Weekend Wanderings – Lessons in Melbourne
The post is a little late today, and it isn’t what I hoped it would be. I have just finished on Skype doing my first Online Photography Lesson. A little different to how I do them normally, but I just have to think a little differently and the class is more individual, so suited more to what my client feels they need to learn. Today was about learning how to use a new camera and a different lens. Today I will have to come up with some lessons to email to them.
Speaking of lessons, I know you know about the One on One I did the other day in Melbourne, but today I thought I would show you some of the photos I took during that lesson. I know I normally show some photos of the area around where I am, but unfortunately I haven’t been able to get out, it has been a busy week, and a very wet week, so much rain. Looks like the skies are clearing so I should get a lot more photos this coming week.
One of the things that my client said that she was having trouble with was taking photos when there is a lot of light and a lot of dark, so I tried to think of places that had those and helped her work out how to do them. There is a new shopping centre in Melbourne, it is The Emporium. I have taken photos of it before with my phone and instagram, but this was the first time I had had a chance to take some with my Nikon D800. It is an interesting building with lots of shapes and lines everywhere. I wouldn’t mind going back and just wondering, but use my 14-24mm lens.
On the same theme we went to Centre Place. I think photographing this small dark laneway is so hard. You have all the dark areas at the bottom, but then you have the bright spots at the top. It is a challenge, especially at the time of day we were shooting.
I have been enjoying how close I can get to things with my 24-70mm and love testing it, and who can walk past the cakes in the window of the Hopetoun Tea Rooms in the Block Arcade without taking photos?
We went to Hosier Lane and found an artist doing his work on the wall. I took a few photos, and it was good practice for my client to see if she could take photos of something moving.
One thing she wanted to learn to do was panning. So while we were waiting for the sun to go down to do some night photography we headed to the road to try our hand at panning. It isn’t as easy as it sounds, and does take a lot practice. I’m not bad at it, but I did it for many years when I was photographing the cycling. Though when I look back on my early attempts, I am a bit embarassed. I am going to get a post up on the News Blog today or tomorrow on panning for anyone who is interested in learning how to do it.
She learned a lot and said she got heaps out of the session. She did email me to ask me to explain a couple of things, which was fine, I think that is fair enough. You can’t be expected to remember everything in the one day. I should make a list and then send an email afterwards, I think that would be a great idea.
This is what she said about the One on One Photography Session
“You certainly didn’t confuse me, you have a very practical and easy to understand approach. I am going to sit down and look at the photos today and make a few little notes, so I don’t forget what things you told me.
I felt like I really got a lot out of our session, but I will just have to get out there snapping I guess to get the practice.”
I was so happy to read that.
I am going to put the rest of the images in a gallery for you now. I will a caption with each one so you know where they are. I hope your weekend is going well. The sun has come out today here and the sky is blue, lovely.