8 week online workshop

Out and about

Out and about

Moments That Matter: topic 1: know your camera Having a go with different settings on my camera. Beach setting for dog running along by the water – love the way you can see the bubbles in the tide coming in & the way the dog is looking straight ahead. Landscape setting for two tree photos. Really liked the shape of the cabbage tree, but not sure that I have got what I was picturing in my... »

Distractions and Exposure Issues

Distractions and Exposure Issues

Moments That Matter: lesson 8: topic 3: the rest Image 1 – I’d love to know how to get rid of the distractions in the background. I’m using Pikmonkey but the basic version. When I watched the tutorials you needed the royale upgrade to remove the distractions. Can I remove with basic pikmonkey? Image 2 – Ignatius is a little too overexposed, the surrounds are too dark in com... »

Editing Pops

Editing Pops

Moments That Matter: lesson 8: topic 2: the basics Prior to editing, these two pics I watched and read all the tutorials you recommended. Oh wow did I learn some quicker tricks than I was doing, but slowly my eye started seeing the differences between pre-edit and after. More obvious edits I was of course aware but the exposure, colours and sharpness after watching several tuts I could really see ... »

Stories in Images & Collages

Stories in Images & Collages

Moments That Matter: lesson 7: topic 1: storytelling Once I thought about the concept behind this I got rather excited. There is a difference between photos that tell a story and ones that don’t.. I love the concept of striving to tell a story. Image 1 – Siena loving swing time with her brothers at whom she is loving at outside of the frame taken at sunset Image 2 – A Saturday mo... »

Lifestyle – Harder Than I Expected

Lifestyle – Harder Than I Expected

Moments That Matter: lesson 6: topic 2: think lifestyle I was really excited about reaching the Lifestyle lesson eager to put into practice all I had learnt, and then I found problems. Mostly lighting is my issue, many of the children’s lifestyle activities either take place indoors or they are moving..a lot. Now I’ll sound like I’m making excuses but for the first time I’m... »

Trying Not to Smile

Trying Not to Smile

Moments That Matter: lesson 6: topic 1: natural smiles This exercise was lots of fun. Mostly I wanted to work with a couple of my teens. They’d made the observation I had taken lots of pictures recently of the younger children and not them, true. So it was time. First played around with smiles whilst they were reading indoors, lots of natural smiles as they read their books, oh my indoor sho... »

Over Exposure and Depth of Field

Over Exposure and Depth of Field

Moments That Matter: lesson 5: topic 3: break the rules of exposure Pretty excited that I finally managed to take depth of field photos, I’ve long wanted to but couldn’t really ‘get it’ before. Still hit and miss at times but nailing it more and more:) Image 1: iso 100 shuttter 1/30 ap 3.26 taken in aperture mode Finally managed to succeed with depth of field:) Focus is on ... »

Forcing Myself to Break the Rules

Forcing Myself to Break the Rules

Moments That Matter: lesson 5: topic 2: break the rules of composition After working so hard on learning the rules to deliberately break them was a tough exercise at first, then it became rather fun. Image 1: iso 400, shutter 1/40, ap 3.26 Really happy with this shot as there is no way before taking this course that I could have done so. taken at 4.30pm in the bush on a winter’s afternoon I ... »

Angle Fun

Angle Fun

Moments That Matter: lesson 5: topic 1: what’s your angle? When I first read this lesson I was soo daunted, “Oh no!” I thought, “Robyn’s really kicked it up a notch, I’m so out of my depth” and then I found, it was lots of fun and I fell in love with angles, I really did. Early morning light and angles thus far are my true loves:) I asked the children for ... »

Scrambling With Indoor Light

Scrambling With Indoor Light

Moments That Matter: lesson 4: topic 5: low light and indoor Indoor light has long been a complete weak area for me. So whilst the pics I’m submitting might have weak areas still for me they are a 200% improvement, seriously. I spent quite alot of time (and many photos) trying to discover the best settings in manual mode for indoor photos, still a long way from nailing it but understanding a... »

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