Achieving my goals: Event photography training

You might remember from my post Setting goals for 2019, that one of my goals for this year was to learn photography. Up till now, I’ve just been taking pictures mainly for my own joy, pointing the camera at something and really just hoping for the best. So now I really want to actually know and understand something about what I’m doing. Which is why, when the opportunity came, that I signed up for a short event photography course organized by the Finnish scouting organization.

The training itself was organized over one weekend at a scouting event in Tornio, right by the Finland-Sweden border. The location was great for me, only an hour by train, plus a 20-minute bus ride to get there. And the event itself provided us with a chance to practice in action. Learning by doing is the scouting way.

I enjoyed myself immensely. In just a few hours I learned to use my camera better (since I didn’t know much to begin with, not too hard to achieve) , some basic graphics and learned so much more. We worked in some tricky lighting conditions (a dark sports hall and lots of snow in cloudy weather). However, I did get in some good shots among the many, many others that didn’t turn out as great. And I got to meet some really great people.

Since I’m still learning, it’s more hit and miss. I still have so much to learn. But one of the trainers did say, that the best event photo is the one that was taken, instead the one you never took. At this point, the only way I’m going to get better is to take more photos and put what I learned into action. And let me tell you, I am really excited.

So what have you done to achieve your goals this year? Anything exciting? Let me know!

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