Improve Your Photography
Image by Paul Sullivan
In the last couple of decades, the digital revolution has enabled photography to transition from an obscure art form to a mode of visual expression so ubiquitous we don’t even need cameras to snap images any more – our smartphones will do.
While this is good in many ways, it also means a lot of technical and aesthetic basics are lost, and a lot of bad photography is disguised with retro filters.
This 3-hour tour — run by industry professionals schooled in everything from fashion, music and weddings to reportage, travel and corporate photography – will help you better understand the technical aspects of your camera as well as learn compositional tips that will improve your photography immediately.
Each tour is tailored to students’ needs and learning levels. However you can expect to learn about:
The relationship between shutter, aperture and ISO – and how they work together to create an exposure.
How to achieve depth of field and capture blur/movement.
How to use leading lines, rule of thirds and other crucial composition tools.
How to set up your camera so that you control it (and not the other way around).
What focus points are and how they can improve your shots.
How to translate what you are seeing into a strong photographic image.
This tour involves an initial meet up and technical showcase in a café followed by a 1.5-2 hour walk. The location is flexible.
SLR camera (digital or analogue) or advanced compact (with option to adjust aperture, shutter and ISO).
€25 per person. Private workshops and groups can be arranged.
Workshops are running at 11am on every Sunday in May – select a date from the menu below and click the ‘Buy Now’ button to book a place!
About The Tour Leaders
Paul is a writer, photographer and the founder of Slow Travel Berlin, a sustainable travel hub and eclectic repository of information about the city. He has been freelancing for over a decade and his images have appeared in various guidebooks and publications such as National Geographic UK, Time Out, Rough Guides, Focus, Matador Network, DJ Magazine, The Economist, Electronic Beats and more. He also co-authored the Matador U Travel Photography course (online), where he has been Lead Faculty since 2009. You can view some of his images on his website or follow him on Facebook or Twitter.
Lara Merrington is an independent curator and photographer from Adelaide, South Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts with Honours specializing in photography, completed in 2007. Lara has exhibited her work in Australia and Argentina, and has completed a number of artist residencies throughout South America. A large body of her work was commissioned by Arts in Health at Flinders Medical Centre, South Australia where it is on permanent display as part of their collection. Her work is also held in other private and public collections. In 2010 she received the prestigious Ruth Tuck Visual Arts Scholarship, and most recently her work was shortlisted in the Fleurieu Art Prize 2011. Her commercial portfolio is heavily music based and she has shot for a number of music festivals and musicians. Currently she works freelance, and as a photographer for Slow Travel Berlin. You can see some of her work here.
Reviews of Improve Your Photography From Gidsy:
5 stars | Iris T.
great 3 hours!! the first part was packed with theory. but not the boring type. just useful things you need to know about your camera and light etc. then we headed out on a stroll to practice. paul also gave us lots of tips and made us aware of things. combined with a great group and some sunshine this was the perfect thing to do on a sunday afternoon.
5 stars | NotMs P.
Great lesson: excellent teacher, just the right amount of theory mixed with a generous portion of practice. Done without hassle, with enough time and opportunity to ask even the most silly (read: lay) questions. Enjoyed it immensely!
5 stars | Inka
Paul explains the basics very clear and understandable. Nothing there was new for me though, but anyhow the workshop was very interesting for me because of Pauls helpful comments on our pictures while practicing outside and especially about working with the light. I will recommend that workshop.
5 stars | Cristian M.
I learned a lot of technical facts about photography, learned some tricks on how to take great photos and had a lot of fun. I totally recommend this to anyone who has a decent camera and doesn’t know how to use it properly.
5 stars | François
5 stars | Dan
Have nothing but good things to say. Paul is very knowledgable in photography and went out of his way to answer my questions and provide a unique and personal experience. Will definately sign up for another tour next time I’m in Berlin.
5 stars | Kimberley T.
Katrina is super knowledgeable, warm and willing to answer any questions specific to your camera or level of photographic knowledge. By the end of the tour I had picked up plenty of tips, had taken some good shots, and had that warm and fuzzy feeling of inspiration! Exactly what I was looking for
5 stars | Allison P.
Katrina James is an experienced and intuitive guide., a terrific combination as a teacher. Although we covered only a small city block, she took us above and below ground, showing us how to translate the bustling street life into provocative “felt” experience, through patient waiting and a sensitive awareness to patterns, line, and light. And she was so open to my questions, I often had the feeling that the tour was designed just for me.
5 stars | Katharina
If you’ve just started taking fotos I really can recommend the “Improve your Photography” tour with Paul. He is doing pretty well in the art of photography. Moreover Paul is very patient and therefore a good teacher.
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