We began this adventure two weeks ago with nine Purnell students with basic camera skills and great enthusiasm. Each of the girls had decided on a theme for their work but they were also open to whatever their constantly changing environment might offer them on their journey through Spain and Morocco.
A few days into our trip, just after arriving in Granada, we had a technical workshop all about the exposure triangle and manual shooting. The goal was to be sure that each of the students felt comfortable stepping out of the automatic setting and capable of capturing the photos they really wanted by using their cameras manually. The ladies practiced their newfound skills by taking pictures of Valencia oranges and each other in the beautiful hotel courtyard! During our time in the pueblos blancos around Ronda, we focused on composition and they worked on finding straight geometric shapes and abstract angles amidst the quaint, all-white homes and their distinct details. This was followed by a workshop where we used some of the student’s photos from that day to talk more about composition, audience perception, and what makes a good, interesting photo. Before visiting the nature preserve near Sevilla a couple of days later, we reviewed the technical elements of shooting wildlife and they demonstrated an advanced understanding of how to capture moving subjects, but didn’t quite get the opportunity to put it into practice as there wasn’t much wildlife close enough to capture at the reserve that day. They did, however, get some fabulous shots of not-so-wild cows and horses! Today, during our first full day in and around Tangier, Morocco, we embarked on another photo excursion wherein the girls set out to capture color and texture in the vibrant doorways and shops of the medina in Asilah.
All along the way, I have worked with each individual student on figuring out their particular camera and getting ‘the shot’ in a myriad of unique environments and lighting. I am very proud to say that all of the students are shooting manually, their photos have significantly improved, and they seem very happy with their results! It has been truly wonderful working with this awesome group of ladies and watching them progress so much in such a short time. Below is a collection of each of their favorite photos from our trip. Enjoy! (And stay tuned for a final trip update from Ruthie in a couple of days.)