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Poppies, Architecture and Low-Light Photography – Manchester Photographic Mini-Module

Sat, November 17, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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you will learn

How to use your camera settings and functions
What settings and camera functions to use specific for the genres we are covering today
How to shoot for HDR (High Dynamic Range)
How to photograph buildings and architecture
How to compose a photograph
How to use filters – Please bring if you have them
How to create a long exposure
How to shoot in low-light
Hot to use a tripod
How to think creatively
What Welshot can do for you and your photography

the schedule

1:00pm – Meet outside the Imperial War Museum North
1:05pm – Photography Walkabout – Tuition, Guidance and Support will be available
3:00pm – Mini Master Class – Shooting for HDR, Low-Light and Long Exposure (Sunset is 16.09)
5:00pm – Photography Walkabout
6:00pm – Finish

please bring

Camera and lenses suitable for this event
Spare Batteries and Memory Card
Tripod – Remote Cable Release (if applicable for this event)
A list of ideas, help, questions etc that you would like to discuss with those in your group
Appropriate Outdoor/Wet Weather clothing (if applicable for this event)

what will happen

Want to learn how to get the best from YOUR camera and photography in a safe, affordable and non-competitive environment but still have the flexibility of being able to wander off and be creative knowing you can, at any time, ask for help, guidance or support?  Want to join in a group photography meet-up to talk with other like-minded photographers in a fun environment but also take advantage of a Mini-Masterclass learning specific photographic techniques – Well, now you can with the Welshot Mini-Modules and this event is taking place in the photogenic and atmospheric, not to mention emotive location of the Imperial War Museum North in the Salford Quays area of Manchester.

Meeting at 1.00pm at the Museum you will have the opportunity to capture this wonderful monument to those who have fallen for our freedom. Full guidance, support and tuition will be available and then at 3.00pm we will be having a Mini-Masterclass in learning how to shoot for HDR (High Dynamic Range) – Low-Light and Long Exposure Photography all the while capturing the superb architectural details of the many buildings in this area.

These events are perfect for the beginner – help will be on hand constantly throughout the event and by the end of the session you will not only have learnt a thing or three about your camera, become skilled in more than a handful of techniques but you will have had fun, made some new friends and bagged yourself some images to be proud of.

Please Note:  Food, refreshments, travel, insurance and entrance fees (if applicable) are the responsibility of the delegate.

Image Credits:  Gill McGowan

Information taken from the Manchester Evening News

Paul Cummins is the artist who came up with the idea of the poppies, and it’s an idea he stumbled upon completely by chance.

“Back in 2012 I found a will from a lady who had died in the First World War,” he told the M.E.N.

“Within the will were the words ‘blood swept lands and seas of red’, then from that point I went on to find out how many people had died on the front, men and women and children.

“I crazily thought of the idea of making all these poppies. It’s basically one flower for one life – it’s easier to show people than to tell them.

“I didn’t know if the sculptures would adapt to every building and every place they’ve been. This is quite a modern building to put them on, but they’ve become more than the sum of themselves with the stories that are attached to them. That’s made the difference.

“They’ve been travelling around trying to find their home, and this is where they’ve come to rest.”

Once Paul had had the idea for the poppies, designer Tom Piper was taken on board to handle the sculptural design against the Tower of London, and against every building the exhibition has visited since then.

Although the general shape and idea of Wave has stayed the same, the arrangement of the poppies has been adapted to every location across the UK, from Orkney to Plymouth and now to Manchester.

“It’s always responded to the building it’s attached to,” Tom told us. “For me here in Manchester, this is such an iconic building. Daniel Libeskind designed it to look like it had been torn apart through war, so for me I’ve tried to kind of echo the shapes of the building, so the curves of the sculpture match with the curves of the metalwork.

“It both feels like this building is weeping blood, but at the same time the poppies are kind of pouring in.

“It’s been brilliant taking it on a nationwide tour. From large town to small town, in each location there’s been an incredible passion for it. A lot of people felt like they couldn’t get down to London to see it and so people have felt really proud to see it in their region.”

What to Expect at a Welshot Photographic Academy Mini-Module

The Welshot Mini-Module sessions are a mixture of Academy Evenings and Full Day Events – Four to five hours in length and usually outside.  They are designed so delegates can meet-up with other photographers in a safe environment in many different locations to learn how to get the best from their camera but also have the flexibility to be creative.

A variety of photographic genres will be covered, and each event will have a photo-walkabout, were you are free to roam but still feel the benefit of the Welshot guidance, support and tuition if needed as well as being in an inspiring, fun, creative, safe and secure group environment.

Each event will have a dedicated Mini-Masterclass which covers a genre usually lasting about one to two hours.

It does not matter what camera you use* or what skill level you are, there will always be someone on hand to help you get the best from YOUR camera. However, if you are unsure please do not hesitate to contact us on lee@welshotimaging.co.uk or phone 01248719126 and we will do all we can to help you.

Please Note:  Food, refreshments, travel, insurance and entrance fees (if applicable) are the responsibility of the delegate.

*Please be aware some cameras – depending on specifications and functionality may not be able to work in all situations but here at Welshot we are committed to helping you to get the very best from your camera in every situation.



Imperial War Museum North
Trafford Wharf Rd, Stretford
Manchester, M17 1TZ
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