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.



Previous participants say...

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



"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


Workshops now booking for 2018

Fast and Furious - A weekend of Photography and Fun!

Designed to get you thinking on your feet, and working in new ways - this weekend workshop is packed with inspiring photographic challenges that you almost certainly will not have done before!
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Ludlow, Shropshire April 20 - 22nd 2018

Performing for the Camera

You won't find another workshop like this in the UK (or anywhere else as far as we know). Over the course of two days, 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 14 - 15th 2018

A Challenging Landscape

There are far more ways to make a landscape photograph than using the usual formulae....come along and discover new creative ways to engage with this traditional genre.
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Keswick, The Lake District May 11 - 13th 2018

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Fast and Furious - An action packed weekend of Photography and Fun

Ludlow, Shropshire, April 20th - 22nd 2018



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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


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



The Workshop



Are you looking for new ideas and a different approach to your photography, or maybe you just want to dive into a weekend of image making with like minded people? Either way this workshop offers a fast and furious weekend of challenging photography and fun!

Set in the picture perfect town of Ludlow (well, we would say that as Paul was born there), you will undertake a series of unique challenges designed specifically to expand your photographic thinking and seeing.

Over the two days you will take on 8 completely different mini projects devised to stimulate your imagination, ingenuity and creative vision.

Fast paced, intuitive and experimental, this workshop will help you develop new skills and a more inventive approach to your image making.

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The Theme



We don't want to give too much away and spoil the surprises, but suffice to say that this workshop isn't about landscape, or portraiture, it's not a street photography weekend or even a wildlife one. But here in Ludlow you will find all of that and much much more!

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, and advice and feedback designed to help you make interesting unique images.

And 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 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 20th, to 5 pm on Sunday 22nd April 2018, at The Mascall Centre, Lower Galdeford, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 1RZ.

Cost


Early Bird - if paid on or before Feb 1st 2018 £180


Regular Price - after Feb 1st 2018 £195


Price includes all tuition, and light refreshments.



Please read our cancellation policy before booking.


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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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Performing for the Camera


Nottingham - April 14th and 15th 2018




In 2017 we ran three Dance Photography workshops. They all sold out and you told us that YOU LOVED THEM! So here we are again, with our fourth fabulous workshop at Dance4 in Nottingham.

You won't find another workshop like this in the UK (or anywhere else as far as we know). Over the course of two days, 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!

For two action packed days, you will work with trained dancers out on location, in the theatre AND 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 2017s workshops




Video from workshops 2017- 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


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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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

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 ...




"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



The workshop will takes place on Sat April 14th and Sunday April 15th 2018 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 £295


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 and light refreshments.



Please read our cancellation policy before booking


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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!





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.


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"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






A Challenging Landscape


Keswick, The Lake District, May 11 - 13th 2018




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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


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




The Workshop



What are the ingredients for making a great landscape photograph? Some say its finding the perfect location, whilst others insist that using the right kit is essential i.e. tripods, lenses and filters. There are those who claim that the very best landscapes can only be made at dawn, and others that insist on compositional rules such as the rule of thirds.

But on this workshop you won't have to treck for hours to a remote location, you won't need any special equipment, and if you want to get up at 4 am to catch the morning light that's absolutely fine - but you will probably be on your own!

Why? Because rather than simply copying landscapes that you may have seen in shiny brochures and on some gallery walls, you will be guided through the process of making unique landscape photographs. This workshop is designed to help you see and photograph the land differently.

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The Theme



Over the course of the workshop we will examine why we often have such fixed ideas about landscape photography. We will look at how the picturesque landscape originated, and what we can do to break out of the mould.

There will be a series of practical exercises designed to reinvent your approach to landscape image making.

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 discover new and more interesting ways to engage with the landscape.

And 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 at Keswick Museum, in the centre of Keswick, The Lake District, an award-winning destination just 20 minutes from Junction 40 of the M6. The heart of Keswick is the Market Square, ringed round with shops and hotels. Except for the odd delivery van there are no cars in the pedestrianised area which makes for a very pleasant environment.



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Image courtesy of Keswick Tourist Information




The nearest railway station to Keswick is Penrith, on the West Coast Main Line, a distance of 17 miles. A bus service, taking forty minutes, connects Penrith railway station with Keswick Bus Station. Full access details can be found here


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 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."

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 ...




"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




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&B's to choose from in Keswick. There is an extensive list on the Keswick Tourist Information web site.




Booking



The workshop takes place from 5 pm on Friday 11th, to 5 pm on Sunday 13th May 2018, at The Keswick Museum, Station Road, Keswick, CA12 4NF. Details and map here.

Cost


Early Bird - if paid on or before Feb 21st 2018 £180


Regular Price - after Feb 22nd 2018 £195


Price includes all tuition, and light refreshments.



Please read our cancellation policy before booking.


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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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"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