Digital Photography – Adventures Out of Auto!

Tutor: Whitfield Benson

Lunch: Price includes a hearty lunch.

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All Levels

Typically for a max of 8 people.

Full Day

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Are you too reliant on the auto setting on your digital camera? Would you like to know what the possibilities are if you get out of your comfort zone and put your camera properly in gear?

If you want to extend your knowledge and experiment with basic photography techniques in a day of hands-on photography adventures, Whitfield can be your guide.

You will spend some time in the studio in the morning looking at cameras, photo examples and getting to grips with some key concepts. Then after an early lunch (or maybe for a short time in the morning too), you will head out for a field trip under Whitfield’s guidance. Ideally (though the weather may play a part), concentrating on photographing landscape, flora and fauna, insects and birds, you will learn to recognise opportunities where you can take control of your photographs and no longer be content to stick to auto.

– Identify suitable subjects for getting out of auto.
– Develop an understanding of basic concepts such as ISO, shutter speed and aperture size.
– Explore how you can control these elements with your camera and see the results.
– See things from a different angle.
– Achieve the best finished result.

Please note that a short drive, either under your own steam or getting a lift with someone else, will be required. The distance and location will be discussed by the group on the day depending on weather and group preferences.

What to expect

Time at ArtisOn is designed to take you away from it all and provide the environment, the time and the guidance you need to create. You can expect a warm welcome, skilled and friendly tutors plus the chance to meet like-minded people keen to share ideas and experiences. You can even leave us to clear up the mess! There will usually be two workshops going on and we encourage everyone to mingle and be nosey about what the other workshop is up to.

Arrive in time to meet other participants over a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits before beginning your session at the appointed time. There will be a mid-morning break for refreshments and a chance to talk over progress with others. Lunch is usually around 12:45 for about 45 mins – you can expect a homemade 2 course lunch. The main course will be delicious but don’t overdo it as the puds are usually worth waiting for! There will be a further afternoon break with the most wonderful cakes from Roots & Fruits Home Bakery, a North Yorkshire micro-bakery producing handmade bread and cakes. All food and refreshments are included in the price of the workshop.

Finish time is given as a target – there are occasions when the session may overrun so do let us know if you need to be away promptly.

We aim for your day to be a real treat… of course you could always learn a new skill in a shed or a draughty village hall with a curly sandwich, but we want you to have more fun than that! So we make it a day being looked after, with good food, good company and great inspiration!

What you’ll need to bring with you

Depending on the weather, at least part of your day will be outdoors where Whitfield will introduce you to some great sites for nature photography. With this in mind please bring:

Outdoor clothing suitable for the weather conditions on the day.
Boots or fairly robust footwear.
Bin bags.
Any camera you feel comfortable with.
Please bring your camera manual if you have it.

“Whitfield gave us lots of great information for a beginner – he is very interesting and knowledgable. Everything was very relaxed and friendly – we got lots of good advice and some wonderful locations”

– Jud

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