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Post Options Post Options   Quote bonneville Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 September 2012 at 16:09
Originally posted by MiPr MiPr wrote:

So, has anybody attended yesterday's Gary's public lecture? Any reports? Thoughts? Recommendations?


It is a bit early for an answer as the first of two is running right now (Sat pm - UK time) and the second is tomorrow. I shall be there .

I'll have my ipad with me and if the hotel has wifi I'll hope to post an update during the lunch break (although I anticipate it will read along the lines of.....Brilliant!! )

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A fabulous weekend seminar; educational, very entertaining, great company and above all for me: inspiring

Plenty of candids to come from the breaks, but for tonight just the result of our quick Saturday exercise to take a window lit portrait:

Mrs Gary Friedman (aka Carol)



A900, 85mm, f1.4, 1/640sec, ISO 160, jpeg just resized

Cannot recommend the seminars highly enough:



And with enough names and topics suggestions, Gary could be persuaded to revisit the UK next year and give a more advanced course
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Nivek Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 September 2012 at 12:14
I attended the 1st day of the course which was targeting creativity and found it very useful. It has made me rethink the process of taking pictures and has rekindled my interest to go out and take some.
One other benefit of the course is that I now feel more content with the equipment I have and don't feel so bad about not being able to afford an upgrade to the A99 or RX1.

Overall though a very useful course which I expect will yield practical improvements in my photography in the coming weeks.

Unfortunately my next two weeks are full up and I know I will have little to no time to pick up a camera but then I will be putting Gary's teachings to good use and I will let you all know how I get on.

I was annoyed to be unable to attend the second day and I hope Gary will be returning so that I can do it another time.

Gary himself is a good teacher and I thoroughly enjoyed the day.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Bob J Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 September 2012 at 12:22
Great to hear, although this comment
Originally posted by Nivek Nivek wrote:

One other benefit of the course is that I now feel more content with the equipment I have and don't feel so bad about not being able to afford an upgrade to the A99 or RX1.

...might not make Gary so popular with Sony
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Morsleib Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 September 2012 at 12:42
A big +1 from me too. It was a great weekend. My wife and I had only booked for day 1 (the creative stuff) but I enjoyed it so much I shelled out for the second day. Meanwhile my wife went to Hampton Court Palace and actually put some of the principles into practice!

If you like Gary's style (read his blog and books) it all makes for a most entertaining and informative experience. I would highly recommend to anybody booking yourself a session (or two) if you get the chance.

@Bonneville Good to meet you yesterday. On your recommendation I checked my Minolta 50mm f1.7 when I got home last night and to my relief it is working perfectly (for now at least).

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Post Options Post Options   Quote bonneville Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 September 2012 at 14:13
Attended on the Sunday and had a thoroughly enjoyable day. Gary has to be one of the very best in his field of knowledge and presentation that is interesting, informative, entertaining and inspiring. Hard to beat and worth every penny.

He suggested to me that I gave a public plug for Dyxum, which I was pleased to do, but I'm not sure why, when Gary introduced me he mistakenly described me as one of the founders! (I wish). During one of the breaks a few of us had an interesting discussion about the pronunciation of the word "Dyxum". I had explained that it was an amalgam of Minolta's Dynax (European market) and Maxxum (US) but it had never occured to me how it should sound when spoken aloud.

I have always thought 'dick-sum' but Gary and others said they went with 'dyke-sum'. We stopped short of singing; "you say Dyxum and I say Dyxum"

It was a real treat to meet current and hopefully potential Dyxumers (or should that be Dyxumers?), especially @tigertimb and @Morsleib and Stuart with whom I shared a table. I only wish I had had more time to chat to everyone.

Gary filmed both days and is hoping to release a DVD of the seminar, which would be great if he does. Those of us who were there on the Sunday share a secret regarding the filming continuity too.

So, in summary, if you ever have the chance to attend in your part of the world, go for it, you will not regret it regardless of the skill level or experience you have. There is certainly something for everyone.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote tigertimb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 September 2012 at 19:03
Originally posted by bonneville bonneville wrote:


He suggested to me that I gave a public plug for Dyxum, which I was pleased to do




Just time for a quick grab shot from where I sat
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Morsleib Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 September 2012 at 12:31
Tim, nice view of the back of my head :-) Getting a bit thin up there.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote tigertimb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 September 2012 at 12:47
Looks pretty dense to me Terry, but sorry for the angle and a shame we didn't get a better chance to talk.

But couldn't crop you out, as it was good to see someone was listening to Brian

And welcome to Dyxum

Pop over and Introduce Yourself when you feel settled, and if you've not worked it out already, this should get you started on posting images
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Morsleib Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 September 2012 at 14:20
As Gary kept saying you've got to 'get the shot' first and then work to improve it

I have actually been a member here for a few years but I have to admit mostly as a lurker.

It was a great opportunity to chat with other Sony users. I have never seen so many gathered together in one place. Normally the most is myself, my wife and my son. Too many to get to talk to everybody though.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Bob J Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 September 2012 at 14:57
Glad to hear it all went so well, maybe Gary will be inclined to run some more in future!

Originally posted by bonneville bonneville wrote:

..when Gary introduced me he mistakenly described me as one of the founders!


You obviously have a very authoritative face (plus you have been around since '07...)

With regard to pronunciation, it has come up before... I think either is OK, but DIX-UM seems to have gained a prevalence.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bonneville Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 September 2012 at 11:12
Originally posted by Bob J Bob J wrote:


You obviously have a very authoritative face

Well that's a first Thanks Bob.

And just to illustrate a point, no-one can say Gary isn't passionate about his work:


GaryFriedman by brian c young, on Flickr

This was the 're-enactment' of the day 1 introduction..... at lunchtime on day 2 . Just look at the list of topics planned for the day

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Post Options Post Options   Quote tigertimb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 September 2012 at 11:28
Blame me for that

I had confessed to having never used a video camera before; but I still can't quite work out how I'd failed to turn it on for the start of day 1
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As someone rather new to taking photography at all seriously, Gary's books have been a boon. For me, the joy of Gary's A65 book is that they not only explain what my A65 does, but why you would want to use each function. I have not learnt more from any other source.

The 2 day course was awesome. Even the stuff which I thought I understood I learnt more about. And some of my preconceptions about what would really be useful for me were shattered (yes, I really do need an off camera flash, and maybe more than one...). And I loved Gary's emphasis on creativity alongside contempt for the "art crowd".

I very much hope Gary develops a subsequent day or two for the course. Perhaps the best endorsement I can give is that if Gary is back in London, my money will be down for ANY addition material he is covering without hesitation.

Ad having lurked on this forum for a while, bonneville was enough to convince me I should sign up!



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