Photographers David Rogers and Jon-Erik Munro introduced five 13- to 15-year-old boys to the commercial side of photography and how use their cameras, their computers and their creativity to fund their next cameras.
“We warmed up with salty characters and hungry gulls at Kalk Bay,” said David, “and then returned to the studio in Muizenberg to learn about importing and using Lightroom to enhance our images. We also briefed the boys on the next day’s shoot.”
“The commission was to photograph the cover images for Pat Garrat’s new book entitled Born to Fish.” Pat is a Marine Biologist who started the Two Ocean’s Aquarium. His new book is aimed at young fishermen and tells some fascinating stories.
“Pat was very clear about his requirements for the picture. Liam Rogers was the model and was dressed correctly for the shot. He showed his requirements for open space for typography which is always so important for cover shots.
“On the next morning, everyone was on time for the sunrise shoot at Muizenberg. There were no clouds, but it was still and the pre-dawn light and reflections were terrific.
“The pics are great, said Pat. “Exactly what I am after. We will definitely be using them in the new book. What I really liked about it was their enthusiasm for the job. It was wonderful – especially in ice cold water. The next book is offshore fishing so lets get planning on that.”
“For me its great to share my passion for photography with such enthusiastic and talented teenagers,” said David. “The best camera,” I explained, “is the one you have with you when something happens. Although some boys had dSLR cameras others showed just what can be done with a point and shoot and an iPhone.”
Jon Erik, who documented the day and also added his quirky humour and advanced Photoshop and Lightroom skills, said. “I loved the energy. Everyone was excited and keen to learn.”
They boys seemed to have learned a lot. William Colglazier said that the workshop introduced him to taking photographs of people which was something that he had not tried before. Others mentioned that they learned a great deal of composition, the rule of thirds and also how to shoot off auto.
The seed has been planted. I look forward to more regular photo clubs for young adults to help it grow.
Behind the scenes images: Jon-Erik