On 4th February I went to the Welshot Imaging HDR Workshop in Liverpool. The workshop was open to members and non-members alike. As with all Welshot events numbers were restricted to ensure that we got the most out of the day.
The purpose of the workshop was to show delegates how take architecture shots intended for HDR processing. Obviously there was a session where this was put into practice and the magnificent Liverpool Anglican Cathedral was our location. This was then followed by tuition covering how to process HDR images and included time saving batch processing techniques. A slap up buffet lunch was also provided at the Atlantic Tower Hotel which was our base before and after the shoot at the Cathedral.
The limited numbers for this workshop meant that people could get plenty of one-on-one time with the course leaders. For this particular workshop we had Welshot Pro Eifion Williams and Adrian Wilson of McFade Photography. In addition we were lucky enough to have John Arnold of Photowalkthrough.com also in attendance. As with all Welshot events the course leaders and attendees all pitched in and everyone learnt from each other.
Throughout the day we were looked after by Lee Iggulden who made sure we all got the most out of the day. Lee kept us topped up with tea and coffee as well as arranging transport between the Hotel and Cathedral. Lee even looked after our gear while we were taking pictures in the Cathedral. If you ever meet anyone more passionate about photography than Lee, I would be very surprised.
The day had a great flow to it and lead us through the various steps from location spotting, taking the shots, preparing images for processing, the actual HDR process itself and a batch process to save hours and hours of post-processing time.
Adrian (Mcfade Photography) gave a great presentation at the start of the day which included some fantastic images he has taken. He provided lots of tips covering composition and exposure etc,etc. When we arrived at the Cathedral we then had further tuition covering how to set up our cameras for HDR shooting. Adrian, Eifion and John were all on hand to assist us and made sure everyone was ready to go and capture some great images.
Before we all went off to wander around the Cathedral we were given a challenge. The workbooks provided by Welshot contained some images of the Cathedral taken by Adrian. Our challenge was to find where they were all taken and capture them ourselves. As you can imaging some of these images would be fairly easy to find. The Cathedral is absolutely huge and the vast spaces provide you with an endless supply of ideas. One or two of the images were taken from places which are usually restricted so one of the benefits of attending these workshops is that you get access to those areas. This means you can get the shots that no-one else can.
I thoroughly enjoyed the day and learnt a great deal from a great bunch of people. If you have thought about giving this type of workshop a go but not yet tried then I strongly recommend that you take a look at the Welshot website. Events are added regularly so keep checking every now and then.
If you have never been to the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral I would certainly recommend it, even if you are not into photography. I would also suggest that if you do go make sure you check out the Lady Chapel....amazing.
For more of my images from this workshop please click here