Photography Workshops

Remembering Grandpa's stories through his war photosAs part of my mission to get people to have evidence of the wonderful bits of their lives, I offer a series of workshops to teach parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, anyone who is interested photographing people, how to do it themselves.

I strongly believe in the value of history and memory, and how these two things can make our lives in the present more enjoyable. The aim of my workshop series is to give people the tools to document their own memories and history while still be actively part of it. You don’t need a technically perfect photo to remind you of the important details. But it still would be nice to have a frame-worthy photo to do that job, wouldn’t it?

(Left) That’s my mom and her sisters going through their dad’s memory books. We laughed so hard that day, even though they were photos from my grandfather’s time in World War 2. But we figured out some of the details of his war experience, which was pretty cool. They also told stories of their old dogs and life when they were little. I can’t wait to do this with my sisters and my kids as we get older.

 

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More Meaningful Photos

This is the first workshop in the series. In this workshop, you learn all about what makes a photo meaningful. By the time you are done with this 4-hour course, you will have the basic skills and knowledge to shoot your own photo story that you’ll be proud to share.

Here are some of the workshop outcomes

  • Know what makes a great photo
  • Know how to choose a meaningful photo idea (don’t just get lucky!)
  • How to spend more time in the action and less time taking photos (but you still get that frame-worthy shot)
  • How to shoot a full photo story

What’s included

  • 4 hours of small group instruction. I limit the workshop to 10 participants so I have time to help everyone individually if needed
  • Hands-on learning – While you will get the chance to sit down and listen, at least half of the time is spent actually working with your camera or working on photo plans with others.
  • Tea, coffee, snacks, and lunch. I promise to keep you fed and energised while we have fun telling stories.
  • A workbook with all of the key ideas from the workshop as well as any plans and ideas you add to it during the day.

How much does it cost?

  • £75

What do I need to bring?

  • You do need a camera, but nothing special. In fact, it would be best if you bring the camera you usually use to take photos. (Your camera phone will work just as well as any high quality DSLR for this workshop).
    • Sidenote: this workshop is not a camera technical workshop, so make sure you bring a camera you are able to use. If you are looking for a workshop to teach you how to use your camera better, see Making the Most of your Camera workshop below.
  • Actually, that’s it! I’ll take care of everything else.

When is it running?

  • The next More Meaningful Photos workshop is 23 February at the Hilton Doubletree in Kingston Upon Thames

  • If this date doesn’t work for you, just send me a message and let me know you are interested. I’ll let you know first when I announce the next date!

How do I sign up?


Making the Most of My Camera

This is the second workshop in the series. In this workshop, you learn the ins and outs of using a DSLR camera to create photos. If you have ever wondered what the M A S P settings are on your camera or how to make that great blurry background you always see in Instagram, then this is the course for you. If you have that camera you received as a gift just sitting in auto mode because you haven’t had time to figure it out, well, come on in.

Here are some of the workshop outcomes

  • Know what makes a great photo
  • Understand exposure, aperture, and ISO settings
  • Understand the difference between jpeg and raw files and the basics of how to use them

What’s included

  • 4 hours of small group instruction. I limit the workshop to 5 participants so I have time to help everyone individually if needed.
  • Hands-on learning – While you will get the chance to sit down and listen, most of the time is spent actually working with your camera and exploring its features.
  • Tea, coffee, snacks, and lunch. I promise to keep you fed and energised while we have experimenting with light.
  • A workbook with all of the key ideas from the workshop as well as any ideas you add to it during the day.

How much does it cost?

  • £120

What do I need to bring?

  • You do need a camera and the instruction book.
  • Actually, that’s it! I’ll take care of everything else.

When is it running?

  • Stay tuned, I’m working on dates in May!

How do I sign up?


Creating an Album: Getting the Story in Your Hands

This is the third and final workshop in the series. Knowing what to photograph and how to photograph it is great. But if you never do anything with those photos, then you are missing the real value. I want you to get the photos out of your phone or your computer and into your hands where they can really make an impact.

I’ll have more on this workshop soon!