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Creative photography course at Stourhead

We had a great day at Stourhead last Saturday, not to mention the weather, which was unbelievably hot! It was a lovely, friendly group of seven students, who were all really keen to be pushed out of their comfort zones. Good job, because Rachel does it anyway! We always find it amusing when our students are out there photographing little yellow ducks, spoons and jars of Marmite at beautiful National Trust properties. The looks they get from passers-by are priceless!
As usual, everyone chose a ‘word’ at random, and then went off for an hour to come up with a set of photographs which are connected together, and shot with the job in mind, rather than the usual dis-connected hundreds of disappointing pictures. It’s so interesting to see what people come up with, and the incredibly diverse interpretations. Although this exercise can feel a little daunting at first, people always say how much they enjoy the photographing with a job/purpose in mind. In fact, it’s liberating, and instills confidence. A trickier task in the hour-long afternoon shoot is to create a spooky photo in-camera, using exposure compensation/white balance/ focus etc etc. Who needs Photoshop?!

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