Last week we set out for the Love Your Camera! Introduction the DSLR Photography Course in Sunny Saltburn. The course was postponed from an earlier date where the unremitting rain meant it would have been miserable (I have never cancelled for the weather before, but when the forecast isn’t for even 1 hour of dry in the full day I decided there had to be a first time).
On this occasion my Nikon was very much outnumbered with course members having Canon and Sony DSLR cameras and one very capable Fujifilm Bridge Camera, proving that you don’t need an expensive pro camera to get something out of the course (those with creative compacts can also benefit, but we may have to explore the menus a bit more to get the same flexibility as a DSLR).
If you have been on my course you will know that I forget to take photographs myself so forgive me if there aren’t too many in this post. In fact a more accurate image of the day would have been to photograph our lovely fish and chip lunch and tea break ice creams. I may also have to amend the joining instructions to include sun-cream in future, what a turn up!
The wonderful World Cup themed knitted characters on the pier by the Saltburn Yarn Bombers gave us a perfect subject to play around with depth of field. Then we headed deep into the valley gardens to play around with freezing and blurring motion.
After a days wandering I will admit to being lazy in persuading the course members to take the cliff lift back to the top at the end of the course.
Well done to all who attended and thanks for being such a fun group.
Look out for new dates being added on our Training pages. Courses start at £40 for 1 day training with a maximum of 6 on the course.
Never let it be said that I don’t enjoy a good party! I was lucky enough to photograph my second Latimer Hinks Charity Ball on Friday at Wynyard Hall. It was a great evening of fundraising for St Teresa’s Hospice and other local Darlington Charities.
Entertainment was provided throughout the evening by close up magicians David Penn and Arron Jones, and vocalist Cole Page. Despite photographing and viewing the same tricks a few times, I am still none the wiser as to how the magic tricks were done, but they were very impressive.
Cole also tested the vocal talents of some of the guests…with mixed results it is fair to say. Thank goodness it didn’t occur to him to pick on the photographer.
Later guests enjoyed a disco and mobile casino.
Of course I can’t forget to mention Margaret and Iain who manned the tombola yet again and didn’t stop smiling all evening (and quietly kept an eye on my spare camera equipment too).
Finally a very well done to all involved in the organising, it was a great evening and raised a substantial amount for the charities.
To view or purchase more images from the evening see the Latimer Hinks Charity Ball Gallery.
For up-to-date details of totals raised on the night see the Latimer Hinks Blog.
Latimer Hinks Solicitors: www.latimerhinks.co.uk
St Teresa’s Hospice: www.darlingtonhospice.org.uk/
Cole Page, Vocalist: www.colepage.co.uk
David Penn, Close Up Magic: www.DavidPenn.co.uk
Arron Jones, Magician: www.ArronJonesMagic.co.uk