No more over-exposure

Ange shares one of her recent RedBalloon experiences…

My husband spoilt me for Christmas last year. He listened to my not-so-subtle hints, read the little notes in his wallet and went out all by himself and bought me a shiny new DSLR camera (what a surprise!). The camera has all the fabulous features you would expect; a state of the art zoom lens and a stylish bag to carry it all in, but for the last six months I have been using it on auto-mode. Defeats the purpose really.

I needed to take action!

I decided to return the favour and treat us to a photography workshop to learn more about the camera and what all those numbers, dials and settings actually meant.

We love the beach and think ourselves a little romantic, so what better way to learn a new skill than to photograph the sunrise on Manly Beach?

In my excitement, I forgot that the sunrise was generally before my usual Sunday wakeup time of 10am and in winter this means 6 degrees BUT seeing the most spectacular sunrise with our own eyes and capturing it on camera to be enjoyed later made it so worth it.

A Manly Sunrise

A Manly Sunrise

We met our guide Scott who took us through the settings of our camera and then lead us to his favourite spot for capturing the sunrise. We learned the best way to use our tripods and different settings for capturing still and moving shots as well as different light situations before being introduced to an amazing bunch of people braving the waves for an early morning swim.

Early Morning Swimmers

Early Morning Swimmers

Warming up over a hot cup of coffee, Scott showed us more tips and tricks for improving our photography skills and then set us free to experiment.

The class size was small, our teacher: attentive and we walked away so inspired and excited we spent the rest of the day practicing our new skills.

Honing our skills

Honing our skills

One of my fave's!

One of my fave's!

The skills we took away have been so useful and have improved our photos dramatically. We are off on holidays soon to practice what we have learned but I have already picked our next photography experience for when we come back – a night photography workshop this time!

 

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