Mastering My DSLR with Joe Blogs, Canon and Currys

They say a picture paints a thousand words, and this one speaks volumes: Joe Blogs Currys Canon Photography Workshop

First photo on manual – not a promising start…

This was the first picture I took with my camera in manual mode at the Currys / Canon photography workshop hosted by Joe Blogs last week! I’ve had my DSLR over a year, but have been using it in guide mode ever since. I read the instructions, but I needed showing how to use it properly. Joe Blogs had brought in professional photographer Paul Hames to show a small gaggle of eager bloggers how to get the best out of our cameras. 

What I loved about Paul was his ability to break down the techie stuff so that even my slightly fuddled brain understood. Aperture, shutter speed, ISO – I’d heard of them before but I’d never be able to point them out in a line up. However, Paul made me understand that they are all to do with the light coming into the camera. It was starting to click. Kind of. Joe Blogs Currys Canon Photography Workshop

Paul. Patience of a saint. Voice of Jimmy Carr. My saviour!

No question was too stupid, no kit check too small. Paul made sure we were all understanding his explanations, and our cameras, before moving on.

My brain was beginning to understand but my shots were still over exposed or out of focus. Or both.

I needed to practice. Joe Blogs Currys Canon Photography Workshop

This is where the focus problems started!

We hit the streets of Kings Cross. Our first assignment was to take portraits. I teamed up with Rhiannon from FashionRocksMySocks and had some arty shots lined up. But what ever I did I couldn’t get my shots in focus. Arg! Maybe I wasn’t getting it after all? But a quick check with Paul and we discovered that I’d knocked one of the settings. Brilliant- I did know what I was doing!

Joe Blogs Currys Canon Photography Workshop

This is the moment that it all stared to come together – thanks to Rhiannon!

We headed over to the Kings Cross Pond. Not only a freshwater swimming pond, but also a building site with lots of quirky views to practice on. Joe Blogs Currys Canon Photography Workshop

I loved this place: weird buildings, a shed in the sky…so many lines!

Joe Blogs Currys Canon Photography Workshop

Up close and getting the hang of it!

Joe Blogs Currys Canon Photography Workshop

Love this dark corner- it let me practice changing ISO!

Finally we stopped off to look at reflections and angles. By now, I was flicking through different ISOs and shutter speeds like a pro to try and get the best shot on the water- get me! Joe Blogs Currys Canon Photography Workshop

Reflecting on everything we’d learned *groans*

Joe Blogs Currys Canon Photography Workshop

Bloggers doing what bloggers do- selfie! The text is just perfect!

I’m no Annie Leibovitz and the pics I’ve shared here are by no means perfect, but I now know what I am trying to do and how to improve. I took the camera outside when I got home to bother the cats and, err, some strawberries and I can already see some improvements (even though the strawbs are a bit blurry. In my defence I was ‘shooting from the hip’). Joe Blogs Currys Canon Photography Workshop

Joe Blogs Currys Canon Photography Workshop

It’s like being in the land of the giants. A bit blurred round the edges but I love this pic!

I can’t wait to get baking so I can crack out the Gorilla Pod which Currys kindly gave me to try and get some delicious food shots up.

Thank you to Paul for bringing me hope, Joe Blogs, Currys and Canon for hosting. You can read more about the event on the Currys website here.


Posted by Claire

She eats. She drinks. She cooks. She travels. She learns. She tastes. She bakes. A foodie with exceptional taste! Always looking for the best food and drink producers from far and wide. Chocolate brownie queen. Judge: International Cheese Awards. Cheese fiend! Travel lover. What better way to discover new food, than to travel to it. Massive fan of The Archers. Crazy cat lady and proud. NW England / Manchester / UK Twitter & Insta: She_Eats_Blog Facebook: SheEatsBlog


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