After many months of planning and preparation, the Calvert Photograph Club held its first photography workshop on September 29, 2012. The workshop was geared toward those who wanted to get learn more about their camera and how to shoot out of Auto mode. The workshop was sold out and was held at the beautiful Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center on an absolutely beautiful day.
While I was pretty comfortable with my camera, my goal in attending this workshop was to walk out with more knowledge and techniques than I walked in with. I’ve been shooting in Manual mode for almost two years. I already knew how to change the ISO, exposure, and aperture. However, I’ve struggled with the concept of the exposure triangle such as what setting to use and when. I feel I take great pictures but there is room for improvement. I was also interested in learning from more experienced photographers.
Before the workshop started, everyone registered and picked up their workshop folder. The folder contained the instructional material but also had lots of great offers from photography companies like BorrowLenses and SmugMug. I was also impressed by how many great prizes there were available for the raffle. Two of the prizes in the raffle were backpacks from LowePro which are often not cheap.
Club president, Guy Stephens, opened the workshop and welcomed everyone. He went over the agenda for the workshop and I immediately liked the way it was setup. After each lesson we would go out into the field and practice what we just learned which was a great idea. The lessons focused on the key areas: Shutter Speed, Aperture, and ISO.
Overall I really enjoyed the workshop. It was a great event and I think everyone else walked out there feeling the same way. I also really liked the way the workshop was setup. The lessons were informative and the assignments really helped to understand the lesson. I have a better understanding of exposure and the exposure triangle. Hopefully this is just the first of many more workshops to come.
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