Workshop :: Photography 101 / by Mohammed Ismail

Hey guys, what is up!

Yesterday I had the great pleasure of presenting a three hour workshop to a group of photography enthusiasts. 

When putting the workshop together, I framed it so by the end of it, the participants would have the knowledge needed to get started. As much as I would have loved to tell them that all they needed to do to be a great photographer is to "be one with the camera and the subject", I didn't. I went step by step through the nitty-gritty details and explained the aspects I find crucial several times. 

I initially intended the workshop to have a practical aspect because, if you are anything like me, being told something and trying it out for yourself are two completely different things. However, because so many questions were asked, we didn't have the time. Would I like to have had the time? Sure, but that said, I would honestly rather stand there and answer question after question until no more hands were raised.

And that leads me to another thing I covered in my workshop; there is not easy fix. There is no 10 step programme, which, if you follow, you will become an amazing photographer. The beautiful thing about the field of photography is how much sharing takes place. Sharing of knowledge, ideas, concepts and techniques is what is driving this field forward. Now you know if you come across a site which promises you "secret knowledge" if you sign up to their newsletter, just keep on walkin'. Someone out there will offer more genuine advice with no strings attached - some photographers are just cool like that.