Blue Sky Photo Club – Block 1

Blue Sky Photo Club - Block 1 - Genna Delaney Jewellery Artist

When I studied jewellery at Cardonald College I realised that I enjoyed Black and White photography. The course was split into different modules and I enjoyed experimenting and developing my negatives in the dark room. It was like magic seeing the image appearing on the paper! This was back in 1999-2002 but unfortunately after leaving college I never had the time or access to a dark room to do more with black and white film photography.

Then while studying at DJCAD from 2003-2006 I began to realise that taking photos of my jewellery to archive my designs and commissions was really important and it also helped to bulk up my portfolio. So I got myself a wee digital camera and just took images with the auto mode. Over the years at art school technology was advancing and after graduating I decided to get a digital SLR camera to allow me to take more professional shots of my jewellery for my website and online shop.

My camera, the Nikon D5000 is a fantastic camera if you know how to get the best out of it. But again I was just using the auto mode as I didn’t know what all the functions meant. I kept on meaning to do a night class at Dundee college but never got around to it. Then a friend told me there was a photography class starting at the DCA, Dundee which showed you how to get the most of your digital SLR and helped you understand the functions. I decided to sign up.

So earlier on in the year I took part in the 8 week photography night class at the DCA, Dundee called the Blue Sky Photo Club. The classes were split up into different areas of how to use a digital camera and run by Ross Fraser McLean, (a self taught photographer based in Dundee) check out Ross McLeans site to see his work.

The class had a mixed level of photographers, some had already attended Ross’ classes before but others like me were complete beginners and wanted to get out of using the auto mode. Each week we had homework to do so it was a great way of making yourself learn as you had to go away and experiment with the camera.

The first weeks homework was to take photos which represent your own self portrait and to take pictures of objects or shapes that created the letters in your first name.

Here are the photos I took of the letters that represent my name GENNA. This was quite challenging but also fun to try and spot anything that looked like a letter.

My self portrait images were pictures of my work bench, my sketchbooks, some food, my computer with my phone and camera. My friend Jennifer Robson is a fine artist and had done a sketch of me so this also was a self portrait as literally it was! and I also used a photo of a reflection of me in a glass window. These images can be seen in Picasa in the Blue Sky folder.

Unfortunately I’m not sure how to create albums inside albums so the images aren’t split into separate folders for each weeks homework but should be in order.

The week 2 was taking photos which were over and underexposed by experimenting with the aperture compensation mode.

Week 3 and 4 was day and night photography. The aim was to take the same shot and same composition twice, one during the day and one at night. I focused on scenes which were quite mundane during the day but came to life at night.

Other images I took can be viewed in the Blue Sky Photo Club album in picasa.

In week 5 Ross had a load of words crumpled up in a bucket and were were to pick out a word and take 5 photos representing that word. My word was FAST. This allowed me to experiment with the shutter speed to capture movement and blur, and try panning. I think this one of the taxi has worked quite well.

Other images can be seen in picasa.

In week 6 we were to experiment with flash. There’s a really cool technique where you press the shutter butter down while zooming the lens back and forward. This creates some awesome effects. Flash is also good at saturating the colours making them brighter.

Some weeks were really busy with me running my business, exhibiting and working part time so I sometimes found the homework really hard to do in a week. During week 7 I was exhibiting away from home for 5 days so didn’t have much time to experiment with the homework which was Black and White photos. More can be viewed in Picasa as you can see from the photos there I was exhibiting at the Royal Highland Show, that is why I have photos of tractors.

And the final week, week 8, Ross wanted us to print out our favourite pictures which we had taken during the time of the photography class.

More can be seen on picasa.

During the time of the class I definitely learned a lot about using my camera and I now use the manual mode!

Testimonials

Can't thank you enough it was exactly as we asked for and a lot more x better start saving for the Eternity ring you're going to be making next for June .... a very happy couple xx

Sean

My family bought me a voucher for a 1:1 workshop to make a silver ring for my Birthday. Genna's workshops are informative in the process of jewellery making and good fun. Genna has a lovely teaching style.

Best of all you go home with a beautiful ring you made.

I would definitely do another workshop and if I could give Genna 10 stars I would. Thank you.

Samantha

Picked up my Wedding Ring today and words can't describe how happy I am. It looks amazing. Few wee (happy) tears on the way home. Thank you so much. p.s. thank you from my "Mum" too xxx

June

Genna design recently carried out a repair on my wife's engagement ring. I could not fault Genna's workmanship and the cost of the repair was very competitive. I would not hesitate to return in the future.

Michael

I had a fantastic time on Saturday, thanks Genna for being patient. Love my ring. Robert asked what I was making next so I might be back. Thanks once again for a great day x

Liz

Had a lovely day with Genna making our wedding rings! What a great touch to add to our special day! Would definitely recommend her to anyone looking to make their wedding rings, more than just a ring!

Stephanie 2018

Genna created my engagement and wedding ring and they are absolutely beyond perfect! She really took her time at the initial consultation and went over all of the tiniest details - when we got the pictures of the finished rings I was totally blown away - they were exactly what I had pictured in my head, if not better!!

Jessica

Genna, it was lovely to meet you last evening and I just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you for the beautiful necklace. It is truly gorgeous. What a talent you have. I've not taken it off since last Thursday! I was even wearing it for Crufts all weekend!

Keep following your dream!

Jenny Campbell 2018

Really enjoyable and educational day, we both had loads of fun. Would recommend to anyone looking to make there own personalised ring

Gordon & Gill

As Alison and Ron’s neighbours we have witnessed first hand this special and devoted love and the beautiful commission pieces you made reflect beautifully their enduring love . Alison wears them with humble pride.

Yvonne

Today my mother enjoyed her Christmas treat from us – a four hour ring making class with jeweller Genna Delaney. She totally loved it and has made a wonderful ring. She reckons Genna is a natural teacher. As a former head teacher she’s good at spotting such talents. If you want to learn jewellery making then Genna is the person to see!

Prof Mike Press

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Natalie

I'm over the moon with my ring! Thank you so much for creating such a beautiful piece which means so much to me. I absolutely love it.

Irene 2018

Thanks so much for the beautiful ring I bought yesterday!! Will be in touch about a commission a piece soon!!

Julia Wang, NY

Genna has lots of lovely jewellery to buy. The best things are bespoke though. She made me a few unique items using much loved heirlooms and updating them.

Bonnie Lee, TX