Sunday, 13 April 2014

Weekend Photography Course

Becoming a parent involves learning so much and acquiring so many new skills that it can be challenging to find the time to learn something for yourself.

I'd always wanted to develop my photography and have a better technical understanding... but doing this blog and, of course, having a beautiful daughter gave me two brilliant excuses to finally get round to it.

The Nigel Wilson Weekend Photography course is rated as one of the best in London, and it was easy to see why.

By lunchtime on the first day, Nigel had managed to demystify half of the controls on my DSLR and I was starting to understand properly how to use aperture and shutter speed.

It was great fun to be let loose onto the streets of Soho to put our new skills into action!

Just a few twiddles of newly-discovered buttons and one perspective transformed into another

New ways of making a photograph quickly led to new ways of seeing, and seeing anew

What I really loved was trying to make a great shot out of the ordinary and the ugly.

Traffic signs lit by the morning sun

 Fag butts crumpled into gaps in a wall suddenly became a fascinating landscape...

And I got rather excited by the mottled surface of a metal shop front...

Something sensuous in those curves, no?

The fender on this beautiful old car needed little skill to shine

And even the streets seemed paved with gold

As well as studying the technical basics, Nigel taught us a few tricks. We learnt how to do panning, a great effect to capture speed and feel like a proper photographer!

Of course, I had to get a couple of food shots in. The lovely people at Randall & Aubin let me in to take photos of the crayfish in the window.

Cheeky chappies, these! You lookin' at me?!

Up close and in the right light, even a bowl of apples can look sublime.

I thoroughly recommend the course, and you can find details of it right here. I will be putting my new skills into practice at home and online. They will come in very handy in my upcoming trip to Hong Kong - watch this space!

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