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The intention was to start at the top of page one in terms of using and controlling a digital camera and proceeding from simple things like learning to focus your ground glass for your own eye, through to how automatic metering and focus work, how a picture is altered by the use of different lens lengths and how depth of focus can be used as a powerful tool to control the look and feel of an image.
As most of the 8 people were used to making landscapes, portraits, or more casual street/snap-shooting work, it was decided to assign something more controllable but challenging – the making of a still life from scratch.
Through the 5 secessions people progressed in their technical understanding, their creativity and their ability to begin to see an image before the shutter is released.
Some amazing images were produced from highly constructed to found still life images, the latter especially by Makeda Downes, an 11 year old with a surprising perception of composition and space, managing to reduce the objects in the frame to a simple and elegant composition.
Chris Hilton, Rosie Mathisen, David Powell and Rosie Allsop all somewhat older than Makeda, also produced captivating images reflecting their passions for music, crafts and in the expressive force of the medium. Well done to them.