Photography - The 101 Workshop is all set to take place on Sunday August 16th! We're all gonna learn the "need to know" photography techniques, from basic DSLR settings to lighting, angles, and shooting super flat lays! ...But, we want know a bit about the lady who's gonna be imparting all this knowledge on us right?!
Whether you've booked your ticket yet or not, read on...
Elle: Hey Eulanda! So I’m really looking forward to the workshop you’re leading in August! Tell us a bit about your photography background…
Eulanda: You know, I can't remember a time when I didn't have a camera in my hands. I was a child of the 80's, and I had one of those Fisher Price cameras that took 110 film. However, I was so fascinated by the "big people's" camera, that I begged my parents to use their Canon SLR camera. They weren't too keen on me playing around with it, but finally let me use it in a photography workshop I took when I was ten.
It was always a hobby that I was absolutely in love with until my friends began asking me to shoot their weddings, modeling portfolios, etc. My first wedding was a disaster (2001). I'm so embarrassed that I even charged her anything. I didn't know enough about lighting. It was an utter failure, however, it pushed me to start learning the more technical components of photography. Fast forward fourteen years later, I've had a history of exhibitions, publications, and of course epic photo failures, but I'm still in love with the art form! It's all about seeking to learn new things, exploring the world through my lens, and refining my photographic practice.
Elle: And what do you enjoy doing outside of photography?
Eulanda: I'm a total foodie, and major wanderlust. My husband and I love to travel and shamelessly eat our way around the world. I also love to dance! I used to teach and compete in Latin dance for fifteen years. Then after moving to the UK and finishing grad school, I made a major career move which led me to pursuing photography full time. This move has given me more time to travel, eat (of course), and now dance for fun! I also have a dance fitness business back in the U.S., that I travel back and forth to train and work with some amazing women there!
Elle: What’s your favourite “thing” to photograph?
Eulanda: Hmmmm, that is a difficult question! I guess I'd say I most enjoy travel photography, mostly because of the people it has introduced into my life. You learn so much about yourself, and your environment whenever you stop trying to get the perfect landscape photo, and just treat your camera as another guest on the trip; engaging with everything, and everyone around you!
Elle: Do you always use a DSLR?? What do you use if/when you don’t use your pro kit?
Eulanda: Funny enough, I went back to shooting film this year, so when I travel, I take the very first camera I bought in 1996. It's a Canon AE-1. It's my little clunker! Well, actually I should clarify ...it's pretty light, sturdy, and shoots beautiful images with an old 50mm lens. For pro gigs I shoot with my Sony a77, and Canon 1v. I tend to move around alot, so the lighter the better! I have my eyes on the mirrorless cameras, so that will be my next digital upgrade next year ;)
Elle: What’s your top tip for those of us who are looking to improve their photography skills?
Eulanda: Try to invest in a few workshops a year in subjects you want to learn. Youtube is wonderful, but there is so much to sort through, so take your time. Also, I've found taking 1on1's with photographers I'd like to learn from very beneficial. Online courses with critical critique and weekly photo projects that are skill and composition based are also really great! Lastly, shoot something everyday. Seriously, it helps!
Elle: Tell us a little bit about what we’ll get out of The 101 Workshop...
Eulanda: I tend to go pretty hard in workshops, so prepare to absorb loads of info! I want participants to go away with much more knowledge of how to get the best out of their cameras (from camera phones to dslrs). This really comes to getting out of shooting in auto mode.
Instagram & Pinterest have given us great tools to imitate composition, but I want participants to go away armed with confidence that they can compose and capture images with a higher level of technical knowledge. Also, I don't believe in "secrets of the trade." Knowledge is meant to be shared, so I will be giving loads of insider tips from great software to speed up editing, to cutting down on your workflow! And of course, in my classic style, I always have a few fun surprises up my sleeve! Can't wait to see many of you there!
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