A couple of weeks back I received an invitation to a free workshop: “The Connecting Through Photography Workshop for Women,” hosted by Orms DIrect… and I signed up on the spot!!!
The Workshop took place at the Cape Town School of Photography… and if I had to look at this view everyday then I think I would be quite inspired to participate in a “Photo a Day” event… because how beautiful is that mountain of ours!!!
Brett Florens is a Nikon Ambassador and was there to teach us the ins and outs of being a professional photographer. Not just photography tips… and there were plenty of those. But he also shared heaps of tips on being a professional photographer… dealing with clients, gear, lighting, timing, and so on. And quite a bit about “how to photograph children” professionally.
In fact, a lot of tips about photographing children, like how to get kids to pose to get great shots that don’t look static. And his top tip: I was sitting on the edge of my chair to hear this one: “lose the parents…” Psychology 101 suggests that children respond better when one person is telling them what to do – in this case the photographer. I didn’t ask “What to do if you are the parent?” or “How do you get a great shot of se7en + 1 kids?” If you saw the three thousand out-takes for our Christmas card and the eventual compromise on the best of a bad lot, then you would understand the question completely!!!
A whole session on the latest and great Nikon D600. What a fun camera… not such a fun price!!! It was interesting to see how he put a camera through its paces to review it… luckily I am still loving the camera I have got!!!
There were prizes galore… they handed out spot prizes all day long!!! Books, Camera equipment, camera’s in fact, camera bags, massages… heaps of prizes!!! And there was a goodie bag filled with vouchers and specials and a magazine, what a treat!!!
Christine Meintjies, another Nikon Ambassador, told us all about Kiki… an online space for photographers of every level to hang out and they have real meet-ups around South Africa… even in Cape Town!!!
There was a lesson in how to do a photo-shoot, a real live “off-the-cuff” photo-shoot. What you need and how to go about shooting in a small space, the various equipment… and his tutorial was really a demonstration of ten thousand hours of photography experience rather than the equipment… because he was able to take fab photographs on the spot, whereas we all know – all the best equipment in the world does not necessarily make a good photograph!!!
And there was plenty of time to hang out and chat with other attendees during the coffee break and lunchtime, which is alway a good thing!!! Frankly I can’t wait for the next day out… If you would like to find out more about upcoming workshops with Orms then follow them on twitter @OrmsDirect. Thanks OrmsDirect for a fabulous workshop, looking forward more of the same!!!