We will spend the day exploring the gardens at Mottisfont in Hampshire which, at this time of year, will be heavy with the scent of roses. The gardens here are famous for their variety of rose plants and flowers, creating 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 2nd June 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
"Thank you for a really informative day, we both thoroughly enjoyed it.
I don’t think I ever got the concept of “how does an image make you feel” or “what did you feel when you saw this” maybe because “how do you feel about …” is an overused and intrusive device used by the news media. However, today I could see it in term of “how would I caption this” = “what does this image say to me” and it all makes much more sense now."
"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!"