Abstract Photography

★★★★★ I really liked the way Tony delivered this course. He is an excellent teacher and although I’m not usually good at art, I produced images I’m really proud of. I went away with a mounted print and have now framed it for my office wall!

★★★★★ This was an excellent course. Tony, the tutor, has a welcoming relaxed style. The day really made me think about my photography and I now have a better understanding of art in general! We took photos in the morning and, by the end of the course, had transformed them into abstract images. Lacock Photography printed our work on their very own professional printer and mounted them for us to take home, which was a real bonus! They all looked fabulous!

★★★★★ I was really inspired by this course. It helped me to develop my own sense of style. The mounted print was a great idea, I was quite proud of it when I got home!

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Mounted print of your work included in this workshop to take home with you!

Abstract photography may seem like a bit of a contradiction, as we think about photographs as accurately capturing the real world. So, how is it possible to photograph in an abstract style, and enjoy the artistic freedoms of a painter or sculptor? By looking at the world around us in a different way, and focusing on details such as textures, colours, shapes, and patterns, you can find art in everything and produce stunning images fit for a gallery.

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ONE DAY COURSE 10:00AM – 4:00PM

This workshop is limited to a maximum of 4 students, so that everyone gets the time and attention they need to explore their creative side.

The first thing you’ll do on the workshop is to find examples of abstract art in the room; you’ll be asked to notice patterns, colours, and textures – details your eye normally skims over without second thought. The aim of this workshop is to get you thinking like an artist, and taking stunning abstract shots you’ll be proud to hang on your wall.

Prior to attending, it wouldn’t be a bad idea just to check out a few examples of abstract art and photography, in a book or online, and if you’re super keen, why not visit a gallery too!

Do I need to be a “Photoshop wizard” to come on the course??

Definitely not! No prior Photoshop knowledge is necessary to attend this workshop. The tutor will teach you everything you need to know, and give you as much support as you need!

 

Programme for the day 

1) A brief introduction about the meaning of “abstract”. We will look at a few examples of the style and think about what makes them abstract.

2) The tutor will present some examples of abstract photography

3) Start taking abstract photos!! Remember to bring your camera!

5) Each student will have access to their own PC workstation. The tutor will go through some awesome editing techniques to help create abstract work from images you will take on the day.  As there will be only 4 students on the course, you’ll receive a lot of support. This part of the course represents a major part of the day.

 

 

Reflections

Here are 10 examples that work well with absract work.

  • Flowing water.
  • Wet beaches.
  • Close-up details of masonry, or crumbling walls.
  • Natural elements.
  • Shadows.
  • Scratched or distressed metal.
  • Marks in the road.
  • Peeling Paint.
  • Ice.
  • Reflections.

Once you arrive, everything is taken care of – we’ve sorted lunch and drinks!

Included in the price is:

● Refreshments (coffee, tea etc)
● Buffet lunch

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The Tutor – Tony Worobiec FRPS

Author of 15 books, Tony Worobiec studied fine art at The University of Newcastle upon Tyne and spent 18 years as head of a large design faculty in Dorset. He has won awards for photography in the UK and internationally, and has had work exhibited in London’s Barbican Gallery, Bradford’s National Museum of Photography, The Menier Gallery London and The Fox Talbot Museum Lacock. He is a founder member and until recently chairman of the prestigious Arena Group of Photographers. Dozens of his photographs have been used for book or album covers.

His work has appeared in many photographic magazines both here in the UK and in America. More recently he has developed an expertise in digital imaging, exploring both monochrome and colour techniques and has been invited to write extended articles for specialist digital photographic magazines such as Black & White Photography, Practical Photography, Total Digital Photography, Digital Photo Digital Camera and Photo Techniques USA.

A Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, Tony is a fine art photographer with work in the permanent collection of The RPS, The Fox Talbot Museum and in numerous private collections here in the UK, in Europe, Japan and in The States.

Find out more on Tony’s website!

Creative Composition and Critique

♥♥♥♥♥  Heather – Really enjoyed the day, Tony is a great tutor. Came away with lots to think about!

♥♥♥♥♥  Sue – Loved the Composition & Critique workshop at Lacock Photography at the weekend. The tutor, Tony Worobiec, enthusiastically shared a wealth of knowledge, encouraging and inspiring us to look at our photography in different ways.  A great group of people who shared some amazing photos and not forgetting the delicious lunch just added to an enjoyable day. Thank you everyone.

♥♥♥♥♥  Richard – Exceptional presenter, enjoyed looking at the other attendees’ work and having constructive debates. Will come back to any of Tony’s future courses!

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4.7 based on 7 reviews
£135.00

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ONE DAY COURSE            10:00AM – 4:00PM

Whether you are into landscape or lifestyle, abstract or architecture, street or studio, wedding or wildlife – great composition is the key to a successful image. Understanding how to compose a photograph to maximum effect is a fundamental step in a photographer’s journey towards developing a distinctive style.

We are delighted to offer this 1 day creative composition and critique workshop, suitable for all photographers wishing to get a more complete understanding of the ‘art of composition’.

With a maximum of 6 students on the course, the venue provides the perfect environment to better understand what makes a great photograph – and most importantly, what will make your photographs stand out from the crowd. Students will be invited to bring a selection of their own photographs for compositional critique, to help discover or evolve their own personal style.

There is a common belief that there are a set of prescribed “rules” relating to photography, which unfortunately can prove a hindrance to the development of emerging photographers; we believe that no art-form should be constrained in this way! This creative composition and critique course aims to do is to introduce students to a set of design “principles”, which the user can elect to use or not, depending on the statement he or she is aiming to make. These principles not only relate to photography, but are commonly used by artists, graphic designers, film-makers and even architects.

The creative composition and critique course examines the conventional views of composition, which many already understand but encourage students to develop a confident approach to composition. The course also addresses how to elevate your composition in the post processing stage.

The creative composition and critique course is delivered by Tony Worobiec, author of 16 books Tony studied fine art at The University of Newcastle upon Tyne and spent 18 years as head of a large design faculty. With a maximum of 6 students per course, the course is a fantastic opportunity to learn creative composition and critique skills from one of the best in the business!

Part 1:  CREATIVE COMPOSITION
  1.  TAKING A CONVENTIONAL VIEW OF COMPOSITION.

The aim is to build on what many photographers already understand, but to place these issues within a context.

  • Understanding “The Golden Section” and how it relates to the “rule of thirds”.
  • Organising interacting shapes and forms to improve composition.
  • Using Line to structure composition
  • Understanding how linking the foreground and background adds clarity.
  • Playing the numbers game.
  • Explore how colour affects our psychology.
  • Illustrate how important it is to direct the viewers eye.
  • Working with rhythms and pattern.
  1. ACHIEVING STYLE THROUGH COMPOSITION.

Encourage students to develop a personal and confident approach to composition.

Explore methods for improving the structure of the image.

  • Understand how often “less is more”.
  • Examine those techniques, which are unique to photography that aid composition.
  • Consider the “design” in photography.
  1. COMPOSING POST CAMERA.

Understand that the process of composition occurs throughout the process.

  • Examine simple post camera techniques.
  • Encourage students to adopt a uniquely creative approach to their photography.
  1. TAKING A FRESH LOOK AT COMPOSITION.
  • Examine alternative approaches to composition.
  • Understand that when dealing with issues relating to pathos, compose for disharmony.
  1. CONCLUSION

Consider how culture (camera clubs, photographic magazines, etc) promote a particular view of composition.

  • Examine other aspects of the visual arts to see how they compose.
  • Consider the implications of “The Gestalt Theory”.
  • The value of composing “intuitively.
Part 2:  DEVELOPING CRITIQUING SKILLS

The capacity to critique, and ultimately to self -critique is a fundamental skill in the development of compositional awareness. All students are invited to bring a selection of 4-6 of their own photographs, (either on a memory stick or as prints) which we can use for POSITIVE critique, relative to what has been learned during the course. The expectation is that once a student can confidently appraise the work of others, they are in a far better position to self-appraise.

During the second part of the course the group will;

  1. Evaluate images in the context of the main visual elements, namely line, tone, colour, shape, form, texture and scale.
  2. Consider the purpose of the composition and whether it has been consciously or subliminally composed.
  3. Understand how to evaluate others work in a positive manner, to provide guidance, support and encouragement.

Creative Composition and Critique

Author of 16 books, Tony Worobiec studied fine art at The University of Newcastle upon Tyne and spent 18 years as head of a large design faculty in Dorset. He has won awards for photography in the UK and internationally, and has had work exhibited in London’s Barbican Gallery, Bradford’s National Museum of Photography, The Menier Gallery London and The Fox Talbot Museum Lacock. He is a founder member and until recently chairman of the prestigious Arena Group of Photographers. Dozens of his photographs have been used for book or album covers.

His work has appeared in many photographic magazines both here in the UK and in America. More recently he has developed an expertise in digital imaging, exploring both monochrome and colour techniques and has been invited to write extended articles for specialist digital photographic magazines such as Black & White Photography, Practical Photography, Total Digital Photography, Digital Photo Digital Camera and Photo Techniques USA.

A passionate traveler, Tony (together with his wife Eva,) has made frequent visits to the USA, documenting the depopulating areas of western Nebraska, North and South Dakota and south-eastern Montana. The culmination of this work has been the much celebrated book “Ghosts in the Wilderness; Abandoned America” (published by AAPPL). This was favourably reviewed in numerous national newspapers including The Independent, The Guardian and The Washington Post. Very recently, a new book “Fragments of The American Dream” has been published, which reinvestigates the same area to see if many changes have occurred.

Another personal project involved scouring the old American highways in search of the dwindling glamour of many of the independent diners, motels, hotels, and theaters that continue to survive. This work is an attempt to celebrate these iconic beacons which epitomize the American dream and to ensure that they do not become a fading memory. This project was also published by AAPPL and is titled “Icons of the Highway”. Work from this project also appears on both The BBC and The Guardian websites.

A Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, Tony is a fine art photographer with work in the permanent collection of The RPS, The Fox Talbot Museum and in numerous private collections here in the UK, in Europe, Japan and in The States.

Find out more about Tony on his website!

Digital Photography MasterClass

★★★★★ Andy – This course was brilliant. I already had a good grasp of the technical stuff and was looking for ideas to get me taking more interesting and imaginative photos. The tutor, James, is totally expert at teasing out and understanding what you are trying to achieve (even if like me you are not too sure!) and then incredibly helpful in enabling you to put that in to your images.

★★★★★ Stephanie – I can’t believe how much I learned on this course. I am now so much more confident in my photography and finally understand what I want to achieve – and also how to achieve it.

★★★★★ Michael – I came on this course with a good technical knowledge i.e. exposure, depth of field, and wasn’t sure I could learn much more. How wrong I was!  James’ expertise in creating an image is outstanding, he really taught me how to make a photo rather than just take one. I wish I had done this course years ago.

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5 based on 5 reviews
£249.00

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Take your photography to a higher level

You know how to use your camera, now learn about real world photographic techniques that can dramatically improve your photography. This course will cover many of the differing aspects of photography that are encountered when taking pictures both at home and abroad.

We will spend time exploring and working on various photographic genres and how they interact with each other; how advanced thought processes and practices apply to them all; and how these are relevant to your own specific areas of interest.

The genres that will be covered include:

  • Travel
  • Wildlife
  • Portraiture & environmental portraiture
  • Landscapes & architecture
  • Documentary & reportage
  • Street & street portraiture

Each participant will be given individual attention. In addition to advice on shooting images, discussing workflow and editing, we will spend time with each photographer to look at where they would like to take their photography and offer advice on how to achieve this. By the end of the course, you will have taken your photographic skills to a higher level and will leave with some wonderful images and the confidence to continue to push the boundaries of your creativity. Just as importantly, you will have had fun along the way.

The course is about developing what you already know; refining and honing your skills to push the boundaries of your creativity and image creation. We will take a practical approach with the majority of the time being spent developing the skills and ideas needed to produce fabulous images from the initial idea through to your ‘hero shot’. To do this, time will be spent exploring how best to take photographic advantage of any scenario and create images regardless of the situation. Confidence, both technically and creatively, is key to enjoying and mastering photography. Developing observation skills and an understanding of light and its effects, across all genres of photography, will contribute greatly to boosting that confidence regardless of where your principal interest lies.

Over the two days, we will explore why we take images, who we take them for and what we are trying to achieve with our photography. We will look at what makes an image good and then what takes it to having the hero factor. As part of this process, we will discuss and critique each other’s work as well as exploring everyone’s opinions and photographic philosophies. Time will also be spent talking about some of the principles and working practices of a professional photographer, the pros and cons of these and how you can implement some of them into your own photography.

Course Content

  • Its all about the light
  • Why we actually take pictures
  • Key technical principles
  • How to create images that really wow
  • Building photographic confidence
  • How professionals work
  • Where to take our photography in the future
  • What’s important and what’s not kit wise
  • Practical implementation across a range of genres

To get the most out of the MasterClass, students will already need to know how to control aperture, shutter speed and ISO and understand how these settings interact and will have some understanding of compositional techniques. These skills are taught on our Beginners, Beginners Digital Photography Course (Part 2) and Intermediate Digital Photography Courses.

The Tutor

James has been working as a professional photographer since 1989. His career has taken him through many genres of photography and around the globe on a variety assignments. Initially trained as both a photographer and specialist black and white printer by the world’s leading photographer of classical music and opera, James says that this classical photographic training has proven to be invaluable as his career developed and grew.

Over the years, James has lived and worked as a documentary photographer across Africa, photographed virtually every celebrity and pop star that was about at the turn of the century, and is now shooting commercial campaigns for a whole host of different clients. The commercial work James undertakes is often in conjunction with his business partner Marcus McAdam ( Marcus runs our Intermediate/Improver’s course).

James has his base in London and Marcus on the Isle of Skye; together they travel the world on various assignments, as well as regularly hosting and guiding photography tours through their own business, Worldwide Explorers.

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Once you arrive each day we look after you until 4:00pm! You won’t have to go out to find somewhere to get lunch or bring sandwiches.

Included in the price is:

● Refreshments (coffee, tea etc)
● Buffet lunch

You just have to bring your camera with memory card, fully charged battery and USB lead if you have one.

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Fine Art Portraits (Studio Lighting)

♥♥♥♥ Robert –  : Thoroughly enjoyed the day and came away feeling that I had gained some useful and worthwhile photographic knowledge. The tutor, David, was very understanding and did his very best to meet the course attendees requirements. A special mention and thanks to our model, Sophie for her patience and cheerful disposition in trying to meet our individual posing needs. Well done!.

♥♥♥♥♥ Catriona – Thank you so much for a superb day. I learned an enormous amount and identified areas I need to work on to improve my standard.  David was very generous with both his knowledge and time and I enjoyed learning from him.  It was great to get so much hands on practice.

♥♥♥♥♥ Fiona – This was a great day.  The group size was perfect, with just 4 students, we all had plenty of shooting time with the models and also lots of excellent support one to one from David when we were reviewing and editing our images.

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ONE DAY COURSE 10:00AM – 4:00PM

Join instructor David Shoukry for a fine art portraiture experience

Learn to embrace darkness in your photography! This course explores portraiture with a more painterly style, taking the lead from the Old Masters. We’ll learn about maximising detail in darker imagery through lighting and post production, and a range of approaches to posing, sets and styling.

David will take you through from concept to execution, covering a range of simple (but effective) lighting styles and also some tethering tips in Capture One Pro and Lightroom. We’ll also discuss editing and retouching techniques in Photoshop to bring your image to life and give it final polish. You will be working with a model under studio flash lighting.  You’ll be able to practise retouching in this style, and feedback on your work will be given!

This workshop is limited to a maximum of 4 students.

Workshop Content

  • What is low-key lighting?
  • Choosing lighting patterns: broad vs short.
  • How to create separation.
  • Putting it all together: photoshoot with model.
  • Post processing and review of images.

Once you arrive day we look after you until the course ends! We provide a simple buffet lunch so you won’t be wasting valuable time going out to find somewhere to get lunch.

Included in the price:

● Refreshments (coffee, tea etc)
● Buffet lunch

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Image from the course

This Fine Art Portraits (Studio Lighting) Course is a mixture of classroom-based illustrated presentations and hands on practice.  The afternoon session comprises of a studio shoot, working with a model under studio flash lighting, after which there will be opportunity to review and process images in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop CC under the guidance of the tutor.

To get the most out of the Fine Art Portraits (Studio Lighting) , it is recommended that students are able to control depth of field, capture motion and have an understanding of the ISO setting. These skills are taught on our Beginners Digital Photography Course.  Furthermore, it would be of benefit to have at least basic computer skills and some basic knowledge of Adobe Lightroom and/or Photoshop.

The Tutor

David studied Music at Oxford University then worked as a musician and teacher before becoming a professional portrait photographer.

David has travelled widely and has spent recent years working in some of the most beautiful parts of the world. Now based near Bath, David works extensively with musicians, ballet dancers, stage actors and other performing arts professionals to produce publicity and editorial photography.

David has extensive teaching experience and expertise as a professional fine art portrait photographer – a field that demands the production of images of the highest quality for both web and print.  David’s work can be seen on his website https://www.englishphotoworks.com/

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Night Photography

★★★★★  Martin – Lacock Photography’s night workshop was great fun! Getting light trails and doing some light painting was really interesting. Everything I’ve learnt will be really useful when I’m on holiday next month.

★★★★★ David – I really got to know my camera on this course. Andy & Fiona are excellent tutors and really understand how to transfer their knowledge. I’ll definitely be back!

★★★★ Maggie – I had a fantastic experience on this workshop. The short time in the classroom to set up, then getting outside to practice was a great way of learning. I’d recommend this course to anyone who hasn’t taken pictures in the dark – it’s a whole new world!

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4.8 based on 12 reviews
£65.00

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Night Workshop

If you are currently taking a shot-in-the-dark approach to your night photography, this is the course for you! During our practical and informative evening workshop, you will learn the photography techniques you need to become a skilled night time photographer.

This is a hands-on course, which will demystify the night photography process. The photoshoot will take place in the quiet, historic Wiltshire town of Corsham; a location that provides the perfect setting to try out your low light photography techniques. You’ll be in a small group, and supported by two tutors (Andy & Fiona) who will provide both technical and compositional guidance throughout the evening. Our aim is to build your confidence and improve your ability to get the most from your camera when shooting at night.

To make the most of the photoshoot, the evening will kick off with an informal briefing on the technical and creative basics of night photography in our studio in Lacock. At the end of the shoot, there is an optional Q&A session back in Lacock.

Course Content

On this course, we will provide you with all the knowledge and practical skills you need to take high quality, well exposed night time photographs.

The night photography workshop includes and explores:

  • Key equipment
  • Best times to shoot
  • Where to shoot
  • Key camera settings
  • General shooting tips
  • Practical photoshoot out and about in Corsham

The Tutor – Fiona Turnbull

Fiona has been in love with photography since her very early days growing up in Glasgow. Fiona clearly remembers her first camera, a Kodak Instamatic and how great it felt when she bought an Olympus Trip when she was 16! Fiona has developed her skills through self-study, attending courses at local colleges & training providers – alongside lots of practice and deletion of images!

In 2011, Fiona and her husband Andy set up a new photography business located in Lacock, the “Birthplace of Photography”. One of the few photography training schools to own its own purpose-built premises, the business has grown year on year to become one of the UK’s leading providers of photography training. Fiona is an experienced tutor who specialises in developing and encouraging students who are at the start of their photographic journey.

Fiona has a wide range of photographic interests and is particularly keen on people, animals, flowers and nature photography. In addition to delivering photography training, Fiona regularly presents external talks on compositional techniques & flower photography.

Fiona’s work can be viewed on Instagram

Adobe Lightroom

★★★★★ Katherine –  An excellent day! Having a small group meant our tutor was able to spend time with everyone. Relaxed comfortable feel to the sessions. Great setting with good equipment and a tasty lunch. Courses at Lacock Photography are always well thought out and well presented with experienced tutors – ensuring you get the best from your visit. Look forward to coming back soon!

★★★★★ Geoff – I thoroughly enjoyed this workshop and learnt far more than from books and mags! The tutor was thorough with explanations, extremely clear and patient when answering individual queries. The training room and facilities were just perfect and the lunch was really delicious and much appreciated. Thank you so much for your hospitality!

★★★★★ Sue –  As a novice I found the instruction manageable and being in the company of other beginners helped create a relaxed atmosphere! We all helped each other when out on field work, which was fun, and then to have feedback on our photography was brilliant.  A thoroughly inspiring and enjoyable day, thank you.

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4.9 based on 17 reviews
£145.00

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Managing and post processing images can seem complicated, and many seem to struggle with this final stage of achieving great photographs. But no need to worry, our Adobe Lightroom Workshop will clear things up, and help give your images a real boost!

Adobe Lightroom is fast becoming the industry standard editing platform for photographers, and for good reason: Lightroom was specifically designed for photographers, it is much simpler to use than Photoshop and has a highly efficient image management system.

This Lightroom course is designed to start from the very basics of how to use the software, right up to some of the more advanced tools, which will help you unlock your images’s true potential! We will look at how to manage your images so they are kept tidy and are always easy to find, and go through how to establish a focused workflow, which is important for both speed and consistency when editing your images.

We invite participants to bring along up to 10 of their own images that they feel would benefit from some Lightroom attention. However, don’t worry if you don’t have any, as you can use our library files! If you have your own laptop that you use for editing (with Lightroom installed) then feel free to bring this if you would prefer to work on your own familiar system.

This workshop is suitable for all levels of photographer.

Please note: We limit this course to 4 places, so that the tutor can spend quality time with everyone!

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Our studio is equipped with powerful computers running Adobe™ Creative Cloud’s   Lightroom™ under the Windows operating system. Each student has exclusive use of one of these systems throughout the day.

Here’s a list of editing techniques that will be explored on Lacock Photography’s Adobe Lightroom workshop:

  • Library management
  • Image selection
  • Cropping
  • Straightening
  • Cloning
  • Exposure
  • Contrast management
  • Colour management
  • Applying filters
  • Working on isolated areas
  • Short-cut keys

When does the course run?

We run this course several times each year. We get booked up pretty quickly as we have a maximum number of 4 students on each course.

The dates we currently have places available for booking are shown above: just choose the date you would like to come and add to cart. Payment may be made on our secure website by credit or debit card or by calling 01249 730571 to book and pay by card over the the phone.

We aim to start at 10:00 am, so ask you to arrive from 9:45 am for a welcome tea or coffee. The day ends at around 4:00 pm. If you have any questions about this workshop, please feel free to get in touch!

The Tutors

The Adobe Lightroom course is run by Fiona Turnbull.  Fiona is an experienced tutor, who has been with Lacock Photography from the very beginning!  She uses Adobe Lightroom in her professional photography work.

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Astrophotography Course

Astrophotography with Robert Harvey
Photography © Robert Harvey BA ARPS EFIAP CEnv CSci MCIWEM

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Astrophotography Course
Astrophotography Course
£149.00

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ONE DAY COURSE

3:00 PM – 10:00 PM

ONE DAY COURSE            3:00 (or 4:00) PM – 10:00 (or 11:00) PM

Digital photography enables us to capture the beauty of the night sky in unprecedented detail. This astrophotography workshop will introduce students to the wide range of astronomical phenomena that can be photographed using an ordinary digital single lens reflex camera (without a telescope).  A full explanation will be provided of techniques to make stunning images of stars, planets, the moon and the Milky Way, in conjunction with terrestrial landscapes.  The course also covers photographing star trails as well as rare, elusive and fast-moving astronomical phenomena such as meteors, aurorae and eclipses.

Sufficient scientific detail will be included to enable course participants to understand the astronomical phenomena they can photograph and the extraordinary variety of scales of the Universe that can be recorded with an ordinary digital camera, ranging from ~100 km in the case of aurorae and meteors to 25 million million million km for the Andromeda galaxy.

A licence has been granted by the National Trust to enable the group to undertake an evening practical session photographing Lacock Abbey at night.  This will enable students to put into practice what they have learned, with guidance in the field. If the sky is clear, we will photograph the Abbey with stars above. Course dates have been selected to optimise moonlight conditions.

To get the most out of the course students should already understand the basics of exposure, shutter speed, aperture and ISO; and be comfortable handling their cameras using manual exposure mode.

To ensure individual attention, the astro photography course is limited to six participants.

Astrophotography with Robert Harvey
Durdle Door © Robert Harvey BA ARPS EFIAP CEnv CSci MCIWEM
Astrophotography with Robert Harvey
Aurora and Milky Way © Robert Harvey BA ARPS EFIAP CEnv CSci MCIWEM
Course Content

This astrophotography workshop will provide a comprehensive introduction to landscape astrophotography and all the technical details needed to photograph the night sky with a digital SLR camera. Subjects covered in depth are:
• The moon
• Moonlit landscapes
• Stars and constellations
• Planets
• Milky Way
• Meteors
• Aurora borealis (northern lights)
• Lunar eclipses
• Solar eclipses
• Star trails
• Selecting foregrounds
• Lighting foregrounds
• Exposure at night
• Focus at night

Subjects covered:
  • Introduction to landscape astrophotography
  • Photographing the moon and moonlit landscapes
  • Photographing planets, stars and the Milky Way
  • Selecting foreground subjects
  • Using artificial light and moonlight to illuminate foregrounds
  • Photographing aurorae and meteors
  • Photographing eclipses
  • Photographing and Processing Star Trails
  • Lacock Abbey Astrophotography Shoot

Camera Technical Requirements

Please bring:

• camera capable of operating in manual mode with control
over aperture, shutter speed and ISO
• bring the widest and fastest lens you have, ideally f/2 or f/4 wide angle lens
(e.g. 24mm on full frame or 18mm on cropped sensor)
• tripod
• remote cable release if you have one
• small torch

Astrophotography with Robert Harvey
Stonehenge © Robert Harvey BA ARPS EFIAP CEnv CSci MCIWEM
Astrophotography with Robert Harvey
Robert Harvey

See Robert’s website – Natural World Photography

The Tutor – Robert Harvey

Professional photographer Robert Harvey BA ARPS EFIAP CEnv CSci MCIWEM has created Natural World Photography, dedicated to creative images of landscapes, wildlife and the beauty of the night sky. A Chartered Natural Scientist and Associate of the Royal Photographic Society, Robert leads photography tours throughout Britain. More than 200 of his photographs, including over 20 astrophotography images, have been accepted in international exhibitions worldwide.

Living near the World Heritage Site of Avebury, some of Robert’s favourite images have been taken in Wiltshire, where our ancient past resonates through the landscape. Monuments such as Stonehenge, Avebury, Devil’s Den, Lacock Abbey and Glastonbury Tor regularly feature in his astrophotography images. Robert’s astrophotography includes the moon, stars, planets, galaxies, aurorae and eclipses.

Robert is inspired by remote locations such as coasts, mountains and deserts, where untamed land is sculpted by natural elements. His astrophotography portfolio has involved extensive travel, most recently to Oregon for the total solar eclipse on 21 August 2017. Other recent destinations include Arctic Norway for the aurora borealis, Utah for spectacular foregrounds and meteors, the Namib Desert to photograph the Milky Way and the Falklands where the far southern hemisphere skies are exceptionally dark and free from light pollution.

Astro Photography Workshop Content

The Astrophotography workshop will be delivered as a classroom/workshop session followed, after a light supper, by a landscape astrophotography shoot under the guidance of Robert Harvey.  “Please note the photoshoot will be dependent upon suitable weather and in the event of thick fog or persistent rain would be replaced by a Lightroom processing session using RAW images brought by participants of either astrophotography landscape or terrestrial landscape subjects.”.

What’s Included

Once you arrive we look after you for the workshop duration.

Included in the price is:

● Refreshments (coffee, tea etc)

● Light supper prior to the Photoshoot

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Lacock Abbey © Robert Harvey BA ARPS EFIAP CEnv CSci MCIWEM

Beginners Digital Photography Course (Part 1)

♥♥♥♥♥ Christina – Had a lovely day, learnt a lot. I feel more confident that I can now take better pictures.  Thanks Fiona and Andy

♥♥♥♥♥ Nick – This course was exactly what I was looking for: a back-to-basics introduction to digital photography that would suit both beginners and those who, like me, needed a refresher on how to control your camera after too many years of idling in auto.

♥♥♥♥♥ Sue- Fiona and Andy are very welcoming and approachable.  As a near novice I found the instruction manageable and being in the company of other beginners helped create a relaxed atmosphere. We all helped each other when out on field work, which was fun, and then to have feedback on our photography was brilliant.  A thoroughly inspiring and enjoyable day, thank you.

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1 Day Course
4.9 based on 237 reviews
£99.00

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Whether you are into landscape or lifestyle, flowers or fashion, abstract or architecture, street or studio, wedding or wildlife, or maybe you are not sure yet; the beginners digital photography course (Part 1) is the best place to start.

Understanding what camera settings to use, is a fundamental step in improving the photos you take. You will learn how to take control of your camera and how to get that great shot.

You are probably using your camera in full auto or in a scene mode e.g. portrait or landscape; you will be amazed how much your photos will improve in one day by coming on this course!

We will build your confidence and improve your ability to get the most from your camera. Don’t miss this great opportunity to develop your skills! With a maximum of 6 students on the course the venue provides the perfect environment to understand better how to get the shot you want.

This course is a mixture of classroom-based tutorials, practical demonstrations and hands on practice with your own camera. The course will be run in our school of photography in the heart of Lacock – (Photography was invented in Lacock Abbey!).

In the afternoon of the  beginners digital photography course  (Part 1) you will go out about in Lacock village with Fiona, the tutor, to practice and receive some one to one coaching. After the photo-shoot you will return to ‘The Old Clubhouse’ to download and review your images in Photoshop Elements or Adobe Lightroom. We limit the course to a maximum of 6 students to enable the tutor to help everyone individually.

ONE DAY COURSE            10:00AM – 4:30PM
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Course Content

On this course we provide you with essential photography knowledge coupled with the practical skills of digital photography to enable you to improve the quality of the photographs you take.

By using your own camera during the course (if you don’t have one yet we can lend you one for the day!), you will get to know its features better and be able to use more of them to get the pictures you want.

On the course we will cover;
● Camera equipment & accessories
● Image Quality (ISO & File formats)
● Focusing & metering modes
● f stops, shutter speeds and ISO
● Exposure compensation
● White Balance
● Basic Composition
● Downloading images from camera to computer

Dates and Times

We run this course several times every month, mainly at weekends and Fridays.
We get booked up pretty quickly as we have a maximum number of 6 students on each course. The small class size is important to us as we know how much individual support is required!

The dates we currently have places available for booking are shown above. Just choose the date you would like to come and add to cart. Payment may be made on our secure website by credit or debit card or by calling 01249 730571 to book and pay by card over the the phone.

We aim to start at 10:00 am so ask you to arrive from 9:45 am for a welcome tea or coffee. The day ends at around 4:30 pm.

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The Tutor – Fiona Turnbull

Fiona has been in love with photography since her very early days growing up in Glasgow. Fiona clearly remembers her first camera, a Kodak Instamatic and how great it felt when she bought an Olympus Trip when she was 16! Fiona has developed her skills through self-study, attending courses at local colleges & training providers – alongside lots of practice and deletion of images!

In 2011, Fiona and her husband Andy set up a new photography business located in Lacock, the “Birthplace of Photography”. One of the few photography training schools to own its own purpose-built premises, the business has grown year on year to become one of the UK’s leading providers of photography training. Fiona is an experienced tutor who specialises in developing and encouraging students who are at the start of their photographic journey.

Fiona has a wide range of photographic interests and is particularly keen on people, animals, flowers and nature photography. In addition to delivering photography training, Fiona regularly presents external talks on compositional techniques & flower photography.

Fiona’s work can be viewed on Instagram

What’s Included

Once you arrive we look after you for the whole day. You won’t have to find somewhere to get lunch or bring sandwiches!

Included in the price is:

● Refreshments (coffee, tea etc)      ● Buffet lunch        ● Training Notes

You just have to bring your camera with memory card, fully charged battery and USB lead if you have one.  If you don’t have a camera – no worries, we can lend you one free of charge!

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Beginners Digital Photography Course (Part 2)

♥♥♥♥♥  Jasmine – This was a really enjoyable day in a lovely small group! Great for consolidating existing knowledge, and also for learning and experimenting with new knowledge. Fiona is very encouraging, and an excellent teacher. The venue is perfect, and the photoshoot in the abbey, with Fiona’s expertise alongside, is not to be missed!

♥♥♥♥♥  Steve -The Beginners Digital Photography Course (Part 2) is a great day learning how to make the very best of my camera. Fiona was a great teacher, taking time to explain and encourage. Lacock provides an excellent venue – a huge variety of subject matter. Thoroughly recommend Lacock Photography.

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4.9 based on 42 reviews
£135.00

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ONE DAY COURSE – 10.00AM – 4.30PM

The Beginners Digital Photography Course (Part 2) is for those keen to develop the creative side of their photography and improve the sharpness, exposure and impact of their images; both when taking photographs and subsequently when enhancing images on the computer.

The Beginners Digital Photography Course (Part 2) is held in our purpose built training studio in the village of Lacock – “the Birthplace of Photography” and is a mixture of tutorials, practical demonstrations and hands on practice with your own camera.

There are a maximum of 4 students on each course with a computer workstation running Photoshop Elements or Adobe Lightroom available for each to use to review their images following a photoshoot in the Cloisters and Grounds of Lacock Abbey.

To get the most out of the Beginners Digital Photography Course (Part 2), it is recommended that students are able to control depth of field, capture motion and have an understanding of the ISO setting. These skills are taught on our Beginners Digital Photography Course (Part 1).

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Course Content

On the course we will cover;

  • Key Camera Controls & Revision of basic photography techniques including:
    o Focusing
    o Metering modes
    o White balance
    o Exposure
  • Histograms & Exposure Compensation
  • Composition & Colour
  • Lacock Abbey photoshoot
  • Downloading, reviewing & editing images
  • Review & Questions
Dates and Times

We run the Beginners Digital Photography Course (Part 2) about once a month, mainly at weekends and Fridays.

We get booked up pretty quickly as we have a maximum number of 4 students on each course.

The dates we currently have places available for booking are shown above. Just choose the date you would like to come and add to cart. Payment may be made on our secure website by credit or debit card or by calling 01249 730571 to book and pay by card over the the phone.

If you would like to book but none of the available dates is suitable then maybe a one to one or one to two session could be arranged, please use the contact form to let us know.

We aim to start at 10:00 am so ask you to arrive from 9:45 am for a welcome tea or coffee. The day ends at around 4:30 pm.

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What’s Included

Once you arrive we look after you for the whole day. You won’t have to find somewhere to get lunch or bring sandwiches!

Included in the price is:

● Refreshments (coffee, tea etc)      ● Buffet lunch        ● Training Notes

You just have to bring your camera with memory card, fully charged battery and USB lead if you have one.  If you don’t have a camera – no worries, we can lend you one free of charge!

The Tutor – Fiona Turnbull

Fiona has been in love with photography since her very early days growing up in Glasgow. Fiona clearly remembers her first camera, a Kodak Instamatic and how great it felt when she bought an Olympus Trip when she was 16! Fiona has developed her skills through self-study, attending courses at local colleges & training providers – alongside lots of practice and deletion of images!

In 2011, Fiona and her husband Andy set up a new photography business located in Lacock, the “Birthplace of Photography”. One of the few photography training schools to own its own purpose-built premises, the business has grown year on year to become one of the UK’s leading providers of photography training. Fiona is an experienced tutor who specialises in developing and encouraging students who are at the start of their photographic journey.

Fiona has a wide range of photographic interests and is particularly keen on people, animals, flowers and nature photography. In addition to delivering photography training, Fiona regularly presents external talks on compositional techniques & flower photography.

Fiona’s work can be viewed on Instagram

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Birds of Prey Photography Course

★★★★★ Adrian –  Tom is a brilliant and very enthusiastic tutor! I got a lot out of the morning sessions that I hadn’t known too much about in the past. The afternoon practical was superb. The birds are fantastic and the falconer is incredibly passionate about them.

★★★★★ Fiona – Fabulous course! Tom is an inspiration and works really well with the falconer to get some lovely shots. I wish I had booked the day 2 photoshoot as well – I’ll see you on that next time!

★★★★ Steve – This really is an excellent and well put together course. The combination of Tom, the birds and the excellent venue and photoshoot setting is very impressive. I’m so pleased that I booked both days together. Great job, thank you.

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4.9 based on 23 reviews
£170.00

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Run in conjunction with the award winning  West of England Falconry

If you are a keen photographer looking for some tips on better composition or advice on how best to use your camera in wildlife photography situations, then this is the ideal photography day for you. You will also get the opportunity of taking home some fabulous images of owls and raptors. We limit the course to a maximum of 6 students to enable the tutor to help everyone individually.

The course tutor is Tom Way, a professional, award-winning wildlife photographer based in the UK. He has been awarded in various competitions with his most recent success being awarded in the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 competition with his image ‘Beauty, Power, Majesty’.

Book the Birds of Prey Photoshoot with this course and receive 10% discount on the 2 days. All you have to do is use the coupon code BOP2DAY at checkout.

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Bird of Prey

Tom’s work is widely published and he is a contributor to the BBC Wildlife Magazine. Tom exhibits his images as large framed prints around the UK at art exhibitions and galleries. Recent projects have seen Tom work with Meerkats in the Kalahari Desert, Mountain Gorillas in Uganda and Red Foxes in the UK. Tom is regularly invited to speak at Camera Clubs, RSPB groups, and other wildlife organisations showing his latest work and describing his latest adventures. More information about Tom and his work are available on his website.

The objective of the course is to improve your wild bird photography skills in controlled conditions amidst natural settings.

Tom will look to firstly cover the main components to taking a successful wildlife image. He will discuss in depth how to compose your images, use the light effectively and how to portray the bird’s character. We will also discuss the art of choosing the perfect foreground and background to compliment your image both in a captive arena and in the wild. Tom will go into detail regarding a range of focusing techniques which can be used on either static portraits or flight shots and shooting methods to make sure that you will get the best out of the workshop. Tom will also speak about the best settings for the day according to the weather conditions.

After a short tea break Tom will then discuss various processing techniques that can be used in conjunction with the review of images and debrief at the end of the session. By using the Adobe software: Lightroom, Tom will go into detail about cropping, lightening/darkening images, adding contrast and image sharpening etc and various other techniques to help replicate on the screen how you saw the scene in front of you at the time.

Following an early buffet lunch, the group will be taken (approx. 45 minute car journey) to the award winning West of England Falconry (WoEF) for a private photo shoot. Founded in 2010 by head falconer and director Jay Marshall whom had a lifelong interest in ornithology. WoEF is a registered charity dedicated to the well-being of owls and birds of prey and to promoting an understanding of the historic art of falconry. WoEF’s work aims to benefit both wild and captive birds of prey through selective breeding, training and rescue and rehabilitation.

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At least three or four birds will be selected from the falconry’s large selection of birds of prey which include, Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, Little Owl, Harris Hawk, Red Tailed Hawk and Eagle Owl and will be set in natural settings for the photoshoot. Tom will direct the students throughout the photoshoot, providing advice and guidance on how to get the best from the opportunity of working with these magnificent birds.

After the photoshoot, the group will return to Lacock where there will be opportunity to review images back in the classroom.

We aim to start at 9:00 am so ask you to arrive from 8:45 am for a welcome tea or coffee. The day ends at around 4:30 pm.

Bring your camera, with fully charged battery, plenty of space for images and the longest lens you have, plus a tripod if you have one.

Please note: To get the most out of this Bird of Prey Photography Course, it is recommended that students are able to control depth of field, capture motion and have an understanding of the ISO setting. These skills are taught on our Beginners Digital Photography Course.

You may also be interested in our Birds of Prey Photoshoot.

Birds of Prey Photoshoot

★★★★★ Martin – What an amazing experience! Tom and the falconer make a great team, handling the birds fantastically to get some choice shots, both on perches and flying. I found getting the flying shots quite tricky at first, but Tom gave me some very practical advice, which really improved my images!

★★★★★ Harry – Really good course. Morning session with birds on perches was very good, but after lunch, armed with advice from Tom, the flying shots were even better! The birds were very impressive and I now have a much better understanding of what I need to do in the ‘wild’ to get that stand out shot.

★★★★★ Fiona – Tom is an inspiration and really generous with his advice and is very supportive. We identified a couple of mistakes with my focussing technique, which Tom helped me sort out. Thank you so much!

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4.7 based on 7 reviews
£180.00

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Run in conjunction with the award winning  West of England Falconry

Starting and ending in Lacock with the photoshoot at the West of England Falconry centre, this one day photoshoot offers the opportunity to photograph some incredible owls and raptors under controlled conditions. Led by photographer Tom Way and supported by the West of England Falconry Centre, birds will be selected from the centre’s wide selection of owls and raptors which include Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, Little Owl, Harris Hawk, Red Tailed Hawk and Eagle Owl to create a lively and exciting photoshoot.  Presented in natural settings, Tom will direct the shoot, which will include both static and flight shots, and provide expert advice and guidance on how to get the best from these magnificent birds.

If you are a keen photographer, looking for some tips on better composition, technique or advice on how best to use your camera in wildlife photography situations then this is the course for you!

We limit the course to a maximum of 6 students to enable the tutor to help everyone individually.

Book the Birds of Prey Workshop with this course and receive 10% discount on the 2 days. All you have to do is use the coupon code BOP2DAY at checkout.

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Jay releasing a Kestrel

The photoshoot will be led by Tom Way, an award-winning wildlife photographer, based in the UK. He has achieved much success in various competitions, and was recently awarded in the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 competition, for his image ‘Beauty, Power, Majesty’.

Tom’s work is widely published and he is a contributor to the BBC Wildlife Magazine. Tom exhibits his images as large framed prints around the UK at art exhibitions and galleries. Recent projects have seen Tom work with Meerkats in the Kalahari Desert, Mountain Gorillas in Uganda and Red Foxes in the UK.  Tom is regularly invited to speak at Camera Clubs, RSPB groups, and other wildlife organisations to show his work and describe his latest adventures! More information about Tom and his work are available on his website.

The aim of the course is to provide the opportunity to photograph wild owls and raptors in controlled conditions and natural settings. Both static and in flight shots will be taken.

Following a 30 minute briefing, the group will be taken (approx. 45 minute car journey) to the award winning West of England Falconry (WoEF) for an extended private photo shoot. Founded in 2010 by head falconer and director Jay Marshall whom had a lifelong interest in ornithology. WoEF is a registered charity dedicated to the well-being of owls and birds of prey and to promoting an understanding of the historic art of falconry. WoEF’s work aims to benefit both wild and captive birds of prey through selective breeding, training and rescue and rehabilitation.

The shoot will start with birds placed on pre-planned perches, before moving on to flight shots. Tom will direct the shoot, taking into account the weather on the day. He will also provide advice and guidance on how best to capture the beauty and power of these magnificent creatures through photography.  Around 4 hours will be spent in the field, so make sure you’re appropriately dressed for the weather – as well as lying in wet grass!

After the photoshoot, the group will travel back to Lacock to review images back in the classroom.

We aim to start at 9:00 am, so ask you to arrive from 8:45 am for a welcome tea or coffee. We expect to be in the field with the birds from around 10:00am to 2:00pm, before returning to the training studio to review images. A light packed lunch will be provided, and the day ends at around 4:00 pm.

Bring your DSLR camera, with fully charged battery, plenty of space for images and the longest lens you have (a minimum of a 200mm lens), plus a tripod if you have one.

Please note: To get the most out of this Bird of Prey Photoshoot, it is recommended that students are able to control both aperture and shutter speed, and have a good understanding of controlling exposure. These skills are taught on our Foundation Courses.

You may also be interested in our 1 day Birds of Prey Workshop.

Creative Flower Photography

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£149.00

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Creative Flower Photography
£149.00

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Limited to six participants.

10:00am to 4:00pm.

To get the most out of the course students should already understand the basics of exposure, shutter speed, aperture and ISO.

Flowers are a popular subject for photography with inspiration to be found in the huge variety of colours, shapes and species seen in gardens across the land. So how can you make your photography stand out from the crowd and create something that’s unique and artistic rather than just a documentary record? This one day workshop explores a range of creative flower techniques, showing you how you can elevate your flower photography to a new artistic level.

This one day course is limited to a maximum of six students and is a mixture of a classroom-based illustrated presentation with plenty of hands on practice with a range of creative table top set-ups. These will include working with frozen flowers, flowers in water and using intentional camera movement to create a wonderful impressionistic feel to your images. Delegates will leave the course with a print of their favourite image from the day and lots of ideas and inspiration for creating new images at home.

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Content

The course will cover:

–   Introduction to creative flower photography
–   Recommended camera kit and settings
–   The joy of intentional camera movement
–   Getting it right in the camera: controlling focus, depth of field and the importance of background
–   Practical session with a variety of table top set-ups
–   Image editing tips
–   Printing and mounting of favourite images

Camera Equipment

  •  This course is suitable for students with DSLR or mirrorless cameras.
  • A macro lens or lens with a macro function is perfect for this type of photography, but a standard zoom – 28-70mm or equivalent – will also work very well.

 

To get the most out of the course students should already understand the basics of exposure, shutter speed, aperture and ISO; and be comfortable handling their cameras using aperture/shutter priority or fully manual mode.

What’s Included

Once you arrive we look after you for the workshop duration. Included in the price is:

  •  Lunch at Lacock Photography’s studio
  • Tabletop setups at Lacock Photography’s studio
  • Refreshments (coffee, tea etc)
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The Tutor – Lisa Mardell

Lisa Mardell is a creative photographer based in Guildford, Surrey. She specialises in abstract and impressionist photography of landscapes and flowers, and is also a keen horse photographer. Her work has appeared in photographic and travel magazines, including Sunday Times Travel, Wanderlust, The Telegraph, Practical Photography and Outdoor Photography, as well as in brochures for Canon cameras to illustrate their lenses. She has exhibited in London and the south east, sells her work through galleries and art fairs and runs a horse photography business.

Lisa has twice been shortlisted for the Wanderlust Travel Photographer of the Year award. Other achievements include a Royal Photographic Society ARPS distinction, two images shortlisted for the Outdoor Photographer of the Year competitions, shortlisted images in the Travel Photographer of the Year award, second place in Digital Photographer magazine’s Action Photographer of the Year competition and a finalist place in the Scottish Nature Photography Awards two years in a row. She has also won a gold award from the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain.

Lisa has previously taught Lacock Photography’s Equine Photography course.
See more of her work at www.photographybylisamardell.co.uk and www.equus-photography.com

Flashgun Photography

★★★★★  Barbara – Interesting day packed full of info and opportunities to experiment. James is a knowledgeable presenter with good skills in all areas.

★★★★★  Andy – Excellent workshop.  I’ve had my flashgun for years but never really knew how to get the best from it.  James opened my eyes to possibilities that I just hadn’t (and would never have!) thought of.  Using fill flash outside was a revelation.  Thank you, and I’ll be back for the Macro course with James soon.

★★★★★  Nick – This was a very interesting and worthwhile workshop. James’ knowledge of all the different flashgun and trigger systems that the students had was impressive, how he does it I do not know. We had great fun and got great results.  Sorry about getting the tables so wet, we got a bit carried away with dropping the strawberries into the water!

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Flashgun Photography
£149.00

1 Day Workshop

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Limited to six participants.

To get the most out of the course students should already understand the basics of exposure, shutter speed, aperture and ISO.

Many photographers own a flashgun but very few have really unlocked the full potential of this powerful piece of equipment. This course has been put together to help you get the most out of using this powerful, but sometimes daunting, technology to enhance your photography.

The word photography was created from Greek words effectively meaning “Drawing with light” and with flashguns this becomes more relevant than ever. Being able to manipulate and control the light as you desire to create your image opens a whole new world of photographic opportunity.

On the day we will talk you through how a flashgun works with your camera, the various modes in which it can operate and some of the more advanced features and settings available. This will include use of high-speed, front and rear curtain sync. As well as this we will help you get your head around operating flashes wirelessly from your camera and the various methods available for doing so. And if you want to get creative then the use of modifiers will interest you as well – learn how to shape, colour and bend light to your desire!

Stylish blonde woman in trendy urban outwear posing cold weather forest park. Vintage filter film saturated color. Fall mood concept.
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All of these elements will be covered in a mixture of theory, demonstration and most importantly – practical experience! We aim to work both inside and outside the training room to give you as much variety as possible.

We will also have a model to use for a 2 hour session to really give you the opportunity to practice your new skills.

Content

The course itself will be broken down into the following areas;

• Introduction / Fundamentals of photography (Aperture / Shutter / ISO)
• What is a flashgun? (Types, brands, key specifications)
• Modes of operation (TTL, Manual, Rear Curtain Sync, High Speed Sync)
• Modifiers and shaping light (Coloured gels, soft boxes etc.)
• Going Off Camera (Methods of triggering, benefits of each, setting up your kit)

Camera Equipment

● DSLR or mirrorless camera

● Recommended you bring your own flashgun and remote trigger sets (Advice available on contact/booking)

● Range of equipment available for loan on the day

What’s Included

Once you arrive we look after you for the workshop duration.  Included in the price is:

● Lunch at Lacock Photography’s studio

● Loan of flashgun equipment

● Refreshments (coffee, tea etc)

The Tutor – James Andrews

James has been working in training full time for over a decade and in 2018 took on a role managing ProHides – a wildlife photography project on an organic farm in Wiltshire. Previously James had been responsible for the development of courses and tutors at Jessops Academy photography school and helped thousands of customers from beginner level up to the working professional to get more out of their equipment.

Because of his career there’s not much that James hasn’t photographed! He’s been fortunate enough to travel in pursuit of wildlife and sports opportunities as well as photographing events and commercial work in the UK. Nowadays it’s not unusual to find him tracking down wildlife or working on a new camera trap on the organic farm where he works.

A massive passion is education though and during his university degree he looked at becoming a high school teacher before opportunities arose with Jessops to work for their training team.

In terms of equipment James has had extensive hands on experience with pretty much all brands because of his training past – he currently shoots on a mixture of Sony and Canon equipment and strongly believes that 3rd party equipment should never be underestimated.