Photography Workshops With Maria Falconer FRPS & Prof. Paul Hill MBE


Workshops open for booking NOW!


Back to Basics - Cromford Mill, Derbyshire

Are the technical aspects of photography a bit of a mystery? Would you like to know more about how to get the best from your camera? This hands on practical workshop is designed for those looking for a supportive environment to learn and practice the basics.
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Cromford Mill Derbyshire October
19th - 20th
2019

Performing for the Camera - Nottingham

You won't find another workshop like this in the UK (or anywhere else as far as we know). You will have the opportunity to work with many wonderful dancers, on location, in the studio and in the theatre. This workshop will push your creativity to the max!
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Dance4, Nottingham

April
18th - 19th
2020

The Next Steps - Nottingham

For those who already have attended 'Performing for the Camera'


You came, you loved it, you got the dance photography bug!
Now you can do it all again - AND MORE!
This workshop will provide new creative opportunities that you will absolutely LOVE!
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Dance4, Nottingham

September
5th - 6th
2020

Buying a workshop as a gift? Just let us know when you book it and we will send you a gift certificate!

Photography's Easy, Creativity Isn't!

Everyone's a photographer these days!
Yeah like everyone's a chef!
Does the increase in smart phone image making democratise photography or devalue it? And how has the popularity of social media sites influenced the photographic aesthetic?
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Ludlow, Shropshire May
8th - 10th
2020

Ooh La Loire! - Montsoreau, The Loire Valley, France

Based in the stunning Château de Montsoreau-Museum of contemporary art, this workshop will be full of inspiration, challenges and fun!
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Montsoreau, The Loire Valley, France June
8th - 15th
2020

A Creative Audience

As image makers how do we react to the work of others? And how in turn does that influence our own practice? This workshop invites you to submerge yourself in both roles - photographer and audience - and draw on the experience to create new work
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Frieth, Oxon July
3rd - 5th
2020

Workshops open for booking very soon!


Performing for the Camera - Edinburgh, Scotland

A one day version of our highly succesful action packed Dance Photography Workshop. You will have the opportunity to work with many wonderful dancers on location and in the theatre. We guarantee that you will come out buzzing!
Full details soon

Dance Base,
The Grassmarket, Edinburgh, Scotland

TBA 2020

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Performing for the Camera


Nottingham - April 18th and 19th 2020



So far we have run six Dance Photography workshops in the UK. They all sold out and you told us that YOU LOVED THEM! So here we are again with yet another fabulous workshop at Dance4 in Nottingham.

You won't find another dance photography workshop like this in the UK (or anywhere else as far as we know). You will have the opportunity to work with many wonderful dancers, in a range of different settings that will push your creativity to the max!

You will photograph trained contemporary dancers out on location, in the theatre and also in the photographic studio!

There will be presentations and exercises, discussions and technical info - but mostly you will be at the sharp end of picture making! I think it's fair to say that you will come out buzzing!



Check out our video from previous workshops




Video from previous workshops - all images made by participants



"Absolutely excellent workshop. I signed up to be taken out of my photographic comfort zone and the course did all of that and more. Congratulations on a very well run course."
David Boath


"Really good fun and friendly, Paul and Maria made learning so much fun, and the rest of the group were very keen to share their knowledge and experience too!" Simon Priestly


"A great workshop, lots of help to hand and lots of positive encouragement too! Highly recommend it!" Anne Turner


"This workshop was a new genre to me but one I had wanted to attempt. It was brilliant and answered all my questions. The teachers were brilliant and couldn't have been more positive. I would highly recommend it!" Adrian Lowe-Wheeler


"An excellent combination of advice, information and extensive opportunities to photograph a wide variety of dancers. A challenging and very rewarding workshop!" Dave Mangan


"Brilliant weekend, I learnt so much in two days and have already booked another of your workshops." John Gill


May I have the Pleasure?



Unless you live somewhere in a dark hole, you can't possibly have missed the recent explosion of dance on our streets, cinemas, theatres and TVs! Dance has taken the UK - and the rest of the world - by storm! From Ballroom to Ballet, Strictly to Street Dance, everyone is up and moving!

But this new craze isn't easy to photograph. Production shots, location shoots, choreography, direction, improvisation and collaboration - what's it all about?
The world of dance photography can be both bewildering and fascinating, hard work and fun!
But we can show you the steps - if you're up for the challenge?


On this workshop Maria Falconer and Paul Hill will introduce you not only to the technical aspects of shooting dance, but much more importantly - the creative ones.


And because the numbers are limited to 12, you will have plenty of time and space to work, and lots of input from the tutors.



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Photoshoot with Shaper/Caper, Dundee
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Digital Camera Magazine feature on Maria's Performance Photography


The Workshops



It doesn't matter if you are an experienced photographer or new to the medium, this workshop welcomes a rich mix of enthusiastic participants. And if you are new to dance photography, Maria and Paul will guide you through the day.


The workshop will be packed with exercises and advice, designed to help you create interesting unique images.

You will work with trained dancers on location, in the theatre and also in the photographic studio. We are very fortunate to have with us the lighting expert Nick Lockett, a highly experienced professional photographer and teacher - see below for more about Nick.

Everything that you need will be on hand, so that you can really get involved and enjoy the experience.


The Content



The workshop will include presentations, demos and a series of technical
and creative exercises around the following topics;

  • Directing / collaborating with dancers
  • Working on location
  • Shooting in the theatre
  • Studio lighting
  • Camera angles and vantage points
  • Colour, costume and backgrounds
  • Using the light to your advantage
  • ISO, Shutter speeds, Aperture and all that jazz
  • Getting beyond the cliches
  • Experimentation and creativity
  • Copyright and Model Release


Images from previous workshops - all made by participants



The Location.



Dance Photography Nottingham

Dance4
iC4C2
Dakeyne Street
Nottingham
NG3 2AR

This weekend workshop will take place from 09.30- 17.00 at Dance4's beautiful and prestigious new Centre for Choreography in Nottingham's Creative Quarter. It's easily accessible by bus, train and car - full access details here


Dance4 studio, Nottingham


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Promotional image for So Many Steps, So Little Time, Bruges.


The Tutors



Maria Falconer

Maria is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, holds an MA in Photography, and is a qualified teacher.
Her work has been shown at Arles Photography Festival, The Edinburgh Festival, ThePrintSpace Photovoice awards London, FORMAT Photography Festival, DanceMoves in New Jersey and at the Lightmoves Dance Film festival in Limerick.
Her specialist dance photography has been published in The Guardian, The Times, The Glasgow Herald and The Scotsman.
In Jan 2017 Maria exhibited her work at an international Dance Festival in Bruges. She was delighted to discover that one of her images was used to advertise the event.
Maria also trained as a contemporary dancer at the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance in London, and enjoys being on both sides of the fence!

Paul Hill

Awarded an MBE for his services to photography, Paul is the originator of photographic workshops in the UK. An influential teacher, he has published several books and exhibited all over the world www.hillonphotography.co.uk.

This is what the UK's best selling photo magazine Digital Camera wrote about Paul:

An eminent photographer, teacher and workshop pioneer, Paul Hill witnessed many of the major changes that transformed British photography ... and works to help students develop their own vision: "to say something rather than just show something."

Nick Lockett - Guest teacher, Nottingham workshop

For twenty years Nick was Chief Photographer and Head of Pictures for Carlton Television in London, producing still images and picture publicity on TV programmes as diverse as Inspector Morse, Spitting Image and Pop Idol. Formerly Senior Lecturer at De Montfort University, Nick teaches part-time at Staffordshire University and also undertakes photo assignments for newspapers, magazines and book publishers.
Nick has an impressive client list including; The British Museum, The Louvre, BBC, ITV, C4, Australian Film Commission, Ofsted, The Oval & Surrey County Cricket Club, Royal Mail, The Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald, The Melbourne Age, Weidenfeld & Nicholson and Grove Atlantic.




But don't just take our word for it ...




"What a learning experience! A very well presented course. The contribution of the dancers was really great. I would recommend for everyone who is interested" Joanne Pearson


"Totally absorbing, excellent learning experience, superbly orchestrated and delivered" Sarah Cummins


"My first ever dance workshop - what an amazing, fun, chilled and thoroughly entertaining experience. Maria and Paul both highly passionate, experienced, approachable and extremely encouraging to photographers and dancers of all levels. Highly highly recommended!" Karen Marr


"Amazing experience, fabulous dancers, Maria and Paul are inspirational!"Melanie Taylor


"Had a great time from Saturday morning through to Sunday evening. The wealth of experience available to us during the two days was staggering!
Thank you all!"
Jamie Scott




So, come and join us for a unique creative experience, collaborate with contemporary dancers and push your creativity to its limits. Enjoy a friendly and informal learning environment, with space and time for you to share ideas, meet other photographers, and make some new pictures!


Booking



Numbers are restricted to 12 in order to maximize your time working with the dancers. This also enables us to spend more time with each photographer, and offer advice and constructive feedback to everyone.



Cost - £295


Please be aware before booking that;


  • You will need to bring a laptop with you for editing.

  • Booking indicates that you have read and agree to our cancellation policy.





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Production shot for Edge Fwd, Edinburgh Fringe Festival.


Buying a workshop as a gift? Just let us know when you book it and we will send you a gift certificate!


If you have any questions or would simply like a chat about the workshop, please don't hesitate to contact Maria - email / mobile +44 (0)7740 985 887, or Paul - email / mobile +44 (0)7977 700 274. We would be delighted to hear from you.



"Excellent workshop run by Maria and Paul! Fantastic location with superb facilities!" Alan Declan


"Paul and Maria make a great team - easy going, extremely creative and encouraging. They pack in so much information and practical work that you leave feeling inspired and improved!" Rachel Wallace


"Really useful workshop - so many aspects covered - thanks so much!" Geraldine Curtis


"A fabulous workshop - lots of tuition, lots of practical activity - wonderful to work collaboratively with the dancers." Trevor Rudkin


"What a learning experience! A very well presented course. The contribution of the dancers was really great. I would recommend for everyone who is interested" Joanne Pearson



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The Next Steps!


Nottingham - September 5th and 6th 2020



For those who have already attended 'Performing for the Camera'


So far we have run six Dance Photography workshops in the UK and according to the feedback you gave us, you would like MORE.

There's no doubt that our Dance Photography Workshop (Performing for the Camera) placed photographers right at the sharp end of dance image making. By carefully putting together a workshop packed with presentations, discussions, exercises, theatre and lighting, our aim was to create a stimulating environment where photographers - often for the first time - could work alongside experienced trained dancers.

The feedback we received has been wonderful. Both the photographers and the dancers have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and we are delighted that it has been so successful.

But there is one thing that both photographers and dancers would have liked more of. One thing that we simply couldn't offer on a 2 day workshop.And that is time.



Check out our video from previous workshops




Video from previous workshops - all images made by participants



"Absolutely excellent workshop. I signed up to be taken out of my photographic comfort zone and the course did all of that and more. Congratulations on a very well run course."
David Boath


"Really good fun and friendly, Paul and Maria made learning so much fun, and the rest of the group were very keen to share their knowledge and experience too!" Simon Priestly


"A great workshop, lots of help to hand and lots of positive encouragement too! Highly recommend it!" Anne Turner


"This workshop was a new genre to me but one I had wanted to attempt. It was brilliant and answered all my questions. The teachers were brilliant and couldn't have been more positive. I would highly recommend it!" Adrian Lowe-Wheeler


"An excellent combination of advice, information and extensive opportunities to photograph a wide variety of dancers. A challenging and very rewarding workshop!" Dave Mangan


Let's do it all again!



So for those who enjoyed 'Performing for the Camera' we've put together a follow up workshop.'The Next Steps' is designed to give you the time and opportunity to build on the experience and knowledge that you gained last time.

We promised you that the world of dance photography would be bewildering and fascinating, hard work and fun! But now that you've experienced it for yourself you have a much better idea of what it's all about.

You understand the importance of technical skills, you have learned to make and respond to creative opportunities and you have a better understanding of the relationship between the two art forms of dance and medium.

In short, you now know what you're up against!




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Photoshoot with Shaper/Caper, Dundee
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Digital Camera Magazine feature on Maria's Performance Photography


The Workshop



And that's why we have put together 'The Next Steps', designed to once again immerse you in a full on creative experience, but this time you'll be starting from a different place.

This time you'll be prepared.

As usual the workshop will be packed with exercises and advice, and we aim to give you even more time behind the camera.

Once again you will work with trained dancers on location, in the theatre and also in the photographic studio.

But the presentations will introduce you to some new ideas, the exercises will be different too and we will have some more wonderful contemporary dancers.


The Content



The workshop will include even more practical experience than 'Performing for the Camera', but still include some informative presentations and demos;

  • What is Creativity and how to make it happen
  • Using the Environment to make unique images
  • Theatre photography and how to improve on last time
  • Studio Lighting - More time to play
  • Working with Props
  • Solo and Group work
  • Maria's top tips


Images from previous workshops - all made by participants



The Location.



Dance Photography Nottingham

Dance4
iC4C2
Dakeyne Street
Nottingham
NG3 2AR

This weekend workshop will take place from 09.30- 17.00 at Dance4's beautiful and prestigious new Centre for Choreography in Nottingham's Creative Quarter. It's easily accessible by bus, train and car - full access details here


Dance4 studio, Nottingham


dance photography courses

Promotional image for So Many Steps, So Little Time, Bruges.


The Tutors - Just in case you've forgotten us!



Maria Falconer

Maria is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, holds an MA in Photography, and is a qualified teacher.
Her work has been shown at Arles Photography Festival, The Edinburgh Festival, ThePrintSpace Photovoice awards London, FORMAT Photography Festival, DanceMoves in New Jersey and at the Lightmoves Dance Film festival in Limerick.
Her specialist dance photography has been published in The Guardian, The Times, The Glasgow Herald and The Scotsman.
In Jan 2017 Maria exhibited her work at an international Dance Festival in Bruges. She was delighted to discover that one of her images was used to advertise the event.
Maria also trained as a contemporary dancer at the Laban Centre for movement and Dance in London, and enjoys being on both sides of the fence!

Paul Hill

Awarded an MBE for his services to photography, Paul is the originator of photographic workshops in the UK. An influential teacher, he has published several books and exhibited all over the world www.hillonphotography.co.uk.

This is what the UK's best selling photo magazine Digital Camera wrote about Paul:

An eminent photographer, teacher and workshop pioneer, Paul Hill witnessed many of the major changes that transformed British photography ... and works to help students develop their own vision: "to say something rather than just show something."

Nick Lockett - Guest teacher, Nottingham workshop

For twenty years Nick was Chief Photographer and Head of Pictures for Carlton Television in London, producing still images and picture publicity on TV programmes as diverse as Inspector Morse, Spitting Image and Pop Idol. Formerly Senior Lecturer at De Montfort University, Nick teaches part-time at Staffordshire University and also undertakes photo assignments for newspapers, magazines and book publishers.
Nick has an impressive client list including; The British Museum, The Louvre, BBC, ITV, C4, Australian Film Commission, Ofsted, The Oval & Surrey County Cricket Club, Royal Mail, The Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald, The Melbourne Age, Weidenfeld & Nicholson and Grove Atlantic.




But don't just take our word for it ...




"Excellent workshop run by Maria and Paul! Fantastic location with superb facilities!"
Alan Declan


"Paul and Maria make a great team - easy going, extremely creative and encouraging. They pack in so much information and practical work that you leave feeling inspired and improved!" Rachel Wallace


"Really useful workshop - so many aspects covered - thanks so much!" Geraldine Curtis


"A fabulous workshop - lots of tuition, lots of practical activity - wonderful to work collaboratively with the dancers." Trevor Rudkin


"It has inspired me to push myself out of my comfort zone!" Lois Clarke



Booking



Numbers are restricted to 12 in order to maximize your time working with the dancers. This also enables us to spend more time with each photographer, and offer advice and constructive feedback to everyone.



Cost - £295


Please be aware before booking that;


  • This workshop is for those who have already attended 'Performing for the Camera'.

  • You will need to bring a laptop with you for editing.

  • Booking indicates that you have read and agree to our cancellation policy.







photography courses

Production shot for Edge Fwd, Edinburgh Fringe Festival.


Buying a workshop as a gift? Just let us know when you book it and we will send you a gift certificate!





So, come and join us again for another wonderful creative collaboration. It's going to be a lot of fun!

If you have any questions or would simply like a chat about the workshop, please don't hesitate to contact Maria - email / mobile +44 (0)7740 985 887, or Paul - email / mobile +44 (0)7977 700 274. We would be delighted to hear from you.


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"Very enjoyable workshop, lots of new ideas and creative inspiration. Thank you!" Lin Baker


"Great day offering an opportunity to think and create images with like-minded photographers." Stewart Wall



"I joined the workshop as a challenge to myself - to meet new fellow photographers, photographically do something different and visit a new town. The workshop met all three of my aims. Superb organisation, excellent company, enjoyed sharing experiences and images with others, and a good space for reflection." Mo Connelly


"I've been on a number of Paul and Maria's workshop, this one was a new topic and a new group, just as friendly, just as professional. Where are we going next!?" Richard Penn


"Totally absorbing, excellent learning experience, superbly orchestrated and delivered" Sarah Cummins






Ooh La Loire! - at the wonderful Château de Montsoreau-Museum of contemporary art



Photography Workshop Château de Montsoreau


Montsoreau, The Loire Valley, France
June 9th - June 14th 2020





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Château de Montsoreau-Museum of contemporary art



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The market town of Montsoreau -
'One of the most beautiful in France'


The Location



What better inspiration for a photography workshop than spending 6 days in the magnificent Loire Valley France.

For centuries the Loire has been a popular destination for artists, from Rabelais and Turner to Alexandre Dumas and Rodin.

Here, hundreds of majestic châteaux and palaces line the course of the country's longest river, and such is the beauty of the ancient towns, limestone hills and historic châteaux, that a 300km-long stretch of the valley has been designated a World Heritage Site.


We are delighted to be based at the renowned Château de Montsoreau-Museum of contemporary art, which is the only château that is actually built on the Loire riverbed itself.
Created in April 2016 on the initiative of the French contemporary art collector Philippe Méaille, the Château de Montsoreau-Museum of contemporary art is a radical, committed, living place. Its permanent collection is the world's largest collection of works from the Art & Language movement."

Just beyond the château walls lies the charming market town of Montsoreau, officially classified as 'One of the most Beautiful in France'. Here you'll find architecture in the subtle shades of French lace and Troglodyte houses that are cut into the cliff side.



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Our base for the workshop - in the heart of the château

The Theme


Our theme is inspiration! And in addition to the fabulous location we have an action packed programme for you.

We are extremely fortunate to be based in a classroom in the heart of the château with 6 days free access to the museum's collection of contemporary art and temporary exhibitions.

The workshop will be packed with short presentations, technical and creative exercises, as well as lots of advice and feedback. We will have field trips, challenges, stimulating discussions and a whole lot of fun! And over the course of the week we will be making online books (don't panic if you've never done that before!)

We don't want to give too much away and spoil the surprises, but suffice to say that this workshop is not about landscape, portraiture, or any specific genre, it's about you and your photography. Inspiration to think and work differently. Inspiration to make new and unique images.

It doesn't matter if you are an experienced photographer or relatively new to the medium, we welcome a rich mix of enthusiastic participants.
And we do our best to create a warm, supportive, non competitive environment where you have time and space to experiment.




But don't just take our word for it ...




"Absolutely excellent workshop. I signed up to be taken out of my photographic comfort zone and the course did all of that and more. Congratulations on a very well run course."
David Boath



"Really good fun and friendly, Paul and Maria made learning so much fun, and the rest of the group were very keen to share their knowledge and experience too!"
Simon Priestly


"Loved the workshop - very inspirational, can't wait to come back for another one!" Kat Morgan



"Eye opening and thought provoking! A thoroughly enjoyable experience - thank you!"
Carol Jenkins






Overview



The workshop will take place from 10 am on Tuesday June 9th, to 5 pm on Sunday June 14th, allowing Mondays for traveling. Over the course of the 6 days there will be challenges and exercises in and around the Château de Montsoreau-Museum of contemporary art itself, around the town of Montsoreau and also two field trips.
We have factored in a day off in the middle for you to relax or explore as you wish, or continue making pictures in this wonderful location.
Montsoreau offers a range of recreational activities including, canoeing, cycling, wine tasting (and courses to learn about wine), shopping or just hanging out enjoying the local atmosphere.

Field Trips

The first outing will be to the incredible Château de Bréze.
Built and rebuilt between the 11th and 19th centuries in the heart of a vineyard, this château is not quite all that it seems. At first glance there is nothing to suggest that it sits atop the largest underground fortress in Europe. But situated deep beneath the château there are actually more than 1 km of underground passages, housing everything from the largest underground bakery in France, to an ice-house and a 'Son et Lumiére' show on the bare rock of one of the caverns.

Our second excursion will be to the medieval town of Chinon. Resting on the banks of the Vienne river, Chinon, with its cobbled streets and houses is a town steeped in history and culture dating back to the 15th century. Rich with cafés, shops and restaurants, Chinon also boasts its own château where in 1429 the teenage Joan of Arc visited the Dauphin Charles VII to acknowledge him as the rightful heir to the throne.


Although our workshop does involve rather a lot of châteaux, it's absolutely not about making pretty pictures. The exercises and challenges will help you to see beyond the obvious and encourage you to photograph everything in new and unique ways.



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Château Breze
Social

We find that workshop participants really learn a lot from chatting to each other, both during the workshop and also socially. Invariably group members come from a diverse range of backgrounds, and have an enormous amount of experience and skills to share. After hour meet ups over a drink or an evening meal can elicit the most fascinating discussions and are a great way to relax too!

And so with this in mind, we have arranged two opportunities to dine out as a group, an introductory dinner on the evening of Monday 8th, and a farewell meal on Sunday June 14th. And although it would be wonderful to see everyone there, this is of course entirely optional.

On arrival we will dine at Créperie Saladerie la Dentellière. They don't have a web site, (which is not uncommon for small businesses in rural France), but you can find them listed on Trip Advisor here.

We are still to finalise the details of our farewell meal but we will post details as soon as possible.

Because we appreciate that it's not always possible for people to attend the social activities, we don't include them in the price. But there will be an opportunity to opt in or out when booking, so that we can give the restaurants plenty of notice about numbers and dietary requirements.





The Tutors



photography courses Paul is one of the UK's most influential photographers and workshop leaders, who has published several books and exhibited all over the world. A photo-journalist before concentrating on his own personal projects, he was awarded an MBE for services to photography and a Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society.
Hill on Photography

A university lecturer and Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, Maria is also an experienced workshop teacher and professional photographer, whose work has been exhibited in the UK., Ireland, France, the US and East Asia. Her commercial photography has been widely published including The Guardian, The Times and The Scotsman.
Maria Falconer Photography



Accommodation



There are a range of accommodation options in Montsoreau - from posh hotels to campsite chalets, as well as interesting airbnb possibilities. Here are a few but there are many more available online;


In Montsoreau


Self Catering



B&B and Hotels



Camping & Chalets

Nearby is the village of Fontevraud l'Abbaye (2.5 miles)





And Varennes-sur-Loire (2 miles)





There are also helpful listings on




Travel



Ryanair fly from Stansted to Tours and Nantes, and Flybe from Birmingham and Southampton to Nantes. From Tours and Nantes there are regular trains to Saumur where you will be picked up on arrival. If you have the option though, it is quicker to get to Saumur from Tours than Nantes.

It's also easy to travel by Eurostar with just 2 changes from London St Pancras to Saumur.

And if you would like to drive, Montsoreau is only 5 hours from Calais.



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So come and join us for a unique creative experience, make the sort of pictures that you have never made before, and improve your technical skills and creative vision! Enjoy a friendly and informal learning environment, with space and time for you to share ideas, meet other photographers, and make some new pictures! We would love to welcome you on board!




Booking



Cost


If you are booking in France, Paypal will convert payment into euros.


Price £495


Price includes;

  • All tuition
  • Transfers to and from Saumur train station
  • Transport to and from Bréze and Chinon
  • Entrance to Château de Bréze.



Please be aware before booking that;

  • You will need a laptop / ipad with you for editing.
    (Make sure that your device has the technology to transfer your images to our laptop for feedback sessions - eg USB port / airdrop etc.)

  • Booking indicates that you have read and agree to our cancellation policy.



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Buying a workshop as a gift? Just let us know when you book it and we will send you a gift certificate!



If you have any questions or would simply like a chat about the workshop, please don't hesitate to contact Maria - email / mobile +44 (0)7740 985 887, or Paul - email / mobile +44 (0)7977 700 274. We would be delighted to hear from you.




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"Great photography, great teaching and a bunch of very nice people. Paul and Maria really know how to impart information in a sympathetic and memorable way"
Ian Jeffries


"A wonderful experience" Kathie Scarrah


"Simply Superb!" Roger Lee


"I really enjoyed the workshop. I have never done anything like that before and I was a little apprehensive, but yourself and Paul together with the other participants made for a relaxing atmosphere, even if you did test the grey matter!" Brian Richards










Photography's Easy, Creativity Isn't!



Ludlow, Shropshire, May 8th - 10th 2020



Everyone's a photographer these days! Yeah like everyone's a chef!



photography workshop Ludlow




"Really good fun and friendly, Paul and Maria made learning so much fun, and the rest of the group were very keen to share their knowledge and experience too!"
Simon Priestly


"Loved the workshop - very inspirational, can't wait to come back for another one!" Kat Morgan



The Workshop



The advent of digital photography and more recently the smart phone has resulted in more photographs being made today than ever before.

But what do all these scientific and technical processes have to do with creativity? Does the increase in smart phone image making democratise photography or devalue it? And how has the popularity of social media sites influenced the photographic aesthetic?

On this workshop you will be guided through a series of presentations and practical exercises designed to help you ditch the photographic cliches and bring out your creativity.

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The Theme



Whether you are looking for new ideas and a different approach to your photography, or you just want to dive into a weekend of image making with like minded people, either way this workshop offers a weekend of challenging photography and fun.

The workshop will be packed with short presentations, technical and creative exercises, and advice and feedback designed to help you make interesting unique images.

It doesn't matter if you are an experienced photographer or relatively new to the medium, we welcome a rich mix of enthusiastic participants. And we do our best to create a warm, supportive, non competitive environment where you have space to experiment and also have fun!


The Location



The workshop will take place in Ludlow, Shropshire, a thriving medieval market town situated on a cliff above the river Teme that's easily accessible by train or car.

Our base, The Mascall Centre, is located in the heart of the town. It is within walking distance of restaurants, markets, shops, pubs, museum, the castle and the church. And there is also free parking and accommodation on site.



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Image courtesy of The Visual Works



The Tutors



Paul Hill


Awarded an MBE for his services to photography, and originator of photography workshops in the UK, Paul is one of the UK's most influential photographic educators and practitioners, who has published several books and exhibited all over the world www.hillonphotography.co.uk.


Maria Falconer


A university lecturer and Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, Maria is also an experienced workshop teacher and professional photographer, whose work has been exhibited in the UK., Ireland, France, the US and East Asia. Her commercial photography has been widely published including The Guardian, The Times and The Scotsman.




But don't just take our word for it ...




"Great photography, great teaching and a bunch of very nice people. Paul and Maria really know how to impart information in a sympathetic and memorable way"
Ian Jeffries


"A wonderful experience" Kathie Scarrah


"Simply Superb!" Roger Lee


"I really enjoyed last weekend's workshop. I have never done anything like that before and I was a little apprehensive, but yourself and Paul together with the other participants made for a relaxing atmosphere, even if you did test the grey matter!" Brian Richards





So come and join us for a unique creative experience, make the sort of pictures that you have never made before, and improve your technical skills and creative vision! Enjoy a friendly and informal learning environment, with space and time for you to share ideas, meet other photographers, and make some new pictures!


Accommodation



There are many local hotels and B&Bs to choose from in Ludlow. Here are a few that have been recommended;

There is also an extensive accommodation list on the Ludlow Tourist Information web site. And Trip advisor have many helpful listings too.


Booking



The workshop takes place from 5 pm on Friday 8th, to 5 pm on Sunday 10th May 2020, at The Mascall Centre, Lower Galdeford, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 1RZ.

Cost - £195


Price includes all tuition, and light refreshments.



Please be aware before booking that;

  • You will require a laptop / ipad / tablet for editing.
    (You need to be able to transfer your work from your device to our laptop for feedback sessions - eg USB memory stick / airdrop etc.)

  • Booking indicates that you have read and agree to our cancellation policy.





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    Buying a workshop as a gift? Just let us know when you book it and we will send you a gift certificate!



    If you have any questions or would simply like a chat about the workshop, please don't hesitate to contact Maria - email / mobile +44 (0)7740 985 887, or Paul - email / mobile +44 (0)7977 700 274. We would be delighted to hear from you.




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    Back to Basics!


    Shutter Speeds, Apertures, ISO and all that Jazz!



    Cromford Mill, Derbyshire, October 19th - 20th 2019

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    "Really good fun and friendly, Paul and Maria made learning so much fun, and the rest of the group were very keen to share their knowledge and experience too!"
    Simon Priestly


    "Great fun and not so scary as I thought it would be!" Jill Hunt


    "A great learning experience, I highly recommend it!" Judy Hicks



    Shutter Speeds, apertures and all that jazz!



    Are you one of those people who would love to understand more about the technical aspects of photography but find yourself a bit puzzled by it all?

    You could be new to photography, or maybe you have been taking pictures for a while but never found the time to sit down and figure it out. Perhaps you find it all a bit daunting - after all we don't all have technical brains - or maybe you've tried before but it just never quite clicked.

    Well, if any of these sound familiar - then this is the workshop for you!

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    Why bother?



    Although we firmly believe that photography is about camera vision and creativity, if you aren't able to control your camera settings, it's difficult to get the results that you want.

    For instance how would you set up your camera to freeze action? Or create a motion blur?
    Would you know how to make a picture with the foreground sharp and the background blurred?
    How do you get the best pictures in very low light?

    If you put your camera on automatic it will make all of the decisions for you. Sometimes it will get it right, but more often it won't. The whole thing becomes pot luck!


    The Workshop



    We understand that people are sometimes a little fearful of the technical mumbo jumbo surrounding photographic technique. And so we've designed a workshop that is particularly supportive and friendly.

    On this two day event we will take you through the theory step by step at a manageable pace, and there will lots of time, exercises and help for you to put it all into practice.

    Furthermore, we are experienced teachers and understand the importance of providing quality coffee and chocolate biscuits!

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    It's all about light!


    Learning to control the way your camera and lens manages light is key to everything. We'll show you how! And by the time you've finished, you won't be phased by techno-speak any more. You'll be using it!


    Here are some of the topics we'll be covering

    • The Exposure Triangle (ISO / Shutter speed and aperture)
    • Camera Modes
      • Automatic
      • Shutter Priority
      • Aperture Priority
      • Manual
    • Image file formats Tiff, Jpg or RAW?
    • Colour Balance
    • Digital Noise



    The Location



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    The workshop will take place at Cromford Mills, Cromford, Derbyshire. A world heritage site, nestled in the Derbyshire Dales that's easily accessible by train or car.
    Our base, The Gothic Warehouse, is situated at Cromford Wharf and overlooks the Cromford Canal. There are local shops and cafes, free on street parking and low tarif parking on site.




    The Tutors



    Paul Hill


    Awarded an MBE for his services to photography, and originator of photography workshops in the UK, Paul is one of the UK's most influential photographic educators and practitioners, who has published several books and exhibited all over the world www.hillonphotography.co.uk.


    Maria Falconer


    A university lecturer and Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, Maria is also an experienced workshop teacher and professional photographer, whose work has been exhibited in the UK., Ireland, France, the US and East Asia. Her commercial photography has been widely published including The Guardian, The Times and The Scotsman.




    But don't just take our word for it ...




    "A thoroughly enjoyable, positive and tiring experience, two full days filled with lots of info and practical experience!"
    Brian Easby


    "Brilliant weekend, I learnt so much in two days and have already booked another of your courses!" Kate Morgan


    "Excellent photographic experience, very well organised in superb surroundings" Paul Hutton


    "An amazing experience, Maria and Paul are inspirational!" Pete Jacobs


    "Eye opening and thought provoking, a thoroughly enjoyable experience, thank you!" Carol Holmes





    So come and join us for a fun packed weekend, improve your technical skills and make the sort of pictures that you have never made before. Enjoy a friendly and informal learning environment, with space and time for you to share ideas, meet other photographers, and get your camera off the auto mode!


    Booking



    The workshop takes place from 10.00 to 17.00 on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October 2019, at Gothic Warehouse, Cromford Wharf, Mill Lane, Cromford, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3RQ.


    Cost - £195


    Price includes all tuition, and light refreshments.



    Please be aware before booking that;

  • You will require a laptop / ipad / tablet for editing.
    (You need to be able to transfer your work from your device to our laptop for feedback sessions - eg USB memory stick / airdrop etc.)

  • Booking indicates that you have read and agree to our cancellation policy.





  • photography courses



    Buying a workshop as a gift? Just let us know when you book it and we will send you a gift certificate!



    If you have any questions or would simply like a chat about the workshop, please don't hesitate to contact Maria - email / mobile +44 (0)7740 985 887, or Paul - email / mobile +44 (0)7977 700 274. We would be delighted to hear from you.




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    A Creative Audience


    An interactive experience designed for the more adventurous photographer!



    Frieth, Oxfordshire, July 3rd - 5th 2020


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    As image makers how do we react to the work of others? And how does that in turn influence our own practice?
    This workshop invites you to submerge yourself in both roles - photographer and audience - and draw on the experience to create new work.




    A Creative Hot House



    Photography, more often than not, is a solo activity. Typically it involves just you and your camera, out looking for inspiration.

    But left alone it's all too easy to fall into the same old patterns, and produce similar kinds of work.

    So imagine a workshop full of creative activity where participants bounce ideas, share feedback and work on projects.

    On this workshop you will will experience three full days of stimulating ideas, discussions and image making.


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    Interactive



    Photographs, like all visual art forms are designed to be viewed, to communicate to a wider audience.

    So does a photograph really have any meaning if it is only ever seen by the maker? And how does the audience feed back into the creative process?

    What's particularly unique about this workshop is that your companions will be both your inspiration and your audience.

    Together you will challenge and be challenged, with time to think, experiment and grow as photographic practitioners.



    The participants



    This deeper dive into photography is suitable for anyone who is willing to jump in.

    You absolutely don't need any formal qualifications, or extensive practical experience. But you will certainly have to come with a curiosity about the medium, and an interest in photography as a vehicle for communication and creativity.

    Each participant will be asked to bring along work which will serve as a starting point for a journey of discovery. Together we will explore each others' contributions, taking time to decode or 'read' them.

    Through a series of discussions, talks and exercises we'll learn more about what photography is and how it's communicated, more about what inspires us and what leaves us cold. And then, with a fresh perspective, we will embark on new photographic projects.

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    The Location



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    Of course, we could do this workshop in a motorway services conference room or in a city pub function room, but as you know, that is not our style.
    We are basing it in the cuddly countryside of the Hambleden Valley in the Chilterns where they made The Vicar of Dibley, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Midsomer Murders.
    We will be visiting the adjacent Parmoor where King Zog of Albania lived, following in the steps of Albert Einstein, Pandit and Indira Nehru, Ian Fleming and Charles de Gaulle who all stayed there. And for those who wish to join us, the discussions will continue over dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings at a local pub / restaurant.




    But don't just take our word for it ...




    "Really good fun and friendly, Paul and Maria made learning so much fun, and the rest of the group were very keen to share their knowledge and experience too!"
    Simon Priestly


    "This is my 5th workshop and there is a reason that I keep coming back. It's a weekend of photographic education and meeting new friends old and new. Looking forward to coming back for the 6th.!" Graham Bridgeman Clarke


    "Genuinely the very best photographic workshop I have ever attended, warning: don't go on this workshop if you want to stay in your comfort zone." Tony Bennett


    "Another fantastic weekend, I learned so much! My pictures will never be the same again. Loved it - thank you!" Mark Wallace


    "Brilliant, well managed workshop, perfect balance of fun and learning." Dorothy Kilblaire


    "A great learning experience, I highly recommend it!" Judy Hicks



    The Tutors



    Paul Hill


    Awarded an MBE for his services to photography, and originator of photography workshops in the UK, Paul is one of the UK's most influential photographic educators and practitioners, who has published several books and exhibited all over the world www.hillonphotography.co.uk.


    Maria Falconer


    A university lecturer and Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, Maria is also an experienced workshop teacher and professional photographer, whose work has been exhibited in the UK., Ireland, France, the US and East Asia. Her commercial photography has been widely published including The Guardian, The Times and The Scotsman.




    Accommodation



    There are a range of accommodation options around Frieth, Here are a few situated close by;


    Booking



    The workshop will take place from 10.00 to 17.00 on Fri 3rd, Sat 4th and Sun 5th July 2020, at the Village Hall, Frieth, Henley-On-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 6PR

    So come along for a thought provoking three days with like-minded photographers. Enjoy a relaxed but stimulating environment. Boost your creative energy and take advantage of a fresh photographic perspective.



    Cost - £255


    Price includes all tuition, and light refreshments.



    Please be aware before booking that;

  • You will require a laptop / ipad / tablet for editing.
    (You need to be able to transfer your work from your device to our laptop for feedback sessions - eg USB memory stick / airdrop etc.)

  • Booking indicates that you have read and agree to our cancellation policy.









  • photography courses

    Buying a workshop as a gift? Just let us know when you book it and we will send you a gift certificate!



    If you have any questions or would simply like a chat about the workshop, please don't hesitate to contact Maria - email / mobile +44 (0)7740 985 887, or Paul - email / mobile +44 (0)7977 700 274. We would be delighted to hear from you.





    "A thoroughly enjoyable, positive and tiring experience, two full days filled with lots of info and practical experience!"
    Brian Easby


    "Brilliant weekend, I learnt so much in two days and have already booked another of your courses!" Kate Morgan


    "Excellent photographic experience, very well organised in superb surroundings" Paul Hutton


    "An amazing experience, Maria and Paul are inspirational!" Pete Jacobs


    "Eye opening and thought provoking, a thoroughly enjoyable experience, thank you!" Carol Holmes



    "I joined the workshop as a challenge to myself - to meet new fellow photographers, photographically do something different and visit a new town. The workshop met all three of my aims. Superb organisation, excellent company, enjoyed sharing experiences and images with others, and a good space for reflection." Mo Connelly




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