Agreeing with each and every word of this American photographer, the Mumbai Smiles team felt that a workshop on photography should be conducted for all the team members. The reason behind this workshop was that on a daily basis, we conduct a lot of events, such as health camps, check-ups, Champion of the Month, Health-Supplements Distribution, Workshops/Seminars for the beneficiaries, so on and so forth. And so with this workshop, the team members will learn some new aspects of photography which they can incorporate in their daily work and this would in turn, save their time as well, by enabling to capture better shots in less number of clicks!
And so, Prachi Shailendra, the Communication coordinator, who is also a photographer by passion during her days off from work, designed a simple one and hour half long photography workshop for all the team members.
The objective was not to train them to become professionals per se, but to open the creative side of their minds, in order to capture a wider variety of photographs, at the same time, click pictures that connect with the viewers instantly. And so she divided the entire content of the workshop into six steps:
- LIGHTING: To look for the source of light at the venue of the activity and to ensure that the subject faces the light and the photographer is facing away from light, so as to ensure bright colourful and flare-free images
- FRAMING: To look for a point of interest in each photograph to be captured, so as to instantly establish a connection between Mumbai Smiles and the activity in this image form; this gives more appeal to any image, as opposed to a wider subject area with no point of interest. This point also includes capturing the mood of the subject, rather than just a posed smiling expression.
- COMPOSITION: Once the frame is set, the composition needs to be quickly decided upon and here, most photographers prefer to go with the RULE OF THIRDS, instead of a centre-spread subject image.
- HOLDING THE CAMERA STILL: VERY Important!
- ACTIVITY TIME: Each team member clicked two images, one in low lighting area and one outdoor in the Sun. All the photographs were then discussed and critiqued together.
- SHARING OF IMAGES: This included information on how important the size of any photograph is in today’s digital age and hence sharing of images should be avoided over Whatsapp or Facebook if these images need to be retained for record purpose and for the organisational communication material.
Clearly, the activity step was the most enjoyed one and here are some very good raw shots from the activity:
A success, this workshop was received very positively by all the team members with lot of interaction and excitement among the budding inner photographers of the Mumbai Smiles Team!