Friday 24 January 2014

Developing skills

This year is a year of big change for me.
The smallest kid will be heading off to school soon and there is much I want to achieve this year; some goals family-related, some personal and some business/career related.

One of the personal things I want to do is develop my photography skills, learning to use my camera in a more manual way to achieve better results.

Very nicely, and without prompting I might add, the guy who lives here got me a walk-around Melbourne Photography tour as part of my Christmas gift.

It was on last Sunday which, thankfully, was a day post the big heatwave we have been experiencing here.

One of hundred of locks on the Southbank bridge
We had a lovely morning walking to various locations around Melbourne and taking photos under direction/with the guidance of our tour leader.

He had lots of useful tips on composition and how to use various functions of the camera such as exposure compensation, shutter speed and aperture as well as discussing means of storing photos.

 I learned that, like anything, you need time to practice what you are doing and that it is only in doing so that you will improve.
That trial and error is a good thing and you should take lots of shots in different locations.
Also to look at things from a different angle.

It was a very enjoyable and informative three hours spent walking around and snapping a variety of images and I would highly recommend the tour if you are keen to expand your photography skill set.

The tour I did was run by Happier Snappers and booked through Ted's Camera Stores.


Jane said...

Really nice photos!The photography tour sounds like a great idea.

Cindy said...

Those are some great pictures! The photograhpy tour sounds interesting. Hmmm, I wonder if there is anything similar around here.....

Karen Pior said...

That sounds wonderful. I too have a new camera and would love to be able to make it do all the stuff the box says it can! Think I will give them a call and have a chat! Cheers, Karen

Jenny from Ohjoh said...

What a great gift - well done to your Mr.
They're lovely photos.
Good luck with the smallest at school thing.
I spent most of term 1 in prep walking in circles looking for her out of the corner of my eye expecting her to be around.
She starts grade 2 this year and I can hardly believe it.
Enjoy your "free" time - you've earned it !

Ellieboo said...

Damn that sounds like a fun way to spend a Sunday. You have got some great shots there - I think my favourite is the bicycle one - the colour is vibrant and the angle interesting. I am really going to try and improve my photography this year too - there is so much to learn.

ARTwendy ... said...

stunning .... adore that brick wall ... you know with a little street art ... i might need to spot some more i think!