Photographer Tim Wallace is the driving force and creative thinking behind Ambient Life. An award winning photographer his work is often described as both conceptual and dramatic. Tim works internationally with many high clients across the globe such as Jaguar Land Rover, Peugeot, Mercedes and Morgan as well as shooting some of the worlds most iconic brands such as Lamborghini, Aston Martin and Ferrari in the UK and Europe to Dodge, Chevrolet and Mustang in the US.
He is a photographer who is renowned for not only being very driven and creative about his own photography but also is very open in his approach to he business aspects of commercial photography within the market place today. Tim's work has been published all over the World and he has been refereed to as one of most creative photographers within his specialised field of commercial automotive photography. In the US Scott Kelby described Tim recently as one of the 10 most influential photographers in the World today and also a man who greatly inspires others, not only within his own industry but beyond. Tim's view of all this is a little more straight forward, a man who's very well known for his down to earth attitude, his feet are very firmly on the ground. His desire to produce creative work is one that has driven him from a very young age at the point he first picked up a camera, "Photography is for me simply a creative passion, the ability to use light and form to capture in a single solitary image what I see within my own imagination at that point in time…"
Ambientlife, the company that Tim created in 2006 was also honoured in the 'Best New Business Awards' in the UK and won the 'Best New Creative Business Award', something that we are all extremely proud of especially during difficult times financially across the globe today and we think it pays great testament to his dedication and drive towards both our clients and his own work in the field of commercial advertising photography.
Seminar and Workshop Details for 2018
Each year Tim delivers both live shoot seminars and also workshops in various countries across the globe from the US and Europe to the Far East.
He talks in depth about subjects such as work flow, commercial photography, business development, and how to improve your technique as well as also appearing at events all over the from PSW in the US to GPP in Dubai on stage in front of a live audience. Below you will find our current listing for events that are available along with the associated links to find out more information and make a booking.
Inspired Business Event - Digitalab
Thursday February 22nd 2018
Location - The Biscuit Factory, Stoddart Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE2 1AN
Time: 12:00 to 16:00 Inspired Business Event with Tim Wallace Seminar Booking Link
Hasselblad Live Shoot with Lotus
Wednesday April 18th 2018
Location - Group Lotus PLC Reception, Potash Lane. NR14 8EZ
Time: 10:00 to 16:30 Hasselblad Live Shoot at Lotus Cars HQ with Tim Wallace Seminar Booking Link
A collaboration between two great brands, this workshop provides the amazing and exclusive opportunity to shoot the current Lotus performance cars with the latest Hasselblad medium format cameras, all under the guidance of top car photographer, Tim Wallace.
Based at the Lotus Headquarters near Norwich, and in association with Wex Photo Video, Tim will be walking through some of his techniques for lighting cars with Lotus models such as the Exige and Evora as the subjects, with delegates having the opportunity to get 'hands-on' with the cameras to shoot their own images of the set-ups.
With an indoor shooting area, and the option to also shoot outside (weather permitting), host photographer and respected presenter, Tim Wallace, will be demonstrating how he uses his Hasselblad to current stunning images for many well known clients.
Lotus combines the very best of British craftsmanship with cutting edge design to provide its customers with an un-paralleled driving experience, and the day will also include a rare glimpse behind the scenes with an exclusive factory tour, showcasing the company’s dedication to engineering, optimising and refining at every stage of the design and construction process; similar qualities shared with Hasselblad, making for a great partnership.
Lotus believe the best way to understand their cars is to drive one; only then can you truly understand the focus and precision that make it one of the world’s best car brands, and the same can be said about Hasselblad cameras, with this exclusive workshop providing the perfect way to get in the 'driving seat' of the Hasselblad X1D and H6D cameras systems.
UK Master Class Events with Cambrian Photography
Saturday July 7th 2018
Location - TBC
Meeting point - Cambrian Photography Limited, 87-89 Abergele Road, Colwyn Bay, LL29 7SA
Time: 10:00 to 16:00 Live Location Car Shoot with Tim Wallace Seminar Booking Link
This is a unique chance to attend a live location shoot with award winning commercial photographer Tim Wallace. Tim shoots around the world creating advertising imagery for companies such as Aston Martin, Jaguar Land Rover and many more high end brands. With a reputation for his lighting and high end dramatic work Tim is offering this unique chance to shoot a car with him on location and be a part of that shoot as he takes you through the stages step and step and gives you a chance to take your own images through the process. The day will look at all the aspects involved through working on location and Tim will also be working with your through different shots using location lighting. This is a very open opportunity to attend a fun and informal group day to pick up many top shooting tips as well and advice and hands on help with technique and approach from one of the best photographers in the industry.
Saturday July 21st 2018
Location - Cambrian Photography Limited, 87-89 Abergele Road, Colwyn Bay, LL29 7SA
Time: 09:30 to 12:30 Retouching for Beginners with Tim Wallace Seminar Booking Link
This is a unique chance to attend a retouching session with award winning commercial photographer Tim Wallace. Tim shoots around the world creating advertising imagery for companies such as Aston Martin, Jaguar Land Rover and many more high end brands and has a reputation for his high end dramatic work however Tim very rarely gives classes on retouching. This first retouching session is based at those that do not have much experience with photoshop and its aim is to get you a lot more comfortable with what at times can seem like a bit of dark art that can quickly become quite confusing. Tim will be stripping back the jargon and taking a look at what he views are the essential building blocks to understand so that you can edit your work with confidence and also enjoy that process, being creative, without being too weighed down in complex technical methods.
Saturday July 21st 2018
Location - Cambrian Photography Limited, 87-89 Abergele Road, Colwyn Bay, LL29 7SA
Time: 13:30 to 16:30 Retouching for Intermediate Users with Tim Wallace Seminar Booking Link
This is a unique chance to attend a retouching session with award winning commercial photographer Tim Wallace. Tim shoots around the world creating advertising imagery for companies such as Aston Martin, Jaguar Land Rover and many more high end brands and has a reputation for his high end dramatic work however Tim very rarely gives classes on retouching. This class is the second of two that Tim is giving and is based at the intermediate level of retouching. Tim will be taking you through some of his work and giving you the unique ability to see how these images were carted and created from a retouching point of view. He will be working through what is required to have in place when shooting and editing composites so that not only do you understand how these are crafted but also what you need to think of at the point were you are shooting the files for retouching later. We will look at how we effectively blend layers with ease as well as more advanced techniques that Tim had developed himself for his won workflow such as colour matching two separate layers into a single image for a much more authentic and accurate final piece of work.
Saturday September 22nd 2018
Location - Cambrian Photography Limited, 87-89 Abergele Road, Colwyn Bay, LL29 7SA
Time: 10:00 to 14:00 Inspired Business with Tim Wallace Seminar Booking Link
Taking nice pictures is not enough to be a successful photographer. It takes a well thought out business strategy and crucially a good understanding of how the process of selling yourself works. Photographer Tim Wallace is an absolute master in this field – he is the driving force and creative mind behind Ambient Life and works internationally with many high end brands. In this business based session he will take you through the thought and work process of building up a successful photography business to achieve a positive global reputation, positioning yourself successfully within your chosen industry. This is something that Tim is very aware of having built a successful business himself and a respected name over recent years from scratch. The seminar will help you to look at how to start making the right informed choices, the questions that you need to ask yourself, and how to set a clear vision for your own path to success rather than just 'hope' things work out for you. You will learn how to think laterally about your brand and direction, style of work and industry sector and how those differ and demand different approaches. Tim will look at how to approach agencies and how to effectively make those first steps and approaches to clients. And most of all and utterly crucially it will be about understanding your position better within the field and how to put yourself and your work across in such a way that your clients understand your benefits to them and not just that you can take nice pictures. It is about becoming a monster in your industry and creating a need for what you do and not just sitting there and waiting for the phone to ring.
Saturday September 22nd 2018
Location - Cambrian Photography Limited, 87-89 Abergele Road, Colwyn Bay, LL29 7SA
Time: 16:00 to 18:00 The BIG Q&A with Tim Wallace Seminar Booking Link
This is a open Q&A session with internationally acclaimed photographer Tim Wallace. Tim shoots around the world creating advertising imagery for companies such as Aston Martin, Jaguar Land Rover and many more high end brands and has a reputation for his high end dramatic work. Each year Tim gives masterclass sessions in the US and over the last few years he has also been a part of a series of open question and answer audience events, these have never been given in the UK, until now… This is a unique opportunity to be a part of Tim’s first ever UK based Q&A open debate where you are invited to ask him absolutely anything at all and get his views, advice and experience from his vast number of years working in media and photography. This session will be very much a friendly group environment with lots of laughs and lots of great views flying around and we would love to see you there.
Photoshop World 2018
May 31 - June 2nd, 2018 (Pre Con 30th May)
Location - Orlando USA
30th May (Pre Con Day) Pro Techniques for Lighting Automobiles: A Live Shoot, with Tim Wallace | 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Take part on this fantastic opportunity to learn some great lighting techniques from renowned car photographer Tim Wallace in this exciting 'live car shoot'. The work of Tim Wallace is globally recognized to be not only of a highly creative style and originality but also Tim is very well known for achieving much of his photography ‘in camera’ with the clever and adoptive use of lighting. Tim works for some of the worlds leading high end car brands such as Aston Martin and Jaguar Land Rover shooting campaigns that are global such as the recent Peugeot ‘Fractal’ Concept Car in Paris. He will be demonstrating some of his own unique lighting techniques that he deploys when faced with shooting cars professionally.
31st May PSW Main Event - Stock Photography: How to Shoot It & Sell It with Tim Wallace | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
This class will touch base on how to shoot it, how to sell it, copyrights, and dealing with image theft in the stock photography market. Stock photography is a very valuable revenue stream for photographers but it can be tricky getting started. Tim will walk you through everything you need to know from making sure you’re work is being seen, to approaching pricing in a sensible and professional manner. He will also spend a goodamount of time discussing the blurry subject of licensing, and usage—what they mean, how they impact each other and how they are crucial factors to consider from the beginning.
1st June PSW Main Event - Dude Nobody Sees My Work with Tim Wallace | 10:30am - 11:30am
Discover the secrets behind a great portfolio and how to get it in front of the people that matter. In this class you’ll look at market types and approach and then dive into the portfolio itself. You’ll learn how to put it together so that is has maximum impact for your client or agency, how to present it, and how to get into a position is viewed and seen.
2nd June PSW Main Event - Compositing Techniques with Tim Wallace | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Composites and coming to grips with creation can often be tricky. To get a better understanding join Tim and take a look at composite work from an editing perspective. He will show you the techniques he uses as well as give tips on how to correctly shoot for composites all while he he creates—live in class — a full composite from the ground up demonstrating how to take various elements and pull them together into one image.
Wednesday, May 2nd 2018
Location - Zurich Switzerland
Time: 11:00 to 17:00 Building A Successful Business | Masterclass | Tim Wallace Light+Byte Seminar Booking Link
Tim was recently named by as one of the UK's most creative photographers whilst in the US Scott Kelby described Tim recently as one of the Ten most influential photographers in the World today, Tim's view is a little more straight forward, a man who's known for his down to earth attitude, his feet are firmly on the ground and his desire to produce creative work is one that he has been driven to from a very young age when he first picked up a camera, "Photography is for me simply a creative passion, the ability to use light and form to capture in a single image what I see in my own imagination…"
He is well respected within the photographic industry not only for his 'working knowledge' of the industry but also for being very approachable and happy to try and help others understand and deal with the demands that photographers in todays very competitive and sometimes complex industry.
Since being asked in 2008 to be the first commercial photographer to hold a 'live shoot' seminar by Jaguar and since then demand for places on these events has grown and Tim has gone onto provide further 'live shoot' seminars with Jaguar, Land Rover, and Morgan to demonstrate both his approach and his skill as well as holding further live shoot events in other parts or Europe Tim also gives class based talks as part of his annual UK wide tour to discuss the business and technical aspects of his work as well as help others progress their own photographer and businesses through a better understanding of what is achievable and how to approach the industry today.
Tim works with different organisations and leads dedicated seminars and live shoots demonstrations for many leading organisations such as Nikon. Over the last few years Tim has worked closely with Nikon where has has been invited to stage events with them such as at the 'Focus' 4 day photography event in England where he staged the opening talk seminars to discuss his work and his approach to shooting some of his commercial work. Tim also worked with Nikon Europe recently where he lead a comprehensive demonstration 'live shoot' event on stage in Denmark to launch the demonstrate the a new Nikon camera solution to a audience of over 160 fellow professional photographers from across Europe. His work has also been featured in many publications and manufacturer based commercial advertising to promote a positive and inspired message about creative photography. Most recently Tim had work featured in the Nikon FX brochure launched in Europe and Tim also takes part in numerous interviews regarding his work and through the year for magazines and websites and has also recorded a set of video interviews for Profoto Sweden talking about his lighting methodology.
Tim Signed to Celebrity Speakers Global
In 2014 Commercial Photographer Tim Wallace was signed by Celebrity Speakers in Europe. The company have offices Worldwide and approached Tim after hearing about some of the seminars that he had given including the 'inspirational and motivational' one in Wales recently for disadvantaged children. Tim is now featured on their global site and already has a bookings where he will be delivering inspirational and business based talks.
Tim - "Earlier in 2014 I made a decision that I wanted to try and do more 'inspirational' speaking as I really enjoyed it and it seemed to be something that people enjoyed listening to and connecting too from me. What I did not realise at that time was that a organisation that specialise in this form of 'motivational and inspirational' speaking were already aware of my seminars and the reputation that was building around these.
I decided to do a charity talk to raise money in Wales with Cambrian Photography, this went really well and I was very happy to do it of course because it was simply the right thing to do.
In truth this is very surreal to be signed with such an organisation as 'Celebrity Speakers, and sort of blows me away totally, can't still now quite get over this as I sit now with people like James Cameron, Bob Geldof and Sir Sirling Moss not to mention Olympic gold medalists but i feel very privileged to be in such good company and I look forward too making new friends and meeting new people.
I came from nothing 7 years ago and all I did was find my own path and work hard for what I believe in, so what am I saying here, be true to yourself, believe in yourself and if you really want something then GO FOR IT regardless of what anybody tells you, and most of all along that journey do good things for people be cause Karma works both ways and life is not about what you can get, its about what you can give"
Photographer Tim Wallace is the driving force and creative thinking behind Ambient Life.
A global award winning photographer his work is often described as both conceptual and dramatic. Tim works internationally with many high clients across the globe such as Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes and Morgan as well as shooting some of the world's most iconic brands such as Lamborghini, Aston Martin and Ferrari in the UK and Europe to Chevrolet and Mustang in the US.
"Photography is not a career, its an obsession, the desire to create something inspiring is very important to me,
being out there shooting is where things happen…"
Recently named as one of the UK's most creative photographers whilst in the US, Scott Kelby described Tim as one of the ten most influential photographers in the World today. At the age of 15 Tim ran away from home and lived for some time on the streets of London, later joining the Marines he suffered a climbing accident that left him in hospital for 9 months where he was brought back to life 3 times. His drive and passion for life and achieving his ambitions are fuelled by his amazing life experience have taken him on a truly amazing journey of success.
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Photoshop World each year is the place to be as some of the worlds top photographers converge on PSW to take part in the event which has now grown to be one of the biggest in the world. Tim was amongst those invited each year to be an instructor at the event where he gives a selection of classes including business talks in relation to the world of professional commercial photography, lighting classes, special pre con events, and live car shoots.
Photoshop World is held in summer each year with the annual event through KelbyOne and sponsored by Adobe.
The event is truly massive and attracts people from quite literally all over the globe, with the driving force behind this show spectacular being KelbyOne.
It is the place to be if your want to learn from some of the top photographers in the World today, all under one roof in this spectacular event that offers 3 days of shows and on stage seminars, get to meet the instructors off stage, special events and parties in the evening and one of the worlds biggest Expo events
Photoshop World is where creative people from all walks of life come to take part in affordable, hands-on learning that can’t be found anywhere else. Gaining valuable, real-world experience from innovative instructors, while building camaraderie amongst creatives with shared passions. From beginners to experts, teachers to students, hobbyists to professionals, this is place where everyone is invited to share, network and engage in a welcoming community.
Photoshop World Behind the scenes with Tim Wallace
Tim's History with KelbyOne
Tim has been a KelbyOne instructor for several years now and Scott Kelby described Tim as one of the most influential car photographers in the World today and Tim was invited to the US by Kelby and with their filming and production crew produced a set of one hour long video tutorials that cover the in-depth aspects of the lighting of cars in photography, Tim's the approach to a shoot and the issues and solutions that can arise in different situations and working with just available light effectively. These video seminars are available online through KelbyOne.
The video seminars have since proved a huge success and have received some great feedback from the tens of thousands of professional and amateur based viewers Worldwide that have used them to help them understand items from new lighting techniques to how to look at a scene and work to build up for a more atmospheric photographic capture. The videos also look at working with just one light for those that wish to try out and experiment in this field but have limited equipment available as well as some dedicated photoshop retouching and digital processing classes. Tim is now a regular guest at Kelby and continues to build on the catalogue of training videos available through his dedicated area on the Kelby site where he is one of the featured instructors in the World alongside some of the biggest names in the photography today such as Joe McNally and Jay Maisel.
Lots of in-depth lighting, business, photography and technique video classes now available with over 18 hours of material to view
Online Classes with KelbyOne
Tim's online classes have since proved a huge success and have received some great feedback from the tens of thousands of professional and amateur based viewers Worldwide that have used them to help them understand items from new lighting techniques to how to look at a scene and work to build up for a more atmospheric photographic capture. The videos also look at working with just one light for those that wish to try out and experiment in this field but have limited equipment available as well as some dedicated photoshop retouching and digital processing classes. Tim is now a regular guest at Kelby and continues to build on the catalogue of training videos available through his dedicated area on the Kelby site where he is one of the 8 featured instructors in the World alongside some of the biggest names in the photography today such as Joe McNally and Jay Maisel. You can also find 2 in depth interviews lasting over 1 hour each with Tim talking about the business side of the industry from setting up and first things to think about, through to client strategies and effective quoting as well as interviews where Tim talks about what inspires him today and talks through the journey that led him to where he is today.
Tim is often invited to talk about his work in the field of automotive car photography and we've included some links to some of the recent Pro features and interviews that Tim has given that may offer some interesting additional reading for those interested in this area of photography as well as Tim's approach to such topics as lighting, logistics, creating that all important atmosphere for the right shot.
Profoto is a major driving force in the manufacturer of professional lighting systems aimed at the professional photographer and recently they released a set of 3 of their 'Masters' interview's that they recently recorded with Ambient Life photographer Tim Wallace where he discusses his work, lighting and his feelings towards what makes a successful commercial image in todays market. The interviews are part of the 'Master Series' of films that Profoto produce featuring renowned professional photographers from around the World.
The Background to our events
Tim has being giving seminar talks and staging 'Pro live shoot events' for over 6 years now and since our first public seminar series held for UK prestige car manufacturer Jaguar, the demand for Tim's public speaking and 'Live shoot' events has grown. This sort of event had never been done before at this level within the car industry and was very much 'a industry first' at that time. The first event was held at Jaguars main headquarters at Castle Bromwich in their purpose built auditorium.
A great deal of planning and organisation from the supporting groups such as Hasselblad and Nikon went into the event and on the logistics and promotion of the event. Following these first seminars we were delighted to receive 96% positive feedback from both Jaguar and the attendees on what has turned out to be a series of both car photography seminars for Jaguar and Land Rover each year with Morgan joining in 2010. Tim also gives a commercial based talks around the UK where he talks through the business based aspects as well as the
technical area's of his work. These events are organised alongside Calumet and during the last few years seminars that were held by photographer Tim Wallace received the highest positive feedback of any event that had been staged in that same year, a great accolade we feel to not Only Tim's passion for his work but also his ability to connect with his audience and deliver a more modern and inspired view on photography. Tim has also worked with Nikon both in and outside the UK, giving talks on stage for Nikon at the launch day of the UKs largest Photography event, The Photography Show at the NEC in England, as well as recently being invited to Denmark by Nikon to do demonstration live shoots on stage at the Audi flagship design centre in front of an audience of over 160 people.
John Maries, Executive Director Jaguar
"I just wanted to say that I thought the event day was superb and your hard work and organisation really paid off. For me, the day flowed seamlessly along and enabled everyone to enjoy it. Thank you. Please send my thanks, also, to the vendors. The combination worked brilliantly. Even I enjoyed the chance to try out some exotic kit! The students will, I am sure, be talking about their day for some time. Thanks to you, they had a unique opportunity to work in a professional environment. I was especially pleased to see them engaging with the older cars.
As a sign of your success. I have to tell you the Finance Controller is still buzzing, this morning, and has five images on his wall, already! Favourite words from the day, "Leather! Who's photographing the leather?".
Chris Russel-Fish - Former Managing Director of Hasselblad
"I think the event is really great and its good to see people coming to grips with the different bodies available through Hasselblad, these are in effect our customers of the future. It was great to meet Tim, a down to earth bloke who made me laugh and connected to the audience really well"
Land Rover 2 Day Pro Live Shoot Events
Following the success his live shoot seminars with Jaguar Tim now conducts 'live' seminars with Land Rover at their main centre in Halewood, Liverpool and also the Land Rover site at Solihull in the West Midlands. These events follow a similar format but involve a 'live' shoot this time working outdoors in a purpose built areas located near the main centres. The shoots are split into separate area's to concentrate on the setup from scratch of a professional lighting arrangement for shooting a Land Rover on medium format digital Hasselblad equipment as well as 2 other area's for action based photography. The media sample below was put together after a 4 hour shoot on site at the location to promote the events with Calumet. Our new 'Go Beyond' events are now based on a more focused group event over 2 days rather than 1 to give those attending a very in depth and broad sample of this environment.