Had a great day on Saturday with the Girl Guide Association (or simply the Guides - as they now call themselves).
In the morning I spoke with a group of adult Guide volunteers who regularly submit photographs to the media (magazines, local papers and their own internal publications). This was a chance for me to talk about photography from a different angle to normal, less about the technicalities - and more about techniques for getting in amongst the action. This was a lively and vibrant group, asking lots of questions and the 2+ hours quickly zoomed by.
After lunch the second group were completly different. These again were adult guiders, and they were spending Saturday together as part of a much larger group, and had chosen 'photography' as something they'd like to know more about.
This was a great opportunity to deal with the more common problems that people experience when they take photographs - such as under or over-exposed and blurred images, red-eye and picture composition. This second group started off quite quiet, but as we moved through each topic, unpacking the problems and talking through the solutions, they became more and more animated and responsive. When the session finally came to an end, there was a real sense of excitment in the room. I was almost expecting them to rush out of the classroom with their cameras and start firing off pictures straight away.
An exhausting day, but thoroughly enjoyable - helped of course by a group of ladies (and one or two gents) who were both warm and welcoming.