On Saturday I had the opportunity, along with over a dozen others, to tap into the expertise of 4 photographers at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum. By using the museum environment, Barry, Dave, Tony, and Lenny presented a day-long workshop on camera basics, composition, lighting, portraiture, and photo documentary. After each segment, we were sent out into the yard to capture photos using what we had just learned.
The construction of the Ardelle, the antique tools, the boats, the woodshops, the entire Museum grounds gave us excellent material to practice our newfound knowledge. We students ranged from beginners to advanced photographers, and each of us was able to take what we needed from the workshop. I now have a better understanding of the cause and effect of different aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings. The guys went out with us and answered our specific questions and gave us tips. Then we returned to our “classroom” where we were able to view our images on the big screen. We politely critiqued each others’ photos with positive input from the instructors.
The rain held off until late afternoon. We celebrated our day of success, exchanged email addresses, and left with a big thank you to the Workshop team!
If you are interested in becoming a better photographer, watch for this workshop in the future. Take the time to do a photo walk around the Essex Shipbuilding Museum on your own, and if you like what you see, become a member!
To see some of my photos taken during the workshop, click here.