Sharing Photography Weekend Break

A group of really keen photographers were with us over the weekend for one of my latest Photography Weekend Break here in Kirkcudbright – and what a great time we all had.

I get a tremendous buzz when the photographers relax and share their enthusiasm for taking better pictures, and this group all seemed to share a common aim – to enjoy themselves and to learn as much as possible.

Photography Weekend Break cameras & tripods

We always emphasize the sharing aspects of making pictures during these Photography Weekend Breaks - the more we share, the more we get out of our photography. Here, John Proud (from Yorkshire) and Helen Tait (from Argyll) discuss the merits of a portrait just captured - of me! While snappers Elizabeth Eastgate (from London) and Simon Murphy (from Carlisle) concentrate of their cameras

It was good to see some old friends joining us again – Eddie Dewhurst and Russell Turner have both been on my photography courses before – Russell several times.

The other photographers came from far and wide. Christine came over from Switzerland especially for the weekend. In fact, Christine joined me on the Friday before the course for some one–to-one photography as well. So she’s had a really good long weekend of photography.

Nikon D7000 White Balance
As usual, camera gear and experience among the students varied widely, but I was surprised to see three photographers using the super little Nikon D7000. What smashing camera. I found the effects of its White Balance settings a little confusing, though. While we were working indoors in what was obviously the low temperature yellow light of tungsten bulbs, the Nikon D7000′s Auto White Balance (AWB) setting seemed to give a much more natural effect that the camera’s Tungsten (I think they now call it ‘Incandescent’ – or is it ‘Halogen’?) setting. The picture taken with ‘Incadescent’ certainly seemed to remain very yellow, while the AWB shot had more blue and looked much more natural.

Anybody else noticed this?

Time for a Quick Photograph
Of course I get very little time during these Photography Weekend Breaks to take my own photographs – although I do try to take lots of pictures of the other photographers when I can. However, I did manage to take just one picture which I spotted while working indoors – it was just a set of coloured coat hangers, but I liked the effect they created. The picture is below.

Photography Weekend coat hangers

I spotted this in the cloakroom of the house we were photographing. The Camera was quickly on a tripod for a hurried shot between photo tuition. Photograph Philip Dunn

  • Camera: Nikon D700
  • Lens: Nikon 24-70 f/2.8
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter Speed: 2.5 secs
  • Aperture: f/11
  • Tripod: Gitzo Traveller

The next event on the PhotoActive Calandar is the Photography Workshop next weekend at Carlisle Cathedral – there are still just a couple of places available, but these are sure to fill during the week, so please don’t leave it too late if you want to join us. It’s just £60 for a full day of tuition and photography BOOK NOW

The next Photography Weekend Break will be March 30 – April First 2012. BOOK NOW

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