The Adam Marelli Photography Workshop in Matera, Italy is now complete. Read the testimonial below to learn a bit more about what can be gleaned from the workshop.
“I have been a photography hobbyist for a long time. However, I had not received any proper coaching. With the advent of digital photography, I started following tutorials on YouTube, etc., especially photography equipment supplier B&H’s event space. One of the videos I saw was Adam Marelli’s “Bridging the Gap”. I liked how Adam talked about designing your photographs using the basic design concepts that have been used by painters through the centuries. I found this approach appealing and followed it up with other Adam’s tutorials on Udemy.
Also, I was looking for a photography workshop for in-person learning and contacted Adam. I had not participated in a workshop before, and I mentioned this to Adam along with my interest in street photography and environmental portraits, then asked Adam which of his workshop he would recommend. Adam suggested the one in Matera in which I participated in May 2017.
Something about this workshop. First, the group was limited to five attendees with varying photography skills including a professional wedding photographer. Secondly, it was a three-day workshop which I liked as longer ones risk being a drag. The town of Matera was a manageable size without any crowds and we could photograph anywhere and anytime without a hassle.
The town of Matera was a manageable size without any crowds and we could photograph anywhere and anytime without a hassle.
Adam introduced us to various concepts through presentations and discussions. Then he would take us on photo shoots. Although we were of varying skills, Adam was interacting with us based on our needs. Besides, Adam was actively shooting with us during the photo shoots and this was a very good way to learn by observing him.
My main takeaway from the workshop is that it got me thinking on how to approach a shoot, how to look at light and preferred time to shoot, impact of shooting at different times of the day in different lights – we shot at dawn, we shot at dusk and in between to see the difference (we did night photography as well) – how to come up with a composition and frame the shot.
Although we were of varying skills, Adam was interacting with us based on our needs.
I now approach photography methodically with thought given to what would make an impactful image. I have a way to go, but I have definitely been introduced to the right tools.”
– Sabir Mahmood