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Popular workshop set for re-run

Published on 15th July 2010

The Guild’s first photography workshop, organised by Rachel Queenborough for the Midlands branch, proved so successful that a re-run of the event is already being planned.

Inspired by a similar course held during the IFAJ Congress in Texas in 2009, Rachel arranged for an expert photographer and lecturer to explain theory during the morning before assessing the results of a practical session – with cameras strictly off ‘auto’ – in the afternoon.

“It was a great success,” says Rachel. “Everyone who attended really made the most of it and went away knowing how to use their cameras more effectively.”


Puzzled looks all round as course participants work out how to switch on the aperture function and turn off the auto mode!

PR specialist Clive Marlow commented: “I was one of the many whose camera was permanently on ‘Auto’. I found the course very informative and cannot believe there are so many features on my camera that I didn’t understand!

“I would recommend this course to anyone who is serious about taking better photographs to complement their press releases,” he concluded.


 Hmm, not bad. PR and marketing specialist Clive Marlow shows his photos to Frances McKim of AgriSolutions

Midlands group vice-chairman Helen Brothwell, who works as knowledge transfer communications manager at pig industry development body BPEX, also found the course worthwhile.

“I very much enjoyed it and found it very useful,” she says. “The location was good and the format of theory in the morning and practise in the afternoon worked well, and the content was just right for the level we were at.”

Helen Fina said she found the course “extremely useful”.

“The presentation at the beginning was clear and well explained, and the exercises on the farm helped to put things into practice,” she says. “I’m on a farm visit tomorrow and will be attempting to take pictures with the camera off auto!”

Helen Brothwell of BPEX gets up close to take pictures of heifers during the on-farm practical session……


……while Farmers Guardian’s James Lane, more used to taking pictures of machinery, works out how to get a good image of a live subject

Keep a look out for details in the Guild eAlert of another photography workshop to help Guild members develop their skills.

Of course, for really high quality images that score in terms of composition as well as technically, Guild members can always turn to the professional photographers specialising in agriculture and rural pursuits among our ranks.

Details in the newly-published Year Book and via the Guild's Farming Media Centre website.

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