Anyone who has picked up a camera knows how frustrating it can be trying to find the right setting in time to capture that perfect moment. After spotting the desired shot, there is usually a bit of fumbling about trying to guess the correct setting before the photographer gives up, goes to automatic, and ends up with either an out-of-focus or over-exposed image.
It was problems like these that friends of Aris Venetikidis wanted help with. “I’m certain that I’m not the first designer and photographer whose friends constantly asked about how to do stuff in Photoshop, what camera to purchase, and about tricks on how to operate them” he says.
The accidental teacher
What started as an informal gathering of friends, where 37-year-old Aris would pass on some basic photography tricks, has now turned into the fully-fledged photo school VisualHub.
“It happened almost by accident,” he says. “Thing is: I love explaining stuff. Eventually, I started to pool a handful of interested friends together to save time and their feedback was a strong encouragement to offer frequent regular courses.”
Today VisualHub is the only place in Vienna offering regular lessons in English for photography enthusiasts. “We just saw a need for this,” says Aris, adding that he hadn’t planned to do this when he moved to Vienna from Ireland with his wife Sigita, aged 31.
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