For Christmas my boyfriend bought me a day course at London Photo Tours and this weekend I finally got around to taking it. There were a number of course options to chose from but eventually I settled on their Outdoor Portrait class, as I think what I enjoy more than anything is taking photos of people.
Compared to my fellow class members I felt very inexperienced as a photographer, and my photos were certainly not the best of the bunch but to be honest that didn't matter. I had such a fantastic time, and absorbed so much knowledge, I think it really will improve my photos going forward.
Before the course I had read a lot of books and magazines about photography, but although I enjoy reading about photography, it's no substitute for having someone there with you actually explaining there and then how to correct your errors, or tweak your camera settings to get a better image. It was honestly one of the best birthday presents I've ever been given!
So thank to James for buying it for me, and to Lou for teaching me, and to my classmates Christa, Alex, Dave, Gene and Linda for being my willing models!