Firstly, I just have to tell you about an AMAZING gift idea for photo-lovers, nostalgics, hopeless romantics, and selfie fiends. At the Currys’ event held with Mark at Nikon’s training school, I got chatting to Laura from Currys’ HQ who commiserated with me regarding the state of our rental home, and our landlord who isn’t too fond of change.
She told me about an Instax/Polaroid printer she’d used for guests to get snap happy whenever they visited her flat. All the photos were dated, signed, and hung on string making a simple kitchen look homely. So if I didn’t learn anything else from the event, there’s that.
And I want it. A lot.
It turns out, though, I learnt so much from the night. Now, my brother-in-law is a camera genius. He repairs them day in day out, and knows the technical side of a camera’s operation like the back of his hand. So the theory side of the event was a doddle, knowing that low light leads to grainy, camera shake, ISO and f stops and Manual settings etc.
But what really appealed to me was the practical side of things, using light to get the best of any photo. Like so, which was taken with my own very hands (and a lovely Nikon camera):
The key to getting such a dramatic shot was this LED light (don’t ask how much it costs…)
When you take a step back, the set-up was simple. Some contrasting fruits, a good lighting set up, and a white platform. Oh, and lovely bloggers of course.
We all started snapping away, and after some helpful hits about white balance settings I’ve since applied to my own trust Canon (sorry Nikon!) we started to improve our skills.
Cucumbers on a tablecloth.
Berries on a plate.
Tomatoes chopped in half.
You get the idea. We had a choice of four photo stations, with four different light options. And while some were easier to use than others, I loved the LED light over all the others.
And you can see the difference it makes – in reality, we weren’t all stood in the pitch black climbing and clambering to get a shot. The room was fairly well lit, but with the light shining on the focus of our attention – I’d dare say these were the most photographed chillies in existence so far – we couldn’t help shooting some really dramatic food shots.
After the event was over, Currys and Nikon handed us our goodie bags and sent us on our way with the knowledge to take our skills up a notch.
Thanks very much to Currys for arranging the event, and Nikon for the camera loan and light (even if I will stick with my Canon…)