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Sharp shots photo club

Sharp shots photo club

Sharp shots photo club

Myself and Bradley was very kindly invited along to take part in a photography class, called ‘Sharp Shots Photo Club’. It is a class that provides children and teens with a creative and fun retreat to explore photography and gain fantastic new skills. The courses run throughout the year, In Surrey and the South East.

Love of photography

Myself and Bradley both have a love of photography. It is an interest that we both enjoy and both enjoy learning together. Bradley is much quicker at learning than me, he tends to have to show me over and over again…….Good job he has the patience!

We have been blogging a few years now and photos goes without saying are a big part of our blog. Taking good quality photos are a must, so improving our knowledge is at the top of our to-do list. Bradley likes to take charge of our camera on family days out and becomes our family photographer. He does keep asking for a camera of his own but he isn’t sure yet on what one he would like.

Sharp shots photo club

Our camera

A while back Ian bought me a Canon EOS 700D for a Christmas gift, but to be honest I hadn’t a clue what setting was what. Until now I just played about with the settings until I got the photo I wanted/liked. When we was invited along to better our skills at Sharp Shots Photo Club, you see why we jumped at the chance.

Learning how to use our camera

Bradley has a love of gadgets and technology – what better gadget to play about with and learn than a camera, capturing moments to turn into a lovely memory to look back on one day. All whilst learning a new skill. Bradley enjoys playing with the settings and creating different effects.

On the day of the class we travelled to Archbishops park, not far from Waterloo station in London. The course was led by the lovely Lillian Spibey – founder of Sharp Shots Photo Club.

Sharp shots photo club

Sharp Shots Photo Club has amazing courses on offer for children aged 7-15 years old. Myself and Bradley had a lovely chat with Lillian about our current camera and about the help we are needing. Lillian took the time to listen to us and show us in more detailed step-by-step easy to follow instructions.

Lillian is passionate about her work, very calm and patient. We both found her approachable, she was always open to questions and was happy to answer – no question at all felt silly or judged. As a learner that didn’t really know much about cameras this was a worry I had, but the class was so welcoming and friendly I soon felt relaxed and we both felt very welcomed.

Lillian chatted with everyone within the class, asking and remembering ALL names (wow) and points that people had said they was hoping to gain from the class – Lillian regularly was making points relevant to that person which was awesome. The person-centered approach was lovely!

What we learnt in class

The class was focused on understanding cameras and how they work to learning how to creatively take a photo using different settings. The class started off with some theory, talking about camera mechanics. We was all chatting and learning our way through;

  • Shutter speeds
  • Aperture,
  • Menu settings
  • Focus.
  • Filters
  • Themes

Bradley took it all in no problems and I wasn’t to far behind with making sure I was on the right setting for the task given. We did take my camera with us as I was keen to learn using my own camera – there was cameras there to use for those that didn’t have a camera. We done classroom theory and some classroom tasks before heading off outside with our cameras.

This was Brad jumping and myself trying to capture a clear shot without any blurriness. I put the theory to the test and captured this amazing shot.

Sharp shots photo club

We then went off with our cameras in and just outside of the lovely setting of Archbishops Park with the task set by Lillian and putting our theory lesson into practice. Myself and Bradley found this great fun and we both got excited and felt really pleased with the photos we was now producing. It was lovely to just stand back and watch Bradley getting creative with a camera. He was at one stage laying on the ground in order to get a shot he desperately wanted. Bradley does have a creative side to him and he does love his gadgets so this is a perfect way to mix both together.

One of Bradley’s photos – Bradley’s photo of a busy London.

Sharp shots photo club

Chatting with Bradley after the course he said he found it to be a great course and he had learnt a lot from it. His favorite setting at the moment being the TV setting. Before the class photos that he was taking was coming out blurry – since chatting with Lillian and this being chatted about in class in more detail he now has a better understanding and is now capturing the shots he is more than pleased with.

I have been working more closely with the IOS setting since class as I was finding my photos previously to be very dark when not in the correct lighting. Learning this has helped me massively with this problem.

Sharp Shots Photo Club has helped us massively to have a much better understanding of our camera. All thanks goes to the lovely Lillian Spibey for taking the time to teach us.

For more details about locations and prices, pop over to Sharp Shots Photo Club website for more details.

***Disclaimer*** We was invited along to Sharp Shots Photography class in exchange for this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.
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Learning Photography

learning photography

I Have A Love Of Photography

I currently attend a performing arts college and whilst there I get to use their camera, it is one just like mum & dad’s one. I have been enjoying being able to use it and have asked mum & dad to help me with learning photography.

Learning Photography

They have given me a quick how-to-use talk and let me lose with the camera, their camera is a Cannon EOS 700D and I’m sure this is the same as the one at college but I’m not 100% certain. When I went with mum to the Ideal home show she let me be the photographer for the day, I was a little nervous but I guess the quickest way of learning photography is to use the camera so I did.

Here are some of the photos I have taken so far.

Learning photography
Mum had her nails done at the Ideal Home Show
Learning photography
Mum chatted with Martin Lewis.

Mum helped me by explaining the different settings and talking me through what to press etc.

It took a little getting use to but I really enjoyed it. At performing Art College we have a film and TV lesson, during this time we all get to use the cameras and the video camera to take photos and videos, it is great fun and I really enjoy this lesson.

Learning photography
Another of my photos from the Ideal Home Show.

I started the day nervous but by the end of the day I found myself more confident and really enjoying myself. By using our camera at home this will help me when it comes to it being my turn to be the camera person at college again. I can’t wait to better myself using the camera, it is great fun and there is so much more to learn with the different lenses, lighting and so much more. I am really looking forward to learning photography it is something great fun to learn and most of all it is something I really want to learn.

Bradley

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Starting Out The New Year With Child Modeling

Starting out the new year with child modeling

Starting The New Year With Modeling

It has been a while since I have written on our family blog so I thought I would share my new years resolutions with you…I can make more than one can’t I? My main being starting out the new year with child modeling.

First Up

I want to be more organised as mum and dad keep having to remind me of things…Well I can’t help being forgetful can I….Sorry!

Secondly

I think I better start getting my homework in on time and minimise the amount of reminders/detentions I am getting….Well I am a busy boy and it get’s forgot about. Don’t worry this may will improve.

Thirdly 

Now I have my modeling portfolio and website ready so I want to get noticed and give it my best as I love modelling, fashion, acting etc….So here goes.

If I Can Pick A Fourth I Would

Pick my options at school wisely as this year is a very important year for me as I choose my options at school. I am thinking about doing drama as I love acting, I am not shy and this is what I love. Mum and dad say to pick what I enjoy doing. I keep getting told to think hard about what I enjoy doing as it is important to get my options at school right.

I have also been told not to pick something just because that is what my friends are doing as what they have chosen may not be right for me. Also I am into keeping fit, I enjoy my tai tsung kung fu and will be going for my black belt in March, so I am thinking of something that will go with that.

I have a while to decide my options yet, I may sit down with mum dad and a teacher to discuss what I am thinking and get some help and advice.

Here Are Some Of My Favourite Photo’s From My Modeling Shoot.

starting out the new year with child modeling

starting out the new year with child modeling

starting out the new year with child modeling

I am so excited to see what changes this year brings me and my child modeling.

Bradley.