I was amazed that a free photography workshop was taking place in my local area (sadly this doesn’t happen too often that I’m aware of!), knowing that local Rochester based photographer Rikard Osterlund was running the ‘Richard Heeps inspired workshop’ I was very keen to go along.
I love discovering new artists and particular photographers and that i’m not familiar with Richard Heeps made the workshop more intriguing.
The Challenge of the workshop was to find ‘Americana’ in Rochester – not an easy task! I concentrated on the bold and striking colours, Heeps used in his ‘Mans Ruin’ series that was showcasing in the gallery. A pattern of blue was emerging:
Also (I can hear the tutting now!) this was one of only a handful of shoots that I had done using RAW (the debate of using JPEG and RAW maybe for another blog -watch this space -unless you are a photoshop Wizard I thought -why bother!) Anyway using RAW allowed vibrant post production for the final images.
The Second half of the workshop was to photograph an individual or group of people on the street, either from afar or in discussion with them on how the photo should be. I know I have been an active photographer for sometime now, but it didn’t stop me being petrified in approaching a complete stranger on the street and asking to take their photo -that’s a whole different kettle of fish! I must admit there was a couple of times I nearly backed out being out of my comfort zone.
However I went to a cafe to have lunch (and to calm the nerves) and saw a lady walk past in a black pencil skirt and shirt, with a small dog. She immediately caught my eye and I dashed out of the cafe and asked to take her photo, she was more than happy to oblige as long as long I had got the dog in the picture! I think that people are fairly happy with you taking their photo as long as you approach it correctly i.e. being approachable and friendly yourself.
The group of photographers attending the workshop were varied from enthusiasts, Pros, camera club members which proved bountiful at the final reveal at the end of the workshop, no 2 photos were the same. Every one had chosen broad elements of the ‘Americana’ brief.