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June 14, 2014

As I mentioned last week, I was kindly invited to a photography workshop organised by Currys. It was a super useful day, if not quite daunting! I left feeling like I barely knew how to switch my camera on, let alone take a half-decent photograph, but at the same time really motivated and determined to get to know my camera better. One day it will come naturally! Sigh.

I definitely stick to my comfort zone a lot of the time, for a few reasons. Mainly because I don’t want to risk not capturing the moment, but also because I don’t want to faff around with different settings, numbers, calculations – sometimes it’s just easier to point and click and deal with the results later. I do experiment with manual a fair amount though – especially more recently. It feels almost cheating to have a decent camera and not use it to its full potential, so the workshop gave me the kick up the bum that I needed.

We started from the very beginning; what each of the settings meant, what you needed to increase and decrease depending on the light, how fast something was moving, how much of the photograph you want to be in focus. I scribbled down notes as fast as I could and tried to take it all in. Even though I knew most of it already, I felt as though half of my brain had fallen out and this particular envelope of information has dropped out with it.

There were quite a few of us in the workshop – more bloggers than I even realised lived in Brighton! – so it was really nice to meet new people and get to know them. I wish I’d have had more time to get to know everyone, but hopefully we’ll meet again at other events. It’s one of the things that I love about being invited to blogger events – not only are they all so unique, you have so many opportunities to try new things, learn new information and skills, and meet some great and diverse people.

See, I told you there were a lot of bloggers!

A row of bloggers and cameras.

After a spot of lunch we were given 30 minutes to get out and about with a brief of six different ‘types’ of photograph to take. The seafront probably wouldn’t have been my first choice, but as it turned out it had a lot to offer. Like Disco Grandad, for example.

For the ‘symmetry’ shot I found this couple relaxing on the beach. Sometimes I forget that this city is a tourist attraction, but at the same time it’s kind of cute. I quite like the romantic connotations that it has.

It was nice to spend time with the seafront in a different way. Usually I like to tuck myself away somewhere quiet and enjoy the sunshine, or spend time with good friends and a BBQ. As I walked around looking for inspiration, the air was filled with the smell of suntan lotion, chips and watered down beer. People smiled, they’d come down for a break from the city, or from the countryside, they were spending time with family, with friends, with the rest of a hen or stag party. Sometimes living in a city is strange – and even stranger when it’s a real tourist magnet. I know that when I lived in London it never felt my own – I felt like I part of this huge…machine? Not really. More like I was sharing with space with too many people, that it could never be my own, I could never take anything and make it my own. But Brighton? It was my home years before I ever had a postcode to my name. I remember so very clearly the first time I ever came to visit Brighton – nearing 13 years ago – and it was love at first sight. It was love at first sight, but it didn’t become my home for another nine years. It took a while, but finally I came home.

You can read Currys blog about the day here – and at the bottom there’s a link to a great guide on buying your first DSLR which you might find useful. Thanks for having me Currys!

Do you have a DSLR? 
Do you stick to the auto setting, or do you know your way around manual?

6 Comments leave one →
  1. June 14, 2014 10:47 am

    Lovely photos! There’s definitely still a bit of learning for me too, trying to figure how to get that perfect shot (although I totally agree, sometimes you just want to point and snap!). Was lovely to meet you (and apologies again for mistaking you for someone else – won’t make that mistake again!) x

    • June 17, 2014 1:52 pm

      Thanks Cat! It was great to meet you, too – and please don’t worry about mistaking me for someone else!

  2. June 15, 2014 6:01 pm

    This day sounds amazing! Glad you enjoyed it and found the info useful. I found that when I first started using my DSLR on manual I had no idea what I was doing with shutter speeds and the ISO then suddenly it all came together and I kept improving – you’ll find that happens too! =]

  3. June 15, 2014 11:19 pm

    I think I may be the last person to get my blog post up, but i’m loving reading through everyone elses! I’m annoyed at myself for not chatting to all the new-to-me faces, but yes hopefully another occasion will crop up soon for a brighton blogger get together!
    DIsco grandad is actually called Disco Pete, if you search facebook he has a whole (well deserved!) fan page!
    I especially like your deckchair photo with the levitating mini mouse!

    • June 17, 2014 1:56 pm

      I need to find everyone’s blogs and catch up! It was quite a busy day but it’s fun to know that there are so many of us in Brighton.

      Aah yes – I couldn’t remember his name, hence why I deferred to the Grandad title! Thank you x

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