I was so excited when I was invited to the 'Toast of the Town' bloggers photography workshop on Saturday. The event was held at the Millennium hotel in Glasgow City Centre - it was my first time inside and it's such a lovely building! I've been interested in photography for a while and after my plan to join an evening course fell through, I was really glad to not only get the chance to learn, but to learn in a room full of bloggers with similar photography needs! When you end up in a serious conversation about how to take pictures of a lipstick, you know you're in the right place.
The class was taken by Stuart and Hamish from Dreghorn Photography. I can't even begin to explain just how useful the class was. I learned so much about my Canon 600d camera, and although the class was only for one day, we covered so much. The most fascinating thing was learning about different shutter speeds. Stuart used a toy helicopter to demonstrate the difference between the different settings, and it was so interesting to see how one creates a blur around the blades and the other shows the blades frozen and sharp, even though they were spinning ridiculously fast. It's totally encouraged me to sign up for more classes and since I really liked his method of teaching, I'm going to try and get to some of Stuart's courses in the next few months.
After the class and an amazing lunch provided by the hotel (I had vegetarian haggis - so good), we headed outside to try out our new skills. So here's some of the pictures I took. Okay so I'm not a total pro (yet!) but I love feeling brave enough to pick different settings - practise makes perfect!
How cute is the wee boy with the bagpipes? I could hear it all the way down the street and couldn't believe it when I realised how young he was. His sign said 'Saving for a Kilt' - bless! Although the lightings not great in it, I love the photo with the bird in the sky - this is with a faster shutter, which is quick enough to capture the wings spread right out!
You can find the Millenium's blog post about the event here too!
Are any of you interested in photography?
p.s you can see what I wore to the class on this post!