Winter Workshops – Still Life # 4

We ran yet another Still Life / Product Workshop in the Studio on the weekend just gone, one of the biggest groups so far with 9 of us. A little cramped, but we managed……it is possibly the last one for the year, definitely for Winter, so I had a lot of interested people, it’s hard to say no.

Needless to say I was kept very, very busy and most of the shots I did take were during set up, or clean up, with only a few shot during the day, mostly as examples while tethered.

We had lots of trinkets and flowers brought in, as well as cakes, muffins and tarts…I had to grab a quick shot of the tarts before they were all eaten, how GOOD do they look? Apparently divine…..I couldn’t eat any, all full of lovely things like, milk, eggs and flour!! I can drink them in with my eyes instead.

Next year I think we will run a different time table and format, but more on that next year, I guess.

Til next time, happy snapping…

~ Julz

Winter Workshops – Fine Art Nudes # 2

I got such a great response from the images I displayed from the first F.A.N Workshop I attended a few weeks back and was asked by some fellow Awakers (Photoshop Artistry group) if we could run one too…..so I quickly spoke with our wonderful model Chey Anne and set up a ¬†time, before she disappears on an extended interstate trip. I know there are other models, but I was more comfortable working with Chey.

We did not have the expert tutelage I had last time, but we muddled through, Chey as always so gracious and helpful…..but this is a group of artists who had preconceived ideas of exactly WHAT they wanted to capture, myself included. Rather than photographers learning the best techniques.We especially concentrated on creative lighting and using additional textures.¬†Anyway it was a wonderful session on what was such an awful day, weather wise, glad to be inside.

I truly do love the images I obtained during this session, soft and feminine but evocative as well. We also had a cheeky bit of fun………recreated my favourite shot from last time, but with red!

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Til next time, happy snapping…

~ Julz

Winter Workshops – Still Life / Product Shoot # 3

Have you ever started something and then thought, wowsers! This is becoming bigger than I thought? My Still Life Workshops are kind of like that…….they have sort of taken on a life of their own and it has been so much fun!

I hosted another group recently, slightly smaller and all women this time (not planned that way, just how it happened), so I decided to ask this group of creative women to bring a few bits and bobs for us to play with……….messages went flying back and forth as to what everyone could bring, some wanted to bring special family mementos to capture and work with, I really like that.

We set up multiple shooting areas again and split into teams as it were, as there was not so many I was able to shoot more this time around as well, yay! Each one I run I am getting more confident and having more fun, the ideas created in this environment are amazing and everyone brings something a little different.

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Loved this one in camera, but the backdrop requires further steaming to remove creases

I already have another one booked full for next month and I am going to run one more in September, then I’ll take a break until possibly next year. They are so much fun, but a lot of hard work and can be exhausting.

~ Julz

Winter Workshops – Still Life #2

On Sunday Moth and I hosted the second of our Winter Product/ Still Life workshops. This was a very different group from last time, no less keen, but a few more seasoned photographers and perhaps a little more laid back. Still super and trying out new ideas, but also adding their own.

We had a special treat, well actually two……….one Lady brought in some vintage cameras for use to use, and one guy brought in some early mobile phones (I did not however manage to get any images of those). We split again into two groups and focus on Product Shoot on the Glass and Black Perspex, and the other group on Still Life, with fresh flowers, crates, old teapots and the like, on softer white and timber backdrops.

After lunch the groups swapped sides and then proceeded to switch back and forth, we even set up a third smaller table for some pretty flower shots as well. This group finished a little earlier for us this time, so Moth and I got a little time to play as well.

Also Bev let me hold onto the vintage cameras for a little while longer, so I could play in my own time………isn’t that nice?

That’s about it, til next time, happy snapping…

~ Julz