A had something of an unusual week last month in that I had a work-experience student with me. Alana was a friend-of-a-friend that I’d met when I shot a wedding earlier in the year and as she was studying A-level photography she’d asked if there was any possibility of spending some time with me to see how a ‘pro’ did things.
We had some pretty gnarly weather to contend with but still managed to fill our week with tutorials and workshop style shoots. Alana is a natural with a good eye and clearly very interested in photography so it was an interesting week for me too and a lot of fun.
Here’s what she had to say about her week with me:
“Spent an absolutely amazing work experience with Rich, we spent the week covering as many elements of photography as we could – despite the awful weather of this years so called summer .
This week taught me more of the practical and technical side of photography, than my whole first year at A-level. If you’re passionate about photography and wish to develop them further Rich is an awesome teacher and has really inspired me to try out new ideas.He explains things in great detail as well as giving you visual examples to help your understanding.
The week allowed me to practice my photography skills and in a variety of different settings and types of photography.
I got some amazing results from some street photography around Bristol , natural portrait shoot, Bristol zoo , and some black and white shots of the old severn bridge. I also learnt various editing skills in different software packages so as i could improve my photos after I had taken them.
To anyone who would love to progress their skills with amazing photographic settings and opportunities I really recommend booking up some lessons with Rich. I guarantee you will see a massive difference in your abilities.”
Can’t say fairer than that can I. Thanks!
I’ll add a small gallery of some of Alana’s images to this post soon!
Here’s another before/after example illustrating the obvious benefits of using a circular polariser in Landscape Photography..
Move the slider to the left to reveal the ‘before’ image..
If you’re looking to buy a polariser, in my opinion you can’t beat the ones made by B+W. I use their top-end ‘Kaesmann’ filter, which isn’t cheap but it really is the Rolls Royce of polarisers.
Here are a couple of recommendations for you, with Amazon Links:
- Hoya Pro-1 (minimum spec I’d recommend for beginners)
- Hoya HD Digital Circular Polarizing Filter (better)
- B + W Circular Polarizer Filter With Multi Resistant Coating (pro-spec)
- B+W Kaesemann (The best imho!)
Had a cracking day out with my chums from the Royal Society to Highnam Court
I’ve uploaded a few random shots from the house which you’ll see in this set on Flickr.
Highlight of the day for me was getting access to Highnam Church where I managed to sneak in a few minutes before the place was swamped with photographers and I was able to get a handful of HDR shots including the one on the right here.
Although the house isn’t generally open to the public, if you’re interested in exploring the amazing grounds you can visit on the first sunday of the month, when it’s open for charity as part of the national gardens scheme. I’m certainly planning to visit again very soon!