• Workshop: Add Movement to your photography

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    £35.00

    ADD MOVEMENT TO YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY Most photographers try to avoid movement when they take their pictures. Todays workshop takes a different approach and looks to put the movement into your images using a variety of techniques for dramatic effect. We will take photographs with movement, talk about movement within photography and explore situations where movement can add to the image. The workshop is divided into three sections, covering a variety of techniques: PANNING: By following the subject as it moves, panning minimises movement of the (moving) subject while adding blur to the (static) background. This approach shows clarity of the subject but the background blur provides the feeling of movement. A great technique for sports photography. LONG EXPOSURE: The use of long exposure can completely change the feel of an image. It can turn a crowded scene into an oasis of quiet, or a choppy sea into a flat smooth seascape. The options are only limited by your imagination and technical skills. We will explore the use of slow shutter speeds with and without neutral density filters (including big stoppers) to create long exposure images. A great technique for dramatic skies and smooth seas. INTENTIONAL CAMERA MOVEMENT (ICM): ICM is used to create artistic and unusual images. Your camera movement is exaggerated by using long exposures to create dramatic effects. The type of movements we will be using include, vertical, horizontal, circular and zoom movements. All will be used to create an intentional dramatic change to 'normal' image. A great technique for shaking up landscapes and creating artistic abstracts. There will be ample opportunities to ask questions and to try out the techniques we will be looking at. A variety of neutral density filters will be available during the session, which will fit many camera lenses. Please let me know the size of your lens filter and I will do my best to make sure you can try out the filters I bring. The workshop is open to anyone interested in improving their photography. It will be most useful if you have a camera that has manual and semi-automatic settings. Suitable cameras include most mirrorless, bridge and DSLR cameras. This workshop is not suitable for smart phone camera users (a dedicated workshop for iPhone photography will be held later in the year). About your tutor: Peter Merry has been teaching photography for a number of years, both to groups and on a one-to-one basis. He is a photographic judge for the Surrey Photographic Association and an active member of the Guildford Photographic Society.

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  • Evening photowalk : Bike races, Guildford Town Centre

    This month we will be photographing action at the Guildford Town Centre Bike Races. Your challenge will be to take 3 images that show the thrill and excitement of the event. There will be ample opportunity to photograph the racers as they make their way around the town centre course. The junior races start at 6:15pm with the seniors starting from 7:00pm. The final elite race starts at 8:00pm and lasts approx. 45 minutes. Full details of the bike event can be found here: https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/191181/Guildford-Town-Centre-Races-2019 As with all photographs, you should think about the composition, your point of view and the light. Your images may exaggerate the movement using a slow shutter speed, or freeze the movement with a faster one. For this event only, we will meet outside the High Street entrance of M&S (as our usual meeting point will not be easily accessible) at 7:00pm and after brief introductions we will be on our way. I suggest that you get in place at any of the corner points as these often have the most excitement. We will shoot until about 8:30 and then move on to The Britannia down by the river ( post code GU2 4BE ) to see what we have managed to find and to have a chat and a drink. Hopefully you will make some new friends, have fun and improve your photography. I look forward to seeing you on the evening. UPDATE: Unfortunately, I will not be able to be with you all for this event. However, Kevin has agreed to step in and lead for the evening. Kevin has been with us from the start and he will be able to offer help and answer any questions you may have. Have a great evening and see you all soon! Peter Merry

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  • Evening photowalk : Down by the river

    High Street

    This month we will be photographing down by the river, in the centre of Guildford. Your challenge will be to take 3 images of things that move. As with all photographs, you should think about the composition, your point of view and how the light can be used to build a good group of images. Your images may exaggerate the movement using a slow shutter speed, or freeze the movement with a quick shutter speed. There should be lots of interesting options down by the river. Maybe a boat making it's way along the river or a jogger running on the river bank. Whatever you find interesting will make a good subject. We will meet on Guildford High Street outside the Guildhall (opposite Tunsgate Arch) at 7:00pm and after brief introductions we will be on our way down to the river. I will be around to show you some interesting photo opportunities and to offer encouragement and help, should you need it. We will shoot until about 8:30 and then move into a local pub to see what we have managed to find and to have a chat and a drink. Hopefully you will make some new friends, have fun and improve your photography. I look forward to seeing you on the evening. Peter Merry

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  • Workshop: Manual exposure for better photography

    Guildford Institute

    £35.00

    MANUAL EXPOSURE FOR BETTER PHOTOGRAPHY The workshop aims to put you in control of exposure. There are many situations when available light may fool your camera. When this happens, manual exposure can help. Backlit portraits and night-time city scapes are situations we all struggle with when our camera is set to automatic. But taking control with manual exposure settings can improve these and many other situations, along with your enjoyment of photography. We will take photographs, talk about photography and explore situations and camera (exposure) settings to help improve the exposure of your images. The workshop is divided into three sections: WHY CHOOSE MANUAL EXPOSURE, including: How the camera 'thinks' about exposure Why and when you may disagree with your camera's auto exposure Tricky lighting situations Artistic exposure options HOW TO CONTROL EXPOSURE, including: Use your camera's ISO, shutter and aperture settings to make the most of the light Viewfinder information to help you get it right Using the histogram (light graph) to review your results Camera buttons, options and settings Fully manual or semi-automatic exposure options (manual, shutter and aperture priority options) YOUR APPROACH TO BETTER EXPOSED IMAGES Build your approach to shoot manually exposed images quickly and confidently to improve your photography There will be ample opportunities to ask questions and to try out the ideas that we will be looking at. The workshop is open to anyone interested in improving their photography. However, it will be most useful if you have a camera that has manual and semi-automatic settings. Suitable cameras include most mirrorless, bridge and DSLR cameras. This workshop is not suitable for smart phone camera users (a dedicated workshop for iPhone photography will be held later in the year). About your tutor: Peter Merry has been teaching photography for a number of years, both to groups and on a one-to-one basis. He is a photographic judge for the Surrey Photographic Association and an active member of the Guildford Photographic Society.

  • Workshop: Introduction to Street Photography

    Guildford Institute

    £35.00

    INTRODUCTION TO STREET PHOTOGRAPHY This workshop is based at the Guildford Institute in the heart of Guildford. The workshop aims to introduce you to street photography. We will be exploring various types of street photography which are popular today. We will also be thinking about how best to use your camera on the street and we will not forget the legal and ethical issues involved in street photography. It's an genre of photography which gives rise to great emotions and we will try and understand this too. The workshop is divided into three sections: AN OVERVIEW OF STREET PHOTOGRAPHY We will exploring various types of street photography from candid shots (of people in street scenes) and posed street portraits to urban architecture and street details. CAMERA USE ON THE STREET Street photography is not easy, it is a dynamic mixture of technique and artistic intention. We will look at how to improve and use your understanding of your camera and match that up with the type of images you want to create on the street. LAW AND ETHICS ON THE STREET You can pretty much photograph anything you like on the street. But, there are some restrictions. Some restrictions are legal and might be used against you, while others are ethical which you chose to apply to yourself. Understanding the law and thinking about ethics can all help to smooth your street photography. After the workshop (from 12:30 - 1:30) you are welcome to join a one hour photowalk around Guildford's High Street area. You will have the opportunity to practice your street photography with help and support. This is a no-charge optional extension to the workshop. There will be ample opportunities to ask questions. The workshop is open to anyone interested in getting involved or improving their street photography. This workshop is suitable for all types of cameras from smart phones and compacts through to mirrorless and DSLR cameras. About your tutor: Peter Merry has been teaching photography for a number of years, both to groups and on a one-to-one basis. He is a photographic judge for the Surrey Photographic Association and an active member of the Guildford Photographic Society.

  • Evening photowalk : Guildford reflections

    High Street

    This month we will be photographing reflections around Guildford High Street. Your challenge will be to take 3 reflection images that go well together. As with all photographs, you should think about the composition, your use of focus and depth of field along with how the light can be used to build a good exposure. Your reflections might be in shop windows, car windscreens or even puddles if we have had some rain. Whatever you find interesting will make a good subject. We will meet on Guildford High Street outside the Guildhall (opposite Tunsgate Arch) at 7:00pm and after brief introductions we will be on our way. I will be around to show you some interesting photo opportunities and to offer encouragement and help, should you need it. We will shoot until about 8:30 and then move into a local pub to see what we have managed to find and to have a chat and a drink. Hopefully you will make some new friends, have fun and improve your photography. I look forward to seeing you on the evening. Peter Merry

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  • Workshop : Get to know your camera

    Guildford Institute

    £25.00

    GET TO KNOW YOUR CAMERA WORKSHOP Special Early Booking price just £25 held for this first workshop! This workshop is based at the Guildford Institute in the heart of Guildford. The workshop aims to put you in control of your photography by improving your understanding of the technical and artistic opportunities offered by your camera. We will take photographs, talk about photography and explore camera settings to help improve your photography. The workshop is divided into three sections: YOUR CAMERA AND IT'S SETTINGS, including: Sensor, shutter, lenses and aperture Camera buttons and menu settings Automatic, semi-automation and manual settings IMAGE EXPOSURE, including: ISO settings, shutter speeds, aperture options Using these options together (the exposure triangle) Using the histogram (light graph) to review your results Exposure compensation IMAGE COMPOSITION, including: Some rules of composition (rule of thirds, leading lines etc.) What to include and what to leave out of your composition The right lens and the right viewpoint Using your shutter speed, focus and depth of field as elements of composition There will be ample opportunities to ask questions. The workshop is open to anyone interested in improving their photography. However, it will be particularly useful if you have a camera that has some options that you can control (semi automatic and/or manual settings). Suitable cameras include most mirrorless, bridge and DSLR cameras. This workshop is not suitable for smart phone camera users (a dedicated workshop for iPhone photography will be held later in the year). About your tutor: Peter Merry has been teaching photography for a number of years, both to groups and on a one-to-one basis. He is a photographic judge for the Surrey Photographic Association and an active member of the Guildford Photographic Society.

  • Evening photowalk : Guildford courtyards, back streets and alleyways

    To mark out first meetup photowalk, we will be looking to find some interest and beauty in the courtyards, backstreets and alleyways of Guildford. You will be set the challenge to take 3 photos that go together as a group showing something interesting that you find along the way. It might be 3 portraits of people you meet or some small details you see along the way. Whatever you find interesting will make a good subject. We will meet on the High Street outside the Guildhall (opposite Tunsgate Arch) at 7:00pm and after brief introductions we will be on our way. I will be around to show you some interesting photo opportunities and to offer encouragement and help, should you need it. We will shoot until about 8:30 and then move into a local pub to see what we have managed to find and to have a chat and a drink. Hopefully you will make some new friends, have fun and improve your photography. I look forward to seeing you on the evening. Peter Merry

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