The practical component of Jill Harrison’s photography workshop was the Sunday before last and students were able to wander around the lovely Lyndendale Estate and put theory into practice.
Here are a few of the results and some of what I learned:
Jill hard at work – teaching photography at Lyndendale
Rule of Odds
objects photographed in odd numbers is more pleasing to the eye than even numbers e.g. 3 flowers rather than 4
Seeing an image through something that frames it adds a 3 dimensional quality to the image – helps to tell a story and create depth.
Horizons and Reflections
Horizons should be straight and preferrably in the rule of thirds, not in the middle as this can split the image in half. However, with reflections this can work – giving a mirror image.
Shooting upwards or downwards, shooting from different angles can add interest to pictures … the message from Jill was to experiment and have fun.
Leaving already Jill … but wait … there’s more …
It’s OK … here we are just practicing panning – moving the camera along a parallel line with the moving subject, causing the background to blur and the subject to remain in focus – need more practice!
Foreground and back ground and aperture priority
This is another example of using aperture priority where the foreground such as a fence can be blurred to focus on the background, in this case the lion.
I will point out here, that while all the photographs in this post were taken at Lyndendale Gallery, this one of the lion was not. I’m sure the Gillies’ will be relieved to hear that clarification.
Another gorgeous Cat
Resident feline at Lyndendale – he’s onto it – diligent as ever.
Leading lines draw our eye into and through a photo – looking to where the lines are leading
I was much more than 50 meters away from this parrot so not too bad considering …
Photographer Jill Harrison and Gallery owner and artist Denise Gilles
Photography is a very relaxing pastime and keeps you in the moment and appreciative of all that is around you.
More workshops by Jill will be coming up in the near future, including food photography and travel at Lyndendale.
Watch this space for more creative, inspirational and innovative ideas and adventures …