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 and even some special exotic guests for a bit of a challenge!
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)
- The challenge (put all of the above together to capture images of exotic creatures to finish the day)
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.
● DSLR or mirrorless camera
● Ideally macro dedicated lens
● Some lenses have a macro function – these may be suitable, please enquire
● Any additional lighting you own (LED’s, flashguns etc.)
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)
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.