During autumn 2018, GPC trialled a series of technical photographic workshops offering members the chance to improve their photographic techniques in specific areas for free. The workshops were run by advanced members of the club with a limited number of spaces per workshop (between 6 – 10 people) to give participants the maximum opportunity for tailored learning.
Each workshop focused on a different topic:
Basic skills workshop
Held at Waverley Abbey near Farnham on 16th September 2018, Maurice Ford LRPS led a small group of members round the grounds focusing on basic camera skills such as composition, depth of field, use of live view and shooting in monochrome. The workshop lasted for 2 hours.
Sports photography workshop
David Hughes ARPS CPAGB took seven members to a Motocross event in Horsham on 21st October 2018. During this 5-hour workshop, members photographed fast moving off-road motorcycle races with David providing technical advice on camera settings, techniques and composition throughout the session.
Wildlife photography workshop
Nine members of GPC joined Mike Rowe FRPS DPAGB BPE5* for a wildlife workshop on 24th October 2018 to photograph the fallow deer in Petworth Park. The deer were part-way through their rut and participants witnessed plenty of fighting and occasional mating, though not always within rangeor clear of obstructions. During the 4-hour workshop members were exposed to a variety of lighting, from gloomy when the park opened at 8am, to full sun from mid-morning onwards.