Learning more about Photography with Goodman

I was lucky enough to be invited to a Walking Architecture Photography workshop recently by Goodman. The workshop was taught by Simon of Iguana Photography and we were provided with a yummy lunch at Jamie’s Italian in the Bullring.

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It was a great opportunity to learn more about how my camera works, and take those brave steps away from the “Smart” setting on my NX1000 camera! I really enjoy my camera and have been enjoying photography more & more this year, and although I know I am never going to be amazing at it I love some of the photos I have taken this year, especially those that capture our girls as they are growing up.

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We met on New St and spent the day walking around the city centre looking at & photographing the amazing range of buildings that you can find there. Simon was brilliant and spent the day answering our stupid questions and giving us fantastic hints and tips to hone our photography skills. 

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I really enjoyed playing around with the different settings on my camera and learning about ISO, aperture, shutter speed and so on. It was great to experiment with a variety of angles and perspectives that I wouldn’t normally try, and to really stop and think about the buildings we were shooting… seeing them as something visual and beautiful, not just functional.

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Lunch was great; we ate at Jamie’s Italian and I had one of the specials, a beetroot risotto that tasted delicious. Simon continued to give us tips about photography during the meal and, of course, most of us faffed about taking photos of our food!

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After lunch we continued with more photography, taking shots of the bullring, including Selfridges’ famous UFO discs.

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We headed back to see the Floozy in the Jacuzzi to try to perfect the blurry people effect. It was really bright so this was quite tricky to do, but I did manage to get this one:

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Thanks to Goodman and Simon for such a great workshop! I have been trying to continue to be brave and leave my smart auto mode off, experimenting to see what I and my camera are capable of, and here’s hoping I’ll keep learning and enjoying myself.

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