Workshops in the UK in 2019/2020

If you would like any more details about the courses or would like some private tuition please feel free to contact me.

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West Dean College, Sussex – Capturing the Essence of Spring 3 – 6 May 2019

Late spring is the perfect time to be photographing gardens. My aim for this long weekend course is to inspire students to capture the vistas and take a closer look at all the plants. The gardens at West Dean should be brimming over with cowslip, tulips and late flowering narcissus. The blossom should be flowering on the apple trees and if we are lucky the Blue Bells will still out. There are no set rules or ways to take photograph gardens or flowers yet the lighting is crucial so be prepared for a couple of early morning starts. The emphasis is about the aesthetics of composing photographs in camera, rather than the technicalities of post image manipulation. It is suitable for students with digital SLR or intermediate to advanced compact cameras. Beginners to garden photography are welcome yet a basic understanding of how your camera works is necessary.

West Dean College – Garden Photography Taster day Saturday 22 June 2019

This taster day is an opportunity to spend a time in Gardens at West Dean learning how available light can influence your images as you capture well-composed pictures.

FSC Flatford Mill, Suffolk – Exploring Suffolk Gardens with your Camera 26-30 August 2019

This year we have extended this course to four days. This workshop is ideal for those who would like to improve their garden and plant photography. We will spend time photographing the magnificent summer flowers and vegetables: the dahlias, cosmos, rudbeckia, asters, verbena, tomatoes and chilies. We will be out with our cameras in and around Flatford Mill, Helmingham Hall and other well known local gardens. We will explore a range of photographic styles from general vistas right through to close ups. We will look at the horticultural details and consider the abstract potential of individual plants. The emphasis of the course is about composition and lighting rather than post image manipulation. It is suitable for those who have a digital SLR or advanced compact camera.

West Dean College, Sussex - Getting to Grips with your Digital SLR 11 – 13 October 2019

I have been asked my popular demand to rerun this successful weekend workshops for beginners who wish to master their DSLR cameras. Students will gain confidence to move off auto and switch between the different modes: programme, aperture and shutter priority. If there is time we will also take pictures using manual mode. You will learn about ISO, master how to use exposure compensation and work on honing you composition skills.

West Dean College, Sussex – Garden Photography – Early Spring Vistas and Close-ups 14 to 16 February 2020

Come and be inspired by the early spring bulbs at West Dean with its sheets of snowdrops and purple carpets of crocuses. February is an ideal time to hone your garden photography skills before the spring really gets started. The main focus of this course is to learn and practice the art of frame ground hugging flowers whether close-up or landscape. To become aware of how different weather conditions influence and enhance an image by adding depth and atmosphere. This is an ideal opportunity to build on your photographic skills.

Sculpture by the Lakes, Dorset - Capture the Energy of Early Spring - 28-29 February 2020

This workshop is ideal for those who would like to improve their photography skills and capture the essence of early spring at Sculpture by the Lakes. Time will be spent photographing in the gardens and by the lakes learning and practicing the art of producing atmospheric images. You will learn how to make the most of the crisp spring light to enrich vistas, plant portraits and abstract details and textures. We will take a closer look at the changing landscape created by all the new growth. We will consider what makes a good picture and how to get it right in camera rather than post image manipulation. Over the two days we will cover different camera modes: programme, aperture priority, shutter speed and if time, manual. We will also look at focusing, ISO and exposure compensation. It is suitable for those with a digital SLR or an advanced compact camera.

Private Tuition

I am happy to arrange private tutorials tailored to your individual needs, whether you want to get to grips with your camera, need some further technical help on focus, exposure and composition or would like guidance on how to use your photographs to showcase your business. We can also go through practical aspects such as downloading and storing. We can discuss your requirements beforehand so you can get the very best from this one-to-one experience. On the day, we shall spend a few minutes talking through the basics and then will go out ‘into the field’ and take pictures. There will be plenty of time afterwards to go through your images. Private tutorial subjects include: table top/still life photography; gardens/plants Cost: £40.00 per hour (If you bring a friend or partner there will be £5.00 (12.5% ) discount per person).