Drawing with light
Beginner’s Photography workshop:
Perhaps you’ve always had a desire to try photography, or perhaps your loved ones bought you a camera to help you uncover your hidden talent? Whatever the reason you got into photography, you have the kit, you have to desire to learn, all you need now is some real guidance, someone with the expertise to point you in the right direction, to help with your skills and confidence but you are not sure who to approach!
Sound familiar? We have all been there.
But before you poor anymore of you hard earned money into the latest all singing and dancing gazillion mega pixel camera, ask yourself this: Why do you need it?
The biggest fallacy in photography is ‘you need a bigger, better, newer camera/ lens so your images will be better!’ This is of course, utter bollocks. Remember, Camera and photography magazines are funded by their advertisers (the manufacturers), so they are going to say that, right!
The biggest mistake I see new photographers make is they spend all of their money on kit, and not on a basic photographic education. These guys usually proceed to never comprehend why they continue to create utter drivel imagery, even though they have the latest (insert manufacturer here)
So why learn with me?
I have over a decade of experience in teaching both new and experienced photographers, enriching their photographic knowledge.
You do not attain the high level of experience, understanding and comprehension of photography which I have, without grafting for it. I have worked and studied myself almost to death. I have invested my life into photography to gain the experience and knowledge which I now retain.
Besides my formal academic Teaching Diploma and Master’s Degree in Photography, I have over a decade of experience in working both for clients and on my own projects. My work is published, exhibited and respected.
Basically, I know what the fuck I am talking about.
So now we have cleared the ‘why’ up, let us consider the what??
Remember this workshop is for absolute beginners and for people who may have dabbled at some point and require some refreshing of their skills.
NOTE: We are not learning about genres, we are simply learning how to use and abuse the basic camera kit and the approach used within contemporary photography.
Camera basics: Classroom and location:
We are talking absolute beginner basics here, the stuff you really should know before pointing the camera at anything other than the insight of your camera bag!
- The camera and its functions
- The exposure quadrangle:
- Lens types/ functions
- Memory Cards, File types and why we shoot Raw Files:
Composition Basics: Classroom and location:
- The Formal elements:
- Rule of thirds:
We will be based out of my New York Studio in Rotherham, which is on the edge of town, there is ample secure free car parking. The train station is 5 minutes away and I will collect you if you are coming by train. We will visit varying locations close to the studio, and look at how to approach them from both a composition and technical viewpoint. A lot will depend of weather conditions and lighting on the day.
Locations are all within 5 minutes’ walk of the studio. But the truth is the locations are immaterial, because you are here to learn how to use your camera, and compose images. So long as we have light, we will have images.
That is basically it, nothing else. So please do not expect an Astrophotography or Studio photography tutorial, those are for other sessions
My guarantee? If you are not satisfied with the workshop, you get your money back!
This workshop is dedicated to its participants. It is my job to inform you and guide you through the basics and set you on the road to understanding contemporary photography.
There are no egos allowed in my sessions, it is never about how amazing anyone else is, or who has the latest all singing all dancing kit. The sessions are simply about you gaining the confidence and ability to enable you to begin to expand your photographic practice.
I guarantee you will leave the workshops having attained a much more thorough understanding of photography and its origins, the camera and where you go from here as a photographer.
A little side note:
It is difficult when you are starting out to know exactly what your favourite type of photography (genre if you like) or style may eventually be. Have a look around and see what excites you. I am not interested in creating a bunch of Lance Burkitt clones. I will encourage you to learn, to pass on what works for me, but as a photographer you should be aiming to create your own style, and that begins now.
A key point to remember throughout your photographic practice.
The word ‘Photography’ translated from its Greek origins literally means ‘Drawing with light’
In essence, that is all you are doing. A camera, like a pencil to an artist is simply a facilitator of that drawing process.
Don’t be afraid of it, embrace it, and learn it, then your creativity will begin to shine through.
So the important details:
Time & Date: Sunday 26th November 2017. 10am to 5pm
Cost: £200 per person.
Finger buffet lunch and refreshments are included.
You will receive an attendance certificate to take away with you:
To book your place click on the button below.
Essential equipment required: Bring with you:
A camera with manual Functions, kit lens.
A basic tripod
Yourself and some warm clothing
(You can bring as much kit as you desire of course, but we probably won’t use it)
Please advise me of any food allergies in advance to avoid an Anaphylactic shock with eating my sarnies and nibbles!
Address: new York Studio, Unit 4, the Mews, Station Road, Rotherham, S60 1JH.
How F”£$%&*g much?
So you may be thinking, £200 that a bit steep for a beginners course! You all know full well that you can get an ‘Intro to photography course’ taught by any clueless charlatan for £40 quid for the day, but ultimately what are you going to learn from it? Like anything in life, you get what you pay for, and in paying for me you are guaranteeing you will learn, understand and improve, and that is the point, right? £200 with me to realize you have just saved yourself £3000 on new kit. Bargain!
A heads up:
Places are limited, so please book your place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
That’s about it: If you have any questions please feel free to drop me an email at email@example.com and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
I am looking forward to meeting and working with you all!