A few weeks ago I spent a Saturday doing something a little different – I attended an architecture photography workshop a few weeks ago – organised by the Royal Photographic Society. I guess there is nothing unusual about me taking pictures but architecture isn’t something I normally focus on.
There were 6 of us eager to learn – including myself and Denis who had travelled across the Mersey together. It was at the most suitable venue for a day of creativity – the Everyman Theatre on Hope Street.
We starting out the day with a presentation from our very capable presenter and interior and architecture photographer Craig Magee. He set a very high standard with the pictures of his work that he showed us. I quickly gained an appreciation about how long it to produce one picture – it generally involves scouting a location on several occasions to find the best light, taking multiple pictures as well as some significant post processing effort.
After the presentation, Craig demonstrated a tilt shift lens to us. I had heard and seen these lens but it was good to know how they work and what they are capable of. We had a bit of lunch and then set off with our cameras around Liverpool. The first stop was the Metropolitan Cathedral. We then walked down to Sensor City which is an interesting circuit board looking gold building which has become a global hub for the development of sensor technologies. We carried on our walk with a couple of other stops on the way eventually ending up the Central Library.
After our wander, it was back up to the Everyman to close the learning loop with a little look at how a couple of the images that Craig took could be processed in Lightroom and Photoshop.
It was really nice and refreshing to try something new and spend a day with like-minded people. And after a busy wedding season, I think it was really good for my creativity as well. By the end of the day, I was looking at the buildings around me in a different way… Craig had been successful with his teaching of at least one of his pupils!
I will definitely be keeping my eye open for more workshops like this – even if the topic on first glance seems a little unrelated to the genres I naturally gravitate to.