Michelle and I were very excited to work with some incredibly talented young people today for the Youth Week iPhoneography workshop. We spent some time in the morning talking about the artistic and technical side of phone photography before getting better acquainted the editing options available on Instagram. We explored some other editing apps and then took ourselves and our devices outside to see what we could photograph.
The participants managed to take some fabulous shots, using a variety of perspectives and editing effects on their mobile devices. We were blown away by the creativity we saw - and can't wait to see which images they choose to include in the exhibition.
The exhibition itself will be held in the ArtsCape building in Wynyard. Participants will also have the opportunity to be paid to work in the gallery during Youth Week (if you're interested in this, but didn't attend the workshop, please let us know by emailing email@example.com)
We'd like to thank the people at Waratah Wynyard Council, the Tasmanian Government and National Youth Week for supporting us in getting the workshop up and running and for making these great opportunities for young people available.
You don't have to have attended today's workshop to enter the photography competition and exhibition - if you are a young person aged between 12-18 you can still enter! Just email through your best photos under the theme: "It starts with us" to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 6. Images will be printed and hung in the gallery at no expense to participants and you'll get to see your work in the gallery for the duration of Youth Week. Come along to the opening on Friday 10th April, 7pm and bring your friends and family to see your work!
Finally, thanks to the young people who came along to the workshop today, don't forget those hashtags when you upload your photos to IG so we can see them! #itstartswithus #yw2015 #getyourgridon #flashoff
April's Book Club selection is M. L. Stedman's The Light Between Oceans.
Last year, the little township of Stanley was turned into a film set as scenes for the upcoming movie were created. The streets and shops were transformed and given a 1920s feel, the entire community was abuzz with excitement and all in all it was a pretty cool thing to be happening in our own backyard. The film is set for release later this year and I'm sure everyone's curious to have a look and see the final result.
You may have read the book when the film crew were in town, or you may have always meant to. You might like to read it (or re-read it) before the film's release. You may like to have a good old chat about it and you might even like to join us for a trip to the cinema when the movie comes out? If so, we're meeting on Wednesday the 29th of April at 7.30pm. The venue is yet to be decided, but if you register your interest here, we can shoot you through an email with those details later.
And just a little heads-up, we've made some changes to the structure of the book club, which hopefully makes it a bit more accessible and flexible. Participants will need to source their own copy of the book (buy second-hand or first-hand, borrow, download on your Kindle, etc); feel free to bring along drinks and/or snacks to share; think about whether you'd like to host a meeting in future (no pressure to do so!)
We'd still like you to register your interest by clicking to "purchase" this item so we have an idea of numbers, but there is no extra cost to participate - the only cost to you will be the sourcing of the book and whatever snacks and/or drinks you'd like to bring to the meeting.
You can join in whenever you like, as often or as little as you like. Everyone is welcome!
Michelle and myself are running an iPhoneography course as part of this year's Youth Week events. It's FREE (!) and open to 12-18 year olds. There are limited spots available, so click here to register your interest. It asks you to "add to cart" but don't worry, there is no cost at all. Alternatively, you might like to send us an email to secure your spot: email@example.com
If you want to book a spot, please do so before MONDAY 23RD MARCH so that catering can be arranged (let us know of any dietary requirements/allergies as well).
It's happening at the ArtsCape building in Wynyard (45 Jackson St) on the 29th of March from 10am-2pm. Participants need to have a smart phone (any kind of device is fine - as long as you can take a photo with it!) Lunch is included and there are prizes to be given out on the day as well.
By the end of the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to be part of the Youth Week exhibition - a really exciting way to be involved in the events of Youth Week and have your photography work shown to a large audience! There is also the opportunity to get paid (!) work in a gallery during the Youth Week exhibition itself!
We're both really excited to be able to offer this course to our local young people - please feel free to share the details on your social media to spread the word about these great opportunities!
For those of you over 18 - don't think you've missed out! There will be another iPhoneography course offered by Seedsmiths later in the year. Keep an eye on our FB page for updates (link below.)
Meet Ed Jones, a very talented local photographer who is taking a number of photography-related courses with us. Here's a bit more about Ed, in his own words:
Photography is my passion and I’m lucky enough that it is also my job.
I do a wide variety of photography, from Commercial to Press, from Fashion to Weddings, but my absolute passion is portraiture.
I love creating portraits with depth, emotion and that create a connection between the viewer and the subject, whether it is in family portraiture, or in my own personal work.
I am a purist at heart, and love shooting on film as much as I can. This approach translates to my digital work, where I aim to create the complete image at the time of capture, and not use extensive post production in my portraiture (I do however cross this line for my commercial creative work).
I am a husband, father and dog person, and when I’m not immersed in my photography, I love just being with my family."
See more of Ed's work on his website and follow him on Facebook and Instagram.
Ed will be taking the following courses, at the ArtsCape centre in Wynyard: DSLR Basics, Lightroom for Beginners and Off-Camera Flash. Click on the links to read more details about Ed's courses and to purchase your spot.
The Tasmanian weather was definitely out in force on the weekend for our Instameet launch event! The rain fell, the fog and mist rolled in and all in all it made for an incredibly atmospheric landscape. While it might have been nice to not have to brave the weather, at least it wasn't windy or icy cold!
A few brave souls gathered together at the lighthouse car park and bolstered by delicious treats (thanks to mum and Michelle for cooking for us!) we then ambled up the interior of the lighthouse. We were in good hands thanks to Table Cape Lighthouse Tours - and not only were we able to take lots (and lots and lots) of great shots, but we learnt so much about the history of the lighthouse herself along the way.
If you'd like to see more photos from the day, check out the Instameet and Seedsmiths hashtags on Instagram: #seedsmithstasmania #seedsmithsinstameet
Thanks to everyone who attended!
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