My aim in running these workshops, is simply to pass on as much information to you, as I possibly can, during our time together. There is no such thing as a stupid question. Often, there can be an air of mysticism around photography, which I try to debunk and simplify as much as possible. So that you will go home having had a great experience and shots in the bag, but more importantly, go back with all the information you need to take your photography to a new level.
The list subjects below are a starting point as I am very much led, by what you need to know. It may be just to understand what all those fiddly buttons on your camera actually do, or maybe you’re having trouble with good composition or understanding lighting. More advanced techniques might include the use of filters, bracketing and merging exposures, how to take exposures of several minutes or how to take a panoramic. Whatever your level of experience, from beginner to pro, I will do my absolute best to make your stay a memorable one.
Understanding the difference between the way our eyes see the world and how the camera does.
- How to train our eyes to see the world as a photographer. Often striking photos are taken of quite mundane subjects. It’s the photographers’ eyes that have spotted the potential of a subject.
- Understanding the nature of light is fundamental to photography. Whether shooting at dawn, in the middle of nature or in a busy market town, we have to understand the nature of light and the effect that it will have on the image we are making.
- We will be looking at formulas for successful pictures which have been used by artists for centuries. The rule of thirds. How to organize elements within the frame to create harmony and balance. This will include balancing shapes and colours, light and dark, creating a focal point and the use of foreground interest and lead lines to give depth and direction to an image.
- How to capture a correctly exposed digital image to maximise tonal range and create a file with the best potential for successful editing later and understanding the histogram as our main tool for doing this.
- Understanding shutter speed and depth of field so that we can take more control of the images we are making and wean ourselves off the auto button.
- Using filters to help control exposure levels within the frame.
We will be looking at the complete digital workflow from capture to print. Including uploading of images, sorting, key-wording and editing using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, and finally backing up.