A Photography Masterclass with Viking

Talk Dirty To Me Neon Sign in Dirty Martini

Recently, I was kindly invited to a Photography Masterclass with Viking Direct. The event was hosted in an upstairs room at Dirty Martini, and having heard so many amazing things about the venue (and their cocktails), I was thrilled to finally have the opportunity to try it out. After finishing work, I met up with Katrina, Nati and Ella and we stopped off for a pre-event milkshake in Byron, before wondering up to the venue.

Christmas Tree in Dirty Martini Ceiling with Lights on in Dirty Martini

When we entered, we were given a Strawberry Bellini and we had some time to chat and mingle with other bloggers. It was great to see Chloe and Maddie as per usual, and I thoroughly enjoyed having so many of my blogger pals at the same event!

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Once everybody had arrived and we were all settled in, we were given a presentation on how to use your camera, utilizing ISO, shutter speed and f-stop. We were separated into groups and experimented using lighting techniques and prisms to take photos more differently and creatively. I found this a lot of fun, especially as i’ve always focused on editing my photos using my mac and lightroom rather than playing around when taking them. The masterclass was run by Elouisa Georgiou and it was a fantastic opportunity to ask questions and gather some tips and tricks.

An arranged table in Dirty MartiniA decorative face surrounded by flowers and butterflies on a wall

After the workshops had taken place, we kindly had some food brought out to our tables and we were given the opportunity to try Dirty Martini’s collection of Christmas cocktails (which need I say, are incredible). Meanwhile, we all chose one photo to be printed out (using the Canon Pixma TS5050) so that Elouisa could choose a winner from all of the photographs taken.

If this photography masterclass has taught me one thing, it’s that I really need to take my camera out of auto mode and start having a play with manual. 

Christmas Cocktails at Dirty Martini

There’s nothing more fun than an exciting night spent with friends, I had a fantastic time and I can’t wait to start putting some of the photography tips to great use!

Chloe x

24 Comments

  1. December 16, 2018 / 10:30 am

    I’d love to go to an event like this! What a great way to expand on your knowledge of photography! Sounds like you had a really nice time!

    • Chloe Elizabeth
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      December 16, 2018 / 10:36 am

      Thank you Annie! It was a great evening! xx

  2. December 16, 2018 / 10:35 am

    I love those pictures and your post!!
    I love taking pictures but for the moment is through my phone.. I need to save to buy a real camera but there’s so many types, I wouldn’t know where to start haha!

    Anaïs xx

    • Chloe Elizabeth
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      December 16, 2018 / 10:38 am

      Thank you so much! I’ve had my camera for a while, but if I were to get one now I’d have no idea what was/wasn’t in trend! Phone cameras are so good these days, you really can’t go wrong! xx

  3. December 16, 2018 / 10:53 am

    I love Dirty Martini cocktails! This looks/sounds like such a fun and interesting event. I’d love to do something like this as I feel pretty useless with my camera more often than not 😂 Great post and I love that last pic of the drinks at the end xx

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    • Chloe Elizabeth
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      December 16, 2018 / 11:03 am

      Haha, I think practise is perfect – I’ve had my camera for years and spent a long time not taking it out of auto mode :p Thank you so much! xx

    • Chloe Elizabeth
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      December 16, 2018 / 11:02 am

      Thanks Nicola! I’d recommend! 😀 xx

  4. December 16, 2018 / 3:25 pm

    This sounds like such a fun event and so useful too! I also keep my camera on auto mode, I’d love to learn more about the manual settings though. Your cocktail photo looks fantastic! I’m glad you had a great time and thanks for sharing Chloe! <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • Chloe Elizabeth
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      December 21, 2018 / 7:55 pm

      Thank you Bexa! Glad you liked it 🙂 xx

  5. December 16, 2018 / 8:09 pm

    It is so cool that you got to go through a photography masterclass. Yum, strawberry bellinis are delicious! Love that you learned so much from the presentation. I know I need to learn about that sooner than later! Glad you enjoyed the opportunity!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    • Chloe Elizabeth
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      December 21, 2018 / 7:55 pm

      Thanks Nancy! x

  6. December 16, 2018 / 8:16 pm

    Wow, this sounds like so much – your photographs are absolutely gorgeous too! I’d love to go to something like this, I’m currently saving up for a new camera! Imogen x http://www.imogenchloe.co.uk

    • Chloe Elizabeth
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      December 21, 2018 / 7:55 pm

      Thank you Imogen! You’ll have to let me know what camera you get! x

    • Chloe Elizabeth
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      December 21, 2018 / 7:55 pm

      Thank you Sophie! x

    • Chloe Elizabeth
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      December 21, 2018 / 7:56 pm

      I know right! It was a great experience 🙂 x

  7. December 19, 2018 / 11:09 pm

    It sounds like such a fun event! I’d love to attend something like this. I took photography classes in University and they helped so much! I started using my camera in manual mode more often xx

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    • Chloe Elizabeth
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      December 21, 2018 / 7:56 pm

      That’s so cool! Well done Amita, I should take some tips from you 😀 x

  8. Laura
    December 23, 2018 / 9:22 pm

    Photography and cocktails? Well this is a heaven of an event x I would love to have attended x
    Also your tip about using the manual – so true! I can’t ever take good pics with auto mode!
    Thanks for sharing your experience lovely x
    Laura

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      December 23, 2018 / 10:30 pm

      Thanks Laura! It was a great experience 😊

  9. December 29, 2018 / 9:58 pm

    chloe you got so many gorgeous photos ! I high key want the photo of the four cocktails on ice framed in my kitchen.

    nati x | https://www.a-la-slowed.com/

    • Chloe Elizabeth
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      December 30, 2018 / 8:52 am

      Thanks gorge! OMG – #famous

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