So this was the first time delivering this band new workshop of mine, the second workshop I'd done at the Ventnor Exchange, and my third workshop ever - No pressure then!
So, what to do for my second workshop? My first one (Portrait 101) mainly covered the main technical tools a new photographer needs to learn to practice and understand Photography. Such as Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO. As this was what I had done previously and this new workshop was aimed at a younger group of people (11-15 year olds) I decided to take a different approach. It's often I think, an overlooked fact that composition is just as important as learning the manual settings of a camera. Who want's a perfectly exposed shot if it is not visually appealing and interesting? It matters not if you are using an iPhone or a £3000 camera, you can use tried and tested composition techniques, (such as the rule of thirds) to take a more refined photo, catch the viewers eye and hopefully tell some kind of story in the way only photography can. After all "A picture is worth a thousand words" (an overused and cheesy saying I grant you, but it is for a reason as it is so true.)
A much smaller group of young people came along to this workshop than had done to my previous two, however they where all great little sponges ready to soak up knowledge, how could we fail?! We went through ten different composition techniques and then put these into practice, using the brilliant space and resources the Exchange has to offer. We all took part in a friendly competition and I awarded a prize (in the form of chocolate) to my favourite set of images that successfully demonstrated these composition methods. It was a lovely thing to witness; lots of enthusiasm, great ideas, activity, laughter and photographic experimentation filled the building, which was saying something as there where so few of us. So thank you everyone for making my Sunday afternoon a happy and successful one!
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tHE ramblings OF HOLLY CADe:
Wedding and Portrait Photographer - based on the Isle of Wight.