Basic Information

WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING

Waterproof hiking boots and/or wellington boots and waterproof outdoor clothing is essential depending on the location of the workshop. I would recommend you bring these even in summer!!

You should also bring a torch to help ensure that we can get to or return from locations safely before sunrise and after sunset.
Warm hats, gloves and thermals may also be necessary dependent on the season.

EQUIPMENT
CAMERA - A digital SLR is preferable but we may also be able to work creatively if you have a good ‘bridge’ camera. If in doubt I suggest you contact me and we can discuss.

TRIPOD – For effective and creative landscape photography you really need one of these. I have one spare that could be borrowed if needed.

SHUTTER RELEASE CABLE - These are quite cheap to purchase if you don’t already have one and are definitely a good idea as they lessen the chance of camera shake and blurred photo’s.

DIGITAL MEMORY CARDS – Ensure you have a high capacity memory card or a good supply of smaller ones!!

BATTERIES - you really don't want to run out - spares recommended!

CAMERA BAG – We may be walking for a mile or two so a comfortable camera bag that is easy to carry is a good idea!

FILTERS – Again for effective and creative landscape photography graduated ND (2 stop & 3 stop) filters and a circular Polarizer are really useful. I always use Lee because the quality is fantastic, but there are less expensive makes that still do a good job such as Kood or Hi-Tech. You really need a set of these filters - and preferably at least a 6 stop 'solid' neutral density filter to get the best from an intermediate workshop.

LAPTOP – we will usually have some opportunity during the workshop to look at ‘post processing’ in photoshop, topaz etc, so it would be a good idea to bring you laptop if you can.

Sufficient bottle / flask of water / tea / coffee etc.

WHAT WILL WE BE DOING
I always strive to make my workshops about you – hence the ‘agenda’ always has some flexibility built into it.The first half hour or so of any workshop will be about me working out what level you’re operating at and what we specifically need to cover for the participants on that particular course.
However, I set out what you can usually expect on Level 1 and Level 2 courses on their pages.

As we will be working in small groups I will then tailor the workshop – and the tuition – to suit you.

Obviously there are some fundamentals to photography and whilst I will be striving to ensure that I don’t “teach grandma to suck eggs”, I will aim to ensure that you have a good grasp of those fundamentals.

So, we will obviously talk about composition – how to really ‘work’ the locations we’ll be visiting and ensure we get to grips with what makes a good composition. Similarly we will look critically at the light available to us at the location and talk about how to ensure we get our exposure right ‘in camera’.

We will also look at things like lens choice, and the creative balance of aperture, shutter speed and ISO. We will discuss (and practice) how to use filters effectively, the mysteries of white balance and of course maximising depth-of-field.
We may also do some ‘panoramic’ shooting – and then practice stitching these together in photoshop later.

We will also talk about the importance of light and the huge impact it has on landscape photography. We will generally be out in the field in the ‘golden hours’ – around sunrise and sunset when we can get the best light. I will also demonstrate how to use technology to ascertain when the light will be best in any particular location and therefore how planning photography trips is essential to maximising the opportunity for excellent images.

We will have a break at some point during the workshop where we do some post processing in photoshop/HDR effex pro/Photomatix etc. So we will download some of your images and I will help you with your post processing techniques. If you come on a two day workshop there will be more time for this and we will be able to do some extensive work in this area.

However, to me photography is all about creativity – giving us the chance to really express our feelings about the landscapes we see around us, and the emphasis of my workshops is essentially about enabling that creative vision. The technical bits are simply there to enable us all to do that – they’re simply a part of the process not an end in themselves.

Working in this way I will help you to transform your photography so that you can begin to produce magical and inspirational images that you will be proud to hang on your wall or share with your friends.

Added to that, photography is fun! I am never happier than when I am out on a shoot, and the day to day cares of the world simply slip away. So, come and join one of my workshops and have some fun alongside other like-minded people!

WHAT FOLLOW UP WILL I GET AFTER THE WORSKHOP?
Hopefully you will get home from your workshop feeling invigorated and inspired. I want to help you to continue to feel like that, not slip into some photographic ‘void’ where you begin to feel ‘all at sea’.

So, I encourage all my workshop participants to send me their three best shots from the workshop. I will then critique these for you.
Please note I use the word ‘critique’ not criticise. It’s all too easy to do the latter with the aim of making yourself look good!
My critique will be about offering you a balanced view – so what has worked well in your photo’s as well as maybe what you could have improved.

I also then encourage you to e mail me with questions, comments etc whenever you want. I’m always keen to hear how you are getting on in your photographic journey and to offer you encouragement and support.

What I want above all is for you to get as much pleasure from your photography as I do, and if I can help and be a part of that, then that will give me great satisfaction too.