This week saw my latest workshop, teaching a group of five enthusiastic photographers who travelled from throughout the UK to attend. The weather was great in that there was plenty of wind which lent itself to some animated portraits!
I only ask ‘real’ children to be my models, not from an agency, which lends itself to some interesting situations, but is realistic and will give delegates a true idea of my own people skills as to how to deal with children’s personalities which of course, at times, can be challenging and distracting when you have so many other things to consider while you are working!
Focus was very much directed towards creating images which incorporated not just sympathetic and directional natural light, but also encouraging the delegates to be bold with composition and giving advice as to how to take their imagery to another level through using the elements, using movement and utilising a location. It’s always so interesting to see how other photographers view and compose their pictures and I like to encourage all my delegates to very much shoot from their own heart and minds. To give guidance as to how to strengthen an image is fundamental, but I feel it is so important that we have our own creativity within our work rather than sticking to a given formula by a tutor. Once delegates understand the fundamental make up of an image, they can run with it in their own style and their photography will be honest, otherwise they may lose direction as I have many times!
I hope everyone has gone home invigorated and enthused and can use what we covered yesterday to effect within their own work.
The 19th September is set for my next childrens course and I hope to add one more in before the end of
pergola Garden Autumn. Let me know if you would like to attend or give me a call to chat about content and your requirements.