Last Saturday we dropped knowledge left, right and centre while presenting at the Fujifilm street photography workshop in Hamilton. Two sessions ran throughout the day, each packed with enthusiastic photographers, some new to the Fujifilm X series and others who were still sitting on the fence waiting to fall.
After the presentation wrapped up, you could tell everyone was desperate to dig their teeth into the mirror less camera system. As the students picked cameras, we popped the X series hood and gave everyone a quick intro to their weapon of choice. FUJIFILM NZ was kind enough to prepare and supply at least one of everything from their product range; there were plenty of lenses and camera bodies for everyone.
The host, Snapshot camera (http://www.snapshot.co.nz), did a fantastic job directing the group around the streets. Without their in depth local knowledge it would have been challenging to guide the workshop to all the hot spots (no amount of internet research will ever trump local knowledge). Because our street portrait style relies heavily on population dense areas, the Snapshot staff had all the best spots mapped out and pre-planned, including the weather! Thanks a million for making it so easy Snapshot!
With the tips and tricks we outlined in the presentation preceding the practical component, many of the students found their own voice and had the guts to put our preachings into practice. It was an incredibly rewarding experience to see the smiles on everyone's faces after they created an image they were proud of. All it took was a couple words of encouragement.
As the sun was quietly sinking towards the end of the day, the last of us finished up at the Waikato river. Enjoying the peaceful and quaint still water while waiting for the fisherman to cast his line one last time, we had to call it a day.
For all those who could not make it down to Hamilton for the workshop, below is a compilation of behind the scenes (BTS) images covering both sessions (morning and afternoon). A special thanks and shoutout to Sweta Parmar for snapping and sharing her BTS images with us. Sweta is the FUJIFILM NZ representative who came down, keeping us all on track and in line with the program, GREAT JOB!
Till next time Hamilton!