1:1 tuition: Dawn

Things have been busy recently and I’m very far behind in what I was hoping would be a regular review of my 1:1 sessions. I’m a couple of months behind but I hope I will catch up with writing about the sessions I’ve had recently. Going back some time now, I had a great couple of days of 1:1 photography tuition with Dawn in September. On the first day we focused on macro photography: we started with a review of the basics of photography (the exposure triangle etc) and then moved our focus to macro photography and how to get the best shots. We covered the main “problem” areas in macro photography such as depth of field and lighting. We also on other areas such as how to avoid black background images and more in depth macro photography techniques such as image stacking. When the tutorials were over Dawn was let loose on some praying mantises (or maybe it was the other way around!) and got some great shots of them eating. In the afternoon we set out bravely into the rain (you have to love English weather!) and tracked down and photographed as many insects we could find at a private conservation area.

On the second day we focused on photographing movement. Again the weather was far from good (at times we were even lucky enough to have torrential rain!), but thankfully Dawn was more than happy to get outside and involved whether it was wet or not. We started with a couple of hours down at my woodland bird hide and then moved on to a local bird reserve where we worked on perfecting freezing and blurring motion and other techniques such as panning. We finished off the day with another session of macro photography in a meadow and got some nice photographs of bumblebees and dragonflies. All in all a great two days, I thoroughly enjoyed teaching Dawn and was really happy to see her photography improve.

I will add more of these short reviews of my other September and October 1:1’s when I get a chance (July 2015 maybe?!)

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