Toast of the Town: Photography Workshop


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A couple of weekends ago, I caught an early train through to Glasgow with Laura and Jade for a photography workshop with Dreghorn Photography. The Toast of the Town campaign hosted by Millenium Hotel Glasgow aimed to celebrate Glasgow in the run up to the Commonwealth Games, as well as the hotel's recent refurbishment. We spent the morning learning some of the basics about how to use our cameras (no automatic mode allowed!) and trying out a few easy exercises to get to grips with things like shutter speed, focus and ISO. We then headed downstairs to the hotel's Brasserie for lunch, and we tucked into a buffet of venison hot dogs, haggis bonbons, beef burgers and lots more. Yum!

After lunch, we then headed outside with Stuart and Hamish from Dreghorn Photography to take some photos around Glasgow city centre. We had a wander round George Square, Buchanan Street and Royal Exchange Square and happily snapped away using some of the techniques we'd learned earlier in the day. I think I'm getting pretty good at taking photos of things that don't move (like product photos for my blog), but taking photos out and about is definitely something I want to do more of. In the last 6 months or so I've really stepped away from using any of the automatic settings on my camera (it's a Lumix G3 if you were wondering!) but even though I almost always use manual now, I'm still learning lots about the best settings to use for different types of photographs. If you're based near Glasgow and fancy making the most of your camera too, Dreghorn Photography offer lots of different photography courses covering the basics right up to advanced techniques.

I had a great day improving my photography skills and snapping away in Glasgow, which was looking lovely in the run up to the Commonwealth Games. Big thanks to Dreghorn Photography for their expert guidance, Millenium Hotels for hosting us (you can read more about the day in their blog post), and Joe Blogs Blogger Network for organising it all!

Have you got any top photography tips?

Gillian x


  1. your hunts to take awesome photos are completely great, Gillian! also love the second photo!

    Labina | Dear Labina Design.

  2. I always love your photography, you have such a good eye for composition!

    Sara | This Girl Loves

  3. Love your photos! I'd love to go on a photography workshop one day.

    Beauty and Lifestyle Blog


  4. I think this best way to learn is to just practice and try. I like to adjust the camera settings and take the same picture to get a better understanding of what they all do :)

  5. Sadly I'm stuck with my automatic settings as I never seem to find the time to work out how to properly use my camera. Your compositions are always great and you seem to have a fantastic eye for interesting things worth capturing. Looks like a lovely day - Glasgow looks so shiny and colourful, it reminds me of London just before the Olympics. Ooh, the excitement! x


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