I Want To Learn How To Use My Camera - Photo of a person holding a camera, looking at the back of it while it sits on an open laptop with a phone next to it.

“I want to learn how to use my camera… Properly” is a statement we hear from people time and time again. How do I learn my camera? Is another – Our reply at Welshot is always the same. Practice, practice, practice, practice some more and practice again. According to Malcolm Gladwell’s blockbuster book ‘Outliers’ it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert at anything. That’s about 10 years of intensive practice to achieve mastery of any subject and here at Welshot we know, without a doubt, the people who get the best from their camera(s) are the ones that put the most time and effort into learning the art of photography.

Make 2022 YOUR Year for Photography

How long have you been looking at your camera and saying to yourself, I wish I could learn my camera and use it to its full potential – Well, why not make 2022 YOUR Year for Photography? As the saying goes… “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The Second best time is now” meaning, the best time to act is now if you want to learn how to use your camera properly.

Black and White Photo showing a Silhouette of a Man putting a show on a ladies foot - taken at the Macro, Shape, Form & Texture Photography - Anglesey Photographic Academy Evening

Macro, Shape, Form and Texture Photography at the Welshot Anglesey Academy Evening is just the thing you need to get creative with your camera. From flora and fauna, oil and water, props and poses to light, shadow, colour, and textures – the studio at The Bulkeley Hotel in Beaumaris, Anglesey will be abuzz with clicking camera shutters while you take part in at least four different photographic modules all designed to help YOU get the best from your camera and photography.

A blurred image (intentional camera movement) of a group of people socially distancing walking along the Llandudno Prom in North Wales. Taken on a Welshot Photographic Workshops and Events Day

Hashtag #WelshotIsBack seems a very apt way to title this very first blog written by Welshot Academy Members to celebrate being able to meet up with our cameras after months of lockdown… As life returns to a more relative sense of normality, Welshot are preparing to open up once again for photographic workshops and events in a slow and cautious manner. Hence the three ‘practice run-throughs’ – AKA… A Welshot Photographic Reunion. Since March 2020, when the pandemic hit, Welshot has continued to help motivate, inspire and support those who love photography during these isolating months, all brought together using hashtags #LearnWithWelshot and #WelshotOnline but nothing quite compares to being able to hold our photographic workshops and events in real life.

Black and White Photograph of Lighthouse on Llanddwyn Island Anglesey North Wales. Taken on a Welshot Photographic Event

Seascapes, lighthouses and photography, throw in a sunrise and a sunset and what more could the photographer possibly want? Our three lighthouse challenge has always been a popular photographic event, circumnavigating the Isle of Anglesey in North Wales. Whether you are a beginner to photography, a seasoned enthusiast or someone who just likes being in the company of like-minded people, this day of photography will help YOU to get the best out of YOUR camera.

Photo of Green Trees alongside the Glaslyn river in Beddgelert, Snowdonia National Ark, North Wales. Taken by Eifion Williams on a Waling With Helen Iles Photo Walk for Welshot Imaging Photographic Academy

Grab your camera, pull on your walking boots, we are off on a photographic adventure deep in the heart of Snowdonia, North Wales. On this WelshotRewards Day, Welshot Team Leader Helen Iles will be leading a gentle walk along the Glaslyn river, starting in the picturesque village of Beddgelert and helping YOU to get the best out of YOUR camera. From Long exposures to abstract water compositions to macro and close-up photography, this day has it all for the photographer.

The Welshot ‘Trash the Dress’ event on Saturday was somewhat different from most Welshot events.  Firstly, it was an event where some new techniques were being tried out including paint, smoke and paint powder – and it wasn’t certain how different things would work.  Secondly, because we were using paint, smoke and paint powder it was necessary for everyone to take photographs at the same time – which meant that the models couldn’t concentrate on a single person doing the shooting.  Thirdly, several Welshot team leaders were taking part and shooting alongside others for the event rather than checking that everyone was using sensible settings and getting the shots that they wanted.

After the success of the 2019 “Shortest Night” we will, once again, be running this, not so short, non-stop night of photography. Circumnavigating Anglesey and Snowdonia” – starting in Llanberis with a picnic supper in the evening and finishing at breakfast, both of which are included in the cost of this event. Shooting for nearly 15 hours solid.  Most of the 2019 delegates are already pre-booked onto this event so spaces are already limited.