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WHAT WORKSHOP COURSES ARE AVAILABLE?
Courses are offered on dates throughout the year with personal tuition given on the small group workshops or you can opt for a 1-2-1 workshop. When you book a workshop we acknowledge your booking in writing and you can either book the date straight away, or in the case of the "Light & Mood" Exmoor and Dorset Coast  workshops you have 12 months in which to take up the workshop by simply calling us or checking this website to arrange a suitable date.
Alternatively you can book one of our pre arranged non-residential workshops to scenic areas of the UK, which are listed below when available, and join other like minded photographers where you can also share ideas and experiences to further improve your photography or simply enjoy time out making images without fuss or hurry.

Workshops are limited to a maximum of 4 participants (unless otherwise specified) to ensure you get personal tuition and the opportunity to get the most from the chosen locations. Most workshops last for approx 8 hours, but the multi day ones are sometimes longer depending on the time of year.

Don will personally take guide you around a number of location through the day(s) in areas he knows well and take you to places where the light angle will be good for photography at the chosen time. We also try and avoid crowds of tourists to amke you photography easier and more enjoyable. 

Whilist you need to be reasonably fit to attend the workshop days there are not long walks or ardious uphill sections on most workshops, you will be advised if a particular workshop is likely to include such "exercise".

Workshops available include;
Light & Mood Landscape workshops - Dorset coast or Exmoor.
Steam in the landscape workshops
Digital create & complete workshops
- 2 days with 2nd day 1-2-1 in our gallery.
Non-residential multi day workshops - 2 or 3 days in scenic araes of the UK.
Photoshop processing & printing workshops - usually in conjunction with or as a follow up to another workshop. Held at our gallery.
Evening taster workshops.
Full details are given below.

COURSE CONTENT
Each workshop will aim to cover the fundamentals of good photography, regardless of whether landscape or steam railway. Most workshops will therefore include the following;

• The camera - includes an overview of the functions and facilities available on your camera
• Exposure control - including manual, aperture priority, shutter priority and ISO settings and exposure compensation and bracketing
• Working with the light and camera metering modes
• Focus control
• Depth of field
• Composition - understanding how the above all effect the final result
• The eye of a photographer - how to see good picture opportunities
• RAW and JPEG images
• White balance
• The Histogram
• Post production options
• Home printing

BESPOKE WORKSHOP OPTIONS
We also offer one to one workshops and photo tours to many parts of the UK, for both individuals and small groups. These tours are arranged to suit participants own requirements and wishes, and can include such locations as Snowdonia, Pembrokeshire, Lake District, Northumberland, Yorkshire Dales, Scottish Highlands or Western Isles as well as more regular Dorset coast, Exmoor and Cornwall options.
The workshops/tours will be costed to ensure we are able to meet your requirements and to include accommodation and travel costs for Don, as your tutor, and will be agreed and paid in advance. Sorry but we are unable to offer any poor weather clauses with this option due to time commitment and accommodation needing to be booked in advance. These tours can be very enjoyable and rewarding trips to make images in some of the more beautiful and remote parts of the UK. Call us to discuss this option.

PRICES 
“Light & Mood” 1 day landscape workshop - £156.00
"Digital create & complete" workshop (2 days) - £312.00
“Steam in the landscape” workshop - £156.00 per day 
The evening taster courses (three hour 1-2-1 session) - £90.00
Photoshop Process & Print days - £156.00 per day.
1-2-1 Tuition day - £234.00 per day
Fixed date/location workshops - as per details on this page.

All prices above include VAT @ 20%.

The workshops can be booked either individually or for a small group booking together a discount can be applied, please call us to discuss your requirements.

All courses/workshops can be booked on line via our secure payment facility or call us by phone on 01823 490952.

GIFT VOUCHER

Collection thumbnailA popular gift idea for any special occasion is one of our workshop days.

A voucher can be purchased for any of our workshop options, just call us to discuss your requirements and make a payment over the phone or alternatively make an on-line booking here for a 1 day (small group) workshop which the recipient can then decide which workshop and date they would like to attend.

Cost shown is for the 1 day "Light & Mood" (small group) workshop option.

Cost for this workshop will be £174.00 per head.

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DIGITAL CREATE AND COMPLETE

Collection thumbnailA two day option where we do a day out in the landscape making images, whether you are already a keen photographer, and know your way around a DSLR, or a beginner with a new Digital SLR camera, just let us know when booking.

The date can be agreed between us and as per our other workshop options and a poor weather postponment option is available.

Day 1 of these workshops is field based and will be held in Somerset, Devon or Dorset. A full day starting around dawn and finishing at sunset during the autumn/winter/spring months. The workshop content can be tailored to cover any areas you feel you require help with. We will seek out some good landscape locations for our photographs and work to get the best results possible from the views we have in front of our lens.

Day 2. Once you have completed your days workshop "out in the field", we then do a days work in basic Photoshop techniques required to convert RAW images (don't worry if you decide to shoot JPEG we will simply move forward to the next stage), adjust white balance if necessary, resize, use layers as required, check levels, curves, shadows and highlights etc., remove minor unwanted items that may be in the image, sharpen and then print the final image using our Epson Pro printers. The day will be spent at our training facility in Stoke St Gregory, Nr Taunton. You will be able to take home your best image printed and mounted for you.

Contact us with dates that you may be available so that we can agree suitable dates for your workshop. We try to be as flexible as possible with these workshops so do not list dates in advance.

Cost shown is per person on two consecutive days.

Cost for this workshop will be £312.00 per head.

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1-2-1 TUITION DAY

Collection thumbnailIf you prefer to go out on a one to one photographic day with Don giving individual tuition to you alone then this is the option for you.

Whether you are already a keen photographer and know your way around an SLR - film or digital or a beginner with a new DSLR, just let us know when booking.

The date can be agreed between us and as per our other workshop options a poor weather postponment option is available.

The workshops are field based and will be held in Somerset, Devon or Dorset along the coast and hills. A full day event starting around dawn and finishing at sunset during the autumn/winter/spring months. The workshop content can be tailored to cover any areas you feel you require help with. We will seek out some good landscape locations for our photographs and work to get the best results possible from we have in front of our lens.

Contact us with dates that you may be available so that we can agree a suitable date(s) for your workshop. We try to be as flexible as possible with these workshops so do not list dates in advance.

Cost shown is per person on a one day basis. Options are available for 2 or 3 days at a reduced rate per day - contact us for booking details.

We suggest you consider booking a hotel/B&B here in Somerset the night before your workshop so that we can make an early start and return for breakfast after the dawn session. Lunch will be taken during the day at a pub local to the location of the workshop.

Cost for this workshop will be £234.00 per head.

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LIGHT & MOOD - JURASSIC COAST

Collection thumbnailCome and spend a day with your camera on the beautiful Dorset coast between Swanage and Lyme Regis. We will visit 4/5 locations during the day (approx. 8 hours tuition) where I will give you tuition and guidance whilst you practice the art of taking quality landscape images using your SLR camera and tripod together with any filters you may have.

If you are not already a seasoned photographer and don't know your ISO from your f stops using your new digital SLR camera to its full potential can be a bit daunting. SLR cameras are able to give the user full creative control of their picture taking as well as using auto modes, just like on a compact, when the situation suits.

The course will include transport around the locations selected where the light will be good for the shot planned.

Available dates are listed below, but we try to be as flexible as possible with these workshops to try and fit your requirements, as we all lead busy lives these days, so if these dates are not suitable please contact us. Dates are available most of the year.

Cost shown is per person on a one day basis, but you can book 2 or 3 days at a reduced rate per day if you wish.

Dates currently available for this workshop option are;

Tues 13th June 2017 (1 place available)

Fri 1st September 2017

Cost for this workshop will be £174.00 per head.

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LIGHT & MOOD - EXMOOR

Collection thumbnailThese workshop days are held in the wonderful Exmoor National Park. We will visit 4/5 locations during the day (approx. 8 hours tuition) where I will give you tuition and guidance whilst you practice the art of taking quality landscape images using your SLR camera and tripod together with any filters you may have.

If you are not already a seasoned photographer and don't know your ISO from your f stops using your new digital SLR camera to its full potential can be a bit daunting. SLR cameras are able to give the user full creative control of their picture taking as well as using auto modes, just like on a compact, when the situation suits. The course will include transport around the locations selected where the light will be good for the shot planned.

Available dates are listed below, but we try to be as flexible as possible with these workshops to try and fit your requirements, as we all lead busy lives these days, so if these dates are not suitable please contact us. Dates are available most of the year.

Cost shown is per person on a one day basis, but you can book 2 or 3 days at a reduced rate per day if you wish.

Dates currently available for this workshop option are;

Weds 21st June 2017 (Fully booked)

Weds 12th July 2017 (1 place available)

Fri 1st September 2017

Cost for this workshop will be £174.00 per head.

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PHOTOSHOP & LIGHTROOM PROCESS & PRINTING

Collection thumbnailThe days workshop will be held at our gallery in Stoke St Gregory, Nr Taunton. The day will start 10.00hrs and finish at approx 16.30 hrs.

This workshop covers the post production techniques required to produce quality images from your RAW files (don't worry if you decide to shoot JPEG we will simply move forward to the next stage). We also cover adjusting white balance if necessary, resize, use layers as required, check levels, curves, shadows and highlights etc., remove minor unwanted items that may be in the image, sharpen and then print the final image using our Epson Pro printers. You will be able to take home your best image printed and mounted for you. This is not intended to cover advanced techniques in Photoshop & Lightroom, more for simply editing and storing your images.

Cost shown is per person on a one day basis.

Cost for this workshop will be £156.00 per head.

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Further Details

STEP BY STEP BOOKING GUIDE
1. Book photo workshop either online via this website under the workshop headings below or call us to book over phone. You can book a date immediately if you wish or wait and book the actual date later.
2. Receive written confirmation from us of your workshop booking.
3. If the date is not already booked, call us when ready to arrange a suitable date from those we have available.
4. This date is booked into our systems and we call you a couple of days before to ensure you are fit and well for your workshop and make final arrangements on a meeting place/time. If the weather forecast is bad you can postpone if you wish, as we would rather you enjoy a day out with your camera in reasonable weather than getting cold and wet!
5. If booking a multi day workshop away (i.e. NOT the "Light & Mood" Exmoor or Dorset coast workshops) a deposit is all that is required to secure your place, with full payment being due 1 month ahead of the workshop. This is however non refundable.
Workshops are limited to a maximum of 4 participants (unless otherwise specified) to ensure you get personal tuition and the opportunity to get the most from the chosen locations. Most workshops last for approx 8 hours per day.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING
Your own SLR camera - film or digital but digital obviously has advantages in seeing what you have taken whilst out on the workshop.
Your lenses - wide angle is usually best for landscape work.
Any filters you have in your kit.
Tripod.
Remote release switch if you have one - if not the delayed timer can be used instead.
Suitable clothing and footwear for being out and about in the countryside/seaside.
Packed lunch if applicable.

ACCOMMODATION
Multi day courses will obviously require some overnight accommodation to be arranged and we can help you to find, or book on your behalf, a suitable bed & breakfast guest house. The cost of this is not included in the course fee and payment is the responsibility of the client. The multi day workshops to various locations away from the West Country do not include accommodation as we find that clients often prefer to make their arangements to fit in with personal/family life.

POOR WEATHER OPTION
If you have booked a "Light & Mood" flexible days workshop session and when the date for your course arrives the weather forecast is particularly poor you can contact us to discuss the option of postponing, no charge will be made for doing this in these circumstances.
Where our pre-arranged workshops on fixed dates are concerned this option does not apply.

SOME FEEDBACK FROM PAST CLIENTS
Hi Don,
I had a great day out and learned lots of useful stuff - it was certainly well worth the money! I hope you enjoyed the day too.
There does seem to be such a lot to learn about photography, but I suppose that is part of it's appeal, isn't it? Now that I've started to take photography seriously I'm keen to learn all I can, to progress beyond taking snapshots and strive to produce something that could be called art. I think it's going to be fun, and the day spent with you has got me off to a good start.

Hi Don,
Thank you once again for an excellent workshop & day playing with Photoshop plus prints.
Also thanks to Jane for coffee and an excellent lunch.
Everybody has liked my pictures.

Hi Don,
Once again thanks for an excellent weekend on the WSR. I'd been looking forward to it since Christmas, and it turned out to be much better than I had been hoping for. Keep me posted on your charter events - I hope that I'll be able to join one later this year.

Hi Don,
Just wanted to thank you once again for a great day.

I feel the way the day panned out was excellent despite a shaky start with the weather, I did not realise until I got home quite how much I had learnt on the day and I think the way you talked us through the area, gave some advice on filters to use and let us get on with it making yourself available for questions and giving us tips worked really well. I have been through some of the shots taken on the day and am really pleased with the results, I am really struggling to decide which ones to keep which has to be a good sign.

Hi Don,
Thank you for the great day out I had on your workshop last month I really enjoyed it.
I have gained a lot more confidence and better understanding of my camera, and composition, and was very pleased with some of my shots of Kimmeridge and Durdle Door.

Hi Don,
Just a quick note to say thanks very much for the course yesterday - I found it extremely useful & the pictures that I downloaded were excellent.
Although the weather was poor, it was great to be able to start to understand the camera properly.

Hi Don
Just a quick word to say thanks for yesterday, I throughly enjoyed the course and what a super day we had, my understanding of filters used in landscape photography has been greatly increased, and the quality of my landscape images is much improved, your choice of locations was good and even though 'Tarr Step's' was difficult it was a good learning ground as we tried to push our cameras to the limit.

Hello Don

Thank you for an excellent workshop on Exmoor on Wednesday. Although the weather wasn't that good for photography it didn't detract from a very enjoyable time, and I learnt a great deal from your clear and understandable tuition. (Your group had glorious weather yesterday!)

I learnt a great deal and in amongst the white-outs, black-outs and 'interesting' shots, I am pleased with the attached.....


Hi Don,
Sue and I would like to thank you for a most interesting, informative and enjoyable day’s outing to Dorset last week.

We seem to have some half-decent shots due to your patient tuition, and will hopefully improve our photography in the future using the lessons learned. The folder of notes you gave us Sue found especially useful.

We may even call into your gallery again before too long, to take another closer look at your wonderful landscapes.


Hi Don,

Thank you for a smashing informative day yesterday and for your patience!

Hi Don,


Many thanks for a really great day which I enjoyed immensely and I leaned a lot from you, thanks (did not really want the day to end!)


Hope you manged to get home ok and that your alarm went off next day ok!
I am now trawling through various sites looking for the best deals on the filters.

Again many thanks.