A couple of Sundays ago I was invited to spend a day at a photography workshop, walking around Birmingham looking at the modern archictecture on offer. Now, as my blog has developed so has my photography. Initially I started off on my phone, then graduated to a bridge camera, but then treated myself to a Sony AX5000 Compact camera earlier this year. I have to confess, I still haven’t figured out half of the features, but this Goodman’s photography workshop was a great opportunity to get to grips with them.
The first thing Simon, our tutor for they day taught us, was how to switch the camera off automatic and straight onto manual. It took me a while to get grips with that, so here’s one of the first set I took of the Town Hall, still on manual. I like the contrast between the intricate building and the colourful plants.
Then it was time to get to grips with settings and play around, trying out different values. It was hit and miss, but with expert guidance I started to achieve some different looks to my shots. This next building is the Birmingham Library, and I love that this uber modern design is flanked by more traditional. I’m not sure this is technically a good picture but I like it anyway. Aren’t the colours stunning?
Of course a bloggers’ day out wouldn’t be complete without a scrummy lunch at Jamie Oliver’s restaurant, which gave us another chance to play around with more shots. Here, I was trying to achieve that blurry background look that so many people like, me included.
And so then it was on to my favourite building of the day, the iconic Selfridges. It really is stunning. I was lucky too, as the sky turned cloud free, and I managed to get this shot from underneath a walkway. Check out how the blues work together! I’m so pleased with this one.
We spent quite a while looking at the form, and capturning this beautiful building from different angles. I like this one, which showcases the sweep of the discs and the wonderful organic form of the design.
Finally, we made our way to a quite busy section of Birmingham outside the Bull Ring to seek out some more shots against the sky. I like how the angle of this picture gives this otherwise dull building a new lease of life. Contrasted against the modern gantry it looks space age.
I’ve played around with the camera since the workshop and really tried to put into practice all that I learned. It will take some time to sink in, but for now I’m thrilled with my new found knowledge.
Thanks to Goodman for arranging the day, and to Simon, our photograpy expert for sharing his skills so well.
Do you like these shots? Look out for more well thought out photography on the blog soon!
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