When you’re invited to a photography course with an Ace Ninjographer, you know it’ll be a little different! So camera in hand, tripod over my shoulder and all the fancy lenses I had collected over time, clutched to my chest, I arrived at Homebarn in time for a morning cup of tea and to meet the other, would be, photographers.
Having had the names beforehand and done a bit of tweeting, I felt a little outclassed, but it just wasn’t like that. Jay’s slightly whacky style was an immediate leveller, as was her determination to start with the basics and tenacity, to help us understand. All those fancy lenses were unnecessary here. Repetition wasn’t a problem, no one felt foolish and it was FUN!!
Homebarn is a perfect venue as it’s stuffed with wonderful vintage goodies and not a lot of light, the atmosphere was perfect. The challenge for us Newbies-to-Manual was enormous. After choosing three items and taking them to our place at the tables, the workshop began.
It was interesting looking around at what people chose. I had a large white enamelware jug and two laboratory type bottles, the person beside me had chosen three children’s bricks and a plastic elephant, opposite was a typewriter, a 50’s copy of Time Life and a glass bell jar of butterflies. This was going to be entertaining.
Gradually we were introduced to the triangle: ISO, aperture and shutter speed and led to understand how they influence each other, through some simple exercises. There was so much to photograph and so many different light situations to play with, I really felt that I’d got some very thorough basics under my belt. Lots of banter, some hard talking truths, massive encouragement for self belief and a good lunch at a local pub meant I left at the end of the day full of exuberance and a real feeling of achievement. I now only shoot in manual and I know what I’m doing!!
I did pay for this course, although not full price. All thoughts and opinions are my own and I wasn’t under any obligation to write a post (I would have happily paid the full price).
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