Beauty of Beacon Hill: Visual Treasure Hunt

Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph. – Matt Hardy
Join us as we explore the charming, historic, area of Boston known as Beacon Hill. We will focus on photographing the architectural details of this area packed with Federal, Greek Revival, and Victorian architectural treasures, antique shops and historic landmarks. This makes great practice for any traveling you may do where you want to capture the spirit of a place. What makes it unique? We will focus on the unique character of the lesser known streets and nooks.

Three skills you will practice to help you take better pictures:
• See: What is your creative vision. Using composition and visual elements of color, texture and line to express the essence of what you see.
• Do: Do the right thing. Understand the fundamental camera settings necessary to realize your vision and make sure your photos are in clear focus and properly exposed. This will be a good time to practice going off the Auto setting  with my guidance.
• Be: Be present and connected to your surroundings so you can create photos from your personal experience. This makes the difference between a snapshot and a photograph.
 The proprietary photography learning tools we provide make it easy and fun to learn how to take better pictures no matter what your skill level may be.

Come discover the architectural details of Beacon Hill in Boston hidden in plain sight. You can make the ordinary extraordinary through your photography.
We will visit the most exclusive neighborhood on the hill, Louisburg Square, and the African Meeting House, an important underground railroad destination for runaway slaves.
Learning to see creatively means slowing down to notice simple details right in front of you that have the potential to make a great photo. The things other people walk right by will suddenly jump out at you begging for your attention.

We have designed a series of  30 minute practices we will do together that will improve your composition, depth of field, and basic camera settings. Then you will have some time on your own to wander.
You will have a chance to try these out right away with our guidance.  You will receive individual coaching and critique while we are on the streets shooting. This way you can be confident that you will be able to repeat the process next time you are out on a shoot. This is a great session if you are interested in travel photography.

We will work with color, texture, pattern, and light to make our photos come to life. As always, this is a non technical jargon zone. It is all about the creative act of seeing and capturing the moments of life with a fresh eye.
We have found a fantastic area on Beacon Hill for our shoot. The winding streets are packed with interesting colors, reflections, architectural details, pipes, door knockers, all kinds of things you would never imagine would make great photo.

Photo By former class participant Monica. T station base of Beacon Hill Old meets New. Good strong composition where the three blocks of color come together to create a unified feeling.

Any camera is fine for this shoot. You can even use your iPhone if you like. This is a fun, fast paced workshop. So if you would like to meet other people who love photography and are curious about how to take better photos, I hope you will join us. All skill levels welcome for this one. Moderate amount of walking but on cobble stone streets so a bit challenging.