Attending the Viking Photography masterclass was a chance to get some photography tips from photographer Elousia Georgiou.
At the start of July I went along to a photography masterclass at the Botanist, Newcastle. The idea behind the evening was to give bloggers a chance to learn more about photography. It was also a chance to ask any burning photography based questions.
I must be one of the few people in Newcastle who has never been inside The Botanist, Newcastle before. You will find it just opposite the Monument. After going in the door and up a few stairs you will find yourself in a Botanical wonderland. A tree grows up though the bar, the decor is green and peaceful with flowers on every side.
The photography masterclass took place on the terrace, which is very pretty with fairy lights and flowers. There is even an outside terrace with lovely views over Newcastle. It is a lovely venue for photography inspiration.
At the start of the evening Elouisa took us through the fundamentals of photography. Knowing how to change the shutter speed, aperture size and ISO on your camera allows you to get of auto mode and take better photographs. We were also given an insight into the exposure triangle.
The settings on every camera are different so you may need to check your camera manual to find out change these settings. Balancing all three of these will help give you a better photograph.
After explaining how a camera works we were given some top tips on how to improve our photography. We then got a chance put the tips into practice using lighting, shooting flat lays and food photography.
We had ten minutes to try each activity, portraits, flatlays and still life. I didn’t get a chance to try portraits. Instead I used lighting creatively capturing the light shining though the glasses. I also managed to do a couple of flatlays using the nibbles provided. It was fun trying out the different tips. You do need longer than ten minutes so I will need to practice at home.
When we had finished we were asked to choose our best shot to be printed out using the printers supplied by Viking. The photographs were judged and the best one took home a printer. All the shortlisted photographs were fab and the overall winner deserved it.
To finish the evening we were treated to a cocktail and a lovely spread of food from the Botanist. My cocktail is a raspberry disaronno sour. It comes in a teapot which gets poured out into a flowerpot with a great show of smoke. Very unusual and the perfect drink for a hot day.
While the event was a little large I really enjoyed the evening and took away some great photography tips. I will be putting them into practice in the coming days.
Many thanks to Viking, Elouisa and The Botanist for a lovely event. It was a great evening.