Last Saturday I attended a photography workshop with Three Little Wishes in Auckland. My friends had bought me a voucher for the one day beginners workshop for my birthday back in February and I learnt so much.
I have a mirrorless camera but so far have only been using the automatic setting and I really wanted to find out how to use the camera and the manual settings properly. In turn I am hoping this will improve the quality of my photos greatly.
The group consisted of six people and two instructors and was a really nice balanced group. We met at the Photo Warehouse on Queen Street in central Auckland and the instructors Mark and Karl ran over the basic manual settings of our cameras.
We learned about ISO, aperture and shutter speed and took a few test shots before heading to Albert Park to practice our skills.
We worked on lighting and also composition – we tried different poses in group shots to make the photograph more interesting.
The first photograph I took of the Auckland SkyTower I thought the sky didn’t look as blue as it did to what my eyes were seeing. Karl helped me adjust my shutter speed so the next photograph I took (the one above) truly captured the image I saw in front of me.
We then headed to Queen Street where we slowly wandered down to the viaduct area. We were given assignments along the way. One of which was to capture reflections.
The first photo I took was through the window of Starbucks where we could see the reflection of a tree.
I then took a couple of shots of reflections of buildings on cars.
I then took this photo of our instructor Mark.
The rest of our walk down Queen Street we took shots of different street scenes, tried to find colour and also the contrast of old and new buildings standing side by side.
When we got to Chancery Square, there was a cool art installation on display.
I love this shot of a modern and old building side by side.
I loved taking pictures of street scenes the most.
We then headed to the viaduct where we practiced jumping shots with Karl and Mark.
The colours of the water and sky made it easy to get good pictures.
I couldn’t recommend Three Little Wishes more. The day flew by and it was great getting to know the group during our lunch stop too.
I’m going to practice what I’ve learnt over the next couple of weeks and then I’m keen to sign up to the intermediate course to enhance my skills further.
To find out more about Three Little Wishes all the info is on their website here.