Enthusiastic in Ellesmere Port
Who knew processing images could be so much fun?
I arrived in Ellesmere Port on a bright sunny morning to the Holiday Inn full of anticipation and a small dose of nerves – after all this is my first proper Welshot event.
I’ve been a regular participant in Business and Bloggers for a year now and thoroughly enjoyed the monthly meetings which started in Llandudno and are now in Chester. Under the tutelage of the amazing Eifion Williams we’ve learnt how to shoot products, food, flatlays, on location, and most recently headshots.
Let me be clear – I’m not really a photographer in the sense that many members of Welshot are.
I describe myself as an enthusiastic amateur and my enthusiasm usually outweighs my skills! But I do have enthusiasm in buckets.
I run my own business from home in North Wales – creating bespoke cakes – and my website is my shop window. If my cakes don’t look good, nobody will want to buy them!
So here I am feeling enthusiastic and nervous – arriving for a full day’s training on Post Processing.
The first thing I noticed was that there were others who knew even less than me about processing images. This was a good start!
We were given a very warm welcome by Lee and led to one of the meeting rooms in the Leisure Suite. Everything was supremely organised with the room set up Board Room style and power points for all our laptops and devices.
John Arnold led the event with the support of other Welshot team members. The programme had been well thought through and planned and any fears I had about being out of my depth were soon allayed. The session was mainly taught through Photoshop Elements, which I have some basic experience of, and also LightRoom which was helpful to others.
The day was well structured and we knew what to expect on the programme. It was also hands-on and relaxed so it was easy to ask questions and for individuals to get specific help. For me, it was pitched just right. I felt it was challenging but was within my understanding and I learnt an awful lot that I hadn’t known beforehand.
The buzzword of the day was “Workflow”. How to get from shooting the image through to publishing it on websites or social media – and everything in between.
If you’re interested I have included below the outline programme so you can see what was covered.
- Getting your images off your camera and into a manageable workflow
- Creating a workflow that is right for you in a variety of software programmes
- Preparing your images for print
- Re-sizing your images for publishing
- Stock image preparation
- Keywording & Meta Data
- How to crop an image
- Protecting your images
- Backing up your images
We stopped for a very nice buffet lunch including, of course, the now legendary Welshot ‘Chups’ and carried out until about 5pm.
Cups of coffee and tea were available all day, bottled water on the tables – and in the afternoon Lee produced the jelly sweets which kept us all alert!
All in all it was an excellent day. Everyone seemed positive and grateful for what they had learned. Connections were made and emails were swapped, and we all went home fired up and inspired to have a good look at our workflow and make it better!
Big thanks to Lee, John, Eifion and the team for putting on such a superb day. Time well spent, value for money and for me – my first introduction into the Welshot wider family – and they’re quite a nice bunch!