One of my Christmas presents last year was a dusk photography workshop on the Thames with professional photographer Andy Carver that I had the pleasure of attending last night.
I’d booked my place on a session in March months ago and was eagerly anticipating an evening of expert tutelage.
The instructions in my booking email directed attendees to meet at the Founders Arms pub on the south bank at a quarter to six. I arrived early – as always – and there was some awkward waiting around with strangers all clutching their cameras and tripods in silence until Andy and his colleague Nick turned up.
With twenty-four budding amateurs raring to go we were split into two groups and taken to our vantage points on the Thames walkway or up on the Millennium Bridge.
My group started on the walkway with Nick who guided us through setting ISO, aperture, shutter speed and how to focus and adjust our lenses to get the best shot.
With the technicalities discussed and set we were off snapping although there’s only so much snapping you can do when you’re using a thirty second exposure – it’s a lot of click and wait, click and wait.
As we approached the ‘golden hour’ (the best time to take dusk photographs) we were all well drilled and getting a great selection of images, especially when we played around with white balance and aperture.
Once I was certain I’d got a good selection of shots from the walkway it was time to venture up onto the bridge. Looking like a bank of paparazzi waiting for someone to roll out a red carpet we snapped away using similar settings as before and more experimentation with aperture and white balance to get some interesting results.
I’ve posted the best of the one hundred and six images I took on the night over on Flickr in a set called Dusk Photography Workshop and once I’d done some post-processing in Photoshop I chose this image as the one I wanted to have printed. Now I just have to wait for Andy to send it over to Negs in Soho before I can collect, frame and hang it in the flat.