It finally happened.
Two months ago, as our photography club Bulacan Letratista (BULLET) was again approaching its founding anniversary (which falls on November), some of us in the group were brainstorming what would be a good way to celebrate the anniversary. Last year we held the first-ever photo exhibit at the Bulacan Provincial Museum. This year, the consensus was to give back to the community - and some members were suggesting having an outreach program by going to an orphanage or shelter and distributing goods. It was definitely a noble idea, but I thought we could do something just a little bit better and something that was related to our club. How about a basic digital photography workshop, absolutely free for anyone interested? We'll take care of everything needed for the workshop and invite everyone who wants to learn photography.
It was easier said than done, but soon the wheels were in motion and we found ourselves announcing "Back To Basics", BULLET's way of commemorating our 4th anniversary. I know there have been previous plans by the group to hold a workshop, but for one reason (or excuse?) or another, it never materialized. Until now.
Took a lot of collective work, but it paid off. Shortly after the announcement, we strongly felt the clamor for the workshop. Just a few days after opening the pre-registration, we reached our participant limit of 60, and had to add 30 more slots to accommodate those in the waiting list. We're all happy that the workshop became a success.
A HUGE success.
Workshop behind-the-scene photos from Noel Crisostomo and Mhoie Mendoza (click on thumbnails to view large) :
We did it! We could have had a big celebration amongst ourselves. Sure, we could have looked back and reminisce all we want (such a waste). We could have celebrated our past. Yet we wanted to give something to the present and the future. We strived to give back. In the end, we are honored to have celebrated BULLET's 4th anniversary through a worthwhile cause.
Some THANK YOUs are in order :
- To the Provincial Youth, Sports, Employment, Arts, Culture and Tourism Office (PYSEACTO), for the generosity and continued support, for making it possible to secure the workshop venue.
- To our other sponsors and fellow BULLET members who gave monetary assistance
- To Kath Cruz and Kat Centeno, for coordinating the workshop-organization efforts (I know it's a huge task to get/remind people to do their assignments)
- To Eugene Figueroa, for coordinating last-minute arrangements
- To Sherwin San Diego and his Soundscape Pro Audio services, for the sound system during the workshop
- To Christopher Adriano, for the workshop-essential LCD projector, and the other things you helped out on
- To Echel Darcen, MJ Cruz, and Roy Borje, for soliciting from sponsors
- To Ejay Caluag and Erika Santos, for the workshop certificates
- To Borky Perida, for the professional workshop poster design
- To Arts by Ayerie, for the cool bag tags and other freebies
- To everyone else who contributed to the success of the workshop (you know who you are), doesn't matter if it was a big or small part, just the same you're part of the group effort - from attending or participating in meetings, to doing errands during the workshop, or just being there to show your support, they are all APPRECIATED.
- To the workshop participants, without you this whole thing wouldn't be a success
- Personally, I'd like to thank my wife. Preparing the workshop lecture material took a big chunk of my free time. I only had evenings to do it, and she understood - leaving me alone while she took care of our five-month-old baby while I prepared the workshop lessons. Trust me, that's a welcome relief.
From all of us in Bulacan Letratista... THANK YOU!
As for the participants, I really hope you picked up something from the workshop. Let me apologize for the fast pace of the lessons, cramming the essentials into 7 hours ultimately led to a faster-than-usual progression. Rest assured, I did my best to make you understand the most important stuff.
My advice from hereon is very simple : KEEP ON SHOOTING. DON'T STOP LEARNING.
Until then. =)
Due to insistent demand, I made a PDF version of the Back To Basics Workshop lecture material. Condensed to 34 pages (the PowerPoint presentation was 120-slides-long). I am posting this here available for everyone to download, but the document is password-protected. I will only be giving the password to those who attended the workshop. It's a bit unfair if they took the time and effort to be there while others who didn't would also be getting these notes. Also, the notes are the bare essentials of what I discussed, so if you weren't actually there and you happen to read the PDF file, there might be some things that you won't fully "get".
But if you know how to hack PDF files, then by all means, go for it. =)
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