Over the weekend, I went along to Eat and Snap, a great workshop from Michelle at My Creative Photography – meet for brunch and then head out for a street photography session!
Brunch was held at Dishoom and was absolutely delicious. I had the spicy scrambled eggs (and added a bit of extra spicy sauce) and some ‘fire toast’ (basically, just toast). It was so good. After reading this review of it earlier in the week, I was so excited, and after the brunch I definitely think I will go back for a main meal. It was also a great place to start talking about our photos and what we wanted to learn how to do, because the restaurant itself is so visually stimulating and a great place to take photos!
Michelle gave us a great tutorial on using our cameras, and had a really handy postcard with key information about getting the light right in your photos. Quite a lot of people never put their cameras on manual, and even after taking a great course earlier this year, I had to admit I usually revert the camera to a semi-automatic setting. I feel like I am too slow when I try to use the manual settings, but of course, the more you do it, the better you get!
After brunch, we headed out to Columbia Road. I haven’t been up to the flower market in ages – probably over a year! – and it was great to see that it’s just as vibrant as always. We walked along a side street, which had a few second hand and antique shops on it, and practiced there before walking into the market itself, which was PACKED. At one point I realised I couldn’t move forward or reverse and had a small panic that I’d be stuck in that exact spot for the rest of the day. Fortunately people then started moving again.
By the end of the day I definitely felt as though I had more confidence in using my camera. Sometimes, with my big camera, I just feel like a bit of an idiot getting it out. I don’t know why – maybe because so many people have big dad cams now, maybe because I feel like a tourist or don’t want people to get upset by me taking their photo… I don’t know what the reason is, but being with a friendly group of people, all doing the same thing, certainly made me feel more comfortable and I ended up snapping away at everything!
Thanks to Michelle for hosting such a great afternoon. I am so pleased with some of the photos I took and it was great to spend the afternoon with such a friendly bunch for ladies. I’d definitely recommend going along, whatever level of skills you think you have as a photographer. The session is £20, but considering how much personal attention Michelle gave everyone who wanted it throughout the day, I think that’s an absolute steal. You also get access to a private Facebook group after the event, where you can post photos and questions (for example, if a photo has gone wrong and you don’t understand why).
If you’re interested, there’s another session coming up later on this month, and one already being planned for September. Find out more on Michelle’s website.