On Sunday we hosted an enthusiastic group of people at ArtsCape, eager to learn all about the fancy-pants buttons on their fancy-pants DSLRs. We chatted over tea, coffee, lunch and cake, talking about the basics of composition, ISO, aperture and shutter speed. Our intention was to take some of the mystery out of using Manual mode on your camera and basically to have a play around with the settings it has in a fun and relaxed environment. The workshop is open to all levels of abilities and your DSLR doesn't really have to be terribly fancy!
We'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came along on the day and to those who expressed interest in the workshop itself but weren't able to make it along this time. We have had so much interest that we'll definitely be running another one later this year. If your community/group would like us to bring the workshop to where ever you are, let us know - we're keen if you are!
Michelle and Naomi
Michelle and myself will be teaching a series of photography-based workshops from February to July, 2017. Dates, times and topics are below. Each workshop will cost $149, which includes the workshop itself and lunch. Tea, coffee and water will also be available. Let us know if you have any specific food allergies prior to purchasing your spot. People with other special dietary needs, however, are encouraged to bring their own meal if required (for example, gluten free or vegan options may not always be available.) Please get in touch with us closer to the day if you have any questions regarding the catering for an individual workshop.
Discounts can be applied when purchasing a spot in more than one workshop. Purchase your spot in two different workshops for a total of $250 (add the promo code 2WORKSHOPS when you buy your spot), or go the whole hog and purchase your spot in all of them (except iPhoneography for Young People) for $500 (add the promo code ALLWORKSHOPS when you buy your spot.) Each workshop is held on a Sunday, once a month at the ArtsCape building, 45 Jackson St, Wynyard.
The aim is to keep workshop sizes relatively small, so spaces are limited - it's suggested that if you're keen to attend, buy your spot earlier rather than later. Please be aware that workshop fees are non-refundable - double check you are able to attend prior to booking (especially if you're planning to attend more than one workshop) as we are unable to refund for non-attendance. To secure your spot, the fee is required in full and no further discounts apply.
2017 SEEDSMITHS WORKSHOPS
February 19th, 10am-2pm (including an Instameet at 2pm): iPhoneography Basics
March 19th, 10am-2pm: Social Media Basics for Small Business
April 9th, 10am-2pm: iPhoneography for Young People (in conjunction with National Youth Week - TBC*)
May 21st, 10am-2pm: iPhoneography for Mums and Dads
June 18th, 10am-2pm: DSLR Basics
July 16th, 10am-2pm: Photography Editing Basics
* Please note that the iPhoneography for Young People workshop is to be confirmed - we're hoping to get access to funding that will allow us to provide places for participants for free (as we were able to do here) but need to have that confirmed before we can open it up for bookings. Keep an eye on our social media for updates.
As always, bookings are made here. All workshops are open for bookings now (except iPhoneography for Young People), so feel free to go ahead and get your spot for the one/s you're interested in attending!
Follow us on Facebook and Instagram (links over there on the right) and if you have any questions, please fill in our contact form or shoot us through an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle and Naomi
WE WANT YOU!
Over the past few weeks, we've had inquiries about a number of skills/crafts that people on the NW coast are keen to learn (keep those ideas coming in, btw!)
Are you able to teach any of the following:
Flower crown making
Simple sewing projects
If so, head on over here, download our teacher application form, fill it in then email to email@example.com and let us take care of the rest! We'll do the behind-the-scenes organising of promotion and admin, leaving you to concentrate on your course content. We can support you as needed through the teaching part, too - so if you've never taught before don't feel intimidated. Think of it as a casual get-together with new friends who you can give some hints to about your skill/craft/talent!
People out there are definitely interested and keen to learn - can you help them do that?
Michelle and Naomi
Here at Seedsmiths, we don't think you necessarily need formal qualifications to teach someone a skill. You need to have direct knowledge of that skill and you need to be reliable. You don't even have to be an extrovert! The most important thing is being where you'll say you'll be, doing what you'll say you'll do and communicating whatever your skill is to others who are interested in learning it.
If you're keen to teach something (and it can be absolutely anything - gardening, cooking, preserving, baking, building, painting, drawing, pottery, knitting, crochet, macrame, wood and metalworking, etc, etc.) but are a little nervous about the idea of getting in front of others to do so, please don't be! Michelle and I are able to provide extra assistance with that - we're both qualified and experienced secondary school teachers (and you don't get a much tougher crowd than high school kids!) so we have lots of advice and tips we can share to get you through that aspect of running a course, as well as the usual admin and promotion that comes along with being a Seedsmiths teacher.
To start off, think about a simple but specific skill, it may be casting on/off in knitting, it might be making a small batch of jam, or how to build a simple wooden frame or box. Start small and begin brainstorming how you would go about teaching that skill or item. Jot down a step-by-step instruction list. Then head over here, download and fill in our application form as best you can. Email it to us: firstname.lastname@example.org and we can get the ball rolling.
At the moment we're doing a call-out to discover exactly what kinds of things people are interested in learning. We'll be putting together a list and posting it here on our blog and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Keep checking back regularly - if what you can teach doesn't appear on the list, don't let that stop you! Get in touch with us, we can put out feelers and see if there's enough interest to run your course, you never know until you try and you lose nothing by giving it a shot!
Have you got questions? Can you put us in touch with someone who you think might like to teach a course through us? Email us (address above), click on the 'Contact Seedsmiths' link below, or comment on this blog post.
Michelle and Naomi
Over the course of six weeks, Ed Jones taught a very special course for us at Seedsmiths. Participants learnt the basic principles of DSLR photography at his studio in Burnie. Topics included manual functions; equipment use and care; foundations of photography including composition and depth of field, shutter speed and aperture; portrait and landscape photography and the use of flash.
We'd like to thank both Ed and those who signed up for the course - we hope you got a lot out of it!
It would be great to offer the course again, so if you missed out this time and are keen to learn how to effectively use your DSLR camera in future, please send us an email at email@example.com and keep an eye on our FB page for updates.
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