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Since this is my final year at university I have decided to make the most of it and join some new clubs. I have always wanted to be able to surf, so that seemed like an obvious choice for a sporting club. But I also wanted something creative and since at the beginning of summer I spent all my savings on a new camera (this is my baby) I thought it would be good to learn how to use it to its full potential and get me out of the awful auto mode! So I joined the University Photography Society (UPS as in the photo above). The society runs lectures throughout the year from the basics to a whole range of photography skills. Last Thursday they ran the first workshop of the year, light painting. We all wrapped up warm and headed down to the common to play around with fire and get some good photos. I was excited to see what I could get from my camera (everyone had DSLRs, then there was me with my compact). I was really pleased with the photos that I managed to get, not bad for my first time using the manual mode and having to actually consider my exposure triangle. As the evening progressed we decided to mess around with reflections too and so all set up around the pond to see what we could get. I really enjoyed the night and am now planning on investing in a tripod (my reflection photos were taken without a tripod and holding my camera still for 13 seconds was no mean feat!). I can’t wait to see what the next workshop is and I will be sure to continue to share my photos with you, so you can see if I manage to progress or not!

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