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THE LAKE DISTRICT CAPTURE & CREATE MARCH 2022- sold out

February 23, 2021 4:31 pm Published by

THE LAKE DISTRICT CAPTURE AND CREATE WORKSHOP Capture and Create locations vary each year and this year the beautiful Lake District in Cumbria will be providing the inspiration, locations and content for our editing sessions. Lightstalker’s Capture and Create sessions are split into three parts, image capture, image editing and producing the final print.  They are designed to explore the image editing process, share ideas and experiment with  Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom in an informal setting. While you will learn some basic and advanced editing techniques in Photoshop, this workshop focuses on reviewing and improving your skills through review and critique and by example. So some knowledge of Photoshop or Lightroom is required. After each practical session we’ll review and critique each other’s results  to gain and insight into each other’s approach. With nearly 20 years of Photoshop editing experience you’ll be guided and assisted by Glen to navigate the digital darkroom and see  how he employs a refined and lighter touch to the editing process for his gallery prints. At the end of the workshop you will have some new ideas, techniques and a better understanding of the image editing and  creative process. Find out how employing a philosophy such as less is more and mastering clean, effective editing and colour correction can give your images a refined a professional edge that take them to the next level. Finally you’ll have to opportunity to create an A3 print of one of your images to take home. The Sessions After practical sessions at some great locations you’ll download and edit a selection of your images. We’ll then share the results, with the use of a large screen and high resolution projector. I’ll  run through  some tutorials, demonstrating some procedures such as RAW workflow, focus stacking, black and white conversions, colour correcting and other topics. I’ll also go through the importance of Colour Management and  monitor calibration with an  i1Display Pro, which aids accurate tone and  colour reproduction online and when printing. Accommodation Self-catering rural cottages, retreats  or small guest houses**  close by to our locations will ensure we make the most of our time and create a sociable and relaxed environment. As with most of my trips  everyone gets their own room. We self-cater for evening meals or venture to local pubs  that dot the region when available. You can guarantee all will be well fed and watered with a glass of wine or beer. Having this flexibility means we can work to our own schedule and make the most of the conditions. The Lake District – Extra information Getting there Pick up options Meet at the locations below or meet at the venue if you prefer to take your own vehicle. A.  Meet at Penrith station at 12:30 – 13:00 B. Halbeath Park and Ride near Dunfermline or Edinburgh South Gyle station located between Edinburgh  Airport and Edinburgh Haymarket station. 10:00am Trams – every 7 mins and takes 7 mins from airport or city Trains from Edinburgh Haymarket /Waverley stn frequent and takes around 10 mins*  Workshop ends Penrith station  13:30 Edinburgh Gateway / South Gyle stations 15:30* * All Penrith times are flexible to a degree let me know your transport availability and eta. If you need any further information on pick up or drop off please just ask.

DARTMOOR AND CORNWALL PHOTO ADVENTURE APRIL 2022 – Sold out

August 19, 2021 4:22 pm Published by

NEW Dartmoor and Cornwall Photo Adventure Trip summary  Dartmoor My first experience of Devon’s Dartmoor National Park was one of wonder and drama and took me by surprise. The featureless, bleak moors that I expected, turned out to be anything but. The hills and villages of Dartmoor were used to great effect in Spielberg’s War Horse movie and Sir Arthur Conans Doyle’s classic novel The Hounds of the Baskerville shows that it has very much two sides to its character. You’ll stay in the heart of Dartmoor in a Village Inn. Close by we’ll explore and photograph one of the most picturesque High Tors ( moss covered erratic boulders), meet its wild ponies and capture its rolling hills dotted with grazing sheep, old bridges, misty woodlands and vistas before continuing onto the North Cornwall coast. North & West Cornwall Cornish Pasties, tin mines, cider,  beaches and surrounded by sea on three sides, makes it almost feel like an Island. These are just a few of this corner of the UK’s claims to fame that will feature in the Cornwall Photo Adventure. For our purposes its Cornwall’s world class coastline and beaches that we’ll devote most of our attention to on this 7 day photo adventure . The North Coast is a little more rugged with some fantastic features like the Bedruthven steps, Godrevy point and a lush, hidden woodland waterfall. To the west is the end of the UK, where Lands End points like a finger out to  the Isles of Scily. Wild, craggy and dramatic this will undoubtably be a location highlight which  we may well have all to ourselves late evening. Cornwall’s history of tin mining lies evident in many of the relics and old pump houses that now lie abandoned along the coast.  They are a fascinating reminder of another time, both striking and unique  features set against often wild seascapes  All this contrasts against the cluster of calm tumble down villages, waterfalls, and quirky seaside towns which all add a favour to this wonderful part of the South West. This photo adventure offers a great mix of locations and moods in one of the most beautiful parts of the British Isles Accommodation 1 night in Postbridge, Dartmoor – Lydgate House Hotel 2 nights North Corwall Coast – Best Western Bristol Hotel, Newquay 3 nights West Cornwall – The Stanley, Penzance / The Yacht Inn, Penzance Getting there Pick up is in Exeter Central Station at 13:30 or Exeter Airport at 12:45 on the 25th April Drop off is at Exeter station at 12:00 or airport at 12:30 on the 1st of May* * these times are estimated and maybe be slightly longer depending on traffic. What to expect Spring time can bring a mixed period of weather ( this is the UK ) and this should hopefully bring some interesting light during the sessions. So come prepared for some  chilly evenings and some showers as well as milder daytime conditions. There are  some sections that require some walking  down some rough and slippy paths, over boulders to beaches and along clifftops. Plus a couple of 20 – 30 minute hikes along flats and a gradient or two in Dartmoor. Good walking boots and light waterproofs are required. If you have any queries then please just get in touch.

THE JURASSIC COAST WORKSHOP ENGLAND OCTOBER 2022

November 16, 2020 2:15 pm Published by

NEW Jurassic Coast Photography workshop – England, UK Jurassic Coast Trip Summary 5 days to catch sea breeze and drama on this stunning  Jurassic Coast workshop in the county of Dorset on England’s south coast. The Jurassic coast is a World Heritage site and highlights include a mixture of seascapes, golden sands, chalky cliffs, lighthouses, and rolling Dorest hills peppered with geographical sites and olde world features. The inland hills and are rich with castles, churches, woodland ways and classic English villages like Abbotsbury that retain much of their charm and heritage. Corfe Castle, Portland Bill, Durdle door, Pulpit Rock and villages of Shaftsbury (Gold Hill) and Abbotsbury all rich with photographic potential and iconic south coast photography locations. Loaded with both natural drama and old England charm this workshop offers plenty of colour both manmade and natural, evocative morning mists mixed with warm setting and rising suns over breathtaking vistas. Book your place now. Accommodation Your base for four nights and five days will be accommodation in the coastal town of Weymouth which lies central to the east and west of our main locations.  Single occupancy rooms will be the norm unless stated. Meals – for ultimate flexibility while in the field we may prepare our own group meals ( your preferences will be noted prior to the trip) and  maybe a night in a local pub to break things up. Getting there  Pick up / meet up will be at Bournemouth’s central station at 11:00hrs on Sunday 2nd October 2022 Bournemouth has airport and rail connections to the rest of the UK. Nearby Southampton airport also has a  rail connection directly to Bournemouth which takes about 50 minutes. Once picked up in Bournemouth we will make our way west through rural Dorset down towards Weymouth via some of our featured locations. Drop off will be in Bournemouth at 16:00hrs on Thursday the 6th October.  If you are interested in this fantastic Jurassic Coast workshop then drop me a line or book your spot now.