Teenage Photography Workshops – Mid Term Break


Nick Cavanagh : Qualified European Photographer
When I was 15 I knew I wanted to have a career in Photography.  I’d taken some pretty good images and I decided to take them down to the local photography studio and use them to introduce myself and possibly get a Saturday job there. The images I took down with me included some strong portraits as well as a long exposure of the traffic on my street at night. I wrote a covering letter and walked down to the studio; as I got to the door I panicked and couldn’t actually bring myself to go inside and ask to speak to the owner. Instead I just left them on the doormat outside the studio convincing myself that they would be found and I would get a  phone-call.  No call ever came and I never saw those images again.  Sniff… I’m not sure what would have happened if I’d have gone in,  I hope the owner would have seen my eager nature and given me some advice to help improve, possibly guiding my career path with regards to education.  None of that happened for me and that’s why I’m introducing some day long photography workshops aimed at 13-16 yr olds in Kenmare.  The workshops will be limited to 6 people per day and I will be running two separate days during Mid Term Break.  We’ll spend some time talking about photography, basic camera skills and then the afternoon we will spend some time outdoors with some environmental portraiture as a group.  There will be plenty of opportunity to discuss career ideas as well as an informal day of photography tuition. The main focus of the days will be “How to make every picture count”. Equipment:
Pentax K1000 My first 'serious' camera bought in 1984.
Pentax K1000 My first ‘serious’ camera bought in 1984.
A camera that you feel comfortable using, a DSLR or older film SLR camera would be ideal. Please don’t go out and buy one especially for the day. If you don’t own an SLR I have 2 that can be borrowed on a first come first served basis. If you know someone in your family who enjoys photography, the chances are they have an older model of a camera that they might possibly let you borrow for a while.  We are not interested in mega pixel counts or equipment bragging, a standard kit lens will do just fine. If you do not have access to a DSLR but would still like to come along , that is fine. You can come along with any camera, however please note that a lot of the content on the day will involve  manual camera settings that you may not  be able to try for yourself. Clothing: We will be outside for some of the day, so anticipate rain and wind but hope for dry. Where:  We will be working from the Resource Room opposite St Patrick’s Church on Bell Heights.  Mobile phones will be switched off for the day , but an emergency contact number will be available should family need to be in contact with you. We will begin at 10am and finish at 4pm- having an hour for lunch in town which will also double up as a mini-photographic assignment. Cost:  The workshop will cost €20 per person. Payable at the time of booking, if you need to cancel a full refund is available. Please note that the earlier you cancel the better as it may allow someone else the opportunity to come along.  If you’d like to know more or your parents would like to know more, please contact me via email on this contact form.