In 2022 I have three new workshops booked to run at West Dean College, which I am really looking forward too. The first one is at the end of March. However, if you would like some help understanding how your camera works, I am happy to give a one-to-one session on zoom or meet in a garden/open space where we can maintain social distancing.
Late summer is a perfect time to go out into the garden with your camera. At West Dean the Helianthus, Rudbeckias and Michaelmas daisies will be in full bloom and the glass houses and kitchen garden will be brimful of vegetables and fruit. During this long weekend we will visit one other local garden, which will be confirmed near to the date. We will explore the gardens in terms of colour, light and shade. The main focus of the course will be practicing the art of framing well-composed vistas and close-ups. Students will gain an understanding of how depth of field influences the mood and outcome of their pictures and how different qualities of light and weather enhance and saturate the colours or bleach them out. You will learn the quickest way to adjust the ISO, how to master manual focusing and how to switch confidently between different camera modes. We will spend most of the time outside taking pictures. Be prepared for one early morning start in order to capture the soft mellow dawn sunlight.
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: program, 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 your composition skills.
Come and be inspired by the early spring flowers at West Dean with its sprinkling of narcissus, hellebores and early blossom. March 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.
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: £45.00 per hour (If you bring a friend or partner there will be £5.00 (12.5% ) discount per person).