French GardensFrench Gardens Photo Workshop 2017
French Gardens Photo Workshop with Philip Smith
This is a 2-day / 3-night Photo Workshop of stunning gardens in the Dordogne region of France.
- We will visit and photograph in some of the most stunning gardens in France
- The Dordogne region offers some of the most spectacular countryside in France
- Your tutor and fellow photographer Philip Smith founder of the International Garden Photographer of the Year
This is an opportunity not to be missed, France and all is magic, gardens located in the most spectacular of locations and photographer Philip Smith.
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French Gardens Photo Workshop 2017
- 2017 TBA
Price: £695.00 Deposit: £200.00
Who is this for?
The Trip will be of great interest to both those new to photographing flowers and garden scenes as well as the more experienced, either using DSLR or top range digital compacts. The emphasis though will be how to get the most creativity out of the wonderful Dordogne gardens when visiting these photogenic locations. We keep the groups’ small, maximum of ten individuals.
The workshop welcomes photographers of all levels and no specific level of expertise or previous experience is expected. The aim of the course is to provide you with a set of skills and techniques that you can use to improve your photography of plants and gardens no matter what type of equipment you use. You don’t need the latest expensive cameras – all levels are welcome. There will be an emphasis on training the eye to see photographic opportunities, as well as ideas and techniques to enable you to make the most of the locations. The course will be a mix of lecture, practical work, and group discussion. The lecture will consist of a talk by Philip Smith accompanied by images of his and other photographers’ work to illustrate key points.
The aim is to give you a sound basis for developing your techniques later in the day. Topics covered will include macro, composition, depth of field, focus, priority modes, control of light, and light and colour. An overview of digital processing will also be given. The practical work will involve exclusive access to the splendid gardens we visit – outside of normal opening hours, in the early morning and evening to enable you to capture the best images in good light. You will pursue your own subjects and interest, in addition to undertaking projects suggested by Philip. There will be ample opportunities for one to one discussions with Philip about any aspect of your photography. The second day will involve a change of location and further practical work with one to one tutoring. Be prepared for an early start! The second afternoon will involve a group discussion about the work that students have undertaken during the course, with constructive and inspiring comments about the work on show by both tutor and fellow students.
You will get more out of the course if you have a camera with interchangeable lenses, and particularly if you have a macro lens. This applies both to DSLR and smaller compact system cameras. Extension tubes used with normal lenses are also useful and suitable for this kind of photography. You should bring a stable tripod if you can, a remote shutter release and lens hood. Bring your camera’s manual if you have been struggling with its controls. You will need plenty of media cards and a fully charged battery (or two!) for your camera. The course is about exploration and moving out of your comfort zone to take great pictures. But it is not deadly serious nor is it a course about the latest technology. In a friendly, open environment, we aim to inspire you to get more pleasure and fun from your photography for years to come.
Included in the Price:
- Transfers from Airport to hotel
- 3 nights accommodation, breakfast and evening dinner
- Maximum of eight (8) individuals
- Transportation between shoot locations
- One-to-one and group guidance
- Backup notes
- All accommodation
Not included in the Price:
All flights to and from your home country to Bergerac Airport.
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