Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Workshops help calibrate you

Fuji X-E2, 18-55mm, ISO 6400, ƒ/4, 1/240
When you participate in a photography workshop as I am doing this week in Portugal you are able to see where you are in relationship to others. This helps you see if you have mastered a skill and subject.

Fuji X-E2, 18-55mm, ISO 6400, ƒ/2.8, 1/110
Here I am on the subway in Lisbon with one of the other instructors James Dockery. We were taking the class to a location to have some time shooting at night on the street.

Fuji X-E2, 18-55mm, ISO 6400, ƒ/4, 1/240
Here Jeff Raymond the leader of the workshop talks to the students about some of the technical settings on cameras.

A good workshop will give you some instruction time of some new concepts for you and then also give you some time to execute these new concepts and practice using them.

Fuji X-E2, 18-55mm, ISO 6400, ƒ/4, 1/300
James Dockery talks to the students about his experience working as an editor at ESPN. Your instructors need to be people who are at the top of their field who can not just teaching you something you don't know, but also are leaders in the industry.

Find a workshop where you are challenged and will be stretched.

Fuji X-E2, 18-55mm, ISO 6400, ƒ/2.8, 1/30
Find a workshop that will give you access to something you want to photograph. This will help you get excited and stay engaged.

You are also more likely to make photos that you want to share with your friends. You will be excited to show people what you learned to do.

Fuji X-E2, 18-55mm, ISO 6400, ƒ/2.8, 1/40
You should have fun where you get to see your instructors show you how to make the most of a situation as James Dockery did here with a lady just at the train station in Lisbon. How do you talk to people and engage with them to get a good photograph.

Fuji X-E2, 18-55mm, ISO 6400, ƒ/9, 1/30
What I am liking the most out of this missions storytelling workshop is the support we are getting from one another. Pick a workshop where you will not be put down for what you don't know. Find a place where the instructors and others in the class will be encouragers.

We are working on workshops now for the rest of the year to give you an opportunity like the one here in Lisbon. Stay tuned as I give you opportunities to sign up to learn and grow this next year.