Feedback after "Sharp Shooting -
From the Ordinary to the Extra Ordinary" talk.
I am always interested to receive feedback from people who attend one of my talks, workshops or holidays. The following represents a selection of the comments I have received which specifically relate to my talk "Beyond Auto Mode - Taking back control of your camera".
Anyone can take absolutely superb photographs, but the first step is leaving the auto mode setting on your camera behind and learning how even the basic controls. The second, and often omitted step, is to understand how the differences in digital shooting can make these photographs even better. To move form the ordinary to the extraordinary
This talk builds on the ideas discussed and explored in the earlier beyond auto talk and extends to starting by looking at how digital shooting differs from film. This is very important and often overlooked as we assume digital cameras are just film cameras with a digital sensor instead of a film.
We can and do continue to use our digital cameras (mirrored or mirrorless) in the same way as we did our film cameras, however even though the basic controls are the same, if we are to get the best from them, we need to understand this fundamental difference more clearly.
Just as photographers like Ansel Adams encouraged us to expose film in particular ways to get the best from it we need to understand how digital cameras can help us to manage exposure to get sharper, cleaner, clearer and more noise free pictures. It’s aim is to take experienced shooters forward in their journey in photography as well challenge and stretch newer members who may have heard the first talk or had help in your club and be taking their first steps to take control of their cameras.
I also run UK and foreign wildlife photo workshops please see the UK workshops and foreign workshops/tours sections of this website for more information
Feed back received from attendees at "Sharp Shooting - From the Ordinary to the Extra Ordinary" talk.
"Well….what an evening we had yesterday! Excellent talk, brilliantly delivered, very widely agreed amongst the members too I’m sure. I have to say that after 40 minutes or so, I thought….where’s Bob going with this? This is all pretty rudimentary stuff…But then I realised you were making sure the foundations were firm for the next level of explanation!
I’m sure many attendees thought you were mad at the time (increasing an already high ISO?), and may have been put off by the maths…but I loved it! So the message was loud and clear….shoot to the right! "
""From the Ordinary to Extraordinary" Biggleswade camera Club
Thanks for your very detailed talk Bob, it was very helpful. Particularly liked your expression "Exposure Compensation as the 4th Control on your camera". I've used shooting to the right while setup on a tripod for landscapes but not a lot for wildlife. I tried this the next day on wildfowl on a bright day and the outcome was much improved. Also the whole evening totally emphasised the need to do this so with any luck it's gone into my brain. Also the massive more more colours to the right was enlightening"
"I was part of our club, KDPS, Zoom presentation of Sharpshooter- turning the ordinary into extraordinary. I thought the presentation clear and interesting, supplemented with amazing images. I surprised myself by understanding it all and was left 'buzzing' and wanting to get out and try the new techniques.
A few days later I was able to get out to Barnwell Country Park and got some really good images.
So thank you Bob. I will be booking on a workshop as soon as we are able!!
"Hi Bob Many thanks for your excellent presentation last night. The feedback from members was very good and clearly they fully understood your messages.
"I just wanted to pass on my personal thanks for such an inspiring talk last night. I was riveted from start to finish. Your explanation and graphical representations of where important data is collected by an image sensor has made me reconsider my whole approach to digital photography.!"
"Just a quick note to tell you how well received you were from your talk to the Bedford Camera Club this past Tuesday evening..! We have our own WhatsApp account for members only, and the positive chatter on it has been non-stop with praise for how much they learned from your inspiring presentation..! Well done to you Bob; we will certainly have you back again with more of your fabulous insight into how to produce the best possible images..! Thanks again for a stellar evening..!"

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