NEWCASTLE PHOTO WALK
LEARNING BY THE COAST – NEWCASTLE PHOTO WALK IN IRELAND
One of my favourite coastal locations in the north of Ireland is Newcastle, Co Down. What better place to choose for one of our photo walks, with the Mournes as a backdrop. You can’t beat the sea breeze on your face and the sound of the waves to give you a lift on a Sunday morning. If you love getting out for a walk by the coast and practicing your photography skills, why come along to our next meet up? Each month, I’m arranging a place and date for enthusiasts to meet up and have some fun with their camera or smartphone throughout Ulster.
The day started out cool but bright and thankfully the sunshine made an appearance to keep us warm. I had the pleasure of another wonderful group of people from all across Northern Ireland turn up. We had smartphone users plus beginner and intermediate photographers, each sharing the love of our coastline. We started off on the Promenade close to beach, made our introductions and then set off to explore the beach.
The beauty of teaching photography is that I get to meet students of all abilities and from all walks of life. Everyone has a different camera, lens or smartphone, so we took time to chat about these as we walked. I love hearing everyone’s story and discovering what they enjoy talking photos of. Then we chatted about things they find challenging – maybe it’s understanding light or perfecting their focus. Perhaps they aren’t sure about composition and how to improve the overall aesthetic of their images.
On this walk, we went back to basics. Discussing exposure and how to get the most from your camera / smartphone, we looked at the different exposure settings and how they impact your work. Everyone was encouraged to experiment with the aperture priority setting initially, to get to grips with the changes it makes regarding exposure and creatively.
We also covered the Exposure Triangle and how the three exposure settings on your camera that come together to give you a properly exposed image – aperture, shutter speed & ISO.
As some of the group were smartphone users, we touched on how some phones have a ‘pro’ setting that allows you adjust your aperture or in iPhone’s case, using Portrait mode.
Time for coffee and chats
After we had finished experimenting with the different settings, it was time to chill over a coffee and discuss what we had covered so far. It’s a brilliant way to bring people together with a common interest and chat about their photography journey. One of the main reasons that I established the photo walks was to encourage people to come together and help us all reconnect. I don’t know about you but life has definitely changed for me since 2020. It’s been a very bumpy ride in all areas of life and whilst we are trying to get back to ‘normal’, we are all still finding our feet. I’m all about bringing people together, reducing social isolation and having some fun.
Silent Valley & The Mournes
Then we visited the Silent Valley situated around 25 minutes from Newcastle. Stopping en route to capture anything that grabbed out attention, it gave everyone the chance to slow down and really take in our surroundings . Students were encouraged to think about different compositional techniques when shooting.
Newcastle Photo Walk – Why not come along?
I decided to make a day of it and stayed in the area until later in the evening. Finishing off with a walk around the harbour area, I captured some interesting shots of the yachts and boats, along with the colourful murals.
Why not come along?
If this has inspired you to come along on our next photo walk, why not drop me a message via the website or Instagram to see what we have planned. Life is for living and why not spend it doing something creative and inspiring. It’s good for the soul and you get to learn new skills along the way.