There’s a place for you….. by Dominic Lee
The beginners photography course has been a great success, I must admit, I did wing it for the first couple of classes – but I quickly constructed a programme for class’s 1 to 6 based on the questions I was being asked.
Some students expected me to sit on their knee and show them how to change the ISO or turn the flash on and off but with an average of 10 students this was impossible, however, there are always other students who are happy to assist them during the coffee break and this unites the group in a way that I hadn’t expected.
Giving them a weekly exercise of taking two specific types of photos also proved to be a brilliant teaching aid. As I critique their images the following week I was surprised to find that every one of their photographs were taken at the wrong end of the scale, wrong shutter speed, wrong aperture, wrong ISO but by the end of the course 90% were making the necessary changes to get the best result.
The purpose of the class is not to turn the students into professionals, I hope they continue to snap away and have fun with their camera but every now and then they will see an image that requires special attention to make it a special photograph, worthy of enlarging, framing & placing it on the wall for all to admire and they leave the course with the knowledge & understanding to achieve that. We also offer a one day location course for students who have completed our Beginners Photography Course or those who already have a basic understanding of camera control and settings. We have taken students to Russborough House in Blessington, Glenmalure and Marlay House in Rathfarnham. Here’s a blog containing video footage of a Marley House course we did recently. http://www.priorystudios.ie/blog/?p=1295
The youngest student was 14 and the oldest was in his 80’s, some have basic pocket cameras while others are more elaborate.
So there is a place for you, Join us on our next course, you will love it! http://www.priorystudios.ie/courses
And one lucky person will be in with the chance of winning a place on this course! All you have to do is go to our facebook page and “Like” Priory Studios and “Like and Share” our Competition Graphic!