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Have workshops – will travel to you Dex

Thursday afternoon we had a call from Dex who lived in Trowbridge and wanted to discuss workshop options as well as options locally.  After chatting for 20 minutes or so we came to the conclusion that our “Getting to know your camera” workshop was pretty perfect for him and that we could meet at the Hawk Conservancy in Andover which was perfectly placed between us both and would offer some great opportunities for photos both in AV mode to shoot through cages and S mode to capture the flying raptures.

Dex has a Nikon D5200 camera and a few lenses starting with the kit 18-55 but also a 55-300 so it looked suitable for the Hawk Conservancy.  We planned to meet at about 09:30 so that we could have our classroom part sat in the sun which thankfully worked a treat although the wonderful staff also said we could go into the cafe early if we wanted to. We spent about an hour or so chatting over a cuppa about the various features of the camera as well as setting up his camera for today which to be fair would suit 99% of environments and situations.

We then headed into the park and it looks like we chose the perfect day for it, not quite as hot as yesterday thankfully but still bright and sunny which is perfect because it adds a few challenging lighting situations.  We started with the caged Owls which bizarrely we do at Marwell too. Just like any of our days we start off explaining and demonstrating the advantages of Depth of field and how with correct use it can make or break a photograph.  We spent an hour or 2 photographing the caged birds and then Sue and I headed off to watch the flying display and we set Dex a challenge which was to walk the park and take 10 new images, easy enough ?  well each image had to be taken controlling the camera rather than point and shoot.

We met Dex for Dinner a little later and reviewed his photos and I was impressed so after a gold star we had a recap about shooting faster moving objects, we normally demonstrate this on the motorway, well not literally ! but today was ideal because up in the top field the staff were teaching an owl to fly by command and Sue had asked if we could photograph it and they were more than happy,  we actually knew one of the staff members which helped but I genuinely think the staff there love there jobs so much they are always happy to help.   Dex started clicking away and the one thing we teach is to “click” responsibly haha, I see no place in this world for machine gun shooting,  our cameras can take 10 photographs a second but as I always say if #1 is crap all 10 will be 🙂   I watched and guided as Dex got more and more excited but I am pleased to say stayed on single click mode.  We then watched the next bird flying show together and Dex continued to love his camera.

We then headed back into the cafe for some serious editing, I had no internet so could not post any but I was uber impressed with what Dex took,  I uploaded them to a memory stick for Dex to take home and after yet another coffee we said our goodbyes and Sue and I headed home.  We had only been home for about 20 minutes and Dex’s partner called and booked him on a Landscape day,  This was probably one of the happiest and most welcome phone call’s I have ever received,  Its such an awesome thing that after a day with us he wanted another so soon. We cant wait to see you again fella and I hope your prepared to slow down when we head out 🙂  you will kill me running around all day again.

As I am sure you will see the photos Dex took today show off the advanced features of the camera well, we taught him how to shoot using depth of field to avoid things in the photograph that you dont want like wire cages, this is something Dex was mesmerised by and could have spent all day showing off with it 🙂  he actually called his partner to explain which was quite a nice feeling.  We also used S or TV mode to capture the moving birds which although is tricky to start with, once you get the hand of panning its quite simple.  We used a variety of different focus modes.  Auto focus modes can vary between different digital camera brands. Nikon’s two most popular modes are called AF-C (short for auto focus continuous) and AF-S (short for auto focus single). Many Nikon models also have AF-Aand MF (manual focus) modes to choose from as well although I prefer the first AF-C and AF-S.   

AF-C is good use when photographing moving objects. When your camera is set to AF-C and you focus on a moving subject,  the focus will stay on the subject so long as your shutter button is held half way down. In other words, the camera will keep re-focusing as the subject moves. That is, so long as you keep your shutter button held half way down.

AF-S  is good for photographing subjects that don’t move, such as flowers or portraits etc. It locks the focus on the non moving object that you want to photograph.

I would like to say that the Hawk conservancy made us very welcome especially the cafe staff who could not do enough for us and were uber excited watching Dex edit his photos, I am pretty sure they lost a few customers watching us haha.

We had a lot of fun today and personally I am chuffed to know that we can take our workshops 100% mobile with a little work.  This will be a bonus for anyone who wants us to travel to them for a workshop knowing full well that the education and experience will not change,  I will point out that it cost me a fortune in coffee and cake today haha.

We hope that you enjoy these photographs from todays Hawk Conservancy workshop, we are very pleased with them and we feel they show off using your cameras AV and S mode very well and also the various focus and metering modes all of which are interesting to learn about and will take your photography to a new level.

The last couple were taken by us to demonstrate what we teach, I hope you enjoy them.

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macro workshop with Veronica

Today we had our second “getting to know your camera” workshop of this week with Veronica who we met at a corporate shoot earlier this month and she was very keen to learn more about closeup and macro photography which is quite a specialised subject but can be very rewarding so after a few emails and chats we decided the best place for her day was the New Forest Wildlife Park and Butterfly  enclosure.

We started our day as we normally do with a couple of hours in the studio to go over all the camera settings needed which today would be mostly aperture priority because it was important for us to loose the background in our photos as well as to control the depth of field.  We went over the settings and we setup Veronica’s D600 Nikon camera and she borrowed our 100mm Nikon 2.8 macro lens which is an idea lens and would give Veronica a great idea if she loved it enough to buy it.

We then headed off to the New Forest Wildlife Park and started with lunch and a coffee 🙂 always important !  then we started in the Butterfly house and using a monopod (single leg tripod) we got to work photographing some beautiful butterflies for a couple of hours. There were hundreds flying around and with so many to choose from Veronica was quite excited.

We then headed out site to photograph the mice which were cute and then a few of the bigger animals which were ideal to show Veronica how to photograph through cages without them showing in the photos.  All of these photos were shot though wire or thick glass except the butterflies.

Macro photography:   Equipment needed.  SLR with macro lens or a good quality bridge camera with macro feature plus a tripod or monopod.

We hope that you enjoy these photographs from this workshop, we are very pleased with them and we feel they show off using your cameras AV mode very well.

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Photography workshop with Aaron @ Marwell

Today we had the long awaited workshop with our good friend and client Aaron and it could not have gone better, the weather was fab and most of the animals at marwell played ball.

Aaron’s partner Ann-marie called me a month or so ago and told me that she had brought Aaron a lovely Nikon D3200 for his 30th birthday earlier this week and that she also wanted a workshop voucher from us so we were really chuffed knowing that we were going to spend the day with Aaron who is actually my cousins son so family :-D.  We have photographed Aaron and Anne-marie and their beautiful girls lots of times so we all get on fantastically and there eldest child Gemma is deaf blind so I have an enormous amount of respect for them both they really are the most dedicated parents I know and would put most of us to shame.

We started our day here at the studio going over basic camera controls as well as explaining how a camera works and more importantly how to control your camera rather than letting your camera control you, this means that its very much you taking the photos rather than a point and shoot camera.  We then headed up to marwell and after a coffee and a sarnie we started with the Owls explaining the importance of aperture control to not only pinpoint the important parts of a photo but loosing things like wire cages and dirty glass,  nearly all of todays photos were taken through thick wire cages or glass but with the right tuition these things tare not a problem.

We them moved around the park photographing most of the animals we saw and here are a selection of those from today.  We also stopped at the motorway (not literally) and took some great photos to show the importance of choosing the correct shutter speed but more on that below.

Apart from the first 3 these were all taken by Aaron,  I was playing with Sue’s macro lens and captured the Bee whilst she was guiding Aaron and the Tiger was a lucky snap whilst Aaron was changing lenses, sadly the tiger walked away but hey ho thats marwell.

Aaron picked things up really well this morning which was just brilliant, although as family I expected nothing less 🙂  we all had a fab day and I look forward to watching Aaron develop (pun intended) into an amazing photographer.

We hope that you enjoy these photographs from this workshop, we are very pleased with them and we feel they show off using your cameras AV mode very well.

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These last couple were taken by Aaron to show the importance of selecting the correct shutter speed when shooting in Shutter priority to obtain the desired look,   the second  photo shot at  2000/sec makes the traffic look still and boring despite its speed,   the first shot at 125/sec makes for a much more interesting photo because the subject (silver pickup) is perfectly focused yet the whole area inc the wheels has superb motion blur.

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Getting to know your camera workshop with Bogumila

 

Last week we had a call from a chap who turned out to be Bogumila’s boss from the local Sprinkles Gelato asking to book her a workshop with us as a thank you for all her hard work.  We had Yesterday free so it was booked in and Bogumiła turned up with her Canon 60d and a full range of lenses ready for a day of fun at Marwell Zoo.

We started our day at the studio going over basic camera settings and helping Bogumila set up her camera, fun for me coz it was all in Polish but we managed 🙂  Bogumila’s  english was amazing so we had no problem communicating at all which is especially impressive with camera talk.  After an hour or so we headed off to marwell and had a wonderful few hours wandering around taking some great photos starting as always with the owls and moving anti clockwise around the park.  Unfortunately the snow leopards were with the Vet and the tiger was asleep in the sun but Bogumila did get some awesome photos including the best giraffe shots in a while.

We spent the day explaining and demonstrating how to shoot through thick glass and cages without distracting from the photo in AV mode as well as us using the TV or S mode to control the cameras shutter speed with both the waterfall and the cars on the motorway.

Bogumila was a great student and such a lovely person to spend the day with and we hope to see her again soon for another workshop.

We hope that you enjoy these photographs from this workshop, we are very pleased with them and we feel they show off using your cameras AV mode very well.

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These next few are shot in TV or S mode using shutter priority meaning we control the cameras shutter speed, the first one showing how Bogumila slowed down the speed to capture the small waterfall beautifully (through thick glass as well) and the rest are to show how to capture high speed whilst retaining movement and interest in the photograph and its subject.

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Robert’s One-2-One Marwell adventure

Yesterday we ran one of our very popular One-2-One marwell photography workshops with one of our grooms from last year Robert.  We had met Robert a few years earlier when he was best man at Terry and Sarah’s wedding so by the time yesterday came around we knew each other very well and as I expected we had a real fun day starting as always with a couple of hours join over the camera basics in the studio. Robert has a Canon 650D and 1 zoom lens which is pretty typical of our workshop clients who genially arrive with either a bridge camera or an SLR with a single lens, either way its a great way to start using your camera properly and to get the most out of it.

We then headed off to Marwell and had a really good walk around concentrating on as many animals as we could and although the big cats would not play ball yesterday most of the other animals did so we got a great selection through the day.

We then headed back to the studio where we had a look through Robert’s photos.  Roberts did not want to get into any editing so after a chat we said our goodbye’s and Sue and I got to editing.

Robert wanted to understand using his camera in AV mode and also TV (S) mode which we covered as well as using his external flash, he later contacted us to say that he had a great day which we love to hear from our clients and we cant wait to see his photos from the next few weeks.

We hope that you enjoy these photographs from this workshop, we are very pleased with them and we feel they show off using your cameras AV and TV (S) mode very well.  The last few were shot in TV (shutter priority) mode to show how we can both speed up and slow down things by using various techniques all of which Robert picked up very well.

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