Last week I attended a day long photography workshop called FoodSnap. I find it challenging taking pictures of still life, so I thought this could be useful.
The morning was spent listening to a lecture and reviewing photos. The best part of the class for me was the instructors' review of participants' previously submitted photos (anonymously). I learned some general principles about composition. The afternoon was spent taking photos of displays set up around the room, with photographers available to help as needed.
I didn't particularly enjoy the picture taking session. As I thought about it afterward, I realized part of my discomfort was with taking photos of things I had no connection to. The cupcakes weren't from a bakery I've ever been to; the objects weren't from a store I frequent; a total disconnect from my life.
I also realized that I simply didn't want to photograph some of the tables. I really should have just done it, it would have been good practice, but I just didn't want to take pictures of things that I wasn't inspired by or that weren't my style. (A nice revelation for me as I was having those thoughts: I have a style!)
Overall, I was glad to have attended. I left with more (new) questions than I came in with - to me, a good sign. And I got to meet a few bloggers and twitter friends in person.