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


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.
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Maria is a commercial photographer who specializes in performing arts images. She also holds an MA in Photographic Studies, is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and has been published in The Guardian, The Times and The Scotsman.


Together, Maria and Paul offer contemporary photography workshops. Designed to inspire and educate, these workshops will develop both your creative seeing and your technical abilities.



Performing for the Camera! - Weekend Workshop - Nottingham - Oct. 21st and 22nd 2017!




Earlier this year we ran two Dance Photography workshops. They both sold out and you told us that YOU LOVED THEM! You also told us that one day simply wasn't enough! So here we are again, and this time we've created a full weekend of great dance photography for you to enjoy! We will be working with fantastic dancers both on location and in the theatre, AND this time we will also be working with studio lighting!



Check out our video to see what we did last time!




Video from workshops in Spring 2017- all images made by participants

"First Class course! Excellent tuition, friendly tutors and great group!" Graham Bridgeman-Clarke



"Paul and Maria make a really great team!" Dilys Evans


"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


"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


"Great workshop, learned so much! Both Paul and Maria are inspiring teachers" Sue Willoughby



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 two day 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 - Dec 2016


The Workshop



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 in the dance studio, on location and also in the theatre.

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


And for this workshop 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.


The Content



The weekend 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




The Location



The workshop will take place 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

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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 December 2016 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 in 2015:

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

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. Nick now lectures on the MA and BA courses at De Montfort University, but 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 ...



Here are just a few comments from previous workshops...

"Just wonderful. Such a pleasant experience in a truly magical environment. Everyone walks away rejuvenated and a with a new outlook on photography" Beverly Orr


"I would highly recommend the workshop and both Paul and Maria who are a fantastic team. An amazing experience and group of people to have fun with and learn from." Gerry Atkinson


"Really made me think about what I was photographing. An excellent forum in which to experiment and play with image making." Michael Whitehouse


"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




Booking



The workshop will takes place on Sat October 21st and Sunday October 22nd from 10am to 5 pm at Dance4's International Centre for Choreography, Space 2, Dakeyne Street, Nottingham, NG32AR.



Numbers are restricted to 12, so that we have plenty of time to work with, and offer feedback to everyone.



Cost £250


Please be aware before booking that YOU WILL NEED TO BRING A LAPTOP WITH YOU FOR EDITING. An ipad may suffice, but in the past we have found that participants were unable to transfer files from the ipad to use in the feedback sessions. If you are in doubt please do call Maria (07740985887) for a chat before booking.



Price includes all tuition, but you will need to bring / buy lunch.



Please read our cancellation policy before booking


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Production shot for Edge Fwd, Edinburgh Fringe Festival.




So, come and join us for a unique creative experience, make pictures that you have never seen 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!



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.


"Everything about the workshop I found to be an entirely positive experience" Peter Evans


"The balance of listening, learning and doing is just right and adapted to the skills of the participants" Mark Wheeler


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


"Great to spend the weekend with like minded people, led by the inspirational Paul and Maria, Thanks." Heather Nelson


"I knew that I would be inspired to look at things differently, and this turned out to be true and positive. Thank you both." Paul Child


"Supportive advice in a friendly atmosphere." Paul Hollin


"Relaxed, friendly group. Relaxed, friendly and inspiring teachers. Comfortable accommodation and superb food. Learned a lot and would not hesitate to recommend to photographers at all levels" Jennifer Roberts


"Learning how to create a story with photographs has transformed my seeing eye" Jeanette Thompson




Seeing Photographically, Machynlleth, Wales, September 15th - 17th 2017! - FULLY BOOKED



From time to time we have cancellations, so please do email usif you would like to be added to the waiting list.



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The Workshop



How we translate the three-dimensional world into an interesting two-dimensional picture is often referred to as the art of photography. It is called seeing photographically or camera vision.
To orchestrate all those complex elements in front of the camera into an arresting and personally relevant image can be a problem, even for the experienced practitioner.


Over the course of this weekend Paul Hill MBE and Maria Falconer FRPS will guide you through a series of photographic exercises designed to improve your photographic vision and technique. And their quick feedback approach will help you learn directly from the pictures that you make as the weekend progresses.

'Our aim is to inspire you, challenge you, get your creative juices flowing and stimulate new ideas.'



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The Theme



This is not a weekend with a specific theme, nor is it about making pretty pictures. This workshop is about bringing you and your image making together in a wonderful location and landscape.

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 workshop will be packed with short presentations, technical and creativie exercises, advice and feedback designed to help you make interesting unique images.
We will explore the ideas that underpin photographic vision, both through our own work and that of historical and contemporary photographic practitioners. And we will discuss how to create a body of work for exhibition and online publishing.

For those of you who wish to bring along projects that they are currently working on, there will be time for one to one feedback, but of course this is entirely optional.




The Location



The workshop will take place in Machynlleth, in stunning west Wales. A delightful market town nestled in the foothills of Snowdonia that's easily accessible by train or car.
Our base will be MOMA, a vibrant and centrally positioned art centre with a national reputation.
Almost next door to MOMA is Penrallt Gallery Bookshop, which has one of the best selections of books on photography in Wales.



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The Tutors



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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.


This is what the UK's best selling photo magazine Digital Camera wrote in 2015:

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."

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 ...



Here are just a few comments from previous workshops...

"Just wonderful. Such a pleasant experience in a truly magical environment. Everyone walks away rejuvenated and a with a new outlook on photography" Beverly Orr


"I would highly recommend the workshop and both Paul and Maria who are a fantastic team. An amazing experience and group of people to have fun with and learn from." Gerry Atkinson


"Really made me think about what I was photographing. An excellent forum in which to experiment and play with image making." Michael Whitehouse


"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 pictures that you have never seen 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&B's to choose from in Machynlleth. Here are a few recommended by the locals.



  • Maenllwyd Guest House is about a 5 - 7 minute walk away from the workshop venue. A quiet location with warm friendly hosts and excellent breakfasts. Paul and I stayed there on a previous visit and it was delightful. The owners Gareth and Jane have very kindly offered a discount for workshop participants bringing the cost to £60 a night instead of the usual £70, or for a single room £45 instead of £50. To book this special rate call Gareth on 01654702928 and tell him that you are attending the Photography Workshop with us

  • Dyfiview B&B is run by Gill and Mike offering warm hospitality, great views, and close to the railway station. Be aware that although only a few minutes walk from the town, it does require an short uphill walk.

  • Plas Dol Guog is a large 17th C manor house situated in a wonderful location about a 15 min walk from the town.

  • Ty Hapus is self catering accommodation for 4 people. Situated in the heart of the town it provides easy access to the station, MOMA and the surrounding shops and cafes.

  • There is also an extensive accommodation list on the Machynlleth/ Tourist Information web site.


Booking



The workshop takes place from 6 pm on Friday 15th, to 5 pm on Sunday 17th September 2017, at MOMA, The Tabernacle, Heol Penrallt, Machynlleth, Powys SY20 8AJ, Wales.

Cost


Early Bird - if paid on or before June 1st 2017 £170


Regular Price - after June 1st 2017 £185


Price includes all tuition, and light refreshments.



Please read our cancellation policy before booking


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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.


Here is a taste of how we work - a short slideshow of a 4 day workshop in Lauzerte, France in 2015




"Everything about the workshop I found to be an entirely positive experience" Peter Evans


"The balance of listening, learning and doing is just right and adapted to the skills of the participants" Mark Wheeler


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


"Great to spend the weekend with like minded people, led by the inspirational Paul and Maria, Thanks." Heather Nelson


"I knew that I would be inspired to look at things differently, and this turned out to be true and positive. Thank you both." Paul Child


"Supportive advice in a friendly atmosphere." Paul Hollin


"Relaxed, friendly group. Relaxed, friendly and inspiring teachers. Comfortable accommodation and superb food. Learned a lot and would not hesitate to recommend to photographers at all levels" Jennifer Roberts


"Learning how to create a story with photographs has transformed my seeing eye" Jeanette Thompson