Improving photography skills was the goal of a post-conference workshop for the Canadian Farm Writers Federation last weekend.
Photographer Elaine Shein with DTN/Progressive Farmer took close to 20 participants around the Legacy Garden behind the PEI Farm Centre and through the Royal Forest on the east side of the Crops and Livestock Research Centre grounds. Our Canadian correspondent Trudy Kelly Forsythe of Cultivating Communications was one of the participants in the workshop.
She says that Elaine offered photography tips on camera settings, setting up shots, lighting and having a critical eye. “Afterwards we returned to the hotel to view everyone’s photographs and received invaluable constructive criticism, as well as some praise, for our shots,” said Trudy. “I now have some good stock photos for my personal collection of agricultural shots and a starting point for learning how to use the many settings on my SLR camera. Greatest value would be tips on setting up photos for proper lighting and checking the background to ensure objects aren’t growing out of people’s heads, for example, or that there aren’t unwanted objects in the background.”
Trudy was already a pretty darn good photographer, as you can see in her photos from the CFWF meeting that she provided as our correspondent, but any photographer is always looking to improve so these kinds of workshops are really valuable at events like this.
2014 Canadian Farm Writers Federation conference photo album