You probably know how much I love taking pictures. Lots and lots of pictures, of forest walks, pretty flowers, berries, leaves and my friends&family. I think my photos look good, but I never really understood terms like ISO, shutter speed and aperture. So when I found out Hanke Arkenbout was hosting a photography workshop I signed up immediately, hoping she could explain all that technical stuff. (that, and she's a pretty cool person so good times in 'class' guaranteed!) We started our inspiring and fun August day in Hankes cute home in Rotterdam (also the backdrop of our styled Lazy Sunday shoot!), she welcomed us with homemade snacks&tea and gave us a speed course into the basics of photography. Using normal words, so we could actually understand all the terms and tricks. Then it was time to put us to the test..
Hanke lives in a great neighboorhood so we walked around like a group of tourists taking pictures of pretty much everything. Our teacher was there to guide us and give us tips when we found ourselves overexposing every photo. Not all photos worked out quite the way I planned, but practice makes perfect and I am very happy with this bunch! :) Before we headed outside Hanke adviced us to look at the things we're drawn too. You can learn a lot from the things you photograph most and find your own photography style that way. It could be buildings and architecture or the complete opposite.. roses and everything sweet and light. I think my favorite things are pretty obvious: berries, leaves, more berries.. and more leaves ;) (stole this pose from our love shoot with Danique ;) ) In case you are wondering what we were doing under that tree.. it started raining! Oh how we love Dutch summertime! :) I learned more that afternoon than YouTube could have told me and had a great time with all those great girls. Thank you Hanke for a great eye (and lens-)opening workshop! I have practiced a lot lately and will keep trying new things with my camera! You are never done learning right? :)
Hanke is hosting another photography workshop in October, make sure you sign in on time! (men are welcome too!)