Learn how to use the landscape as inspiration for showing off and contextualising your work, both with and without being worn. The colours of Shetland’s landscape naturally complement woolly creations and her beaches and buildings can be an ideal backdrop for close-up detail or model photoshoots.
Austin will take you to some of his favourite locations! Before you venture out into Shetland’s dramatic landscape you will spend some time considering the elements that make a good photograph and some basic camera controls. You will learn how to study composition, whilst paying attention to focus points and background. Experiment with the correct exposure and explore metering modes, histogram and iso sensitivity to understand their relationships with exposure and image quality. Once back indoors, Austin will have a review session and discuss post-photography editing.
Don’t be frightened by the technical jargon – Austin is a fabulous (patient!) teacher who simply helps you get the best out of your camera. Bring snacks, a packed lunch with a flask, and waterproofs. Bring a camera – compact or DSLR, or your phone camera. Tripods welcome.
Austin Taylor is a freelance photographer based in Shetland. He focuses on creating photographic images that capture the essence of Shetland, including its wildlife, landscape and astronomical phenomena. His work has featured in a number of publications, websites, exhibitions and as commissioned art.
Transport: The course is in Hoswick, near Sandwick in south Mainland. Buses from Lerwick to Sandwick take 30 minutes, then a 10 minute walk to the Visitor Centre. Ask the driver to let you off by the shop or Hall; http://www.zettrans.org.uk/bus/BusTimetables.asp
Transport for the outing will leave from / return to Hoswick Visitor Centre.