Last Saturday I attended Workshop‘s Photography Basics class, led by the wonderful Camille Santiago. Though I’ve been fumbling around with photography for years, it was nice to go back and refresh my knowledge on the core settings and to have some parts more clearly explained. It was also so lovely to properly meet and chat with Camille, who I have been admiring for years since I started following her blog.
After running through all the theory behind the workings of a camera, we set off to the Cultural Centre and later Southbank to put what we had learned into practice. I forced myself to mostly use my 50mm prime lens which I’ll admit to neglecting lately. I have a whole new appreciation for using the aperture mode on my camera now than ever before and for the first time I actually properly shot in full Manual, something which I’ve always been apprehensive and not confident about using. Definitely need to keep practicing though.
My friend invited me out to the Paniyiri Greek Festival for my birthday which gave me a chance to practice taking photography after what seems like ages. We had a great day of trying out Greek food, watching people dance and trying out all the rides in the carnival area.
To save myself from constantly changing lenses, I decided to stick with my 50mm for the festival which ended up working out the best even if I missed out on a few wider angle shots.
I first discovered Henri Cartier-Bresson’s photography back in university when his work was used as examples. Despite analysing his photographs, we never really got the chance to learn about the man himself. When I heard the Queensland Art Gallery was holding an exhibition of his work, I told myself I had to go and see it. Luckily I managed to get down to the art gallery on the last day ^^;.
Cartier-Bresson was born into a well-off family and at a young age was exposed to photography when he was given a Box Brownie. He attended art school at 19 and was mentored by Cubist artist André Lhote. From Lhote he learned about the combining of reality and classic forms, which you can see in his photography.
I’ve been meaning for some time to look into getting a new lens for my Canon DLSR. Ever since I’ve got it, I’ve used the kit lens, which have served me well, but sometimes just don’t make the mark. Over the past couple of days I’ve been doing some research and this morning was the big day!
I’m now the proud owner of a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II fixed lens!
It’s been a struggle to resist unpacking it all at work today, even though I did open it up and pull at the instructions (which I will never again be able to fold back to its original size). Tonight I finally got to test it out!