Last week, I heard that Olympus were doing an Autumnal Master Class in Glasgow which was free to attend. Since I’m always looking for tips of photography, I jumped at the chance to learn from the best.

Award Winning Photographer Neil Buchan-Grant was running two two-hour long classes for budding photographers, giving us tips and tricks of the trade along with getting to know what type of photography we like to take.

After a brief chat, he took us upstairs informing us that we’ll be doing a fashion shoot. Gulp. I rarely take photographs of people because they move too much. I don’t like things that move. I learnt the hard way when trying to take photographs of my little (almost) 2 year old nephew. Nightmare. Don’t get me started on shutter speed, ISO and exposure. I turn into a giant photographic dyslexic. I’m learning though, slowly but surely.

This is when Aidan Mayne from Olympus came in handy. We could use our own camera for the Master Class OR we could get our hands on some shiny Olympus cameras. Naturally, I couldn’t resist eyeing up all the shiny cameras. Aidan asked me what type of photography I take the majority of the time and after telling him I love food photography, he recommended the EP5 camera with a 45mm lens. Oh how right he was. I fell in love with the camera while playing around with it before the master class. It’s compact in size but comes with killer features. The 45mm lens is magical and I can honestly say that it’s one of the best cameras I’ve ever had my hands on. I want it. Badly.

Back to the Master Class…

The models Abi Barr and Emily Shakarji were still getting ready when we arrived in what would be our studio in South Block. Gillian Galbraith was doing finishing touches to their makeup and Euan Plater was making sure the outfits were fitted perfectly.

Due to terrible weather conditions, lighting was pretty poor, however, for me it was perfect because I wanted to learn how to take really good photographs in bad lighting. How many restaurants actually have great lighting? But alas, no food around, just two rather stunning models.

We started our fashion shoot outside in the cold for around 15 minutes before doing back inside into the (semi) warmth. I managed to get some really good shots outside of Emily before it got too cold and we went inside.

As the theme was “FALL”, leaves were surrounding the set of two sofas and the models were posing for 20 people at a time making sure they got in direct eye contact with all the lenses a few times. Leaves were thrown, wardrobe malfunctions happened, wet leaves were sat on but the two models worked perfectly for us and we could ask them at any point to pose or look at us in a particular way.

Neil went around everyone in the class asking us if we needed any help, gave us positional tips to get the best shot due to lighting, gave us tips on camera settings to change to and took some shots himself along with us.

All in all a very good day. I’m really happy with the shots I took, especially since it was my first time shooting models. It was fun and I can’t wait to do it again sometime… hopefully with that very same camera (Oh Santa!!!) There is also a “Fall” competition going on over on Olympus Impressions for your pictures to be featured within the Olympus Magazine and you could win a camera.

Below is a sneak of some of the best shots I took on the day. I took over 200 in total but I wouldn’t want to bore you with them all!



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