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A photography workshop with Keith Moss

Earlier in the Summer, I was invited by Inntravel to their photography workshop run by Keith Moss, the well-known, Yorkshire-based street photographer.

The workshop took place in the streets of beautiful York with several other bloggers from the local area. The objective of the day was not just to learn about the technical settings of our cameras, but also to practice the art of capturing expression and emotion in the people that pass in front of us in the streets.

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Keith was very patient, taking the time to explain how the different settings on the camera work and what situations they were best suited for. It became clear very quickly that Keith was a fountain of knowledge and experience. He wasn’t the sort to baffle you with information with the sole purpose of making himself sound good; he genuinely wanted to help his audience understand not just the how’s, but also the why’s.

After some practice taking photos of each other in the park by the Minster, we headed off in our own directions to take photos of around the inner city streets.

IMG_5010I looked for pigeons. The famous street of Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate, with pigeons squabbling over crumbs beneath the street sign, was, to me, a perfect representation of the city.

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When our group reformed a short while later, Keith shared a few of his techniques and tips for approaching strangers to request their photograph. We were all apprehensive at the thought, but Keith’s confidence boosted our own. He clearly has a gift for reading people’s emotions. He admits he can detect within second whether someone will respond positively to his requests. The best part of it comes down to confidence and practice, though.

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A couple was sitting on a bench with their two lurchers close to where our groups stood. Speaking to people with dogs, for some reason, is so much easier than talking to people who are alone. Dogs seem a good excuse to create a conversation that isn’t awkward. Everyone likes positive comments about their dogs.

They dogs me a lot of Paddy. Their slightly coarse hair, eyes, and mouth are very similar.

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Keith’s workshop taught me a lot about my camera. Learning from a person is much more engaging than reading instructions or watching a YouTube video. I thrive on interactions with people because I feel it adds so much more to the learning experience. It was also great to spend time in the company of other bloggers in the local area who share my passion for writing and sharing stories.

Thank you, Keith. Thank you, Inntravel. I had a wonderful day.

By Jenni Tulip

I'm a bright-haired, hill walking, magpie whispering, skull collecting, tree hugging, money saving, bird watching, happy campervanning, ferret fanatic, woodland dweller sharing my stories and passion for the outdoors to inspire you to immerse yourself in nature.

  • Chelsea Louise Haden

    That looks so much fun!!! Aw the dogs’ yawn is so funny – what a candid moment. I was only saying the other night that it’s my goal to learn how to take a picture of a starry night’s sky. A workshop could be a great answer….

    • I love the photo of the dog yawning. Would be even better if it was my dog! I really recommend a photography workshop. I’ve been on two different ones and enjoyed the time to be creative