Buying Guide for Beginner Photographers

Buying Guide for Beginner Photographers

People on the beginners photography course often ask for advice on what to buy when starting out in photography. They’re not always easy questions to answer as, like everything, “it depends”, but here’s some general guidance I have some...
What comes after Beginners?

What comes after Beginners?

Since January we’ve put 80 people through our Beginners course, giving them the basic foundations of photography (exposure, lighting, composition and how it all relates to the buttons and dials on their cameras) and getting them off the Auto setting. And, naturally, a...
Photos from our Light Painting workshops

Photos from our Light Painting workshops

I like to start a light painting workshop with a demonstration. I put the camera on a tripod, set it to 30 seconds, press the shutter and randomly wave some torches around. We then look at the resulting photo which seems much more impressive than the effort I put in....
Sharing your photos online in 2014

Sharing your photos online in 2014

[Update: Dave Redfern in the comments asks why I didn’t mention 500px, and I have no good answer other than I completely forgot about it. I’ve also never used it so can’t give an informed opinion, but it certainly looks good, is cheap at $25 a year...
Photographing Sounds with SOUNDkitchen

Photographing Sounds with SOUNDkitchen

On Saturday I ran the first of my new Photo Walks in Digbeth that used sound as framing device. I’ve been running photo walks walks for over a year now and really wanted to try something new to see how they might be improved, so I decided to work with a couple...
A quick workshop in Ironbridge

A quick workshop in Ironbridge

I’m going to be writing about how we’re going to be offering workshops to arts and culture organisations in the West Midlands soon, based on the success of working with the Ikon gallery over the last few months, but in the meanwhile here’s a snapshot...
Saturday with Shimabuku

Saturday with Shimabuku

This Saturday just gone I ran our first public workshop in association with Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery. I’ve done bits of work with them over the years, mostly with their youth group, and based on that the head of learning Simon Taylor asked if I’d be...
Ikon Photography Summer School

Ikon Photography Summer School

We’re winding down slightly for the summer and making plans for the new classes starting in September but there will be a few specials alongside the regular walks. The first to be scheduled is a team-up with the Ikon Gallery tying in with their major summer...