Cheryl Hamer Photography

[email protected]

07837 014534



Groups of no more than 4.


Based in Anglesey the stunning and varied coastline will enable us to develop a variety of skills and to become more creative in capturing and expressing the sea in all it's moods.


This workshop is aimed at intermediate photographers. I will therefore assume you have a good grasp of the following:-

  • The use of variable apertures and how they affect

  • Depth of Field

  • how to move your focusing point and 'lock' it in position &

  • where you  should focus to attain maximum dof

  • exposure control - including 'exposing to the right' and use of your histogram

  • basic compositional guidelines such as the 'rule of thirds' and the use of 'leading lines'

  • a basic understanding of the use of graduated neutral density filters (although we will refine this during this workshop).

  • an undestanding of minimum shutter speeds when hand holding 

  • the creative use of white balance - preferably in camera

  • basic post processing skills in either photoshop or lightroom - i.e. levels, curves, brightness, contrast, saturation, sharpening, & some      

        'differential post processing work' on different areas of the picture in whatever way you find most 'comfortable.'

(If you have any doubts that you have 'mastered' any of the above, you really would be better to do one of my 'ordinary' workshops first.)


To really be able to further develop your creativity and be able to create more atmospheric seascapes, you need to master a further set of skills. By doing this, you will then be able to cultivate your own photographic style and start to produce more inspirational work.


So, throughout the course of this workshop we will look at the following:-

  • The use of  ND graduated filters - not simply in a 'straight' way but how to use them to produce more of a 'glow' to your photographs

  • long exposures - including the use of the Lee 'Big Stopper' (10 stop neutral density filter).

  • in camera multiple exposures - please check whether your camera can do this - and try to get a bit familiar with how it does it before the course

  • fast shutter speeds to really freeze the effect of waves and seaspray

  • creating a 'soft' focus effect in camera (whilst ensuring the picture still looks sharp!)

  • really capturing the light in and on the water

  • use of 'detail shots' to supplement your seascape portfolio

  • intentional camera movement

  • creative use of in camera white balance to supplement the mood of seascapes

  • further work around composition and 'seeing' 

  • developing your own 'style'

  • further post processing work e.g. layer masks, multiple exposures, & some Nik software

  • light - how to find it and use it effectively

  • how to find your own locations - we can run a short project around this (preferably if it rains) where I set you all a little 'task' centred around this.


Start times will vary with the seasons but you can expect a full day  - with a break for a meal - including the golden hour and sunset.


The itinerary will need to be flexible to make the most of the British weather and the tides, however it is likely to include the following:


  • Meet at The Pier House coffee shop on the seafront in Beaumaris - time to be notified approx 10 days prior to the workhop

  • 30 – 45 mins chatting – what do participants want from the day, what are their current skill levels etc.

  • Photographic time around Beaumaris and Penmon

  • A break to eat a packed lunch, or

  • In high summer there will be a late afternoon break to enable participants to have a hot meal.

  • Further photographic time probably around Rhosneigr/Llanddwyn or other locations on the west coast, to capitalise on the sunset.

  • In the spring, winter and autumn, participants will be able to get a hot meal after the sunset shoot.

  • Perhaps some ‘photoshop’ time dependent on the weather.


What’s included:

Tuition throughout the day - Cheryl's focus is you and your photography, consequently she takes few shots herself other than to demonstrate.

Morning coffee

A critique of 3 of your photos by e mail after the shoot

Cheryl's 'crib sheets' - notes about everything we will cover during the day - emailed to you after the shoot

Follow up by e mail as needed.


What’s excluded:

Accomodation if you stay for overnight, meals, transport to and from Anglesey.

Cheryl can transport up to three people during the workshop, so some car sharing may be needed.

NB book your accommodation in plenty of time – Anglesey is very popular

I would recommend that you stay in Beaumaris as this will be convenient for meeting up in the morning. Cheryl has an arrangement with the Bulkeley Hotel a Grade II listed building on the seafront of £87.50 for dinner, bed and breakfast - simply tell them you are booking a workshop with me and cite the deal.

Otherwise, Churchbank, Victoria Cottage and Cleifiog B&B's are all very good, or there is plenty of other accommodation available  - try these websites or, or




One Day- £125


All bookings require a minimum £50 deposit.

The balance is then due 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the workshop.


Payment of the full amount is needed if you book less than 4 weeks prior to the workshop





July 3 - sold out


Aug 28 - sold out


Nov 17 - 3 places left (this is a joint Photo Impressionism & Spirit of the Sea workshop)  
























Contact Cheryl    [email protected]


                          or Tel:  07837014534

Spirit of the Sea

For those of you that love the sea, we will use a variety of techniques to help express

it's changing moods photographically and to really become more creative