Be a Better Photographer
One of my goals for this year has been to improve my photography and I've been working on this with regular 'Photo-shoot Fridays', alongside reading and attending workshops. A couple of months ago, I attended a 1 day photography workshop - Digital Camera - Light Principles & Intermediate Camera Functions - at Myerscough College. If you've never heard of Myerscough College I recommend that you look them up. They specialise in courses for the land-based industries such as agriculture, horticulture and floristry and have a wide variety of short courses that you can try out.
I decided on this particular workshop, as I've already started to get to grips with the basics of photography, attending a beginners photography course at Lancaster Adult College last year and pestering my photography friend Jen to tell me all she knows about the Canon EOS-M. Now, I want to step things up a bit and go into a bit more detail.
Covering the Basics
The session was run by Jo Biddle who was very patient with everyone who had differing levels of knowledge and a wide array of cameras. To start with, we explored some basics such as different camera lenses, depth of field and the exposure triangle. We also looked at some different camera accessories and I've added extension tubes (for macro photography) and Lens cleaning equipment to my Amazon wishlist.
The best part of the workshop involved learning about light principles and testing out different studio lighting techniques in the college's purpose-built photography studio. You can see some of the effects that we managed to achieve in the gallery above and if you're interested in product photography I think this would be really useful. Going into the studio, I thought I would have a preference for light background shots, but actually, I was so impressed with the way a black backdrop created a 'warmer' look, absorbing the light and creating a more atmospheric feel. Jo explained how you could create the same effects using household equipment and desk lamps as your own -much more economical - studio lighting techniques.
Whilst I've not had much luck in the past with artificial light in my own photography, usually due to the wrong white balance setting and preferring to play it safe with natural light, I'm sure that when the summer light starts to fail and I'm forced to shoot indoors more, I'll try to remember some of these techniques. I have also dug out a great book called 'The Crafter's Guide To Taking Great Photos' that has a whole section on Light and DIY accessories....wish me luck!