Yesterday we spent time helping Paul, a federal employee, learn more about practical photography in a custom photo course designed for him. In his day to day job he is often called upon to do portraits of staff for the web, intranet, staff newsletters, etc. He also covers some events. When the photos are needed NOW or cannot justify hiring someone (like me) to shoot the work Paul gets called.
It can be stressful being asked to photograph a Minister when they visit a department! Paul has called before to gain some experience behind the camera. Our second session, yesterday, concentrated on candid workplace portraits.
The nice thing about a photo course like this is the dedicated opportunity to experiment with the camera in a real work scenario. The pressure to perform is gone and the fear of mistakes is eliminated helping create a stronger base of experience from which to draw when it really counts!
Paul did very well and we saw some great improvements in his portraits!
Some very quick, available light portraits of Paul in his work environment yesterday: