Our Photography Courses Blog - Malvern Hills, Worcestershire

Rachel’s Portrait Photography Course in Malvern

Posted in Malvern Hills, Worcestershire, Photography Courses on June 28th, 2013 by Phil and Rachel – 2 Comments
Rachel had an absolutely fantastic day last Saturday in Malvern teaching the portrait photography course. A large group of 10, but it meant that there was plenty of opportunity to photograph each other! There were some absolutely stunning photo’s and everyone agreed that they had got photo’s of themselves that they wouldn’t mind putting  in a frame! The secret to taking great photo’s of people is to really connect with them, and ask yourself the question: “who is this person? What’s special about them? We experimented with natural light, and also had a few challenges as the light was incredibly bright, so squinty eyes and shadows were a problem too! There were also a few surprised faces at Rachel’s suggestions for camera settings…here’s a hint: Manual mode might not be in your best interests when shooting people!!! (LIfe’s too short!).
We had a great laugh, and everyone went away buzzing and eager to practice their new skills.
picture from portrait photography course in Malvern

The Group

picture from portrait photography course in Malvern

Most of our photography career has been in natural light, so this is how we like to work where ever possible. Modern cameras can handle much higher ISOs with good results, so natural light is increasingly possible, and as ISO gets higher, flash can be weaker and even the on-camera flash can sometimes do the job. Through The Lens (TTL) metering is now found on even the most low-spec cameras, and will turn the flash power down as needed, so increasing the ISO can reduce the power and give a more natural look with very little effort from the photographer.

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Hi Rachel. Just wanted to say thank you for a great course on Sat, I really enjoyed the day and learnt so much. 

Kind regards, Tracey

DSLR Photography Course in Malvern

Posted in Malvern Hills, Worcestershire on June 28th, 2012 by Phil and Rachel – Comments Off

We had a nice small group for our photography course in Malvern.  This was the first DSLR course we’ve taught where no-one had a DSLR camera!! As usual, we worked in the grounds here (someone saw a deer!) on portrait/single subject pictures and then got up onto the Malvern Hills to for some landscape photography training.  The weather was not bad (for June) and the range of cameras, as always, was much less limiting than the range of imagination and creativity of the students. It’s in your head, rather than in the camera menu!

It’s always good to have a diverse group, as people often take photos that you missed – the chance to see a picture from someone else’s point of view is always interesting.  In this class the most advanced cameras were a Sony NEX-5 and a Canon G12.  Phil was able to get out our Canon G9 and work on the composition, rather than lens-swapping.  Less advanced cameras can’t do depth of field so well, as they have small sensors and lens apertures, so it’s important to make sure that the distance between subject and background is enough to get some blur.

picture from photography course in Malvern

picture from photography course in Malvern

picture from photography course in Malvern

picture from photography course in Malvern

picture from photography course in Malvern

picture from photography course in Malvern

Jess and Josh’s one to one photography training in Malvern

Posted in Malvern Hills, Worcestershire on June 26th, 2012 by Phil and Rachel – Comments Off

Jess and Josh came up from Swindon for a one to one photography training session here at PMS HQ in Malvern.  We spend the morning in the gardens using the 50mm f1.8 lens, and then went to the Malvern Hills Hotel and up onto the Iron Age hillfort at British Camp.

 

These two are fairly competitive, so there was a certain amount of paparazzi-style jostling whenever there was a particularly good bee. Jess had bought Josh this amazing little lens on our advice for his birthday.  Jess was able to borrow our D100 and 50mm f1.8, so they could compete on a level playing field!

One to one photography training like this can be quite relaxed, and focused (sorry) on the photographic subjects that really interest you.  It can be more productive than a group course, and we don’t charge for one extra person. We are happy to come to you, or for you to come to us.

 

Here’s a small selection of their pictures:

Picture by Jess on One to One photography training in Malvern

Picture by Jess on One to One photography training in Malvern

Picture of Jess on One to One photography training in Malvern by Josh

Picture of Jess on One to One photography training in Malvern by Josh

RAF flypast on the Malvern Hills

Posted in Malvern Hills, Worcestershire on May 25th, 2012 by Phil and Rachel – Comments Off

As an optional extra, we can arrange for multi-million pound fighter jets to overfly you on the Landscape Photography Course.  However, you have to be quick on the shutter release – three of us caught this one. There are three different takes on the same subject, all done in a (very noisy) fraction of a second!

RAF flypast on Landscape Photography course in Malvern

Huns in the sun, dear boy!

Huns in the sun, dear boy!