Twelve of us met at Kidderminster Station in time to catch the first train into Birmingham to meet our tutor for the day, professional photographer and former editor of Amateur Photography,Damien Demolder.We were to take part in a practical “hands on” day to learn how to improve our street photography through “seeing in new ways”.
The Old Joint Stock (a former bank) in Temple Row was our destination to listen to Damien talk and demonstrate ways to use the Panasonic cameras he had brought with him for us to use.After our “drinks”, we chose a camera and headed into the city to learn how to set up our cameras, look for light and learn how to work within the confines of an area.
The morning session at an end, we popped into Costa Coffee for lunch(which just happened to be nearby). Tummies replenished, we went back “out on the street” to put into practice everything we’d learned in the morning session – with Damien and Andre nearby to keep a watchful eye on us and also to suggest things individually on how to enhance our images. The day ended with warm drinks and a final chat before bidding farewell and making for the train back to Kidderminster.
Tired and enthused into a new genre, we agreed that it was a “day to remember”, new friendships were formed, there was lots of laughter and we thank Damien and Andree for making it such fun.
The following Monday Damien came to the club to give his lecture entitled “Light & Life on the Streets”. Everyone agreed that this was one of the best (if not the best) evenings that we have enjoyed. His talk was not only informative with lots of hints and tips concerning street photography, but his knowledge of the Panasonic range of cameras was excellent as, indeed was his knowledge of all the other leading brands.
We missed “last drinks” at the pub but, hey, nobody cared. That proves just how much he impressed us!
See more from Damien at https://damiendemolder.com/