If you would like any more details about the courses or would like some private tuition please feel free to contact me.
Flaming June – this weekend is the chance to explore and photography the extensive gardens of West Dean at their most impressive and colourful. The Edwardian pergola alone lends a variety of picture opportunities, from vistas to macro shots. We’ll investigate the walled gardens with their glasshouses then wander over to the wild gardens and if there is time visit the arboretum. Be prepared for one early start to capture the soft morning light. Suitable for beginners and more experienced photographers.
An opportunity to spend a day in Gardens at West Dean learning how available light can influence your images as you capture well-composed pictures.
September Do you relish long walks in the countryside with your camera to hand? Do you enjoy the company of like-minded enthusiasts? Then this is the course for you. We shall be spending a few days in late summer exploring Constable country, stopping off along the way to record our journey, whether it’s a sweeping vista over Dedham Vale, a tiny flower popping its head through a hedgerow or animal footprints across muddy paths. You will need to be fit enough to find walking four to six miles a day no problem and come prepared for all types of weather.
We’ll be packing our cameras and walking boots and setting off for the West Dean estate. Our circular walk in the South Downs will take in views across Monkton House, the former home of Edward James the founder of West Dean College. We will also walk along the coast at West Wittering and do another walk as yet to be decided. You don’t have to be an experienced photographer or rambler but you do need to be able to manage between five to six miles a day and have a working knowledge of your camera. This course is all about composition - increasing your understanding of what makes a good picture - and how to get the best out of different light conditions. Suitable for all types of camera - compact, bridge or DSLR. If you want help don’t forget to bring your instruction manual and we can go through it together.
You don’t have to wait for a fine sunny day to go outside with your camera. Sometimes the most atmospheric weather conditions make the most interesting pictures be it a mist-shrouded landscape, a threating overcast sky or a rain-lashed pond. This weekend course will concentrate on achieving the best garden photographs despite – or even because of – the conditions.
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.
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).
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.