Photographic workshop in St Paul's Birmingham

At the end of July I attended a photo workshop based at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists in the St Paul's area of the city. I had not been to St Paul's for years and I was struck by how trendy it has become, it must be one of the most interesting areas of the city.
The workshop was run by Paul Hill and Maria Falconer who are excellent teachers and had obviously put a lot of thought and planning into the day.
There were around 10 of us and we did some classroom sessions and some practical sessions. We took our computers and shared a few of the pictures we had taken at then end of the day.
The three sessions were based around 'light', 'frame', and 'vantage point'. Paul and Maria in the classroom got us to think about each of these topics, illustrating them with photographs of their own and others, thinking about things like 'what type of light we were looking at, was it direct sunlight, reflections, shadows etc. and looking to photograph the light.' How could we naturally frame subjects in the field and 'what difference vantage point made to our pictures, rather than always shooting from 5½ feet (4'8''for me).' After discussion around each of these topics we went out and tried to illustrate them ourselves. We were lucky that it had rained quite hard before we started and so the roads were wet giving some lovely reflections. The sun came out quite strongly in the afternoon.
I had never gone through this exercise before and I am certainly finding it useful when I take a photo to have these thoughts mulling around in my head.
These are the pictures I took. I have ordered them vaguely under category although most photos could fit into more than one topic. A bit of a mixture, but it was an exercise.


  1. Really enjoyed these Sue sounds like a great workshop!

  2. A thought-provoking set Sue. I particularly liked those shapes around the staircase. And really liked that one of the dog and 'knees' in the park. :)


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