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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Photography Masterclass
2 Day Course
5 based on 5 reviews
£249.00

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23 & 24 November 2019

James McCormick
James McCormick

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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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 (or 4:00) PM – 10:00 (or 11:00) PM

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Wednesday 6 November 2019

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

Lacock Abbey © Robert Harvey BA ARPS EFIAP CEnv CSci MCIWEM
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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Beginners Digital Photography (Part 1)
1 Day Course
4.9 based on 237 reviews
£99.00

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Book Beginners Digital Photography (Part 2) with this course for 10% discount!

Use voucher code BP210 at checkout.

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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Beginners Digital Photography (Part 2)
1 Day Course
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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Creative Flower Photography

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Creative Flower Photography
£149.00

1 Day Workshop

Book now for Saturday 19 October 2019

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

Book now for Sunday 1st September

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.
Apple and lemon in water

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.

Intermediate Digital Photography Course

♥♥♥♥ Steve – A great experience learning from a professional photographer. I’ve never been very confident with the technical aspects of photography, but Marcus made it all seem so much more simple. My camera will only ever be on manual from now on! Lovely setting, and great hospitality from Fiona and Andy.
♥♥♥♥♥ Martine – I left the Intermediate Photography Course a far more confident photographer! Marcus, the tutor, was a highly knowledgeable and experienced photographer; he made the two days a lot of fun, in an environment second to none – I would say one of the best, and certainly friendliest, photography schools in Britain.

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2 Day Course
4.9 based on 62 reviews
£245.00

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7 & 8 November 2019

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9 & 10 November 2019

Intermediate Digital Photography Course 3
TWO DAY COURSE            10:00AM – 4:00PM

If you know your aperture from your elbow, and that ISO isn’t some sort of insurance policy – our Intermediate Digital Photography course is just what you need to take things to the next level.

We look at improving composition, conquering exposure, and understanding light – the most important element of photography.  We will keep things simple and easy to understand, and back up the theory with fun, practical sessions throughout the weekend. This workshop is ideal for anyone who is passionate about photography and wants to expand their skills and techniques.

We will examine the basic principles of what makes an image successful, and then learn how to achieve the best results for each one; taking both the creative and technical aspects of photography into consideration. So, if you want to discover the difference between taking a good photo and taking a great one, book now to ensure your place on this popular workshop!

Course Content

On the course we will cover the following 6 key elements in depth;

  • Composition
  • Exposure
  • Focusing
  • Subject
  • Quality of Light
  • Technical Quality
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.

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Dates and Times

We run this course at least twice per year on weekends.
We get booked up pretty quickly as we have a maximum number of 6 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 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.

This is a two day course; we aim to start each day at 10:00 am so ask you to arrive from 9:45 am for a welcome tea or coffee.  Each day ends at around 4:00 pm.

The Tutor – Marcus McAdam

Marcus has been a professional travel photographer for over 10 years, having travelled to over 50 countries on various assignments. After living in places such as Venice, Beijing, and San Francisco, he’s now returned to the UK, and currently lives on the Isle of Skye.

Marcus’s professional career was kick started when he was awarded the title of Photographer of the Year by Practical Photography magazine. Having a love affair with travel, Marcus packed a bag and journeyed around the world for five years, capturing high class images of unique landscapes and the people who inhabit them.

During this time, Marcus was a regular contributor for many photographic publications, and still continues to write features for the UK’s most popular magazines. On top of this he has shot assignments for the likes of Microsoft, Panasonic, Visit Britain, and Cafe Nero.

Marcus is a true believer that photography doesn’t have to be complicated. “In today’s digital world where even the most basic of cameras have a 200 page instruction manual, it’s easy to see how the picture taking process can be confusing to the newcomer. I like to go back to basics and encourage people to show their camera who is boss!”
Marcus is a tutor for the School of Photographic Imaging, run by IPC Media (Amateur Photographer, What Digital Camera). He also runs one-to-one workshops on the Isle of Skye and photographic holidays worldwide – including to China and the USA.

For many years Marcus shot all his work exclusively on medium format, and still uses his “dinosaurs” to this day. He also shoots with his Canon 1D III and 5Ds

www.marcusmcadam.com

Other Foundation Photography Workshops

Introduction to British Wildlife Photography

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£159.00

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Book now for  Friday 5th July 2019

Maximum of 4 students per workshop

Photographing animals and birds in the wild has to be one of the most exciting but challenging genres of photography! The course will cover the key skills required to produce high quality images which are well composed, make the best use of light and capture character. The course will also provide an overview of editing using Lightroom and Photoshop Elements to make the very best of your images.

The Introduction to Wildlife Photography course is a mix of a practical outdoor photoshoot at WWT Slimbridge and workshop activities in our training school in Lacock.  We meet in Lacock, and after a short presentation, the group leaves for WWT Slimbridge.

The course begins in Lacock at 8:00am  and ends back in Lacock at 5:00pm

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The photoshoot is at Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) Slimbridge.  WWT Slimbridge has 325 hectares of world-class wetlands set against the spectacular Severn Estuary, home to a wealth of wildlife. There’s wildlife to see all year round with each season bringing a different mix of species including Canada Geese, lapwings, Shovelers, Shelducks, Buzzard, Swans, Dunlins, Flamingos etc.  Slimbridge is also home to a family of cheeky otters, it’s always fun to photograph them at play!

Slimbridge is a conservation charity that saves wetlands, which are essential for life itself. Wetlands are the primary source of drinking water for people and wildlife. They also connect us with nature, and with ourselves, through beautiful landscapes and inspiring encounters with wildlife.  Lacock Photography are delighted to have the opportunity to run this workshop with the Trust’s permission and to support the fantastic work they do.

What’s Covered?

The course will provide a comprehensive introduction to wildlife photography including the technical details needed to photograph with a digital SLR camera or bridge camera. Subjects covered include:

• Key Camera Settings – focusing, metering, white balance, shooting modes, shutter speeds, aperture values etc.
• Achieving the best exposure using histograms
• Composition and light
• Editing (Lightroom & Photoshop Elements)
• Hide Etiquette

Camera Equipment

This course is suitable for students with DSLR cameras or Bridge camera. Please bring:

• For DSLRS: telephoto lens (around 300mm/400mm or bigger will be ideal)
• Spare battery and memory card
• Warm clothes, waterproofs and hat!

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

 

 

Workshop Content

8:00am – 5:00pm (Lacock + WWT Slimbridge)

1. Introduction

2. Technical Brief

3. Composition & Light

4. Travel to Slimbridge

5. Photoshoot (including lunch)  (4 hours)

6. Return to Lacock

7. Image Review & Processing

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!

Fiona is an experienced tutor who specialises in developing and encouraging students who are at the start of their photographic journey. Fiona has a keen interest in wildlife photography with a special interest in birds. Much time has been spent honing her skills at the Slimbridge Wetland Centre, local nature reserves, Bristol Zoo and in her back garden!

What’s Included

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

Included in the price is:

● Transport to and from photo-shoot location

● Entry to WWT Slimbridge

● Lunch at WWT Slimbridge on Day 1

● Refreshments (coffee, tea etc)

Where to Stay?

The Introduction to British Wildlife Photography workshop will start and finish at Lacock Photography’s studios in Lacock.  The workshop will be delivered as a mixture of classroom/workshop sessions and a photo-shoot under the guidance of the tutor.   Transport to and from Lacock to the field location (WWT Slimbridge) will be provided.  For those students who plan to stay overnight, accommodation is available in Lacock at our own B & B at The Old Clubhouse

Introduction to Digital Photography

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  • A beginner’s photography guide, written by Fiona Turnbull
  • 40 page A5 booklet
  • Ideal to keep in your camera bag

“I have used all my teaching experience to develop this user-friendly, easy to understand guide to digital photography, which is aimed at the complete beginner. It contains all the essential technical information you need to take well exposed, sharp photographs using your DSLR or Bridge camera.” – Fiona Turnbull

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Many thanks for coming on a course with us and for buying our Beginner’s Guide to Photography.

We hope you will find the Guide useful.

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We hope to see you again soon!

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Landscape Photography Course

Bowood Cascade by Robert Harvey
Bowood Cascade by Robert Harvey

£295.00

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Landscape Photography
Landscape Photography Course with Robert Harvey
£295.00

2 Day Workshop

Book now for

2 & 3 November 2019

Limited to six participants.

Landscape photography is a very popular subject, both with amateurs and professionals, and it’s easy to see why! Enjoying The Great Outdoors, getting a probably much needed dose of fresh air and spending some time admiring nature’s finest work; what’s not to love! However, landscape photography can leave you a little disappointed, after coming home to find all your pics are a bit flat and boring. This is the real challenge with landscape photography: avoiding a stack of bland images that really don’t do your scenes justice. So, if you are interested in taking striking landscape images, come on this awesome two day workshop and find out everything you need to know to achieve a stand out shot!

In Wiltshire, we are lucky enough to have a fantastic diverse landscape that provides a wealth of photography opportunities. This workshop is designed to allow you to develop the techniques you  need to take your landscape photography to the next level so that you can capture the bast of the landscape, whether here in Wiltshire or in some distant land whilst on your travels.

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.

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Cherhill Down by Robert Harvey
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Bluebells, Gopher Wood by Robert Harvey

This two day landscape photography course is based at Lacock Photography’s studio in Lacock and comprises indoor classroom sessions designed to develop students’ in-camera and post processing techniques, and trips out into the field to put things into practice in an easy going, supported environment. During the morning of the first day, classroom sessions will look at composition, focus, use of light and in-camera creative techniques.

Examples from Wiltshire and throughout Britain will be shown to illustrate the ingredients that can make a potentially good photograph into a great image. You may have heard it said that there is no such thing as bad weather for photography – only light that does not suit the subject. Is this true and what subjects are best suited to what conditions? The course will provide inspiration to seek new photographic opportunities and make the most of whatever opportunities present themselves. Topics explored in depth include photographing moving water, in preparation for a supported practical outdoor session in the afternoon at nearby Bowood.

Bowood Estate is one of Wiltshire’s iconic landscapes, featuring parkland designed by Capability Brown, a lake with Doric temple, arboretum and a cascade. These gardens look fabulous in the Spring and Autumn. The course dates have been selected for the weeks of the year when we expect our locations to be at their best. In spring our photographs will be enhanced by the vibrant colours of freshly formed leaves and flowers.  Autumn offers a very different colour palette of pastel hues and golden leaves.

The morning of Day 2 will involve visits to 2 field locations – selected from some of the potentially most rewarding landscape destinations in North Wiltshire.  These include Cherhill Down, Gopher Wood,  Avebury, Savernake Forest and Roundway Down.  We will select which to visit as the workshop progresses, based upon the development of the season, the weather and the unique opportunities which each can provide.

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Bowood Woodland Garden by Robert Harvey
Bowood Woodland Garden by Robert Harvey

Following the field trip on Day 2 and a packed lunch, the group will return to the Studio in Lacock for a session to, under the guidance of the tutor, review and post process sample images captured by students during the visits to Bowood on Day 1 and the field locations on Day 2.

While your in-camera technique is most important, the ability to post-process your landscape images also plays a role in your final product. Each photographer approaches the digital darkroom in their own way.

This session will be led by the tutor as an interactive tutorial in how to get the best from what’s been captured using Adobe Lightroom.  A systematic approach to post processing will be demonstrated along with a number of essential editing techniques commonly used when processing Landscape images.  You will learn some important work flow tips which will be forever useful when post-processing your landscape photography.

Course Content

The course will provide a comprehensive introduction to landscape photography and all the technical details needed to photograph terrestrial landscapes with a digital SLR camera. Subjects covered in depth are:
• Opportunities provided by seasonal change
• Using weather conditions such as mist, frost, reflections, snow and storms
• Finding and selecting subjects
• Elements of composition
• “Rules” of composition and when to break them
• Focus and depth of field, including focus stacking
• Use of light – finding the right light for the subject
• Shooting at sunrise and sunset
• Capturing high contrast subjects using High Dynamic Range processing
• Photographing water and the effect of different shutter speeds
• The effect of neutral density and polarising filters
• Thinking creatively
• Impact and narrative in landscape photography
• Planning a shoot
• Making your own luck

Avebury at Dawn by Robert Harvey
Avebury at Dawn by Robert Harvey

Landscape Photography – DAY ONE –  9:30am – 6:00pm

Studio Session

•  Introduction to landscape photography
•  Finding Opportunities
•  Composition
•  Focus and depth of field
•  Using light
•  Getting Creative: shutter speeds and filters
•  Getting Creative: Narrative and impact

LUNCH

•  Questions/discussion

•  Field Visit: Bowood Estate

•  Return to Lacock

Landscape Photography – DAY TWO –  8:30am – 4:30pm

•  Field trip to 2 Wiltshire locations for photo-shoot including packed lunch

•  Return to Lacock

Studio Session

•  Image review and post-processing

•  The Point of Return

Camera Equipment

Please bring:

• camera capable of operating in manual mode with control over aperture, shutter speed and ISO
•  wide angle lens, standard zoom lens and short to medium telephoto lenses if you have them.
•  tripod
• neutral density filters (not graduated) if you have one – ideally four stop (ND16, optical density 1.2) is recommended.
• polarising filter if you have one.
• remote cable release if you have one

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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 90 landscape 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. Robert is also inspired by remote locations such as coasts, mountains and deserts, where untamed land is sculpted by natural elements. He has photographed all Britain’s National Parks at their seasonal best, along with coastlines throughout the British Isles from the southern tip of Cornwall to the northernmost point of Shetland. Overseas, his favourite countries for landscape photography are the United States, Namibia and Norway, each of which he has visited several times.

Visit Robert’s website: www.naturalworldphotography.net

Where to Stay?

The Landscape Photography workshop will start and finish at Lacock Photography’s studios in Lacock.  The workshop will be delivered as a mixture of classroom/workshop sessions and two photo-shoots under the guidance of Robert Harvey.   Transport to and from Lacock to the field locations (Bowood and the selected Wiltshire sites) will be provided.  For those students who plan to stay overnight, accommodation is available in Lacock or nearby.  We recommend our own B & B at The Old Clubhouse

What’s Included

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

Included in the price is:

● Refreshments (coffee, tea etc)

● Buffet lunch on Day 1

● Packed Lunch on Day 2

● Transport to and from photo-shoot locations

Macro & Close-up Photography

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£149.00

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Macro & Close-up Photography
Macro & Close-up Photography
£149.00

1 Day Workshop

Book now for Sunday 8th December 2019

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.

 

All around us there’s a fantastic and hidden world – full of fascinating details, patterns and colours that are begging to be photographed. Capturing this world can sometimes be challenging, so we’ve put together a workshop with James Andrews to help you along the way.

Whether you are looking to take photos for your business, capture documentary shots or perhaps something more arty and abstract, this course will be of interest. There are many things to think about when taking your image, but we’ll talk you through all the key elements required to create stunning close-ups. We have a range of subjects and setups for you to practise with throughout the day.

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Content

The course will be broken down into the following areas:

  • Introduction / fundamentals of photography (Aperture / Shutter / ISO)
  • What makes a good photo? (rules of composition, why it’s important in macro)
  • Getting it right in the camera (controlling DoF, settings and stability)
  • Being aware (the importance of background, patterns and colour)
  • Making it pop (controlling light to make your images stand out)

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.

Camera Equipment

●  DSLR or mirrorless camera
●  Ideally macro dedicated lens
●  Some lenses have a macro function – these may be suitable, please enquire
●  Tripod
●  Any additional lighting you own (LED’s, flashguns etc.)

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 – 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.

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