Photography Camp wrap up (but wait there’s more…)

Another Element photography camp is done and dusted!

As the group return home full of stories and experiences, Lachie and Mike head home to the comfort of their beds, reminiscing on the week that was.

Such has been the success of the school camps that we have run the last few years, that we are now looking to answer the question: Will Element run photography camps for the general public?

(Interested in attending a Photography Camp? Skip straight to our two-minute survey.)

The Element photography camp took full advantage of the breathtaking scenery.

The Element photography camp took full advantage of the breathtaking scenery.

 

The camp that’s been

This year Element took a group of students from Brisbane’s Anglican Church Grammar School on a week-long photography camp in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

During the camp the students undertook a range of tasks to help them utilise the skills they had learnt. 

 

"In August I got my Nikon D3400 and knew that the Photography Camp would be the best one to help me with understanding the basic functions of my camera and a little of the more complex functions. It did, because now I know what ISO and Aperture are and how they affect each other and shutter speed, and many other things." -Hamish

“In August I got my Nikon D3400 and knew that the photography camp would be the best one to help me with understanding the basic functions of my camera and a little of the more complex functions. It did, because now I know what ISO and Aperture are and how they affect each other and shutter speed, and many other things.” – Hamish

 

The students got the opportunity to take part and photograph rock climbing, shoot fast-action mountain bike riders, and learn what nature and landscape photography has to offer.

They were also tasked with the challenge of shooting to a client brief with Jimmy from Spoke’n’Trail, for his upcoming marketing campaign.

Students had to fulfill a client brief as an assignment.

Students had to fulfil a client brief as an assignment.

"On camp, being new to the photograph scene I learnt a lot of new things to create and overall enhanced my photography skills. " -Jacob.

“On camp, being new to the photography scene I learnt a lot of new things to create and overall enhance my photography skills.” – Jacob.

 

At the end of each day, once back at camp, students would upload their images to the network, setup by Element’s own tech-wiz (Mike), to be collected and reviewed.

Combined with leader-controlled 4G connectivity, this network also allowed students to quickly research locations and access learning materials.

Campsites aren’t known for internet access but our system proved to be seamless and made for a comfortable editing base in the midst of nature.

 

Lachie teaching the group how to get the most out equipment,

Lachie teaching the group how to get the most out equipment.

 

Group reflection

“Before this camp the extent of my photography knowledge was my phone and I had never handled a device such as the cameras used on this camp. Over the week I learned how to adjust exposure using ISO, shutter speed and aperture. These skills were tested atop mountains, at The Lookout, at The Botanic gardens and whilst shooting bikers. Each individual skill needed to be implemented in a unique way in order to improve the quality of photo.

A challenging yet interesting part of camp was our night down at the lake on Wednesday. Using a shot which took 30 seconds I was able to manipulate effects to create a picture crafted through movement and the light from either glowsticks, sparklers or fire. At night I also used Lightroom to edit my pictures which was a new experience which proved rewarding. Lightroom changed the picture and added a new angle to the original shot. Overall this camp moved me from a rudimentary photographer to one with enough skills to take a rewarding and good-looking photograph.”

-Pat, 2018 camp group member.

 

Group member Pat, took this stunning landscape shot.

Group member Pat, took this stunning landscape shot.

 

The future of Element photography camps

We are very excited at the prospect of running more photography camps. And this is where you come in.

We are currently in the process of gauging interest and finding out what people would want out of the photography camps.

Is a photography camp something the interests you? If so, comment below or fill out our two-minute survey.

 

Element photography camp class of 2018.

Element photography camp class of 2018.

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