Last Saturday I hopped on the train and headed up to London to attend one of the fantastic Makelight workshops run by photographer, blogger and writer extraordinaire Emily Quinton (do check out her beautiful website and Instagram feed if you haven’t already).
Emily teaches a variety of workshops covering everything from visual social media to mood boards – perfect for bloggers looking to take their skills to the next level, makers who want to learn how to show off their creations, or even just photography fanatics seeking new ideas.
I attended the Makelight Level One workshop – a handy all-round introduction to still-life photography and finding your own style. I’ve spent a lot of time working on my interiors and travel photography over the years, but close-up images of details such as flowers have always been a weak point so I was really looking forward to learning some new techniques.
The session took place at Emily’s new West Dulwich studio – a lovely, light-filled space and a very inspiring setting. She talked us through her approach, covering photography on phones and cameras and sharing lots of useful tips on lighting and composition. There was also plenty of opportunity to put things into practice, and I had great fun experimenting with the props and backdrops dotted around the room. The atmosphere was friendly and informal and, as group sizes are kept small, everyone could chat and ask lots of questions. I really enjoyed swapping ideas, and it was fascinating to see how everyone interpreted and styled things in their own individual way.
All in all, I’d highly recommend the Makelight workshops. I came away brimming with ideas and keen to book onto future sessions. I’m rather pleased with the photos I took on the day, too – thanks to Emily’s advice, they’re much better than anything I’ve managed to produce before!
Photography by Abi Dare