Last week I attended the Epic Workshop with Sam Hurd and the Photography Farm. In short what can I say – it was absolute EPIC!
I’ve attended a few photography workshops over the years, just to push myself to grow further and also to get new and fresh inspirations from both the workshop speakers and the attendees. However, this 2-Day/2-Nights workshop has been by far the most intense. In a very good way! I absolutely loved it!
Sam is such a genuinely nice guy and very open about his photography experiences, techniques and business strategies. After the two days, my head was totally and utterly buzzing from all the excitement and inspiration.
On Tuesday morning, the Photography Farm, run by the lovely Lisa Devlin, welcomed us at the premises of the beautiful Ridge Farm, down in Surrey, which used to house some of the most epic musicians throughout its operation of the record studios – bands like Pearl Jam, Black Sabbath or Oasis recorded albums here. How cool is that?! So the perfect place to get the creative juices flowing, that’s for sure!
The first day started off, after a little meet & greet session with the other 14 participating photographers, with Sam talking about his roots, his inspirations and his pioneering techniques like prisming, freelensing or using little gadgets for great creative effects. He was very open about it all and patiently answered any questions we might have bombarded him with.
In the afternoon, the day became even more epic, when Kat Williams from Rock ‘n Roll Bride showed up with her hubby Gareth to pose for us at the little portrait session. During this time Sam explained every step of his thinking behind certain poses or setups. Alongside we were able to try and test some of his gear and have a play ourselves. This was truly awesome! When do you ever get a chance to play with an anamorphic lens?!
The second day was all about the business and his editing workflow. I learned a lot from this and can’t wait to implement some of the business tips and workflow tricks. By then end of it all, I’ve written at least two pages full of creative and business take-aways that I would like to try and test in the next few weeks and months to come. Eek!!
All in all, I can’t deny it – this was probably one of my best workshop experiences ever! Kudos and a big, fat THANK YOU to this amazingly talented man!
Major thanks also to the Photography Farm for organising it all and keeping us cozy and fed throughout. Also big thanks to the entire group for making the two days absolutely unforgettable! You are all some very kind and talented peeps!