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Is Your Garden Room The Place To Capture History?

It seems like since we all got internet access, everyone has (to some extent) become an amateur genealogist or local historian! There are hundreds of accounts and groups across social media, showing and recording how our towns and cities have changed, been remodelled and updated over the years. Historic photos that show parks, shops, and especially pubs that are no longer around can be shared without having to spend hours digging in the archives.

These kinds of groups and accounts are prompting a whole new generation to take photography seriously. At one time, amateur photography was seen as a bit 'geeky' and quite inaccessible. Photography is now an incredibly popular pastime, not only for capturing family memories, but also preserving a part of history.

One issue is that photography can become entirely engrossing - you may quickly find yourself with a dazzling array of equipment! Different camera bodies for studio and outdoor shooting, lenses in every conceivable size and capability, as well as flashes, lighting, remote shutters and tripods! It's not surprising that many photographers find themselves banished to the attic or garage trying to make a workable studio.

The simple answer could actually lie at the bottom of the garden. Garden Spaces garden rooms lend themselves brilliantly to creating a multi-functional space that gives photographers the room to have a studio, work area and editing space, all in one. It's possible to have floor to ceiling windows and glass doors to give photographers the ability to use every ounce of available light, creating bright and crisp images. All of our garden rooms can be hooked up to electricity and amenities, as well as incorporate Wi-Fi, meaning that the same space used to shoot is also perfect for retouching your shots, whether they've been taken in your new home studio or out and about as part of recording your town for history.

This year's Local and Community History Month is coming up in May for the UK, which also brings us to another interesting use for a garden studio. While the technology of cameras and Digital SLRs has meant that people can rapidly improve their skills as a photographer, there's been a resurgence in working with 35mm film. Preserving the skills of film photography is very appealing to local and amateur historians, because working in film is a connection between modern technology and historic practices.

Your Garden Spaces studio can also double as a darkroom, allowing you to not only work with film, but also handle, prepare and develop your own prints. The process isn't as complicated as you may think and many photographers work both digitally and with film as they have slightly different disciplines.

Having a garden room to act as a 'photography central' in your home not only means that you prevent filling your home with your snapping equipment and upsetting your family, but also you have a dedicated place to improve and hone your skills!

Date: 30/10/2017 | Author: Roger Hedges