We will spend the day exploring the landscaped gardens, paths, the Himalayan collection of rhododendrons and azaleas, scenic bridges, and water features. Although popular with visitors the gardens and architecture create a huge variety of subjects, scenes and situations to suit all photographic tastes. There is also a plentiful supply of facilities, i.e. toilets, benches, under cover retreats etc, to make the most of the location no matter what the weather.
Participants will be responsible for their own travel, parking, entrance fee, and accommodation (if required) costs. Unfortunately I cannot advise on suitable accommodation options.
The workshop fee excludes any personal or equipment Insurance, and participants should bring along a packed lunch and drinks in order to make the most of the day.
A £50 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your booking. In the event of the participant cancelling the deposit will be held. If I have to cancel for any reason then the deposit will be will be refunded, however I will not be responsible for reimbursing any accommodation or travel booking costs.
The focus of the workshop will be to encourage the participants to think about their approach, and to be sure about the "story" they are trying to tell. During the workshop I will also provide guidance on camera settings, filtration and setup, as well as techniques to improve your compositions. You will receive a brief questionnaire before the workshop to allow me to tailor the content towards what you wish to learn.
After the workshop I will remain available by email (preferred) or phone to continue to advise as you view and process your images from the day.
£120 for a single attendee
£150 total for two attendees (e.g. two friends, husband & wife etc)
£50 deposit payable in advance
Balance to be paid 2 weeks prior to workshop date
Saturday 5th August 2017
Saturday 2nd September 2017
Saturday 7th July 2018
Saturday 4th August 2018
Saturday 1st September 2018
Spaces: Up to 2 people per date
Duration: 6 hours (typically 10:00 to 16:00)
Tuition and guidance on the day, plus demonstrations using own kit and methods if required.
What to bring
Camera, tripod (highly recommended), accessories (spare battery, etc), selection of lenses, filters (ND grads or polariser most useful), walking boots and/or wellies, food & drink.
Meeting instructions, including guidance on what to wear and what kit to bring will be provided in advance of the workshop date.
Quotes from previous participants
"... for the first time in a long time I actually used all the of kit that I heaved around, and whilst before yesterday I was convinced that having a long lenses wasn’t for everyday use my mind has been changed.
The format of the day for me was perfect, plenty of time to chat around the subject, critics of some of the photos I had already taken, and a fair amount of friendly banter..."
A D M
"I hugely enjoyed yesterday and feel much more enthused about taking my photography forward.
By chance we were at Stourhead today and I tried putting into practice what we had learnt with you, particularly histograms.
... I hope that I have learnt about 'where' I am going.
I felt totally relaxed all day, not inhibited to ask questions and your took excellent care of us."
"Just a note to say thank you so much for yesterday's workshop. I really enjoyed it, despite my body deciding to seize up part way through!
I learned a lot about filters, histograms and composition. I've been looking online for a starter set of filters and am going to treat myself. I may go for the big stopper option and then add the others bit by bit, not sure yet!
I've also got my eye on a geared tripod head but that may have to wait a while!"