Bespoke photo-walk around Vienna

I don’t normally post about my workshops, they are what they are, workshops. As I teach the ins and outs of photography, all the people I meet enrich my life in many different ways but I get to meet some really cool people, too. Recently I had a great days’ photo-walk around Vienna with two prosumer ‘toggers from Columbus, Ohio. They knew their way around a camera and needed a guide to show them around the city centre, taking in some of the better angles and spots to capture a decent image. We spent the day working our way around Vienna from the Belvedere to the Oper and then on to the canal side for graffiti and a quick hop over to Praterstern before returning to Karlsplatz for some xmas market fun…

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The Opera as shot from the Albertina.

Stephansdom cathedhral

Canalside architecture contrast

As is usual on my walks, we talked shop for most of the day, discussing the pros and cons of camera operating modes, lens choice, FX vs DX, post-production techniques, the murky world of intellectual property disputes and when we should exhibit confidence in our photographic abilities. We picked a few topics to help concentrate our days shooting and covered some basic HDR tutorials, too. The team wanted to shoot some classic Hapsburg architecture and get a good walk around the city, both of which I think we accomplished with flying colours. We managed to cover the core landmarks in one day whilst shooting from pre-set locales and also talking about how we might shoot from different angles with alternative lighting.

A frequent topic during this walk was ‘how much is too much’ with regards to post production, and, as usual, we all had slightly different ideas; however we did all agree that it generally depends on the purpose of the image. I come from a strong family line of artists and as such imbue my HDR images with more artistic finesse than, say, a self-confessed photographic purist. But on a commercial shoot? It’s all about lighting, planning and team-work to get the image the client wants.

The great thing about a photo-walk over a workshop is that we have time to talk, discuss, argue, listen, laugh, eat and shoot ALL DAY, even if it was rather chilly in late November 🙂 I love workshops, seeing the look on someone’s face when they finally understand the difference between a wide and shallow depth of field is pure joy, but photo-walks enable me to notch the gears up and really explore the city with a fresh pair of eyes.

Happy days.

Using natural light to create mood

The Albertina in black and white, processed with a soft centre focus and dark vignette to bring out the statue

Shooting street-life under the canal bridges

Using associated subject matter to frame images

Otto Wagner architecture

Xmas markets!

Barnaby Jaco Skinner

Barnaby Jaco Skinner

Full time photographer & publications specialist

I’m a professional photographer and artist. I’ve worked and lived around the world, spending most of my adult life on the run from conformity and routine; it’s a lifestyle that lends itself well to exploring this vast Earth we call home. This virtual place is home to some of my latest work and acts as a portal for business and workshop clients.

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