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This weekend course is designed for garden enthusiasts who wish to hone their photographic skills. Most of the time will be spent photographing in the walled gardens at West Dean, learning and practicing the art of producing well-composed atmospheric images. We will focus on general views of the orchard, the espalier trees, the lines of soft fruit and the trained vines in the glasshouses. We will explore the potential of close-up/macro photography to bring out the individual characteristics of the autumn berries, different pears varieties and the wonderful display of apples. And we’ll experiment with abstract imagery. The emphasis of the course is about composing pictures in camera rather than post image manipulation. It is suitable for those with Digital SLR or an advanced compact camera.
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.
This two day workshop – held on a Friday and Saturday - in the beautiful Dorset countryside is ideal for those who would like to improve their photography skills and capture the essence of late autumn. The focus of the course is about composition, lighting and getting it right in camera rather than post image manipulation. It is suitable for those with a digital SLR or an advanced compact camera. Most of the time will be spent photographing in the gardens and by the lakes learning and practicing the art of producing well-composed atmospheric images. You will learn how to make the most of the mellow light to enrich vistas, how to photograph plants and bring out abstract details and textures. Sunny, frosty, misty or damp, the weather will dictate what we photograph
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.
Come and explore the winter shapes, outlines and structures in and around Flatford Mill and learn how to create crisp, minimal images from the lines and forms. During the weekend we will investigate the graphic potential of winter outlines, look at the shapes, patterns and rhythms within the landscape, how they relate to each other and how to place them within the 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 your skills to create stunning compositions in camera rather than relying on post image manipulation.
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.
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.
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.
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).