Workshop Wednesday’s Have Begun…

Workshop Wednesdays Have Begun…

Welcome to our weekly workshop where we hope to inspire, entertain and educate with all things photography. Our idea for this arose with a number of requests for one on one tutorials from families wanting to capture better photos at home to make the most of the beautiful moments that happen in every day life. We have entertained the idea of hosting in-studio workshops to really help those looking to expand their skills. While we may not be quite there yet with providing this kind of support, we thought it might be nice to start small, and share a few tips and tricks that might just help you out at home. Photography really is the most incredible art form to remember, record and re-live history. History we are all creating right now!

Tip 1

The word “photography” has Greek origins, meaning drawing with light. Before taking any photos this week, think about what you are using as a light source for the subject in the photograph. Is the light source a large window? Is it direct sunlight? Maybe it’s a night lamp or flash on your camera? Think of the light source as your paint brush and you are creating the image with light rather than just clicking the shutter.

Random Fact

Today we snap as many photos every two minutes as humanity as a whole did in the 1800s.


In The News

“Royal wedding photographer Alexi Lubomirski says there was a magical moment that led to the intimate black and white photograph of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Windsor Castle.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sit on the steps on the East Terrace of Windsor Castle.

AP: Alexi Lubomirski/Kensington Palace

Photo For Thought

Does this photo make your feet feel funny, or is that just me being scared of heights?! I’m sure you have all seen this image before and it’s our first in the series of thought-provoking images throughout history and the stories behind them. 

“It’s the most perilous yet playful lunch break ever captured: 11 men casually eating, chatting and sneaking a smoke as if they weren’t 840 feet above Manhattan with nothing but a thin beam keeping them aloft. That comfort is real; the men are among the construction workers who helped build Rockefeller Center. But the picture, taken on the 69th floor of the flagship RCA Building (now the GE Building), was staged as part of a promotional campaign for the massive skyscraper complex. While the photographer and the identities of most of the subjects remain a mystery—the photographers Charles C. Ebbets, Thomas Kelley and William Leftwich were all present that day, and it’s not known which one took it—there isn’t an ironworker in New York City who doesn’t see the picture as a badge of their bold tribe. In that way they are not alone. By thumbing its nose at both danger and the Depression, Lunch Atop a Skyscraper came to symbolize American resilience and ambition at a time when both were desperately needed. It has since become an iconic emblem of the city in which it was taken, affirming the romantic belief that New York is a place unafraid to tackle projects that would cow less brazen cities. And like all symbols in a city built on hustle, Lunch Atop a Skyscraper has spawned its own economy. It is the Corbis photo agency’s most reproduced image. And good luck walking through Times Square without someone hawking it on a mug, magnet or T-shirt.” SOURCE

Iconic Photographers

The legendary Annie Leibovitz is our ultimate inspiration for so many reasons. One of the few women on the top 100 photographers list, Annie is a pioneer, a true individual who paved the way for future photographers of all genders and has done so with a quiet, understated grace. Her career began with Rolling Stone in 1970, later joining Vanity Fair and Vogue creating both influential advertising campaigns and creative contemporary portraiture. Annie believes in content rather than technical glory and that it’s the creator not the equipment that makes a great photograph. Good news for everyone without top of the range camera gear! Please take some time to admire Leibovitz’s work HERE.

Your Opinion?

The Monkey Selfie: does this photo belong to the photographer David Slater? Or the monkey that actually took the photo? Interesting debate.

Tip 2

Learning to control the light falls into three main categories: Shutter Speed, Aperture and ISO. The aim is to coordinate all three variables to achieve correct exposure, meaning the photo is not too light and not too dark. If you have a camera with a manual setting, see what happens to the photograph when you adjust these options while also keeping the exposure correct.

Shutter speed: affects the motion in the photo and whether is it frozen or blurred – the longer the shutter is open, the more blurry the photo. Use a fast shutter speed like 1/500th second to freeze an action shot. For hand held shots, do not shoot slower than 1/60th with a standard lens.
Aperture: affects the depth of field: how sharp the image is along a certain plain. Shallow depth of field is achieved with a wide aperture and creates a beautiful blurred background. (The wider the aperture, the smaller the number, i.e f4 is wider than f16).
ISO: affects the sensitivity of the sensor to light. The clearest images are captured using 100 ISO. Low light conditions can be managed with a higher ISO 800+, however you will notice the resolution may be affected.

Our Story of the Week

What a journey… Nearly six years ago Jess, Ash, Mia and Annie were one of the first families to visit our little studio… A year later, in 2013 Jess married the love of her life, Ash at Rainbow Beach. Mia and Annie were the most beautiful flower girls. Another five years on, their beautiful family has grown to include James, Ava and Millie and I couldn’t be more proud and inspired of my dear friend. Family is the only real achievement in life and Jess, you are creating something so special. It’s been amazing to capture these little moments along the way. I wonder what the next six years will have in store… X

Tip 3

LOOK AT THE LIGHT!!! You might look a bit weird if doing this in public, but look at how light hits the surface of different things in nature. On peoples faces. How does it change throughout the day? Inside, outside, nighttime. Light. Shade. Reflections. Diffusions. Just LOOK. See how light affects everything.

Thank you for getting this far! We hope it’s been a worthwhile read for you and we’ll look forward to checking in next week.

Please call or email anytime if we can help.

Best Wishes, 
The Hannah Photography Team:
Hannah, Olivia, Nic (and Charlie the Cat)