snap master...

i have just attended my very first photography masterclass. its something i've wanted to do but also something i never thought i would actually sign up for. apprehension,  self doubt, not owning a "proper" camera [DSLR], all ran through my mind. driving into the carpark on saturday morning, all those fears flooded through when i saw a women clearly well equipped with photography gear; camera trolley, lens, tripods, etc... but luckily one of my friends who i was chatting to on the phone ever ready with words of encouragement added "she's probably over compensating". deep breathes, with borrowed "proper" camera in hand i entered the gallery to meet the teacher and the other four participants.

within seconds, all the fears were abolished. our teacher, multi award winning photographer, jack atley was charismatic, knowledgeable, patient and enthusiastic. the masterclass held at jack's new gallery on the south coast of nsw, stanwell park [about a 50 minute drive from sydney] started with a theory section. this covered tips on what makes a good photo and knowledge about what settings to use when. after the informal theory part of the 4 hour masterclass, it was time to take pictures. nothing like a stunning view on a mainly overcast day to inspire. bald hill, stanwell tops is a prime spot for the sport of hang gliding, and its full of tourists taking in the breathtaking views of the illawarra. its a perfect location for taking images of movement, landscapes, portraits or whatever catches your eye.

jack is on hand the whole time to explain techniques or answer questions or simply to encourage.  after time shooting, we headed back to the gallery for a little show and critique [all constructive,  of course]. for anyone wanting to hone their photography skills, i would definitely recommend the masterclass... these are my favourite photos from the shoot.

next week i have the privilege of posting my interview with jack... 

[state of joy © 2012]

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