Walking workshops

** NEXT event date Tbc

What is a Walking Workshop?

It’s a relaxed half day group session designed to improve your camera skills and learn more about the local environment. 

The walks, based around the Chilterns will be about six miles long and will take in a variety of vistas including open landscapes, chalk downlands and woodland.

Walking Workshop co-host Andrew Wingfield will be on hand to help draw attention to points of interest about the landscape and its natural history to help broaden your perspective and give you a deeper understanding of what you’ll be photographing.


Who is it for?

  • Those who own a DSLR (or equivalent) camera and have a basic or intermediate understanding of how to use it. Perhaps you received a camera as a gift and want to get it off the shelf and get the best out of it.

  • Those who don’t want to learn how to take pictures from a book or instruction manual!

  • People who want to take their photography to the next level.

  • Those who have a keen interest in or are curious about photographing the great outdoors.

  • People who thrive from learning and sharing in a group.


What do I need?:

  • A DSLR or equivalent mirrorless camera, plus memory cards. Don’t forget to charge your batteries!

  • Walking boots or sturdy shoes

  • Waterproof clothing

  • Food and drink

  • Don’t bring everything - I recommend keeping it light. I normally take a 70-200 and a 16-35mm but it’s not about the kit, if you’re unsure get in touch beforehand and we can discuss what may be useful.

What you can expect to learn:

  • Camera basics

  • Exposure

  • Aperture

  • Shutter speed

  • ISO

  • File types

  • Composition

  • Inspirational tips - how to take great photographs

  • Key pointers for successful landscape photography

Do I need to be fit?

The walks will take place on a variety of uneven paths and on many terrains so although the workshops are at a leisurely pace you’ll need to be able to complete the walk unaided.

Weather

The Walking Workshops will take place in whatever the weather throws at us so ensure you have appropriate waterproof clothing and/or sun cream.

You may need to protect your camera gear. I’ve often found a carrier bag and a few elastic bands do the trick!

The details

Our first Walking Workshop took place on Thursday, March 14, 2019. Keep your eyes peeled for next event.

Cost

£65 - please book below.


Sharing and learning

Join our Walking Workshop community, post your photos on our Facebook group and share tips and advice. Details to follow.


Why a Walking Workshop?

For most of my career as a photographer I’ve been primarily involved with people, either in groups or individuals within their work, leisure or home environments. 

Despite our instinctive understanding of people and their behaviours, expressions and body language we also learn a great deal as we grow up.

But recently I was commissioned to undertake some landscape photography for a property developer and during the shoot I realised I had no idea why the landscape was as it is. Why is that tree on its own? What created the dips and hollows in the landscape? Why is there a clearing in a densely populated woodland?

I wouldn’t undertake a portrait without some brief conversation with the client so what would I do differently if I knew more about the landscape? 

I started to take an interest in the outdoors and it changed my perspective on photography. Now I want to share that with you.