new isle of wight photography workshops begin in earnest

Photographers with websites are often inundated with questions regarding the equipment they use and the techniques they employ. Nothing wrong with that, either. As a young photographer I’d often be on the phone to various pros asking them for help and titbits of info I could use to better my images! The problem I had was for the first few years I got some very decent shots but I rarely understood why I’d got them. My shooting was very “hit and miss” and in the days of film “hit and miss” was expensive.. Back then, those of us with enough diligence would have a piece of card from the film box attached the the rear of our cameras. When we took a shot we were supposed to jot down the settings we’d used so we could reference those against the images once the film was developed. However, I was already beginning to get work shooting live up and coming bands on stage in Sweden and in that environment there was neither the time to address the cards nor the light to see what I was writing. So I shot many films, got some great shots and loads of duds and was never quite sure exactly what I’d done. As the digital age dawned things got a tad easier as you could view your work on a computer immediately after shooting but even then, if you’d just taken 500 shots, remembering what you’d done with each one was nigh on impossible.

One day a very pleasant photographer based in Norway invited me to his studio in Oslo to shoot together. He was one of the pioneers of professional digital photography and I jumped at the chance to take my Nikon D1X and lenses over to him and have him explain a few things to me! During that trip and a few subsequent phone calls he very succinctly explained to me to the fundamentals of photography and filled in the blanks that existed in my basic knowledge. It was at that point that my photography began to take off. Now I understood why shots that had worked, worked and instead of having to shoot the same image 50 times to make sure one of them was decent, I could now switch the camera into fully manual mode, dial in the correct aperture and shutter speeds and have a reasonable degree of confidence that the shot I was about to take would be what I intended.

Now, 25 years later, I see so many keen enthusiasts, beginners and even “professionals” who are stuck in very much the same place I was. Their digital SLRs sometimes give them some great results, they just don’t know why and for that reason they cannot produce those results with any consistency.

The Beginners Workshop I’ve just constructed is designed to help aspiring photographers with exactly what the friendly Norwegian photographer helped me with all those years ago and hopefully at the end of the workshop you’ll have a new confidence in your camera and now possess a good understanding of how it works, even in manual mode!

Over the next couple of days I’ll be posting a page which will give an overview of the workshop content, showing you exactly what you should expect to learn during the day. However, all one to one workshops can be tailored to your bespoke needs, so if you’re confident in some areas but weak in others, we can focus (no pun intended) on those weaker areas.

These workshops are not classroom courses but instead informal, practical and theoretical. We’ll go through the fundamentals but most importantly you’ll get to fire back as many questions as you need and together we’ll find out how you learn best. I’m a practical and visual learner so I need to see things in action to fully understand them. Other friends of mine can just read a book and immediately apply those principles in practice and I’ve always been very jealous of them! What I’m going to give you with the Beginners Workshop is very much what I received during my trip to Oslo. A fundamental understanding of what you’re doing and a strong platform of knowledge upon which you can build and grow. Photography is a lot of fun when you know what you’re doing. Up until that point it can be frustrating and difficult. Let’s make it fun together!

For more information on workshops and prices, please click the “workshops” and “payments” tabs above in the main menu or feel free to contact me with any questions.

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