The day started with a coffee and a briefing in our very own camera studio, in our Burgess Hill store. Jez ran us through his background in street photography, including some fine work from a recent trip to Cape Town (South Africa).
He ran through some of the principles that shape his work – the importance of portraying a narrative, juxtaposing modern life against historical locations, and an overview of good (and bad!) interactions with the subjects he shoots.
Unsurprisingly, everyone on the course was pretty reticent about taking photos of strangers. Straight away we felt we were in the same boat, and this helped bring a surprising comradery as the day unfolded.
There was a mixture of abilities, but importantly everyone made the most out of asking each other, and of course getting advice from Jez. The more advanced users were able to get on with their own thing when Jez was addressing the group.
The event was in association with Olympus, and I soon realised I was in the minority of not being a regular Olympus user! Not to worry - there was plenty of kit available for everyone to borrow, and I got my hands on the Olympus E-M1 MKII, with a 12-40 f/2.8. What better way to immerse yourself in a new system than to jump straight in?!
The benefits of having everyone using the same system became clear throughout the day - every attendee came away discovering something that was hidden away in the menu. It’s a great way to get to know your camera.
This isn’t a camera review, but if you were curious on my thoughts – I had no problem getting to grips with the kit, and found myself impressed with the lightness, build quality, and speed of both the autofocus and the responsive processing power on the E-M1 MKII.
Gaze back through our blog archives and recall what made this a game changer when it was launched in 2016.
Throughout the day we explored how to get the most out of your Olympus:
Basic set-up for the day was to shoot in ‘A’ (Aperture priority) mode and then simply adjust your exposure when needed. As it was a sunny day we went with an ISO of 200 - this gave shutter speeds of between 1/2000-1/8000 - keeping our subjects nice and sharp.
Plus image styling options for JPEG shooting:
So, it’s nerve-racking, and I’ll admit it took me right up to the end of the day before I plucked up the courage to ask a stranger to take his photo (top image on this article). It won’t win any prizes, but the sense of achievement I got was incredible!
If you do get ‘caught’ snapping someone, a little smile to recognise you’ve been rumbled will go a long way. People will often be very receptive to seeing their picture, and actually, a positive reaction from a stranger can help boost your confidence.
This walk taught me the benefit of being bold - only by trying it once do you realise it gets easier and easier! Plus, a group photo walk helps, as you have safety in numbers!
I love the city of Brighton - I live here and it’s incredibly vibrant, arty, generous and open-minded. A photo walk is a good way to look at a familiar location with fresh eyes. It also makes you think about locations – spotting backdrops, finding reflections, street art, as well as the obvious tourist locations.
We have plenty MORE EVENTS coming up, with a whole host of new photo walks to be announced in the near future. Keep an eye on our events page for the latest information.
Have you attended any of our walks? We’d love to hear from you – what did you learn from the day? Comments/questions below please!
You can see more of Jez Sugars work on his Instagram page or his website.
Photos in this blog by Ashley Laurence - Instagram
Find out more about the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II and 12-40 f/2.8
Read our review of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II
We also attended a London photo walk - read about it here!
By Park Cameras on 12/07/2018
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