At last, Saturday afternoon, and a chance to get out with the camera and take some photos. Sometimes photography just needs that little push, and today I had booked myself and a friend onto a portrait course in London. Living Social – it’s a godsend… Here’s Madeleine, our tutor, and model.
The great thing about these courses is that it forces you to take pix. No excuses (too cold, too early, too tired, too hungover). You’ve paid, so you make the effort. And you even learn a thing or two. Here’s Madeleine telling me to get off aperture priority and set manual…
So, given that it’s the middle of the British summer, which inevitably means it’s chuffing cold, we head for a bit of shelter and some indoor shots. Here’s the arty shot of model/tutor hanging off some railings in a subway (don’t ask… we were practising technique, honestly…)
Now, much as I like taking photos of pretty girls, I did get the opportunity to snap some of the others on the course too. This is us trying to keep warm/practice fast shutter technique. Actually it worked well for both:
Kevin watched on impassively as I made a complete ass of myself jumping around like a madman:
I think I like ‘abstract portraits’ as much as head shots. Here’s two from the session:
Now, all but one of the photos on this blog page were taken with a Sony SLR. One however, was snapped with the Leica. We had a big debate afterwards, over a beer, about what the Leica adds to photography, if anything. Usually I argue that it’s not the final pic, but the process of taking the pic with a Leica that makes the difference. But I wonder…. when I downloaded the Sony v Leica pix, the Leica really pings right off the screen it’s so sharp. Can you see it? Which one of all these photos was taken by the Leica….?