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Photography Workshop - Light, Composition and Storytelling

Storytelling is at the heart of good photography. It's not just about documenting a scene in front of us, it's about generating thoughts in the viewer that go beyond the image.

In order to be able to create storytelling images consistently, an understanding of light and composition are crucial. The content of a photo - what's actually in it - is only one aspect of an image. How that content is arranged and lit can dramatically affect its mood and emotion.

On Sunday 15th February, assisted by Lynne Atkinson of Alice Rose Portraits, I'm running a photography workshop in Castle Douglas on Light, Composition and Storytelling. This workshop is designed to teach techniques to improve the impact of your photography.

Details below, but if you would like to book a place on the course either email or phone me, or follow this link and scroll down to Week 3 - 15th Feb:

If you know of anyone else you think might be interested, please forward these details on to them

Sunday 15th February – 10am to 5pm

Kim Ayres & Lynne Atkinson

Course Description
The content of a photo is only a part of it – how that content is arranged and lit can dramatically affect the emotional impact of the image. This course is an introduction to composition, lighting and understanding storytelling when limited to only 2 dimensions and a fraction of a second.

Course outline
– Introductions to the course and each other.
– Composition techniques and understanding dynamic tension.
– Tea/coffee.
– Introduction to lighting methods.
– Break for lunch – either bring sandwiches or pop into Castle Douglas to pick some up or visit a cafe.
– Split into small groups to create a narrative photo.
– Tea/coffee.
– Review photos and discuss experiences.
– Final round up.
– option to join a Facebook group to post images from the day for feedback after you have had a chance to edit them at home.

What to bring
– lunch or money to buy some
– camera
– a basic understanding of how to use your camera, including how to adjust shutter speed and aperture
– lead to connect your camera to a computer
– An interesting prop or 2 – could be an object or an outfit – something to include in a storytelling image
– flashes/speedlights if you have them and would like to use them (optional)
– laptops are not required, but if you want to bring one that’s OK. Wifi is not available.

St John’s Church – Located at the crossroads of Cotton Street and Abercromby Road. From the A75, enter Castle Douglas and head for the town centre. At the crossroads with the clock tower turn on to the A713 to Ayr. The church is less than 100m on the right.


To book a place on the course either email or phone me, or follow this link and scroll down to Week 3 - 15th Feb:


Guyana-Gyal said...

I hope the workshop is a huge success.

Have you ever thought of doing courses online? I think people register, pay...I'm not sure how it's done.

Pat said...

This sounds a fun way to spend a day. Wish I could come.

Kim Ayres said...

Guyana-Gyal - I haven't thought about online courses. I know there are thousands out there for photographers, so I'd need to think about how to create something unique.

Pat - I'd love you to come on one of my workshops. We just have to figure out how to get round of that little problem of about 400 miles... :)

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