This past weekend, Flirt and I went to a “digital chicks” weekend workshop in Salado, Texas. There is a guy who teaches photography at one of the local colleges and I’ve been on his mailing list for awhile because he offers several workshops a year and I kept saying I was going to do one of them. So when a short weekend version became available within driving distance, I bit the bullet and decided to go. My friend, Flirt, decided to go, too, so I was glad to have the company.
The workshop took place at the Rose Mansion, a charming little bed & breakfast in Salado with a variety of rooms available, some in their own seperate houses/homesteads. Many are actual restorations of homes from the late 1800s and early 1900s. It was a beautiful place…despite the summer temperatures.
The workshop had its highs and lows, but I couldn’t get past the fact that the instructor seems to think it’s ok to take a shitty picture because, “you can fix that later in photoshop!” It should be stated here that I, up to this point, have not used ANY manipulation software on my photos. The extreme of what I have done with an image on the computer is to crop it or the rare exposure adjustment by simply brightening the image a tad. And I am a firm believer that there should remain a line between what is considered photography and what crosses over into computer-generated art.
Nevertheless, it was a dedicated time to reconnect with my cameras, some good tips on metering, and an opportunity to stay up late and unwind with a bottle of wine and conversation. So, all in all, I’m glad I went.