Workshop aids am­a­teur pho­tog­ra­phers

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

LAST weekend ABC Open ran a workshop in Air­lie Beach for keen am­a­teur pho­tog­ra­phers.

This was part of a se­ries of work­shops un­der the ban­ner of Snapped and was led by Dan Bat­t­ley, a pro­ducer for ABC Open.

“It’s all about get­ting out and about and tak­ing pho­tos of peo­ple wear­ing some­thing spe­cial to them. Learn­ing how to take good portraits is only part of the project,” Mr Bat­t­ley said.

“It’s also about be­ing able to re­late to peo­ple, of­ten strangers, and find­ing out their sto­ries. This should be an en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence for ev­ery­one.”

As part of the workshop, par­tic­i­pants went on an ex­cur­sion to prac­tice their skills and were then shown how to up­load their Snapped portraits onto the ABC Open web­site.

The pho­tos would then be shared with oth­ers around Aus­tralia and were given an Air­lie Beach tag, pro­mot­ing the Whit­sun­day lo­ca­tion.

Team leader of the Air­lie Beach Photography Group Mar­garet Archer said the workshop was a great way of see­ing what other peo­ple were do­ing with their photography.

“It also helps you im­prove your own work and to take more risks as you keep learn­ing. Next year we are plan­ning to do some more work­shops, which ev­ery­one seems to en­joy and learn from," she said.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Air­lie Beach photography group con­tact Robyn Mitchell on rjmitchell4@big­pond.com.

To check out the pho­tos online go to the web­site www.abc.net.au/ open and fol­low the Snapped links.

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