Workshop #1

We ran a one day photography workshop for beginners and those interested in taking the next steps on their photography journey

Who came to the day

Lots of people got in touch with us to say they were interested in coming.

The only rule on who could attend was that people had a DSLR camera, that they were interested in taking control of by working in Manual Mode, and that they wanted to have fun and be creative with their camera.

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We had to set a restriction on the number of people who came because we wanted to work in small groups and make sure that everyone had the opportunity for one-to-one tuition throughout the day.

All 10 places were taken. Among the people who came were students who had completed other introductory courses and those brand new to photography.

We held the day at The Vine, Magdalen Yard Road, Dundee – an excellent venue close to picturesque locations as we wanted the opportunity for people to get out and about to practice the skills they learned.

What we did

In the morning we covered some of the technical aspects including:

  • Exposure triangle – aperture, shutter speed and ISO
  • White Balance
  • Depth of Field

Students had the opportunity to ask questions, practice and work in small groups learning from the tutors and their peers.

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Then it was a trip to the graffiti wall at Riverside where we took advantage of the weather to practice using tripods for capturing  moving subjects and getting motion in backgrounds.

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After lunch the workshop focussed on Composition in Photography and again the hands on and practical tasks allowed students to work in small groups with a tutor on hand to answer any questions and provide guidance.

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We felt it was important that students got the opportunity to practice what they were learning and try out techniques with their camera with guidance from the tutors.

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The students were asked to complete exercises using :

  1. Lines & Curves
  2. Rule of Thirds
  3. Leading Lines
  4. Depth of Field
  5. Symmetry
  6. Texture

and, of course, they were encouraged to break the rules too!!

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Throughout the day we used students’ SD Cards to view the images they had taken and give feedback and advice, something which everyone enjoyed.  Students appreciated the opportunity to show case their work to their fellow students.

Students were given a handbook containing notes on the topics we covered, they received a gift and an incentive to return to future workshops – everyone said they’d definitely be back!!

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Feedback from students

Here is some feedback students gave us at the end of the day:

“It was fun J”

They liked:

“the hands on workshops and getting out and about.  Fantastic hosts, venue and food.  The knowledge shared between students and tutors was exceptional”

“the overall composition of the course”

“the booklet for course was well laid out, well written, not info overload – just enough”

“everything!!”

“learning all the different camera settings”

“that we used a wide range of settings. Long exposures and wide apertures”

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Next steps

The students were keen to attend more workshops in the future and we learned a lot about what worked well this time and what could work better which we will incorporate into our future workshop.

Thanks everyone, you were awesome!!

BLjNK Photography

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Fun in the Sunny Rain…Daddy’s birthday weekend.

Cabin June 2017-1491 copySun Setting in Aviemore our first evening.Cabin June 2017-1507 copyLove these boys…they have such a great friendship.Cabin June 2017-1527 copyJack…he loves water…any water! Thankfully Loch Morlich is cleaner than his usual puddles.  A little bit colder though!Cabin June 2017-1555 copyFreddie…I won’t make it mummy!! But he did 🙂Cabin June 2017-1564 copyIt’s unusual to get the 4 of them looking in roughly the same direction!Cabin June 2017-1572 copyFrom jumper to climber in one day 🙂

Heading up river.

A couple of weeks back BLjNK were asked to head up river to the beautiful location of Willowgate Activity Centre.

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We were met by Jim and shown around the new activity centre set in the most picturesque location on the banks of the river Tay.

This new venture will offer all kinds of outdoor adventures including kayaking, bike hire, archery and the intriguing Aqua Zorbing – which seems to involve being zipped into an enormous bubble and being set afloat. If that sounds a little too adventurous you can always try your hand at trout fishing.

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BLjNK were thrilled to be there and we are looking forward to heading back up river to try out the facilities -specially the Aqua Zorbing.

BLjNK x

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Ryan

I still remember clearly the first time I met Ryan 9 months ago.  We were invited down to our friend Ruth’s house to meet a family, who had just moved here from the Netherlands, as the dad plays football and had signed with a local team.

Ilona and Frank have 3 boys, who are the most stylish little boys I have ever seen! They have the coolest haircuts and my two younger boys were in awe!  All we have heard for the last 9 months is ‘can I have my haircut like Ryan’s’?!

It’s been a great 9 months, watching the boys learn English and developing lovely friendships with the people they went to school and nursery with.

Ryan just made us smile all the time.  From his very vocal dislike of vegetables and fruit, to his love for football and he regularly enjoyed playing football with our dog Jack.  Freddie and Ryan loved to tumble on the trampoline, and had fun teaching their other friend Michael how to ‘land it’!  And also thanks to Ryan our children are now currently obsessed with Roblox.

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Freddie & Ryan

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Michael, Ryan and Freddie

Ilona and Frank are just lovely 🙂 although life is busy we also managed a wee chat or a wee glass of bubbles / wine when we had time to stop!  I introduced Ilonas to Wine Wednesday (and Thursday/Friday/Bubbles Saturday etc. etc. you get my drift!!!)

So this is it, the time has come, as I am writing this, Ilonas and her boys are travelling home.  We had a lovely last evening with them and their boys, and Michael and Brady too, good friends from school who also live close by.  I took some photos so they could always remember us, and us them.  I hope the boys keep in touch…it’s so much easier these days.

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Oscar, Brady, Freddie, Michael and Ryan

Freddie went to bed very subdued that last night.  He asked me to cuddle him for a little longer.  He said he was sad.  He has a little photograph by his bed of Ryan that the school handed to everyone saying ‘Thankyou’  It made me a little sad too.  It’s hard to say goodbye 😦

However, because Ilona was there when our lovely hairdresser Ashley came, she encouraged me to be brave and let them have their hair SHAVED!!!!  After months of asking, Freddie now has a haircut like Ryan!!!!!!!!!!

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Freddie is delighted with his new hair cut!

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And it’s goodbye from Vince and Jason!

Maggie’s Penguin Parade

Just a wee 6.8 mile walk, all for a good cause.

A Day in the Life of Kwazi

Poor Kwazi’s life was turned upside down when Jack arrived!! Jack wants to sleep everywhere Kwazi sleeps!!

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