On Saturday the 16th August we ran our "Creating Images Through the Lens and Imagination" Workshop.
The workshop was supported by Olympus, and I used my Olympus E-M1 camera, and Olympus flashguns FL-600's to show the quality the Olympus equipment could produce. We were very fortunate to have Aiden Mayne from Olympus join us for the day, and Aiden brought with him a range of Olympus cameras with lenses for people to try out.
The workshop was about creating a concept for a picture using a limited number of props and creating a story that connected with the viewer.
We started the workshop off with an introduction to my "Rabbit Series" of pictures, which used the same process of creating an image, and then ran through some photographic principles, such as exposure, light control and different types of light, and ways we can control and manipulate lighting.
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We split our attendees into 2 groups and had them discuss and rummage through the props we had available, and to come up with a theme or idea. After an initial "Im out of my comfort zone" moment, people started to create, and it was great to see the light bulb clicking on in peoples heads. The dynamics of both groups was good, and they started to work together well in their teams.
We ended the day with a live edit on an image, and I demonstrated why I would select one image over another, and then using editing techniques in Lightroom and Photoshop took the original image to the final completed look.
The day ended with a good Q&A session with some great questions.
A special thanks to the folks at Olympus for publicising the workshop and for arranging for Aiden to come along with a selection of camera equipment, and his in depth knowledge on the equipment.