I’ve been doing some one-to-one and one-to-two photographic coaching and this morning I had the pleasure of a session with Simon and his lovely wife Alicia, who were both keen to hone their compositional skills and seeing eye.
We met up at the British Museum in London for a hour’s chat about the basics (the sort of subjects covered in my Taking Better Pictures tutorials). Then we spent some time talking about some of their photographs – what worked, what didn’t, what they liked and how they could be improved.
Having got the theory out of the way, we then spent another couple of hours roaming about inside and outside the Museum making pictures from what we could see in the covered courtyard and gardens out the front. Gerald and Gerald Jr also came along to help model and demonstrate the effects of side lighting and shadows for portraiture.
Both Simon and Alicia seemed to get a lot out of the session and have vowed to follow up with another one on the more technical aspects of photography, when time with their young family allows.
I will also be giving them some feedback on the pictures which they made during the day. It’s a very satisfying feeling when people have learned from you and have gone away with renewed enthusiasm for their photography. I look forward to coaching them again (and other people) in the future. Here are a few more images I made during the session: