As a photographer specialising in a documentary style, how does one improve? Shooting weddings most weekends is a challenge, but pushing my personal abilities further is what this year is all about.
I recently took the opportunity to spend an intensive four days on an 'invite only' documentary workshop in Brighton. Geeky chat wasn't order of the day, instead sleepless nights and 22hr days were more the norm. Pushing to get results in real life situations without posing subjects or intervention on my part, whilst providing strong photojournalist images isn't a walk in the park!
The focus of the workshop isn't about producing commercial images for sale purposes, but the journey you take to achieve the results. It was great to mix with other professional photographers, many of whom are friends within the industry, and to see how they photographed assignments too.
Day one was spent getting to know members of our group, so a few informal portraits on the beach before Thai food were the ice breakers.
Yep, that's what beer is made from - and a lot of water apparently.