Today I gave my “How to get the most from your digital camera” talk at the Horley area Probus Club. A good gathering – over 50 well dressed, retired, professional gentlemen – I felt slightly bohemian in the blazered throng. There was a very good reception for my talk, intelligent and clued-up questions, including some of a very technical nature. Then lunch – excellent roast beef washed down with Harveys Sussex Bitter, and cheesecake and coffee to follow. I hope they ask me back!
It is good to talk about photography from time to time. Not least, I begin to realise how much I’ve learned! Stepping back from weddings and commercial shoots helps to refocus on the techniques I am talking about, and hopefully to come back to it refreshed when I next get the camera out.
The venue for this Probus group is Rowfant House, a lovely 16th century building so close to my usual stomping grounds that I am staggered that I had never even heard of it. As soon as I walked from my car to the house I thought that it had to be a sought-after wedding venue, and so it proved, in conversation with Jane Charlesworth, from the management team, after lunch. Any location which seems to be so far from the madding crowd, which has a lovely atmosphere, good service and catering, and which is only a few minutes from the M23, M25 and Gatwick Airport has to be a good wedding venue. I could have driven in 25 minutes from Haywards Heath, West Sussex, although ended up going from Charlwood, Surrey. I hope I will get to visit it again but as a wedding photographer next time!
Please see here for more information about Rowfant House.