Simon says come along

LIFE behind the lens has never been boring for Simon Hughes, and this weekend Clarence Valley youths have the opportunity to learn photography techniques from one of the most accomplished photographers in the area.

Mr Hughes will conduct a free workshop today at the Grafton Regional Gallery, where budding photographers will learn a range of tricks and techniques that will take their photography to the next level.

The workshop will also have a special concentration on “Aussie style” as Clarence Valley Council, which is supporting the workshops, is offering a brand new iPad to the person who takes the best Aussie image and submits it to council's youth-orientated website,

“We will be covering Australian style, sport photography, people, landscapes and some stuff that is more on the arty side,” Mr Hughes said.

The workshop is designed for anyone who has an interest in photography and improving their “eye”. “The young people who will benefit most out of this are those who have a genuine interest in it. People from amateurs to the more serious should come along,” Mr Hughes said.

“They should bring along their camera and whatever gear and lenses they have or want to learn more about.

“After we get all of the formalities out of the way at the gallery, we will be heading out to take some photos. There are also some great photography exhibitions at the gallery at the moment.”

Mr Hughes has been a professional photographer for more than 20 years, and swapped a bottle of champagne to get his hands on his first camera.

“I also had a friend that developed black and white film too, so it all worked out fairly well,” he said.

As a photographer, he has worked in newspapers (including this one), commercially and in the advertising world. And you can find him most of the time tucked away in his Prince St studio, shooting his subjects or working on the images he captures.

The workshop will start today at 9am and will run to between noon and 1pm. It is specifically for people aged from 12-25 from the Clarence Valley.

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