If you would like any more details about the courses or would like some private tuition please feel free to contact me.
This weekend workshop is tailor made for beginners who wish to take control of their DLSR cameras. Come and spend time in the gardens at West Dean where you'll gain confidence to move off auto and switch between the different modes: program, aperture, and shutter priority - and manual if there's time. You will learn about ISO, master how to use exposure compensation and work on honing your compositional skills.
This course is all about creating clear, minimal images from lines and forms. Come and explore the graphic potential of the winter outlines and structures in the gardens at West Dean. Learn to identify the shapes, patterns and rhythms within the landscape, how they relate to each other and how to place them within the camera frame. We will work both in colour and black and white. Most of the time will be spent out and about taking pictures and honing our eye to create stunning compositions in camera rather than relying on post image manipulation.
Early summer is the perfect time to photograph flowers. My aim for this weekend course is to inspire students to take a closer look at the plants. The gardens at West Dean should be brimming over with clematis, cranesbills, peonies, poppies and roses. There are no set rules or ways to take photos of flowers yet there are certain things you can do to help improve your images. 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.
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.
The emphasis of this week is getting it right in camera. You will learn to recognize how lighting effects the image and how juggling with the exposure can create different visual effects. We shall be tackling seascapes and gardens, street photography including candid shots of people. During the course we will spend time at West Dean, Chichester, at the coast and if the dates coincide, spend an afternoon at the races. You will find out how to get the most out of your camera menu. We will explore aperture settings, shutter speeds, ISO and experiment using different image styles. We will be approaching the subject from a variety of viewpoints to create some interesting and unique compositions.
This four day course is ideal for those who would like to improve their garden and plant photography. We will immerse ourselves amongst late summer flowers and veg: dahlias, cosmos, rudbeckia, asters, verbena, tomatoes and chillies and early autumn berries. Most of the time will be spent taking pictures in and around Flatford Mill, at Beth Chatto’s, Helmingham Hall and other 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.
This workshop is tailor made for artists, craftspeople and those who run small businesses and need to showcase what they make or sell. The day will be devoted to still life photography, choosing suitable backgrounds and props, placing objects within the frame and making the most of the available light. The day will be spent exploring different ways to photograph your work for social media, a website and publicity material.
Spend two days on the Suffolk/Essex border strolling with your camera through Constable Country. Time will be spent looking and considering what will make a good photograph, whether it is a general vista, a collection of farm buildings, architectural details, hedgerow berries or the group enjoying their picnic lunch. We will walk between 4 to 7 miles a day in and around Dedham Vale, stopping at intervals to observe the surroundings and taking photos. Suitable for all models of camera, but a basic understand of how they work is essential. At the end of each walk there will we download and review the images from the day.
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).