Photography workshop #LightsCameraCurrys

28th September 2014

Amazing hot dogs

On Saturday I attended a photography workshop/blogger meet up in Manchester thanks to Currys and Joe Blogs. I caught a train to Liverpool and had a coffee at the station before I met up with Emma from Miss Pond, and together we made our way over to the Manchester Photographic studios.

Photography lesson

The main photography lesson was quite basic but perfect for those who have never taken their camera off auto. If I’m being totally honest, I felt that I already knew most of what we were taught on the day. I think that shows what a great photography teacher Tyrone is (seriously, he should start charging for lessons!).

There was some coverage of Lightroom but as a die hard devotee to Photoshop I wasn’t so convinced. Everything we were taught to do in Lightroom I already knew how to do just as easily in Photoshop. Seriously, you’ve got to love RAW.


Lunch consisted of a buffet of sandwiches and nibbles, plus plenty of hot and cold drink options. Thumbs up from me!

Out and about in Manchester

In the afternoon we were sent on a photography challenge. Our task was to work in groups of 5 and to take photographs of particular aspects of the food festival in Manchester. Our group (group 3) was given the challenge of photographing food and drink, with a particular focus on preparation. Here’s my results…

Food preparation






Lots of Coke


This guy loved himself

This guy loved himself

This guy was loving the attention of all the ladies photographing him. ๐Ÿ˜›


The freebies, courtesy of Currys, included a camera cleaning kit, a USB memory stick, a water bottle (not featured in photograph as it’s already in use) and a tote bag.



Overall I had a really good day out. My favourite thing about the whole day was getting to meet other bloggers, and if anything it inspired me. Many of the women[1. Not being sexist. The only guy there was the instructor!] I spoke to had busy lives, full time jobs and still managed to maintain their own blogs. It’s given me a real motivational boost and I feel like I have no reason as to why I can’t keep updating three times a week while in my final year of university. So thanks ladies!

I attended this event for freeย courtesy of Joe Blogs and Currys and in return I have wrote this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

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  1. Cat

    As someone who has used Photoshop for over 10 years… I actually like Lightroom better for post processing photos ๐Ÿ™‚ When it comes to photo editing (exposure, temperature, lens correction, etc), Lightroom and Photoshop can actually do the same things. When it comes to a photographer’s workflow, I think Lightroom is much better. I can post process way faster in Lightroom than Photoshop because of its catalog and smart collections system. Lightroom is pretty much designed for photographers who deal with hundreds (or thousands) of photos at a time, which is often my situation. Also, it keeps historical changes for every photo, even after you exit, which is helpful for comparisons and looking back on. Really, it’s up to each person’s preference, and I don’t think they have to be exclusive ๐Ÿ™‚ I do most of my editing in Lightroom with finishing touches in Photoshop.

    Anyway! Sorry for that long bit about Lightroom, haha. I just really like it ๐Ÿ˜‰ The photography workshop you went to sounds awesome! That must be fun to meet other bloggers and to take photos at a food festival. It’s also cool to see the food prep side of things instead of just the finished product. I’m glad you had fun at it!

    • Holly

      I don’t think Lightroom would benefit me as I have my own way of organising my photos manually, and I rarely edit huge numbers of photos in one go.

  2. Your group had the fun challenge with having to take pictures of the food/drinks aspect! The pizza looks super delicious! Your goodie bag looks nice with all of those cleaning cloths! It sounds like you had a great time there :D. Hope you’ll go to another event soon!

    • Holly

      I was gutted that I’d left my purse in the photography studio or else I would have been spending my money on that delicious pizza. ๐Ÿ˜›

  3. Susanne

    What a fun photo challenge! You can do so much with a good camera and some food. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I prefer Photoshop for whatever, but that is mainly because I bought Photoshop since I already was a little bit familiar with it, and see no reason to pay for yet another photo editing software that is similar to Photoshop. And yes – RAW rocks!