydney – 26-27thSold Out
Milk Workshops Agenda:

DAY 1:
Open with an overview, covering “know how”, tools, lighting, approach and a deconstruction of previous images; Demonstration shoot, showing how to get the results, work with the models and assistants; Working in pairs, shoot two sets of your own milk source shots (one shoots, one throws, and swap!), with assistance from the AurumLight Team

Day 2:
Work through the post-production of the previous days shoots. Although intense in places, the pace is set based on the group, so no-one is left behind!
Attendees also get access to the recipes, tips and techniques for bringing the whole shoot together – including access to materials and PSD supporting content!

Who should attend? Anyone interested in having a hugely fun time, creating amazing images. [max 8 Spots]

What should I bring? You’ll need your camera. You’ll also need your laptop with Photoshop on it, since Day 2 is all about editing the images. If you are OK with creating/using masks, you’ll be fine for this workshop. Lunch is not provided, but there are plenty of good food options nearby, and at least 4 coffee shops to choose from!

When is it? It’s on 16/17 November Melbourne, which are weekdays! A second workshop is due to be announced on a weekend, once the details are finalised.

Where is it? The workshop is being held at ShutterClass Studios in Melbourne, details here

Price? $490 covers both days working with the AurumLight Team, materials and instruction. Lunch is not provided, and attendees must bring their own laptops with Photoshop installed. Registration and payment details can be found here

We’d like to thank:

The team at Paul C Buff Australia for providing the lighting for the event. If you want to see more, check out their site or this article that talks about lighting on our Silver Angel!

More Information/Enquiries
Need more info? Got a question? Please drop us a line on the email below and we’ll get right back to you:

I hope to see you there!

P.S. Last but not Least!
I would like to say thank you to all who sent us an email from US and are interested in possible workshops there.
We will do what we can to bring the Milk Workshop to you next year! So see you in 2012… Hopefully ;-]



Hi there,

I would like to let everyone know that the September Milk Workshop is already SOLD OUT but we have a reserve list!

Good news for those who emailed us regarding new dates, we are currently setting some up and will post them when they have been confirmed.
If you like you can always subscribe to our newsletter just by sending us email to:

P.S. For the past few weeks we were working on few new conceptual projects so please stay tuned,  we have quite a few exciting on the way!



Hi there!

We had a great time with a group of creative participants from all over UK and one impressive journey all the way from Norway!

Let’s recap both days:  DAY 1 – The Milk Shoot

First we started with a PowerPoint presentation covering the Milky “Know-How”, tools, Lighting techniques, our approach to the concept work and on top of that we deconstructed to a fine detail and revealed exactly how we created some of our best known liquid illustrations The Milky Nun and  The Silver Angel.

After that Jaroslav did two full Milk demo photoshoots and took everyone from A to Z on how to accomplish your most challenging ideas, work with models and whole team of assistants.

 The Milky Harpist – [Click to enlarge image]

Yes, we have even designed and built a Harp for the workshop!

Milk & Rock’n’Roll !! – [Click to enlarge image]

Everyone moved round in pairs: Photographer (shooting) + Assistant (milk throwing) and it allowed sufficient time for each team to make TWO full milk photoshoots with both our models, gave more time to think about the concept and set up, with Jaroslav assisting both and keeping an eye on details.

Everything seemed to work well with everyone and we accomplished 8 creative and unique Milk concepts

During that time we were using absolutely fantastic multiply light setup by Paul C Buff Inc.  Einstein 640 + Vagabond MINI on the picture below and taking over 900 pictures on one battery charge!

I mentioned in my previous post that the duration of the Einstein is beating everything we worked before and now with a very light new battery pack is portable like never before!
In that setup we can use as many lights as we like with all being controlled right from camera position via CyberCommander and what is essential when working with liquid – no cables on the floor! Very neat!

By the end of the day everyone was absolutely satisfied with how many shots they had and were ready for round two!

DAY 2 – The Posproduction

On the workshop we had professionals and amateurs alike, but we carefully took everyone through rather intense training with no one left behind, checking that we were always on the same page!
After a whole day everyone got to know how we are working on our portraiture shots and together we finalized one of the Milk illustrations!

A little Take-Away:
For everyone we have prepared a little concept book which was used by the participants on Day 1 while preparing the concepts, and a cool DVD with all the photo material which was taken during DAY 1 along with PSD recipe File.

We have set dates for the next MILK WORKSHOPS and we are currently taking pre-bookings only. To receive a Newsletter and be the first to secure the final date please email us at

We are setting up Three Editions in Three different months in Three different Countries! incl. London UK on 10-11 September 2011  so please watch that space.

It is a two day Milk Workshop and costs £175  for a day.

The price covers the 2 models, a make-up and hair stylist, 2 assistants, studio and use of supplied flash lighting, Milk and Jaroslav’s training on both days.

You are guided from start to finish, creatively encouraged to enable everyone to accomplish their own ideas.
We also provide a light lunch.

Hope to see you there!


Here you can find a testimonials from those who attended the London Milk Workshop in June:

(…) Overall the standard of what was being asked of us was high, and this was clear through out, be it on day 1 or day 2.

The quality of the models was superb, the make up was good. The shoot and the content was also to a very high standard. (…) It was a very comprehensive photoshop training day, irrespective of the purpose of creating a milk dress, we covered a lot of ground.

If you were going to classify the course it is an intensive advanced course – particularly as far as photoshop is concerned.
In terms of doing what we set out to do, the course did everything promised and more, I did have enough time to think about other new ideas as we went through on day 1, I’m still digesting day 2!  (…)   [ Gav ]

(…) Firstly, many thanks once more for hosting the workshop last weekend. I’ve never learnt so much from a shoot before and I think I learnt more about Photoshop on Sunday than I’ve picked up in the last 2 years!
I would say that the whole weekend was fantastic, I wish I could come back every weekend!
I was looking for something that would test the boundaries of what I already know rather than covering the basics and it certainly didn’t disappoint!  [ Carl ]


Last but not Least – I would like to say thank you to all who helped to make this Workshop happen:

To Paul Buff and Nat from Paul C Buff Inc. for providing us with excellent lighting equipment!

To our great models: Ella Darling and Lynna Nielson

To my great AurumLight Team:
Katkinoko for amazing make-up and hair styling .
A special thanks to Ola, Krystian and Andy for their fantastic assistance!

Thanks to Chris from Kingsland Road Studio for providing excellent space where you can accomplish anything you ever wanted.

Carl, Gav, Mats and Simon for Behind the Scenes material.

… and to all our photographer participants!

Thanks for reading and please stay tuned there is more to come!

Jaroslav @ AurumLight Team

Next edition: Milk Workshop – London 10-11 September email us for details:


Playing with water: THE SILVER ANGEL !

Hi there!

That is just a Teaser :-]  before our 2-Day ! MILK WORKSHOP in London on 25 and 26 June 2011.

THE SILVER ANGEL       [Click Image to Enlarge]


A different technique this time – Water Illustration … but if you think that shooting / throwing water is easier than MILK, you might be surprise! :-]

The Water Dress

We had a lot of fun durring the shoot! And I was waiting with that concept for a while. Mainly because pouring the Milk on someone and throwing a Water is a different kind of animal.

I knew that I want a massive wings for the The Silver Angel concept, and that we will be throwing the liquid very fast, very high, and very far.

For the Milk concepts we used several different brands of studio lights – and if you know how to throw the Milk you can get away with avarage flash duration.
But we experienced a few problems with Bowens, Elinchrom, and Alien Bees – and funny enough it was exactly same problem every time. Freezing the fast moving liquid and the “long tail” of light.

I am not going to make a comparison test here or enything close to that – you can easly google those information on T1 and T5 times.

The conclusion was that even if we knew how to find a way around that issue with Milk – we knew that we will not get a way with Water!
So we had to choose something really fast – and literally there is not many options on the market – especially at the price point we were looking for.

We switched to a completely new system and after few tests we went for Paul C. Buff’s – EINSTEINS V2

We did quite a few shoots with them already and I am really impressed – this is a first light when I am working with, I really feel that I am in total control! And I am a “manual” type of guy!
I was working with Rangers  for a while now – and you need to love the build quality – but I didn’t like the cryptic 7 step power scale at all… now all my Elinchrom modifires are equiped with custom Eli > Balcar (Alien Bees/Einstein) speedring ;-]

The Einsteins have absolutely unique control panel and they can go down from 640WS up to 2,5WS with a mind blowing flash duration 1/13,500 of a second (t.1)!  Sweet!
If you are interested – for more details you will need to go to Paul C Buff website, but when I am telling you that this baby is “sharp”, believe me – it is!

[Click Image to Enlarge]


Thanks for checking!
Jaroslav @ Aurum Light Team

P.S.  We have only three places left for the Milk Workshop!

See you there!





We are so excited to announce a 2-day  MILK  WORKSHOP in London on 25 and 26 June 2011.

This is a unique opportunity if you want to learn, shoot, throw MILK, and compose all that in postproduction!

We still have some places available.  We expect this workshop to fill up quite fast, so if you are interested, please book your place right away!

What we are offerring for the price less than cost of booking a Model:


2 Day Workshop  25-26 June 2011 London
8-10 participants only!


– 8h of Studio MILK sessions with the Aurum Light Team  9:30am  – 5:30pm

– You will get to work with 2 Experienced Models up to NUDE

For the London Series you will get to work with Stunning Models our MILKY NUN muse ELLA DARLING [click for portfolio]  the second model will be confirmed soon!
– We will share our approach and techniques that produce the most exciting and effective MILKY photographs.
– There is no other  limitations than just your own imagintion, so lets be creative!


– 8h of Postproduction  9:30am – 5:30pm
– We will share all our Postproduction techniques
– You will get to know not only how to finalize the MILKY Illustrations but we will share our aprouch to the posproduction in general and Beauty portraits.
– You will need to bring your own laptop which must be equipped with Photoshop.

COST: £175

The workshop will take place during two full days on 25 and 26 June and is limited to 8 participants.

You can book your place by sending us an email to: or call Jaroslav on +44 0759 530 15 36

Deposit Payment accepted via Paypal !

P.S. To those who sent us emails from AUSTRALIA, there is possibility that a  MILK Workshop Series will take place this  Autumn in Sydney. We will keep you posted so please watch that space!

Cheers and hope to see you in London!