Workshop Wednesdays Vol.XIV

Workshop Wednesdays vol. XIV

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”
– Aaron Siskind

Continuing our mission to inspire, entertain and educate, this weeks Workshop Wednesdays will focus on creating personal projects as well as acknowledging the power of a photograph and it’s place in the world. 

Tip 1

Start (and finish!) a personal photography project! No matter where you are at with your photography, or even if you have another passion altogether – why not brainstorm ideas for a personal project that you can create, complete and be proud of? The ever increasing wellness movement is encouraging us to take time out for creativity so that we are more productive overall. The project could be sorting through all the photographs you already have and make a printed album? Or maybe designing a family tree? Or to start something completely brand new… 

Random Fact

Which is your best side? Your left? A study by Kelsey Blackburn and James Schriillo from Wake Forest University found that the left side of peoples’ faces are perceived and rates as more aesthetically pleasing than the right. They theorise that this is due to the fact that we perhaps present a greater intensity of emotion on the left side of our faces. Perhaps this is something you should consider when you take your portrait photographs! SOURCE


In The News

Lara beach, Cyprus 

Just after hatching, a sea turtle strains to reach the waters of the Mediterranean Sea as the sun sets on the protected beach. Cyprus’s Green and Loggerhead turtles have made a strong comeback thanks to pioneering conservation efforts stretching back decades, after being hunted to near extinction in the first half of the last century

Photograph: Petros Karadjias/AP


Photo For Thought

Fire Escape Collapse, Stanley Forman, 1975

“Stanley Forman was working for the Boston Herald American on July 22, 1975, when he got a call about a fire on Marlborough Street. He raced over in time to see a woman and child on a fifth-floor fire escape. A fireman had set out to help them, and Forman figured he was shooting another routine rescue. “Suddenly the fire escape gave way,” he recalled, and Diana Bryant, 19, and her goddaughter Tiare Jones, 2, were swimming through the air. “I was shooting pictures as they were falling—then I turned away. It dawned on me what was happening, and I didn’t want to see them hit the ground. I can still remember turning around and shaking.” Bryant died from the fall, her body cushioning the blow for her goddaughter, who survived. While the event was no different from the routine tragedies that fill the local news, Forman’s picture of it was. Using a motor-drive camera, Forman was able to freeze the horrible tumbling moment down to the expression on young Tiare’s face. The photo earned Forman the Pulitzer Prize and led municipalities around the country to enact tougher fire-escape-safety codes. But its lasting legacy is as much ethical as temporal. Many readers objected to the publication of Forman’s picture, and it remains a case study in the debate over when disturbing images are worth sharing.”


Iconic Photographers

Can Isik

“As a Swiss graphic designer and photographer, I noticed that photographic children’s books are very rare. With my family and my two-year-old son (now four), we started to stage a pirate story in a playful way when we had a timeout on the Caribbean Island of Barbados.

What started as a fun project became a big venture that involved creating costumes, props and a lot of compositing in photoshop. It took one year to accomplish our scheme and self-publish our first children’s book in the German-speaking part of Europe. Currently, we are working on new picture books and are translating our first publication into English.

The process of taking the pictures only succeeds with care, attention, and playfulness. Everybody involved has an important role to perform. We had the pleasure to encounter wonderful people on our journeys. They participated with joy and motivation. The plot always starts at home in the Swiss Mountains and takes Sinan to fantastic places and eras where he is facing adventures that eventually bring him back to his family.

The first book has 60 pages and contains 50 photographs and montages.” 



Tip 2

Tips for Creating a Personal Photography Project:

“One of the best ways to grow your photography is by working on a personal photography project. As a professional photographer, I am always working on personal projects. It’s a way to keep myself inspired, and to feel challenged to grow. It’s also a great way to keep my portfolio fresh, try out new ideas, and grow my vision as a photographer.

What is a personal photography project?

I define a personal photography project as choosing a subject to shoot over and over again over time. It can be as simple as shooting your kid’s sporting event every weekend, photographing an intriguing building near your home six times, or creating a series of portraits of your friends. 

What’s the value of personal projects?

Some photographers are reluctant to shoot the same subject over and over again, but by photographing it more than once, it gives you some great opportunities to grow as a photographer.

A Project could look like this – Shoot City Hall at:
Morning Light
Afternoon Light
Golden Hour
With moon
On a sunny day
On a rainy day
During each of Spring, Winter, Autumn and Summer

Once you nail the technical part of a situation, you can challenge yourself to do something really different. This is the point the great photographs come in!
The great photos don’t come when you are trying to figure our how to focus your camera, use your flash, or what is the right exposure or camera angle. Once you have got that nailed, the real creativity begins and that’s when the great pictures happen!”


Our Story of the Week

I met William (above), just this morning! Almost four years after meeting his beautiful big sister Nelly (below)… How much do they look like siblings?! And such exciting news that baby number three is due to arrive in October this year. It’s been such a pleasure watching your family grow Chelsea – you certainly make beautiful babies! Can’t wait to meet you as a family of five sometime soon! Best wishes for the next few months ahead 🙂 xx

Tip 3

“What makes a good photo project?

  1. Have an objective, a goal. Be clear on your outcome. It can be to master a new skill, to create a series of prints, or to make a calendar as a gift.
  2. Select a subject that you can return to over and over again.
  3. Choose something you are really interested in, and passionate about. For ideas, think about the activities you and your family are involved in. Would any of your hobbies make a good project? Are there places you love to visit or photograph?
  4. Find something to shoot within 10 or 20 minutes of your home.
  5. Commit to something that either happens on a regular basis at a scheduled time, or a place you can just show up and shoot anytime. For example, a ballet class that happens every week or a favorite park, botanical garden, or lake.
  6. Choose a subject with a variety of visual possibilities.
  7. Choose a subject with a learning goal, or end product in mind. You might want to learn more about light, or shooting in manual mode, or photographing people.
How to be successful
  1. Make a commitment and write out the whys of doing the project.
  2. Find an accountability partner, a coach, a class, or a photo group, to share your progress.
  3. Put the time commitments on the calendar. Treat this as a new ritual. Plan the time and treat it as sacred.
Ideas for your own personal photography projects
  • Find a photographer or a style you love and try to mimic that style. I fell in love with Georgia O’Keefe’s paintings and her use of color. Ultimately, studying her art led me to creating these photographs
  • Shoot the full moon every month for six months. I chose to shoot the monuments in Washington, DC with a full moon and created a beautiful series of art prints.
  • Photograph a local park 10 different times, at different times of day. This is a simpler version of my Oregon Coast project.
  • Shoot a local landmark at all times of the day. It could be a building, for example the City Hall, a mountain, or a river. This project will give you an opportunity to learn about the quality of light at different times of days, the right angles, and it’s simple! Buildings and mountains are always there for you.
  • Shoot a kid’s sporting event every weekend. This will help you refine your skills with stopping action and learning focus.
  • Make portraits of your relatives and create a beautiful coffee table as a Christmas gift for the family. A great way to take care of that holiday gift list, as well as learn more about photographing people and developing a style of your own.
  • Photograph pets. Pets can be a real challenge. It will be an opportunity to learn about capturing action as well as learning about light.

Shooting projects is an amazing way to grow your portfolio and your self-confidence. Do you have an idea for a project? Share it with me in the comment section below, I’d love to hear about it or see your images.”



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.

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