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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2 Day Course
5 based on 5 reviews
£249.00

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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.

Terms and Conditions 

A Beginner’s Guide to Photography (Collected during course)

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.

Please add the copy you collected at the end of the course to your cart and check out.

£9.99

Please choose how many places you would like to book and add to cart

 

We hope to see you again soon!

Kind Regards

Andy & Fiona

Astrophotography Course

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£149.00

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3:00 PM – 10:00 PM
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4:00PM – 11:00PM

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.

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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

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Astrophotography with Robert Harvey
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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 to share his passion for creative images of landscapes, wildlife and the beauty of the night sky. He is a Chartered Natural Scientist and Associate of the Royal Photographic Society, inspired by remote locations such as coasts, mountains and deserts, where untamed land is sculpted by nature. More than 280 of his photographs have been accepted in international exhibitions worldwide, leading to him receiving the Excellence award of the Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique.

Robert leads photography tours throughout Britain, as well as overseas, to enable keen photographers to develop their skills in some of the world’s most inspiring locations. His courses at Lacock Photography bring this extensive knowledge to his own county of Wiltshire and provide a solid grounding in photographic theory, along with expert guidance on practical photography in the field.

Robert regularly lectures to specialist photographic audiences around the country and is the author of several books on photography and astronomy including “Photographing the Heavens” (2019), “Night Sky” (2019) and “Photographing Wiltshire” (2020).

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.”.

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Durdle Door © 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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4.9 based on 237 reviews
£125.00

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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 4 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 4 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 4 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 9:45am. The day ends at around 4:30pm.

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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 to bring!

We ask that you bring your own refreshments and packed lunch along with 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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♥♥♥♥♥  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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1 Day Course
4.9 based on 42 reviews
£139.00

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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

Book Beginners Digital Photography (Part 1) with this course for 10% discount!

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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 10:00am so ask you to arrive from 9:45am. The day ends at around 4:30pm.

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What to bring!

We ask that you bring your own refreshments and packed lunch along with 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

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

New format for 2020

Bookings being released soon

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!

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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.

Food Photography

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£149.00

Limited to six participants.

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

Who is this Food Photography workshop for?

Foodies! Anyone that loves food, loves to make food, loves to talk about food! Food photography is uniquely challenging, it demands the perfect balance of artistic AND technical skills.

This one day Food Photography workshop will cover everything you need to get you started. The food photography workshop is ‘hands on’ and is for anyone that wants to learn how to take better photos of their food at home or at work. Students will be working with simple ingredients, props and working their way through the day shooting, setting the scene and learning as we go.

This Food Photography workshop will cover simple food styling and tricks, colour, props, backgrounds , and making the best of the light you have wherever you are! Composition and framing and how to make the most of your ISO, depth of field, shutter speed settings, and simple post production tips in Adobe Lightroom®.

This workshop is ideal for anyone wanting to share amazing food images particularly for food bloggers, businesses and social media communicators.

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The workshop is run in our own purpose built training studio, the day starts with a tutorial on the basics of camera settings and moves on to address key elements applicable to food photography.  Topics covered include:

  • Set up/Food Styling
  • Composition ideas
  • Depth of Field
  • Light
  • Perspective
  • Negative Space
  • Finding Your Style

A series of ‘table-top’ set-ups will be developed during the day to build skills in using and controlling natural light and learning how bouncing and filtering light can be used to best effect.  Props, backgrounds and colour tones will be introduced into the set-ups.  Food presentation ‘tricks’ are the final ingredient to go in!

Camera Equipment

  • This workshop is suitable for students with DSLR, system, bridge or mirrorless cameras.
  • There is no specific requirement for lens type, bring whatever lenses you have!

To get the most out of the workshop 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.  We teach these skills on our Beginners Digital Photography Workshop.

What’s Included

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

  • Refreshments (coffee, tea etc)
  • Lunch at Lacock Photography’s studio
  • Workshop handout
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The Tutor – Figgy

Artisan Makers, Bloggers, Bakers, Butchers, Cafe’s, Chefs, Deli’s, Food Producer’s, and Restaurants, all contributed to Figgy specialising in food photography and marketing.

Figgy’s expertise in Food Photography has been built up over a period of 15 years working with online and high street businesses. Through creative presentation and capture, Figgy has carved out a niche in her photography work that combines her passion for beautiful food with her love of  photography to enable her to earn a living through something she adores.

Using simple setups with the minimum of equipment (no complex flash or fixed lighting setups), Figgy has developed techniques that make the best of the available light to present food in interesting yet realistic ways.  Figgy has a relaxed and informative teaching style.

Find out more on Figgy’s website!

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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4.9 based on 62 reviews
£249.00

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Great workshop run by Marcus McAdam

from Skye Photo Academy

maximum of 6 students

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

Please bring your camera with memory card, fully charged battery and plenty of space on a memory card.

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Dates and Times

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.  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 Digital Photography

“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. This 40 page A5 booklet (which is also available as a PDF download) contains all the essential technical information you need to take well exposed, sharp photographs using your DSLR or Bridge camera.” – Fiona Turnbull

£7.49£11.99

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Download price is for 1 PDF download, availble immediately after payment.

Printed copy price includes postage and packing to UK addresses. Please contact us for international shipping rates.

Landscape Photography – Fundamentals

Bowood Cascade by Robert Harvey
Bowood Cascade by Robert Harvey

We are delighted now to be able to offer  two  Landscape Photography workshops, Fundamentals and Masterclass workshops.  Each workshop is two days in length, and together they provide comprehensive and informative training in Landscape Photography.

The workshops are structured to follow on from each other, however they can be taken independently dependent upon prior knowledge and experience.  Details of the Landscape Photography Fundamentals are below, details of the Landscape Photography Masterclass are here>>>

Landscape Photography Fundamentals

2 Day Workshop

Day 1:  10:00am till 5:00pm

Day 2:   9:00am till 5:00pm

£295.00

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Landscape Photography Fundamentals
Landscape Photography Course with Robert Harvey
£295.00

Landscapes are perennially popular subjects for photographers. However, capturing a really good landscape image is challenging. Everyone can photograph the landscape … but what makes a striking landscape photograph? How much is down to planning and how much is serendipity? Why and how does a superb photograph stand out from the rest?

In Wiltshire, we are fortunate to have great landscapes right here in our county. There are vistas of rolling downland, sweeping vales swathed in autumn mist and ancient woodlands carpeted with spring flowers. Our evocative ancient monuments are world-famous. Within a day’s drive there is even more variety, such as waterfalls, mountains and coasts. Each type of subject presents its own particular challenges … and opportunities.

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.

Limited to six participants.

Cherhill Down by Robert Harvey
Cherhill Down by Robert Harvey

Landscape Photography - Fundamentals

Bluebells, Gopher Wood by Robert Harvey
Bluebells, Gopher Wood by Robert Harvey

This two day course covers the techniques and perception required to take landscape photographs that have impact.  Throughout the course we will be concentrating on the what, why and how of landscape photography.  Indoor sessions will look at composition, focal length and focus, use of light, colour and monochrome.  Examples from Wiltshire and throughout Britain will be shown to illustrate the ingredients that can make a potentially good photograph into a memorable image.  You may have heard it said that there is no such thing as bad light for photography – only light that does not suit the subject.  Is this true and what subjects are best suited to what conditions?

Landscape Photography - Fundamentals

Two field visits will enable us to put into practice what we have learned. 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 late October and are also charming in May, when we will have the opportunity to also visit Bowood’s remarkable woodland rhododendron gardens.  On day two we will explore four of the best locations in the Marlborough Downs and the Vale of Pewsey, which are part of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Locations will be selected to suit conditions on the day and are expected to include the Kennet and Avon Canal, a Neolithic dolmen, a white horse and woodland for autumn colour or spring flowers. Guidance will be given on location, composition and exposure in the field to enable you to get the best out of these delightful landscapes.

The course dates have been selected for the weeks of the year when we expect these two 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.

Travel on the course and lunches are included (subject to change dependent upon Covid-19 advice), along with refreshments throughout Day 1.

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 priority mode. The course is ideal for students who have attended the Beginner’s Part I and Part II course at Lacock Photography or who have equivalent knowledge.

To ensure individual attention, the course is limited to six participants.  The course is interactive and your participation with questions, comments and opinions is encouraged.

Savernake Forest by Robert Harvey
Savernake Forest by Robert Harvey

Landscape Photography - Fundamentals

The course will provide a comprehensive introduction to landscape photography in Britain and all the technical details needed to photograph terrestrial landscapes with a digital SLR or Bridge camera. Subjects covered in depth are:

  • The nature of landscape
  • Finding and selecting subjects
  • Elements of composition
  • “Rules” of composition and when to break them
  • The use of different focal length lenses from wide angle to telephoto
  • Focus and depth of field, including focus stacking
  • Colour in the landscape and how it works in photography
  • Monochrome: when less can be more
  • Use of light – finding the right light for the subject
  • Shooting at sunrise and sunset
  • Capturing high contrast subjects using High Dynamic Range processing

Camera Equipment

These courses are suitable for students with DSLR cameras or bridge cameras. Ideally please bring:
• digital single lens reflex camera
• wide angle lens (ideally 16mm on full frame or 10mm on cropped sensor), standard zoom lens (for example 24 to 70mm) and short to medium telephoto lens (70-300mm would be ideal)
• sturdy tripod (essential)
• polarising filter and neutral density filters if you have them (not essential)
• remote cable release (recommended)
• warm and waterproof clothes

Bowood Woodland Garden by Robert Harvey
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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 as well as overseas. More than 290 of his photographs, including over 100 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. He is the author of “Photographing Wiltshire”, the only photographic guidebook to the county, published by Fotovue in 2020.

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: naturalworldphotography.net

Where to Stay?

The Landscape Photography Fundamentals starts and finishs at Lacock Photography’s studios in Lacock.  The workshop will be delivered as a mixture of classroom/workshop sessions and 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 (subject to Covid-19 advice).  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:

● Packed Lunch on Day 2

● Transport to and from photo-shoot locations

Above may vary dependent upon current Covid-19 advice at the time.

Landscape Photography – Masterclass

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

We are delighted now to be able to offer  two  Landscape Photography workshops, Fundamentals and Masterclass workshops.  Each workshop is two days in length, and together they provide comprehensive and informative training in Landscape Photography.

The workshops are structured to follow on from each other, however they can be taken independently dependent upon prior knowledge and experience.  Details of the Landscape Photography Masterclass are below, details of the Landscape Photography Fundamentals are here>>>

Landscape Photography Masterclass

2 Day Workshop

10:00am – 5:00pm

Limited to six participants.

£295.00

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Landscape Photography Masterclass
Landscape Photography Course with Robert Harvey
£295.00

Landscapes are perennially popular subjects for photographers. However, capturing a really good landscape image is challenging. Everyone can photograph the landscape … but what makes a striking landscape photograph? How much is down to planning and how much is serendipity? Why and how does a superb photograph stand out from the rest?

In Wiltshire, we are fortunate to have great landscapes right here in our county. There are vistas of rolling downland, sweeping vales swathed in autumn mist and ancient woodlands carpeted with spring flowers. Our evocative ancient monuments are world-famous. Within a day’s drive there is even more variety, such as waterfalls, mountains and coasts. Each type of subject presents its own particular challenges … and opportunities.

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.

Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe, Scotland © Robert Harvey BA ARPS EFIAP CEnv CSci MCIWEM
Kilchurn Castle, Loch Awe, Scotland © Robert Harvey BA ARPS EFIAP CEnv CSci MCIWEM
Knowlton Church and earthworks, Dorset © Robert Harvey BA ARPS EFIAP CEnv CSci MCIWEM
Knowlton Church and earthworks, Dorset © Robert Harvey BA ARPS EFIAP CEnv CSci MCIWEM

Other Information

This Landscape Photography Masterclass is based entirely in our purpose built training facility in Lacock.  Students can either bring their own laptops/computers to use with Adobe Lightroom Classic and Photoshop installed or use one of our own desktop Windows 10 systems.

This course is suitable for students with DSLR cameras, a range of lenses from wide angle to telephoto and sturdy tripods. Processing techniques will be demonstrated using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop so it will be advantageous if you already have these or are looking to acquire them. Basic Adobe Lightroom Classic skills can be acquired on our Adobe Lightroom Workshop if necessary.

Landscape Photography - Masterclass

This two day masterclass covers the techniques and perception required to take your landscape photographs to the next level. Concepts explored in detail throughout the course will be thinking creatively, planning ahead and making the most of opportunities. The course is interactive and your participation with questions, comments and opinions is encouraged.

On the first day we will cover:

  • Weather: Sunshine, cloud, mist, frost, snow and rain all present opportunities and challenges. What subjects work best in what conditions?
  • Seasons: How can we bring seasonal influences to the fore and add that extra ingredient to our pictures?
  • Photographing Water: Whether still or flowing, water is a dynamic element in the landscape. We will discuss the effect of weather, time of day, shutter speed and filters to capture movement and reflections.
  • Photographing the Coast: Our coast is the spectacular wild edge of Britain. How can we optimise the use of light and tides to fulfil the tremendous photographic potential of beaches, cliffs, sea stacks, lighthouses, castles and storms?
  • Photographing Deserts: For photographers able to travel overseas, deserts represent landscapes in the raw. How can we make the most of exquisite light to capture their patterns?
  • Impact and Narrative: Some of the most compelling pictures capture a moment or tell a story.

Landscape Photography - Masterclass

The second day will comprise an image processing workshop. You are encouraged to bring a selection of landscape images (preferably RAW files), either taken on the Landscape Fundamentals Course or elsewhere. The tutor will demonstrate how to get the best out of them using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.  The day will conclude with a presentation on “The Point of Return”, looking at pairs of images of the same scene taken in different lighting and weather conditions to maximise the potential of landscape compositions.

Lunches and refreshments throughout the course are included.

To get the most out of the course students should already understand the fundamentals of exposure, shutter speed, aperture, ISO, composition and using light; and be comfortable handling their cameras using aperture priority and manual mode. Our “Landscape Photography Fundamentals” course is the ideal preparation for this course but all amateur photographers with significant experience of landscape photography are welcome to attend.

This course is suitable for students with DSLR cameras, a range of lenses from wide angle to telephoto and sturdy tripods. Processing techniques will be demonstrated using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop so it will be advantageous if you already have these or are looking to acquire them. To ensure individual attention, the course is limited to six participants.  The course is interactive and your participation with questions, comments and opinions is encouraged.

Kynance Cove, Cornwall © Robert Harvey BA ARPS EFIAP CEnv CSci MCIWEM
Kynance Cove, Cornwall © Robert Harvey BA ARPS EFIAP CEnv CSci MCIWEM
Astrophotography with Robert Harvey
Robert Harvey

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 as well as overseas. More than 290 of his photographs, including over 100 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. He is the author of “Photographing Wiltshire”, the only photographic guidebook to the county, published by Fotovue in 2020.

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: naturalworldphotography.net

Where to Stay?

The Landscape Photography Masterclass is held entirely at Lacock Photography’s studios in Lacock.  The workshop will be delivered as a mixture of classroom and practical image processing sessions under the guidance of Robert Harvey.   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

Macro & Close-up Photography

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

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.

The Water’s Edge

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£145.00

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The Waters Edge with Tony Worobiec FRPS
The Waters Edge with Tony Worobiec
£145.00

Extra date added

Saturday 5th December 2020

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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.

This workshop aims to develop participants ability to capture emotive images of the UK’s coastline and to encourage a fresh approach to coastal photography, even when visiting “honey-pot” locations.  Led by Tony Worobiec FRPS, the workshop, held in our purpose built studio in Lacock, explores the photographic opportunities offered by the UK’s wonderful coastline.  Images from Tony’s latest book “The Water’s Edge” provide the backdrop for the day.

Living on an island, it is perhaps no wonder we are drawn to the sea; even out of season many of our resorts continue to thrive due to the continuing fascination we have for the coast. What makes the UK particularly attractive is the sheer variety of opportunities it offers. An additional appeal of these locations is that they are capable of reflecting the vagaries of the weather better than any other genre of photography. Presenting an uninterrupted panorama, the skies one can witness from the water’s edge are unparalleled. Fortunately the UK is a small island, so most of us can get to a coastal location relatively easily and many of us already have our favourite seaside locations.

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In this workshop, Tony will carefully itemise some of the UK’s best coastal locations, carefully explaining how they can be accessed, and when is the best time to visit them, and very importantly, when to revisit them.  The workshop will cover:

  • The joys of exploring “the inter-tidal zone”.
  • The relationship between weather and location.
  • Shooting at dawn, dusk and at night.
  • Camera set-up (aperture, shutter speed, etc) for breaking waves to milky swathes.
  • Effective use of filters.
  • Loving the “un-loved” coastal elements; jetties, groynes and sea-markers.
  • The merits of adopting a minimalist approach.
  • Useful post-processing techniques.

Participants will be encouraged to understand that by developing a specific skills-set, these can be applied to many locations, in the UK, abroad, and also on lakes and inland seas.

This is a studio based workshop and no camera equipment is required on the day.

To get the most out of the course students should already understand the basics of exposure, shutter speed, aperture and ISO.  We teach these skills on our Beginners Digital Photography Workshop.

What’s Included

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

  • Refreshments (coffee, tea etc)
  • Lunch at Lacock Photography’s studio

Timings

The workshop starts at 10:00am, we will be open from 9:45am.  The day ends at around 4:00pm.

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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!

Wild Bird Photography

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£179.00

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Maximum of 3 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 at Slimbridge, and after a short presentation we spend much of the day on a photoshoot before returning to Lacock to review images.

The course begins at Slimbridge at 9:30am 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

9:30am – 5:00pm ( WWT Slimbridge + Lacock )

1. Technical Brief

2. Composition

3. Photoshoot (including lunch)  (4 hours)

4. Return to Lacock (using own transport)

5. 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!

The Day

The day starts at 9:30am at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre, near Gloucester, entry to Slimbridge is included in the price. After a briefing on technique, the bulk of the day is spent on photoshoots around the 100 acres of wetland. Following approximately 4 hours of photography (including a stop for lunch) we make our way to Lacock Photography’s studio, (55 mins drive) to end the day with a review and image processing session.

Things to note are:

● you will need to make your own way from Slimbridge to Lacock

● Entry to WWT Slimbridge is included

● Bring your own packed lunch and refreshments.