Feature Image by: Maria Westaway

Exploring Vivid Sydney in Manual Mode

Having only purchased my first real camera three months ago — an EOS 80D — I’ve taken up every opportunity available to develop my skills. This has included everything from formal hands-on photography training courses and tips and pointers from my friends. So, when the Canon Collective photography workshops were highly recommended by friends, as a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the functions available on my camera while taking photos of the amazing Vivid Sydney festival, I jumped at the chance.

Low light image taken at Vivid Sydney

My first Canon Collective walking tour — and Vivid Sydney experience — far exceeded my expectations. Our guide, Canon Collective Ambassador Emma Desira, provided our group of five a three-hour tour of Sydney’s Circular Quay, which included access to exclusive areas of the festival, only open for the Canon Collective walking tours.  She gave everyone in our group one-on-one training on how to make the most of our cameras, and shared easy tips to improve our photography. It was the first time I was confident enough to tackle the manual mode on a camera.

Low light image taken at Vivid Sydney

At the end of the tour, Emma coached us how to select our best photos, then we professionally printed them in A2 and A3 sizes. These were the first of my printed photographs, so I was surprised at the quality and exuberance of them. Hours later my favourite photo from the night was sitting on my living room wall, something I never ever expected.

Low light image taken at Vivid Sydney

Images and words by Maria Westaway.

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