This year, I intend to give a series of workshops. This is an area that I’ve being hoping to get into for quite a while now. For more details, see here. I’m a “people” person and whenever I’m out shooting, there are usually a few others with me. I always enjoy passing on whatever knowledge I have and find it really gratifying when someones shot came out as they expected because of a tip I passed along. Indeed, people have often enquired if I do give workshops.
You don’t photograph subjects – you photograph the way they make you feel. The idea is to pass this feeling on to the viewer.
So, whether you just purchased a brand new digital SLR camera or you’re still trying to figure out how to use the one you’ve had for a while, I believe that my workshops can help you improve your photography. Many people have excellent cameras, but don’t use them to their fullest artistic extent. I will help you to take pictures like a professional, which makes photography a thrilling and satisfying hobby.
All photographers started out as beginners. I remember being in awe of my first Dslr camera (A Nikon D40) when I first purchased it a few years ago. I could put it on the “auto” setting and snap away but the photographs weren’t really all that special. After a week or two of trying to figure it out, I actually boxed it up again and left it on a shelf for many months before a group of friends encouraged me to take it out again and helped demystify all those obscure terms like aperture, iso, focal length and shutter speed.
I have been shooting for about 10 years now and if you follow my Facebook page, then you’ll know what I like. Although I shoot a variety of subjects, people will be more familiar with my landscape photography, and in particular my black and white landscape images.
For me, simply pointing the camera in the direction of some scene is not enough. I have to feel a sense of oneness with my chosen subject. Sometimes I may be in awe of it, other times I may feel the power of the ocean. Often there is a sense of exhilaration, but it is always laced with a huge dose of respect for the beauty of this land.
At any time, participants can ask me any question about their photography and I will always endeavour to give an answer.
The day will start with a chat about where we will be going and what to expect. We will have a quick look at different photographic equipment and their uses. Then we will drive out to chosen locations to photograph the majestic Mayo landscape & coastline.
Together, we will visit well known locations as well as some lesser known ones around counties Mayo and Galway. I cannot guarantee fine weather – in fact, sometimes we may not want it to be fine. This is the west of Ireland after all!
During the workshop, I will tell you all I know about capturing the scene around us. I will teach you the technical side of photography as well as the aesthetics of photography. In this regard, I will be hoping to show you, not just how to take a photograph, but why you should take it.
Pack your wellies or boots. There may be a little walking over uneven, muddy or sandy ground, but nothing too strenuous
My workshops are designed for beginners and the aim is to bring you out of “Auto” mode and into Aperture, Shutter and Manual modes. By using your camera like this, you will learn the photographic process and will finally begin to capture the images that you always wanted to.
The maximum group I will take will be three participants. I believe that this will allow me to give you my fullest attention. My hope is that everyone will leave the day with a good working knowledge of photography that will enable them to continue on the journey to improve their craft further.
We will cover aperture, shutter speed, ISO, exposure, white balance, depth of field, rules of composition and why you should shoot in raw format. We will also look at understanding histograms, metering modes and using depth of field for creative control. We will also be working with filters (Optional – if you have them!) and long exposures to enhance the drama within a scene.
What to expect?
- To explore various photographic techniques
- Small friendly group atmosphere
- Learn new creative and technical skills
- Beautiful natural landscape
- Aftercare and follow on support
What not to expect?
- Transport to and from the workshop start/finish point
- Accommodation costs
- Breakfast, lunch or dinner
The One 2 One workshops will include all of the above with the added benefit of having my undivided attention for the duration. Indeed, we can both sit down and discuss any particular requests that you may have.