Work Experience is more than just a walk in the Park!

Aurora, my work experience student was a joy to teach. Not that I could teach her much about macro photography, she’s completely nailed it. Really lovely close-ups with shallow depth of field, I didn’t need to bang on about aperture settings, shutter speed etc. like I normally do.

I enjoy taking students on work experience even though it’s usually a week in July when it’s my busiest time. Aurora’s school in Italy wisely chooses the first week in January. Good for them, nice and quiet for a wedding photographer. I always put a timetable together before the start of the week so the student knows what’s in store and the topics we’re going to cover.  Landscape, buildings, people, studio work, you name it, we cram in as much as possible. Of course it’s one hec of a tiring week but none of my students leaves without some understanding of light, camera settings, composition and editing.

Here is a selection of shots which shows just how busy we were. Apart from learning new photography skills, Aurora’s English improved greatly. One phrase she definitely understands after our lighting set-up in the Cloisters of Gloucester Cathedral is ‘Trial & Error’. A familiar term used by photographers!

Our walk around the village. Day One.


A day in Oxford – working hard.


Gloucester Cathedral


The following pictures were all taken by Aurora. Working in a studio with Christine Moon Photography


And on the last day we went first of all to Whiteshill & Ruscombe Village shop to buy some English chutney as Aurora loves it and then onto the Farmers’ market in Stroud.

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Aurora is so creative!

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