Photo Course – Practical
Last Sunday, February 26th Double Vision Photography hosted the practical for our February Photography course. Well, it was at Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens, but we ran it. At first we were worries the outing would not happen as we were expecting rain that afternoon, however, it turned out to be a rather beautiful afternoon.
We asked everyone to arrive at the gardens at around 15:00. Once everyone had arrived we made the long-ish walk down towards the waterfall. This would be the scene were we would setup and do our first assignments. We had everyone setup on tripods facing the waterfall, each choosing a spot that felt had a good composition. We then asked the students to try two different techniques: creating motion in the water and then freezing the water. Lee and I were around the help and guide everyone if the needed someone.
After everyone came to grips with shooting the waterfall, we then moved in to the gardens and started to setup with our lovely model, Sarah. It was at this stage we showed everyone different lighting and how shade can affect the scene. We also showed them how flash can change the feeling of a photo and effect the models skin. Lee then brought out our reflector to help add more light to the model, and show everyone how you don’t need a flash to create fill light if you are in a dark or shaded situation.
When then left the group and stepped back, and let the students take control of the situation. They had to pose Sarah, and tell her what to do, where to stand how she should walk and were she should look. With this, it helps our students interact with people and model, which can be quite a nervous feeling if you have never done it before.
We then gave everyone an assignment and set them off into the gardens on their own. Lee and I stuck around for about an hour, so they could come and ask us questions if needed. At about 17:15, we then left and headed home. We asked everyone to choose their top 6 photos which they had to send to us before Tuesdays final lesson.
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